Cost of Living in Sydney

How much does it cost to live in Sydney? We've crunched the numbers.

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:

  • You could spend upwards of $3,600 a month in rent
  • A visit to the doctor could set you back almost $80

Housing and Utilities

Housing and Utilities

Item Cost
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$3,426
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,781
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$232
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,598
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,673
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$163
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$62
40” flat screen TV AU$792
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$308
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$14
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$33

Transport

Transport

Item Cost
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,724
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.51
Monthly ticket public transport AU$180
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$29

Food and Drinks

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

Item Cost
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.34
12 eggs, large AU$5.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.48
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.57
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$2.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.67

Clothes and Shoes

Clothes and Shoes

Item Cost
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$109
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$87
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$156
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$142

Entertainment

Entertainment

Item Cost
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$52
2 tickets to the movies AU$41
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$175
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$107
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.44
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB AU$636
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.54
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$85
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$32

Personal Care and Hygiene

Personal Care and Hygiene

Item Cost
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$16
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$70
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$11
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.82
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.89
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.59
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$32

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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