Cost of Living in Adelaide, Australia

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 93.07
Rent Index: 37.88
Groceries Index: 82.18
Restaurants Index: 81.50
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 66.26
Local Purchasing Power: 120.81

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.00 A$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 A$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.75 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.50 A$
Cappuccino (regular) 3.59 A$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.27 A$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.91 A$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.00 A$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.00 A$
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.46 A$
Eggs (12) 4.54 A$
Local Cheese (1kg) 9.42 A$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.45 A$
Apples (1kg) 4.26 A$
Oranges (1kg) 3.71 A$
Tomato (1kg) 5.21 A$
Potato (1kg) 2.94 A$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.80 A$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.50 A$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.50 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.36 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.19 A$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20.00 A$
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.95 A$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 128.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.77 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 38.20 A$
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.52 A$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,990.00 A$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 268.44 A$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.02 A$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.78 A$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 64.76 A$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 36.00 A$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 104.25 A$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 76.67 A$
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 151.42 A$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 134.29 A$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,423.25 A$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 989.00 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,471.57 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,672.78 A$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,500.00 A$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,250.00 A$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,961.57 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.83

These data are based on 681 entries in the past 18 months from 93 different contributors.

Last update: March, 2015

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20 Comments so far

#Yoshi on Mar 04, 2015 :

Not sure I agree with Adelaide being the equal of other states for public transport. I don't call one train that goes north and one that goes south a very comprehensive train network and buses are just archaic for most these days not to mention slow.

Of course the payoff is you can buy a car and drive to work in Adelaide and not be too frustrated by the horrid traffic you find in the major states. You can actually ride a bike quite safely to work and many who live within a 10km radius of the cbd do just that. This is all possible, given the far more affordable house prices.
#Yoshi on Mar 04, 2015 :
Terry, seriously. You're an absolute flog! Never read so much nonsense. You sound bitter. Best you POQ imo

One only needs to look at the climate statistics to see that Adelaide is warmer than the east coast states. 18 days of Summer? Absolute rubbish. I've lived across the east coast and Adelaide and BY FAR the most warm and wild climate is Adelaide. For anyone who wants the real story, Adelaide has mild winters, warm-to-hot summers and relatively low humidity, hence it can often be dry. You can get quite warm weather for around 4 months of the year, Dec-March.

As for the beaches, how precious do you want to be Terry!? Hypothermia? You've got to be kidding. Toughen-up princess! I've never, ever heard anyone say that about the water temperature in over three decades. Victorian friends who visit are always at pains to say how much nicer the beaches are here and I would agree, having lived in both states. If Brighton beach or eating dinner on the beach at Henley Square doesn't do it for you then you are very hard to please indeed!

Admittedly, the current unemployment situation is relatively poor due to the slowdown in mining (Olympic Dam) and the slow decay of the manufacturing industry, which has been a staple of this state's economy in previous times. It really depends what your field is. I had no trouble returning to Adelaide (from Vic) with a good salary but if you won't nearly as many finance jobs as a Melb or Sydney. Adelaide does have a large public service sector (I believe the highest per capita in Australia) and they adopt very liberal diversity policies for recruitment, which may aid those migrating. Other than that, the usual trades and health professionals are always in demand and the three large universities are quite active employers for those with an education background. IT is OK without being huge like a Melb or Sydney.

