Cost of living in Berkeley, California, United States

Summary of cost of living in Berkeley, California

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $6,719
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $4,448
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Berkeley, California
Current as of Jun 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) $9
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.31
12 eggs, large $4.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.05
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $3.18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $13
2 liters of coca-cola $2.34
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.72
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area $4,112
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area $2,971
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $166
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area $2,882
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area $2,033
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio $98
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) $66
40” flat screen tv $324
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) $124
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $11
Hourly rate for cleaning help $26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) $58
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) $44
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) $103
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $211
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new $24,942
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $1.00
Monthly ticket public transport $116
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) $8
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $16
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) $121
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) $12
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $5.36
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $7
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.94
Tube of toothpaste $2.29
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $20
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $172
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $97
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb $433
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district $75
1 package of marlboro cigarettes $10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 224 prices entered by 14 different people.
Latest price update: June 17, 2021

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