Cost of living in Sydney, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Sydney

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,269 (AU$8,129)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $3,731 (AU$4,837)
  • 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 96% of cities in the World (9 out of 200)

List of prices in Sydney, Australia. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
AUD USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$17 ($13)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$13 ($10)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.95 ($4.59)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.50 ($1.16)
12 eggs, large AU$5.04 ($3.89)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.99 ($3.85)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$6 ($4.66)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.73 ($3.65)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.38 ($2.61)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.41 ($4.17)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18 ($14)
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.94 ($2.27)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.34 ($1.81)
Housing [Edit]
AUD USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$4,430 ($3,417)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,794 ($2,155)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$350 ($270)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$2,647 ($2,041)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,873 ($1,445)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$297 ($229)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$70 ($54)
40” flat screen tv AU$554 ($427)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$195 ($150)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$20 ($15)
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$36 ($27)
Clothes [Edit]
AUD USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$107 ($83)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$73 ($56)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$143 ($110)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$160 ($124)
Transportation [Edit]
AUD USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$28,544 ($22,014)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.44 ($1.11)
Monthly ticket public transport AU$211 ($163)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$25 ($19)
Personal Care [Edit]
AUD USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$8 ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$15 ($11)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$65 ($50)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$7 ($5.65)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.60 ($3.55)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$8 ($5.84)
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.83 ($2.95)
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.65 ($2.82)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$25 ($19)
Entertainment [Edit]
AUD USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$53 ($41)
2 tickets to the movies AU$38 ($29)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$222 ($172)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$101 ($78)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18 ($14)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.30 ($3.31)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$8 ($6)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$729 ($562)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.77 ($0.59)
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$77 ($59)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$41 ($32)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 795 prices entered by 112 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2021

Sydney position in our World Ranking

the world
9th
out of 200
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
the world
4th
oceania
1st
oceania
1st

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