Cost of living in Shah Alam, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Shah Alam

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM8,702
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM3,902
  • 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.
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List of prices in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM7
12 eggs, large RM6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM3.99
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM3.80
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM79
2 liters of coca-cola RM4.19
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM2.68
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,309
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,587
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM235
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,751
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM1,134
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM136
40” flat screen tv RM1,598
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM419
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM19
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM16
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM202
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM146
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM247
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM242
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM157,755
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.20
Monthly ticket public transport RM169
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM15
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM26
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM36
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM67
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM16
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM5.76
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM30
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM69
2 tickets to the movies RM30
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM206
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM199
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM53
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM14
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM35
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM1,955
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district RM141
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM15
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 10 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

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