Cost of living in Sydney, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Sydney

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$8,165
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$4,888
  • Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia (1 out of 5)
  • Sydney is the most expensive city in Oceania (1 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Sydney is more expensive than in 95% of cities in the World (11 out of 214)
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List of prices in Sydney
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.50
12 eggs, large AU$5.57
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.96
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.81
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.43
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.42
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$4,543
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,800
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$2,600
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,873
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$283
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$69
40” flat screen tv AU$575
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$186
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$19
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$36
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$101
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$68
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$140
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$155
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$29,251
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.39
Monthly ticket public transport AU$210
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$25
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$15
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$64
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.44
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$8
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.75
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.08
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$49
2 tickets to the movies AU$38
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$252
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$97
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$19
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$8
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$739
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.75
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$80
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$41
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 578 prices entered by 94 different people.
Latest price update: June 12, 2021

Sydney position in our World Ranking

the world
11th
out of 214
oceania
1st
out of 7
australia
1st
out of 5

Cheapest and most expensive products in Sydney compared to other cities:

the world
1st
the world
2nd
the world
4th
oceania
1st
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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