Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Melbourne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$6,221
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,236
  • Melbourne is the 2nd most expensive city in Australia (2 out of 8)
  • Melbourne is the 3rd most expensive city in Oceania (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Melbourne is more expensive than in 83% of cities in the World (50 out of 282)

List of prices in Melbourne, Australia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.23
12 eggs, large AU$5.71
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.90
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.45
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.54
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$21
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.73
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.24
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$2,329
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,011
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$220
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$2,028
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,467
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$165
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$56
40” flat screen tv AU$571
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$213
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$32
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$97
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$61
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$143
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$198
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,342
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.45
Monthly ticket public transport AU$149
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$26
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$17
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$69
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$6
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.11
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.26
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$28
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
2 tickets to the movies AU$36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$224
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.41
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$683
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.66
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$90
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$33
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,738 prices entered by 296 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2020

Melbourne position in our World Ranking

the world
50th
out of 282
oceania
3rd
out of 10
australia
2nd
out of 8

Cheapest and most expensive products in Melbourne compared to other cities:

the world
2nd
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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