Cost of living in Taichung City, Taiwan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 194 NT$
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 132 NT$
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 85 NT$
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 94 NT$
12 eggs, large 72 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 119 NT$
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 121 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 108 NT$
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 50 NT$
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 63 NT$
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 480 NT$
2 liters of Coca-Cola 55 NT$
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 27 NT$
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 20,131 NT$
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 13,185 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,508 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 14,169 NT$
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 9,487 NT$
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 1,750 NT$
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 614 NT$
40” flat screen TV 20,000 NT$
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 3,000 NT$
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 200 NT$
Hourly rate for cleaning help 375 NT$
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 2,200 NT$
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 877 NT$
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 2,072 NT$
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,036 NT$
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,206,670 NT$
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 30 NT$
Monthly ticket public transport 300 NT$
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 326 NT$
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 163 NT$
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 150 NT$
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 170 NT$
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 150 NT$
4 rolls of toilet paper 42 NT$
Tube of toothpaste 61 NT$
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 350 NT$
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 416 NT$
2 tickets to the movies 499 NT$
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 3,454 NT$
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,009 NT$
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 257 NT$
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 116 NT$
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 114 NT$
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 13,900 NT$
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 3.50 NT$
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,318 NT$
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 88 NT$
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 105 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2018.

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