Cost of Living Comparison Between Sydney and Melbourne 

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Consumer Prices in Melbourne are 7.86% lower than in Sydney (without rent)
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 29.93% lower than in Sydney
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 11.03% lower than in Sydney
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 2.33% higher than in Sydney
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 3.69% higher than in Sydney
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Restaurants
Sydney[ Edit ] Melbourne[ Edit ]Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 15.00 A$      -16.67 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 80.00 A$      -20.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 A$ 12.00 A$      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 10.00 A$      +25.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 A$ 9.00 A$      +12.50 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.21 A$ 4.42 A$      +5.16 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.16 A$ 3.24 A$      +2.65 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.68 A$ 2.89 A$      +7.81 %
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.43 A$ 6.08 A$      -5.55 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.33 A$ 2.69 A$      +15.27 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 1.26 A$      +8.75 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.72 A$ 4.72 A$      -0.14 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.08 A$ 5.79 A$      +13.88 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.99 A$ 5.19 A$      +3.97 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.55 A$ 7.47 A$      -12.61 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.20 A$ 2.05 A$      -7.16 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.52 A$ 1.50 A$      -1.35 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.54 A$ 1.56 A$      +0.93 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.55 A$ 2.26 A$      -11.40 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.51 A$ 1.48 A$      -1.86 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.25 A$ 1.20 A$      -4.08 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.67 A$ 2.94 A$      +9.92 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.16 A$ 2.15 A$      -0.71 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.58 A$ 5.86 A$      +4.98 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.29 A$ 5.45 A$      -13.32 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 A$ 40.00 A$      +14.29 %
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 4.50 A$      +12.50 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 217.39 A$ 159.00 A$      -26.86 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$ 5.00 A$      +25.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.52 A$ 2.68 A$      -23.97 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 56.68 A$ 34.20 A$      -39.66 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.46 A$ 5.32 A$      -2.56 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 A$ 26,875.00 A$      -4.02 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,138.03 A$ 25,830.86 A$      +2.76 %
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 183.46 A$ 203.24 A$      +10.78 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.81 A$ 0.18 A$      -77.46 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 74.10 A$ 70.35 A$      -5.06 %
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.63 A$ 66.02 A$      -17.10 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.57 A$ 23.80 A$      +0.96 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 20.00 A$      0.00 %
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,407.59 A$ 2,300.00 A$      -4.47 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,121.74 A$ 19,535.71 A$      -11.69 %
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 103.48 A$ 100.78 A$      -2.61 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 62.64 A$ 52.70 A$      -15.86 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 137.50 A$ 128.41 A$      -6.61 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 153.68 A$ 138.45 A$      -9.91 %
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,646.28 A$ 1,806.46 A$      -31.74 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,861.00 A$ 1,386.28 A$      -25.51 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,126.35 A$ 3,332.54 A$      -34.99 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,047.47 A$ 2,359.92 A$      -22.56 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sydney[ Edit ] Melbourne[ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,246.12 A$ 909.56 A$      -27.01 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 776.90 A$ 744.84 A$      -4.13 %
Salaries And Financing
Sydney[ Edit ] Melbourne[ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,792.80 A$ 5,012.86 A$      -13.46 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.31 3.35      +1.35 %
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