Cost of living in Shymkent, Kazakhstan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 650 KZT
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 525 KZT
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 850 KZT
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 220 KZT
12 eggs, large 225 KZT
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 350 KZT
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 650 KZT
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 330 KZT
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 123 KZT
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 275 KZT
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,750 KZT
2 liters of Coca-Cola 250 KZT
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 65 KZT
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 105,660 KZT
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 67,995 KZT
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 7,058 KZT
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 25,228 KZT
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 20,000 KZT
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 6,559 KZT
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 4,750 KZT
40” flat screen TV 200,000 KZT
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 11,000 KZT
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,700 KZT
Hourly rate for cleaning help 750 KZT
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 9,500 KZT
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 8,750 KZT
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 10,000 KZT
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 7,500 KZT
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,490,000 KZT
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 160 KZT
Monthly ticket public transport 5,000 KZT
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 900 KZT
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,800 KZT
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,500 KZT
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 550 KZT
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 446 KZT
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 450 KZT
4 rolls of toilet paper 173 KZT
Tube of toothpaste 325 KZT
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 1,500 KZT
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 2,750 KZT
2 tickets to the movies 3,500 KZT
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 6,000 KZT
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 7,500 KZT
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 825 KZT
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 675 KZT
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 425 KZT
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 14 KZT
1 month of gym membership in business district 9,000 KZT
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 350 KZT
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 05, 2016.

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