Cost of living in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Bloemfontein

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 28,082
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 11,577
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List of prices in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 110
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 58
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 42
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 70
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 20
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 96
2 liters of coca-cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 7,494
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 4,726
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 993
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 6,829
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 4,395
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 616
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 564
40” flat screen tv R 5,958
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,247
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 86
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 153
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 724
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 495
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,187
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,112
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 259,113
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 408
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 120
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 65
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 388
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 432
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 27
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 45
4 rolls of toilet paper R 29
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 94
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 303
2 tickets to the movies R 111
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 486
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 472
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 49
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 30
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 3,213
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.65
1 month of gym membership in business district R 442
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 36
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 74 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 13, 2020

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