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Cost of Living in Kampala

IndexInfo
Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 37.44
Rent Index: 7.71
Groceries Index: 31.86
Restaurants Index: 25.99
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 23.55
Local Purchasing Power: 22.51
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7,000.00 USh 5,000.00-10,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80,000.00 USh 50,000.00-84,693.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20,000.00 USh 20,000.00-20,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3,750.00 USh 3,500.00-5,000.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4,250.00 USh 4,000.00-6,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7,312.50 USh 6,000.00-8,500.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,275.00 USh 1,000.00-2,000.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 937.50 USh 700.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8,926.74 USh 7,949.37-9,429.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2,357.04 USh 1,814.37-2,721.56
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1,700.97 USh 1,360.78-2,267.96
Eggs (12) 3,700.00 USh 3,000.00-4,800.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6,955.09 USh 2,721.56-9,071.86
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6,803.89 USh 5,443.11-9,071.86
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5,140.72 USh 4,535.93-5,443.11
Apples (1 lb) 4,535.93 USh 4,082.34-4,989.52
Banana (1 lb) 1,587.58 USh 1,360.78-1,814.37
Oranges (1 lb) 4,309.13 USh 4,082.34-4,535.93
Tomato (1 lb) 1,285.18 USh 1,133.98-1,360.78
Potato (1 lb) 1,209.58 USh 907.19-1,360.78
Onion (1 lb) 1,814.37 USh 1,814.37-1,814.37
Lettuce (1 head) 2,500.00 USh 2,000.00-3,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,700.00 USh 1,500.00-2,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 29,000.00 USh 20,000.00-40,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,100.00 USh 2,500.00-3,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4,125.00 USh 4,000.00-4,500.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5,750.00 USh 5,000.00-10,000.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,750.00 USh 1,000.00-2,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 135,000.00 USh 90,000.00-180,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10,000.00 USh 10,000.00-10,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8,046.72 USh 4,828.03-16,093.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 17,500.00 USh 15,000.00-20,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 13,513.92 USh 13,248.94-13,816.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000,000.00 USh 30,000,000.00-35,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 175,000.00 USh 150,000.00-200,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 313.00 USh 240.00-350.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 234,000.00 USh 150,000.00-340,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 240,000.00 USh 200,000.00-300,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20,000.00 USh 20,000.00-20,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20,000.00 USh 15,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58,333.33 USh 55,000.00-60,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 65,000.00 USh 60,000.00-75,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 96,137.13 USh 70,000.00-124,548.53
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 138,000.00 USh 120,000.00-150,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 730,000.00 USh 450,000.00-1,000,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 416,666.67 USh 300,000.00-500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,470,000.00 USh 1,350,000.00-1,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 910,000.00 USh 800,000.00-1,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 506,188.96 USh 232,255.67-780,122.26
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 120,772.95 USh
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 660,000.00 USh
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 22.00 20.00-24.00

Prices in Kampala, Uganda

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Last update: May, 2016
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19 Comments so far

#win on Jun 01, 2016 :
all are great ideas but i too need help am university fresh graduate and planning to grow vegetables like green pepper, eggplants and tomatoes and sweet potatoes but worried of the market.
i stay in Wakiso outside Kampala,
#Gabi on May 15, 2016 :
Life never been expensive only that human being made it complicated for themselves.
I mean that if you are planning to head for any place in Africa and want to stay, believe me in just two months or after you get used to the local people, you will realise that there is no other place a human being should stay for life if not Africa.
It's not perfect yes, but listen:
As we all know, life is like a baby growing.
You may be rich or middle class like myself, but when you go to a strange country my dear, your money won't help you but the community can.
Take at least one or two months, learn how the people live...try to socialize...
Also remember that you are not at your native home.
Spend less as your habits.
If an African family of 3 can survive on $55 a month, but YOU, you are just alone why don't you spend $40 instead of $70?
(This's just an example)
"There are things that we don't really need in our day to day lives" and still life continues.

After doing much research on Africa, I decided to go and visit Mbarara the second largest city in Uganda.
I had $12000 USD with me, my wife and two kids.
On everything, rent food and...we spent almost $340 monthly for 3 months.
However, after we became familiar with the people, we opened a small business with only $2200 USD and kept the rest of our money just in case.
Then, after every two to three weeks we put more money on our business...should we go back to America, hell no. We are done with it.
Today not only Mbarara but the entire Uganda is our home.
Within two years, I managed to but a small land, built a three bedroom fantastic house, an account of about three times what I had when I first came here....and life continues.

Point: All together, monthly I spend less than $2000 including school fees for my kids now three of them.
In addition to this, nowhere is perfect in this world though, it's up to you.
People will tell you of the wrong side but Africa and even show you videos of poor survivors.
But how about that life in New York, Chicago and...?
Hell no..!
Africa has its own style just like Europe does.
Africa is nice no matter what.
Just decide and make a move.
Africa is there for everyone unconditionally.
Thanks
You can email me at ( mulengwagabi@yahoo. fr )
#Juzer on Mar 23, 2016 :
Hi,
I am planning to shift in Uganda (Kampala), could you please advise, what would be the monthly living cost in Kampala.

