Cost of living in Shanghai, China

Summary of cost of living in Shanghai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 30,297元
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 19,564元
  • Shanghai is the 4th most expensive city in Asia (4 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Shanghai is more expensive than in 53% of cities in the World (101 out of 212)
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List of prices in Shanghai
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 71元
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 35元
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 21元
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 17元
12 eggs, large 20元
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 12元
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 64元
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 17元
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7元
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 6元
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 147元
2 liters of coca-cola 8元
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 15元
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 19,135元
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 11,960元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 369元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 10,719元
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 6,412元
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 216元
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 113元
40” flat screen tv 2,437元
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 553元
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47元
Hourly rate for cleaning help 38元
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 609元
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 218元
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 773元
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,123元
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 191,648元
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7元
Monthly ticket public transport 227元
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 47元
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 24元
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 36元
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 879元
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 63元
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 49元
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 41元
4 rolls of toilet paper 10元
Tube of toothpaste 19元
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 137元
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 270元
2 tickets to the movies 115元
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,584元
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 614元
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 99元
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 36元
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 41元
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,359元
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.46元
1 month of gym membership in business district 612元
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22元
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 320 prices entered by 50 different people.
Latest price update: June 16, 2021

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