Cost of living in Melbourne, Australia

Summary of cost of living in Melbourne

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$6,988
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,712
  • Melbourne is the 2nd most expensive city in Australia (2 out of 7)
  • Melbourne is the 3rd most expensive city in Oceania (3 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Melbourne is more expensive than in 85% of cities in the World (37 out of 234)
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List of prices in Melbourne
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$20
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.69
12 eggs, large AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.25
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.27
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of coca-cola AU$3.50
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.93
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$3,073
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,103
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$276
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$1,763
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,424
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$166
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$74
40” flat screen tv AU$892
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$286
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$15
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$36
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$112
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$72
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$155
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$172
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$30,739
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.99
Monthly ticket public transport AU$159
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$21
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$12
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$82
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.70
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$4.33
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.01
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$33
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$57
2 tickets to the movies AU$44
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$368
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$105
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$20
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$618
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.25
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$80
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$43
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 619 prices entered by 79 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2022

Melbourne position in our World Ranking

the world
37th
out of 234
oceania
3rd
out of 11
australia
2nd
out of 7

Cheapest and most expensive products in Melbourne compared to other cities:

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