Regards,
Juzer
#Jane on Dec 22, 2015 :
Hi, I have just completed 4 flats in buziga and it has a Bungalow 2 bedrooms bestie it. It would be ideal for Teachers. I currently leave abroad but will be in Uganda in January, if you are interested, please email me on jane_tamale@hotmail.com.

The houses are at a very good standard.

Jane
#MCS on Dec 02, 2015 :
We are rnning a charity projects (MCS) in Tororo , one of the district in Uganda and wanted to know how much things cost such Van rental, water cost , telepone charges, electrict cost, etc but we could not find the town can we say the price list for Ingaga would be the same as Tororo?

Thank you for creating these data is very good and eye opener for people returning to settle in Uganda. We are set in England -

beatrice on behalf of MCS-
#Irfan on Jul 21, 2015 :
Hi,
i am planning to shift in Uganda (Kampala), could you plese advise that in how much cost i can survive in Kampala in a month, i am non vegitarian and not drink wine and all .
also what is the crime rate in kampla and human behaviour? it will really help me if i will got the answer of my queries.
#Bob on Mar 29, 2015 :
What health systems provide for Clean Water, treating Bilharzia, Malaria, etc? Email me please. Is there any livestock programs for farmers to get them started with hens, goats?
#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 :
Farm land within 50 to 60 km from kampala goes for $1500 per acre.With this price you get a farm land which is fertile and only 2 to 3 kms from the main road.
For $900 per acre , the land is usually away from the main road like 10 km away on a gravel road.
Land is getting so expensive as the population is growing and everybody wants to live nearer the city .This is the reason why some plots of land go for a million dollar for muzungu price.

Milly at mbujune2k2@gmail.com
#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 :
The observer is concentrating on the small population in the villages that are ravaged by war but as far as I know growing up in kampala and around,anybody who goes to work affords food, rent, transport and fees for their children.
You will be surprised to find many Ugandan have had a basic education and can afford rent of 200 dollars. I don't think anybody goes hungry in kampala but I would say that those who fail to afford the food they enjoy to eat like matooke as the staple food in kampala , they go for the cheapest food which is corn flour and porridge without milk .
You should visit that beautiful country and you will be surprised .

Thanks for reading
MB
#Vinod Kumar on Jan 29, 2015 :
Hi,

i am planning to shift in Uganda (Kampala), could you plese advise that in how much cost i can survive in Kampala in a month, i am vegitarian and not drink wine and all .
also what is the crime rate in kampla and human behaviour? it will really help me if i will got the answer of my queries.

Regards,
Vinod Kumar
#sam on Aug 31, 2014 :
Hai am from India hyderabad planning to settle in Uganda. What is the crime rate and what about the peoples behaviour
#Anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 :
Would like to know how much a 50kg of Sugar, Rice, beans, maize flour and a box of soap costs at a whole sale price. Thanx
#Neeraj on Jun 29, 2014 :
I'm shifting to Kampala from India next month.. please suggest me 1BHK flat for rent.
#Sole on Jun 07, 2014 :
Hi. What is the real price of the farms and land in 50 miles around Kampala??
Thanks
#pavan kumar on Feb 14, 2014 :
Hi,

what could be the monthly avg cost in kampala. please help me out
ans i also want to know abt the group MFI
#Andrew on Jan 06, 2014 :
this figures are wrong - rent is high in Bugolobi, Mutungo, Ntinda, Bukoto, Lubowa rent for 2 bedroom apartments is $350 to $500 depending on the finishing, security, approximate to shopping centers and neighborhood. 3 bedrooms are $600 to $1500 in this areas.
#abs on Nov 22, 2013 :
anonymous 2 thanks for the more realistic figures!!!
#Anonymous 2 on Jan 09, 2013 :
These estimates are SO OFF in some (most) cases! Apartment in central Kampala are NOT normally that expensive. I pay about $300 per month for a nice 3 apt fairly central in Kampala and this is still the Muzungu price. Private hire taxi, waiting for one hour costs like maybe $2...and a private taxi anywhere within the city (not outskirts) shouldn't be more than $5-6 (including "start fee". 12 eggs are $0.5 in the markets. I guess if the only people contributing to these assessments are UN or embassy workers who accept near infinite rents and only do groceries at shoprite the estimates come out accordingly.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2012 :
(morpheme_pauls72@ovi.com)
tis quiet embarrasing what we read in the news qoutings from the OBSERVER OF 21/NOVEMBER/2012. SAYS THAT"most ugandans cant afford 3meals a day" yet there are individuals who fail to spend millions a day, they just wish of any way to spend extravagantly. am trying to carry out my research bassing on the fact that most people in this country cant afford threee meals a day, my study area is kampala.i wish to verify this claim,my topic is prices and cost of living in kampala