Cost of living in Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Uganda

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 7,935,048 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,977,939 Shilling
  • Cost of living in Uganda is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Africa (6 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Uganda is cheaper than in 81% of countries in the World (73 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12,340 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22,950 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12,270 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4,278 Shilling
12 eggs, large 6,937 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4,397 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 27,276 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 15,459 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 7,270 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3,500 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 33,645 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,653 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,227 Shilling
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,263,520 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,063,260 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 200,000 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,187,730 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,000,000 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 200,000 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 190,000 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 890,815 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 727,296 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 20,000 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 17,323 Shilling
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 138,363 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 150,000 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 112,259 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 200,000 Shilling
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 28,175,800 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3,400 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 108,037 Shilling
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 13,346 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 31,372 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 82,839 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 17,610 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 19,352 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 20,246 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 8,199 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 4,540 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 22,449 Shilling
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 53,523 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 39,777 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 70,000 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 75,195 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 19,131 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 8,859 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,259 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 743,200 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 365 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 199,952 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19,687 Shilling

Map of Cost of Living in Uganda

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