Cost of living in Kampala, Uganda

Summary of cost of living in Kampala

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 8,246,161 Shilling
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,126,125 Shilling
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List of prices in Kampala, Uganda. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 18,020 Shilling
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 24,828 Shilling
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 10,495 Shilling
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3,065 Shilling
12 eggs, large 5,884 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3,839 Shilling
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15,129 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 10,415 Shilling
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3,870 Shilling
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4,199 Shilling
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 35,568 Shilling
2 liters of coca-cola 4,669 Shilling
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2,907 Shilling
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,924,270 Shilling
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,539,570 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 286,356 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,891,040 Shilling
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 873,539 Shilling
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 253,818 Shilling
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 140,700 Shilling
40” flat screen tv 1,015,420 Shilling
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 615,331 Shilling
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 21,606 Shilling
Hourly rate for cleaning help 13,850 Shilling
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 74,524 Shilling
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 99,206 Shilling
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 142,379 Shilling
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 172,227 Shilling
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 32,938,400 Shilling
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4,048 Shilling
Monthly ticket public transport 103,993 Shilling
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 32,707 Shilling
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 19,133 Shilling
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 23,607 Shilling
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 52,689 Shilling
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15,967 Shilling
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15,140 Shilling
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 22,486 Shilling
4 rolls of toilet paper 6,289 Shilling
Tube of toothpaste 4,591 Shilling
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 20,280 Shilling
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 63,871 Shilling
2 tickets to the movies 40,044 Shilling
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 95,886 Shilling
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 93,110 Shilling
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 16,812 Shilling
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 8,793 Shilling
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4,371 Shilling
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,978,000 Shilling
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 339 Shilling
1 month of gym membership in business district 267,002 Shilling
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 8,047 Shilling
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 122 prices entered by 21 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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