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Cost of Living in Sydney

How much does it cost to live in Sydney? We've broken it down in the tables below.

Check out the tables below to get an updated look at the cost of everything from a McDonalds Big Mac Meal to how much you'd pay in rent for a flat. Some interesting costs we thought were worth highlighting:

  • It costs roughly $10 to buy a Big Mac Meal
  • You could spend upwards of $3,600 a month in rent
  • A visit to the doctor could set you back almost $80

Food and Drinks

To get life insurance, you just have to give up two lunchtime takeaway meals per month.

Item Cost
Basic lunch item + drink in the CBD (central business district) AU$16
Fast food combo meal e.g. Big Mac Meal AU$12
500g or 1lb. of chicken breast AU$6
1 liter or 1qt. of full cream milk AU$1.44
12 eggs AU$6
1 kg or 2lb. of tomatoes AU$5.06
500g of cheese (local) AU$9
1 kg or 2lb. of apples AU$4.23
1 kg or 2lb. of potatoes AU$3.45
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.40
1 bottle of red wine (good quality) AU$20
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$2.97
A days worth of bread for 2 people AU$2.63

Clothes and Shoes

Clothes and Shoes

Item Cost
Pair of jeans e.g. Levis 501 or similar AU$108
A summer dress in a High Street Store e.g. Uniqlo, Zara, H&M AU$85
Pair of sport shoes e.g. Adidas, Nike, Puma, etc AU$156
Pair of leather shoes (Mens) AU$142

Entertainment

Entertainment

Item Cost
Basic pub dinner out for two AU$55
2 movie tickets AU$38
2 theater tickets (best seats available) AU$215
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant (includes appetisers, main course, wine and dessert) AU$115
1 cocktail drink at a downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.41
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB AU$636
1 min. of prepaid mobile phone chat AU$0.54
1 month of gym membership (business district) AU$82
1 package of cigarettes e.g. Marlboro AU$31

Housing and Utilities

Housing and Utilities

Item Cost
Monthly rent in an expensive area (85 square metres or 900 square feet) with furnished accommodation AU$3,457
Monthly rent in a normal priced area (85 square metres or 900 square feet) with furnished accommodation AU$2,799
Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85 square metre flat AU$245
Monthly rent in an expensive area (45 square metres or 480 square feet) with furnished accommodation AU$2,548
Monthly rent in a normal area (45 square metres or 480 square feet) with furnished accommodation AU$1,733
Utilities for 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 45 square metre flat AU$146
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month of connection) AU$60
Flat screen TV (40 inches) AU$645
Microwave (800/900 Watts) e.g. Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands AU$252
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$11
Cleaning (hourly) AU$32

Transport

Transport

Item Cost
Brand new (with no extras) Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV or an equivalent AU$29,154
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of petro (gas) AU$1.50
Monthly ticket public transport AU$171
Taxi trip on a business day (normal rate) 8 km or 5 miles AU$29

Personal Care and Hygiene

Personal Care and Hygiene

Item Cost
Cold medicine (6 days worth) e.g. Coldrex, Tylenol, Coldral, NyQuil, etc
Antibiotics (12 doses) AU$11
Visit to a private doctor (15 minutes) AU$16
Box of 32 tampons e.g. Tampax, OB, Carefree etc AU$70
Deodorant e.g. roll-on (50ml or 1.5 oz.) AU$7
Hair shampoo (400 ml or 12 oz.) AU$5.64
Toilet paper (4 rolls) AU$7
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.03
Standard men's haircut in the expat are of the city AU$4.40

Cost of insurance in Sydney

Cost of insurance in Sydney

Type of insuranceMonthly costLearn more
Life insurance$30*Cost of life insurance guide
Car insurance$76.51*Cost of car insurance guide
Health insurance$70.83*Cost of health insurance guide

*The monthly costs are an indicative guide. The actual cost will depend on your personal situation. Check out the guides for more information.

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