Cost of living in São Carlos, Brazil

Summary of cost of living in São Carlos

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R$ 8,831
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R$ 3,227
  • 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 Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R$ 27
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R$ 29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R$ 10
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R$ 4.57
12 eggs, large R$ 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R$ 6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R$ 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R$ 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R$ 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R$ 4.66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R$ 45
2 liters of coca-cola R$ 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R$ 3.59
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R$ 1,681
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R$ 1,198
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R$ 210
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R$ 1,206
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R$ 919
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R$ 158
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R$ 76
40” flat screen tv R$ 2,003
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$ 14
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R$ 207
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R$ 224
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R$ 315
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R$ 240
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R$ 78,901
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R$ 6
Monthly ticket public transport R$ 214
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$ 37
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R$ 227
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R$ 24
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R$ 7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R$ 9
4 rolls of toilet paper R$ 4.45
Tube of toothpaste R$ 3.16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R$ 24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R$ 75
2 tickets to the movies R$ 25
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$ 123
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R$ 15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R$ 6
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R$ 10
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$ 79
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R$ 7
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 76 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

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