Cost of living in Kuching, Malaysia

Summary of cost of living in Kuching

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: RM8,913
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: RM3,874
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Kuching
Current as of May 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) RM15
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM5.81
12 eggs, large RM8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM4.75
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM21
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM5.54
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM70
2 liters of coca-cola RM3.96
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM3.14
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area RM2,929
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area RM1,548
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM242
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area RM1,756
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area RM1,047
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio RM136
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) RM149
40” flat screen tv RM2,443
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) RM563
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) RM25
Hourly rate for cleaning help RM28
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) RM269
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) RM127
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) RM270
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM284
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM142,475
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM2.38
Monthly ticket public transport RM139
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM59
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM18
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) RM68
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) RM17
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM12
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM14
4 rolls of toilet paper RM6
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM24
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM81
2 tickets to the movies RM37
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM200
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM156
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM23
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM15
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM12
Ipad wi-fi 128gb RM2,156
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.29
1 month of gym membership in business district RM128
1 package of marlboro cigarettes RM16
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 28, 2024

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