Cost of living in Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Uganda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,473,876 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,517,568 Shilling
  • Cost of living in Uganda is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Africa (4 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Uganda is cheaper than in 69% of countries in the World (56 out of 81)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,978 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 27,887 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14,423 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2,145 Shilling
12 eggs, large 7,859 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,626 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 11,302 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 17,203 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5,071 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,692 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 40,000 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,561 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,254 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,907,060 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,773,300 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 210,249 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,500,000 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 940,997 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 200,000 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 154,498 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,296,120 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 539,404 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 26,788 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 43,813 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 61,060 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 190,070 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 149,740 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 37,457,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5,130 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 180,000 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9,677 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 8,788 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 40,364 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12,096 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14,283 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 5,125 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 7,128 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 52,183 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 66,060 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 60,641 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 100,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 139,592 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 33,940 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 23,041 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,601 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 4,000,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 191 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 244,643 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 12,000 Shilling

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Map of Cost of Living in Uganda


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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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