Cost of living in Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Uganda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 8,475,473 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,652,415 Shilling
  • 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.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,248 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 31,504 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13,237 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,221 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,722 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 15,193 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18,607 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 17,203 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 4,624 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,499 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 33,551 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 5,000 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,594 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,545,470 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,489,930 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 265,828 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 1,219,430 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 200,000 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 200,000 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 781,254 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 683,292 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28,098 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 10,000 Shilling
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 49,458 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 102,550 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 121,263 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 176,174 Shilling
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 40,000,000 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,998 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 180,000 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7,000 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18,921 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 72,167 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 50,000 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14,255 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 15,505 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,328 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 8,815 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 21,606 Shilling
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 50,000 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 58,345 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 86,515 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 27,980 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 18,990 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 5,000 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,940,370 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 180 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 155,050 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19,122 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Uganda


This map shows only the top cities in Uganda. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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.

List of all cities available in Uganda

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