Hope that helps clear a few things up.
#Dave on Jan 18, 2015 :
I'm sorry you feel that way "Terry". If your biggest complaint about Adelaide is the temperature of the sea water then I think Adelaide is doing alright. I've lived in Adelaide for over 40 years and I've never seen winter weather in summer this summer we had a few wet days with rain coming from the north but it is rare for it to rain in the summer time here. The schools here are about average for Australian schools. Your chance of getting a job here are also average for Australia. and the one way highway you mention has been widened and turned into a dual direction highway now. And as for public transport the public transport is as good as any where in Australia. The government has a 30 year plan to upgrade it but it will cost the taxpayers 30 billion dollars so it won't happen over night.
#Terry on Jan 17, 2015 :
Long story short, No Employment, No future prospects- I would advise Anybody considering making Adelaide their home, be ready to learn how to exist on govt/welfare. No amount of tertiary Quals will overcomethe inward nature of the psche of adelaide. Adelaide has disgusting weather & beaches, In summer it is too hot, but the problem is the water in the beaches is Antarctic cold as it comes up from the southern ocean, not the pacific. So you feel oprressed by the heat, so decide to cool off at the beach, then get hypothermia from swimming at the beach on a 40+ degrees celsius day. But thats OK Summer only makes an appearence for a few days then it is back to winter weather. Adelaide feels like it is Constantly Winter, & then has about 18 days of blistering opressive heat from which there is no respite, as the ocean is too cold to swim in. All well & good to say plenty of study etc, problem is No Employment opportunities, the Schools are all "Below average" or in the Lower percentile for academia (versus eatern states), Real Estate is overpriced, The traffic network is reliant on cars as Adelaide has not grasped the idea of providing reliable public transport. Adelaide is the only city in the world that built a One-way Freeway, Two lane major arterial roads grind to a halt when a bus stops & blocks one lane of traffic, because there are no pull-in bays to pick up & set down passengers
#Matt on Nov 09, 2014 :
I see people plan of moving to Adelaide. Don't, For lack of better words, its fucking shit. Most of the place is poor, crime is on the rise, no jobs, nothing to do and its just an overall boring, working class place. I can't wait to move form here.
#Sonic Screwdriver on Oct 22, 2014 :
I've always been slightly fascinated with Adelaide and wouldn't mind trying out living there one day .. say a year long project..

Now that Melbourne and Sydney (and I think Brisbane too) are so amazingly expensive for housing.. it's making me look at the B-List
of capital cities on offer.

The downside of Adelaide is that in summer it gets damn hot .. and I mean HOT !! 40~45~50 degrees...!!

People say the water is terrible and some parts of S.A. have high background radiation levels because of all the nuclear testing
back in the day...
#Pj on Oct 05, 2014 :
Hi, I am planning to move to Adelaide with my spouse in April 2015. I am expecting my PR to arrive by Dec/Jan. I wish to know ho easy or difficult is to settle down in Adelaide? We are Indian nationals just hit 30's. I am also keen to know on the job front... I am a Banker & my wife is a hotelier. Your suggestions & recommendations would help....
#V K Mumbai on Sep 17, 2014 :
Hi All.

We are on the verge of shifting to SA. Most probably Adelaide. A little skeptical about the move as currently we are in a relatively good position in India. Hubby is a self taught businessman, wife is professionally qualified in pharma field and in a managerial position with an MNC. Both husband and wife combined earns a respectable 6 figure salary. Has a house of our own though not the current upscale versions. Have a club membership where our kids can swim, play tennis, indoor games etc. etc., have our fair share of McDonalds and Pizzahut outings. And being a basic lifestyle types - not heavily into partying, tripping, shopping kind, saves a pretty penny every month. Kids are going to an excellent IB type schools and is currently in 9th and 5th grade. We are at a moments notice from our aged parents and close relatives, so at hand for any eventualities mutually. Moving to SA would mean a total new place - for everyone. Age wise we are in older side of the 40s. Will this move be wise? Can our children cope? Can we?
Comments welcome.
#PB on Aug 27, 2014 :
How racists Australians are? Are they better or worse than Britts? Do they suffer from white skin superiority syndrome like most European countries, USA or Canada.
#Anonymous on Aug 27, 2014 :
Minimum wages only gives minimum standard of living in the country one lives and earn money. Developed countries like Australia, Canada, USA or European countries have very high standards of living as compare to third world countries but still people find it very hard to save money and enjoy because of high cost of living, an average earning person is always on the hook. Compare taxes, rent, insurances, cost of groceries and then how much an average person can earn and then make a decision to move to any city. In Toronto, Canada people pay outrageously high car insurance and direct taxes and find themselves in a trap so make an informed decision.
#adelaide resident on Aug 25, 2014 :
To Rajesh, To look at a cost of living list never tells the whole story. When I compare with Kolkata (which is the biggest city in India I have been to) pro-rata to the average income, cost of living in Adelaide isn't so bad. Some things cost more, some less. Just about everyone has a car, just a dream in India.

Compared to other Australian cities, housing within 10Km of the CBD is affordable, in Sydney you could be 30 - 50 Km out.

