Cost of living in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35,048 Franc
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 12,355 Franc
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4,319 Franc
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,047 Franc
12 eggs, large 4,800 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2,933 Franc
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7,333 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4,000 Franc
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,050 Franc
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2,393 Franc
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 24,855 Franc
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2,742 Franc
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,571 Franc
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,485,680 Franc
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,229,820 Franc
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 234,356 Franc
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 110,000 Franc
40” flat screen TV 998,537 Franc
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 220,000 Franc
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 12,500 Franc
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 90,000 Franc
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 60,000 Franc
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 90,000 Franc
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 135,000 Franc
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,300,000 Franc
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1,576 Franc
Monthly ticket public transport 179,551 Franc
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,000 Franc
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 86,000 Franc
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 15,000 Franc
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7,500 Franc
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 7,333 Franc
4 rolls of toilet paper 4,667 Franc
Tube of toothpaste 2,250 Franc
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 12,500 Franc
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 43,329 Franc
2 tickets to the movies -
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 108,000 Franc
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 8,167 Franc
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5,500 Franc
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2,775 Franc
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 133 Franc
1 month of gym membership in business district 206,667 Franc
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 3,967 Franc
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 20 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 29, 2018.

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