Cost of living in São Carlos, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in São Carlos

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 9,518
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 3,491
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in São Carlos
Current as of May 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 34
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.73
12 eggs, large R$ 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 5.98
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 5.77
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 44
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.79
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 1,885
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,220
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 335
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 1,375
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 1,018
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 266
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 84
40” flat screen tv R$ 2,072
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R$ 476
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R$ 25
Hourly rate for cleaning help R$ 15
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 221
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 257
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 448
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 285
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 84,498
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 5.98
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 213
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R$ 26
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R$ 15
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R$ 39
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 278
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 24
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 8
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 11
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 6
Tube of toothpaste R$ 4.93
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 31
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 79
2 tickets to the movies R$ 40
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R$ 94
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R$ 139
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 20
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R$ 3,138
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R$ 1.16
1 month of gym membership in business district R$ 103
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 8
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 68 prices entered by 12 different people.
Latest price update: May 17, 2024

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