One thing you need to understand about Australia is there is no real poverty here. Sure we have what we call poverty, but not on an Indian level. There is a minimum wage (several times the US minimum), so there is no cheap labour. That keeps some prices up, but everyone can afford a reasonable, if not extravagant, lifestyle. The gap between rich and poor here is very small compared to most countries.

Adelaide is a very multi-cultural society. I count among my friends people from over 10 nationalities from Asia, Africa & Europe. But wherever you go in the world you will always find someone who will discriminate on race, religion, class or whatever difference they can find. Don't associate with them and don't get caught up in their problem.
#rajesh on Aug 22, 2014 :
Sad to hear DD's comment on racism , I am from India and plan to immigrate there before Christmas this year. I am a healthcare management MBA and hope to get a good job but the cost of living seems to be outrageous.
With two school going kids things could be tough any words of wisdom would be helpful
#martin on Aug 11, 2014 :
adelaide is a great place to live, bring up your children with various uni and futher education avaliable, the adelaide hills to the east of the city, beaches to the south, with multiple vinyards in its outer reaches all within 40 min of the city, i agree the cost of living is slightly higher than say victoria. but moving from the country has been a positive progresion for my family .
#DD on Nov 15, 2013 :
Having moved here from Sydney recently, I have tried hard to approach this state with an open mind. I am female - a working professional in the tech industry with an MBA to boot. However, outside of work i like to dress casually and relax. Having tanned skinned and dark features due to my Portuguese ancestry (even though I grew up in Singapore), has presented me with quite a bit of racism which is surprising!!
Being in my mid thirties, I don't feel it too much from the youngsters (who genuinely warm up once they realise I speak English just like them) but definitely from the older generation.
I guess the Adelaide community is still steeped in tradition when it comes to a lot of things but it's sometimes hurtful because I am an Australian citizen and have been here for over 10 years. I feel more judged by my skin colour and how i look here than when i lived in Sydney and Melbourne.
It pains me and makes me think I can't have my kids grow up here if this mentality does not change.
#:) on Sep 02, 2013 :
Adelaide is the best place in Australia. Best place for children at schools. Absolutely less bullies and everyones acceptance. Teachers help more and are more friendlier.
#Trudy on May 25, 2013 :
I live in Central Florida, across the river, through the woods, next to grandmas, in the country. Just learned my daughter moved in April, 2013 to a management job in Adelaide. I was curious about the cost of living there vs. here in Florida. WOW! Seems pricey to me... a few things are less, love the idea of visiting but living there seems out of the question for a Senior.
Needless to say I wish her well, much success in her new position; plus, happiness with the new culture and lifestyle. What a wonderful world we live in, may she thrive. Adelaide sounds gorgeous! Good luck dear daughter.
#Jason on May 24, 2013 :
The cost of living has increased dramatically over the last few years with no justifiable reason. Adelaide people seem to pay more for local goods than we do for imported goods from other states or countries. Rent continually increases, making it very difficult to study without working, possibly leading to more university failures, and don't get me started on the price of tomatoes!
#Andrea on Apr 08, 2013 :
Very high cost of living compared to average wages and there seem to be taxes and levies attached to everything! Can be hard to find employment. Suffers from frequent droughts and heatwaves so air conditioning is a must! On the plus side not as over-populated as some of the other states so a better quality of life if you do get a job. Beaches are still clean and air quality good out of the city.
#David on Mar 16, 2013 :
People have a great time "bagging" Adelaide, it's most peoples favourite pastime to tell you how bad it is, but I wouldn't live anywhere else.I'm mid 40s and find there's loads of "culture" if you want to find it.Sure there's lots on in March with the festival, but a lot of bad stuff too.And the Clipsal- it's a car race for gods sake.
#Sick of Adelaide on Mar 12, 2013 :
It depends where you work but there is no way that I get a Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) of $AUD 4,300.00. Adelaide is a nice and quiet place to settle down when your in your 50's onward otherwise if you are young and active best to live in city or country that has a faster pace of life and has REAL culture.
March is the only good time to visit Adelaide if you are young with the Fringe Arts Festival, Clipsal and Womad World Music Festival and other music festivals.

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