Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Melbourne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$6,292
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,507
  • Melbourne is the 3rd cheapest city in Oceania (5 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Melbourne is more expensive than in 84% of cities in the World (32 out of 198)

List of prices in Melbourne, Australia. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.48
12 eggs, large AU$5.06
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.57
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$17
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.67
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$2,894
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,147
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$238
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$1,809
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,422
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$159
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$46
40” flat screen tv AU$354
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$212
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$101
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$59
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$129
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$131
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,303
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.38
Monthly ticket public transport AU$160
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$21
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$24
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$72
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.32
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$2.55
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$36
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$51
2 tickets to the movies AU$39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$226
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$78
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.40
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$634
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$72
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$33
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,004 prices entered by 140 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2021

Melbourne position in our World Ranking

the world
32nd
out of 198
oceania
5th
out of 7
australia
3rd
out of 5

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

the world
3rd
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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