Cost of Living in Canberra

Summary about cost of living in Canberra:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 15.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 A$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.97 A$ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 A$ 6.00-9.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 A$ 6.00-11.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.10 A$ 4.00-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.08 A$ 2.50-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.52 A$ 2.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.66 A$ 3.79-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.17 A$ 1.25-3.08
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.99 A$ 0.68-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.89 A$ 3.70-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.37 A$ 2.63-4.54
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.68 A$ 3.63-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.10 A$ 4.54-8.62
Apples (1 lb) 1.85 A$ 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.43 A$ 1.13-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.49 A$ 1.36-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 1.91 A$ 1.36-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 0.82-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.06 A$ 0.88-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.56 A$ 2.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.41 A$ 0.70-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.45 A$ 3.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.03 A$ 4.00-7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 27.00 A$ 24.00-30.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 A$ 3.75-4.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 A$ 70.00-122.40
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 5.00-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 A$ 2.41-3.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 52.00 A$ 52.00-52.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.14 A$ 4.88-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 A$ 22,500.00-32,500.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,820.71 A$ 20,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 185.47 A$ 80.00-299.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 A$ 0.11-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 77.19 A$ 60.00-95.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.51 A$ 48.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.22 A$ 15.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 17.00-20.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,168.00 A$ 850.00-1,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,400.00 A$ 10,000.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 96.67 A$ 60.00-130.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 73.33 A$ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 143.85 A$ 120.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 142.67 A$ 100.00-220.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,737.71 A$ 1,305.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,330.00 A$ 1,000.00-1,520.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,880.11 A$ 2,300.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,114.27 A$ 1,740.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 607.51 A$ 541.90-789.67
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 446.71 A$ 371.61-557.41
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,551.41 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.28 3.95-5.00

Prices in Canberra

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Last update: January 2018
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10 Comments so far

#Debra on Aug 02, 2016 :
I found a new development that advertises per metre. This is not common. Here’s what it says:

One bedroom apartments (54-66 square metres) are priced from $350-425,000 (AUD) and two bedroom apartments (83.8 to 94.8 square metres) range from $567-627,000. Three bedrooms can also be configured [no price provided].

These apartments are under development in complex called “Atrium” in Kingston. Kingston is approximately 5.5 km from the centre of Canberra.
#RestoringMotherland on Aug 01, 2016 :
The first ever apology to the native aborigine from the Chinese-origin Taiwan president might be a sign that all the ancient and new Chinese-origin immigrants would leave Taiwan for good in the near future in order to restore the full independence of the native aborigine. So wondering when the Chinese-origin immigrants including the current Chinese-origin Taiwan president and her Chinese-origin colleagues in the new Taiwan government would leave Taiwan, indeed the sooner the better for the native aborigine to establish their own nation without a blood of Chinese immigrants.

It is indeed a victorious news for the aborigine all over the world so aborigine in US, Canada, Australia, etc should take this rare opportunity and immediately urge the ruling immigrants in their respective territory to follow the lead of the current Taiwan president and prepare to leave the mainland of their territories altogether in order to restore the full independence of native aborigine in their rightful territory
#GYANENDER on Apr 22, 2016 :
Well I'm shifting to Canberra for my masters so is anyone there who can tell me the exact accommodation and living costs?
Is it easy to find a part time job? How much a person usually earns from part-tome work?
#Liz on Nov 02, 2015 :
Car rego is very expensive. Public transport is excellent and cheap in comparison to other states in Australia unless you choose to live away from public transport infrastructure. Cycling is popular with lots of bike paths just wear your helmet! Doctors and dentists are expensive. Tradies are very expensive.
#Jane Fox on Jun 23, 2015 :
@R, thanks for the reminder about car registration. That's not something I would have factored into my costs. Is public transit really that bad? I'm going to have my own car either way, so I guess it doesn't matter, but I'd like to have the option.
##Melis on May 14, 2015 :
The normal bus rate is actually $4.40, so...yeh...
#guest on Apr 21, 2015 :
I lived 10 years ago in Canberra. Rent seems to have doubled.....
#Fred on Jul 13, 2014 :
Most of the quoted mid range prices are about 30% higher than the best readily available price. By "best readily available price" I mean the price that can be found by comparing prices in 3 or 4 shops without spending more than an extra half hour shopping per week.

Also some items are irrelevant. There is no point in buying bottled water when all the town water is both safe and nice to drink.

Further the cost of coffee, for example, instead of $3+ is actually about $0.10 when you make it yourself.

An adult cash bus trip (with multiple free 90 minute transfers) is $4.50 but $2.84 with a bus card.

The prices quoted are for people who do not consider price.
#Vander on Jul 01, 2014 :
Shankar, there's not exactly such a thing as "decent" job, over here. Market is pretty much stable, and the salaries are pretty much equalised (which is great! except for the "american way of life" point of view, but if this is the case you should consider other countries rather than Australia).

The salary difference between jobs you can find for a qualified job will turn out to be irrelevant for this purpose (10 to 15% tops). So, my point is, if you find A job suitable for your qualifications (any job), you'll know what you can afford. Then, only small variations will be applied if you change jobs at the same level.
#Shankar Chelluri on Jan 30, 2014 :
what is the cost of living for a couple in today's environment with a college going student. We are 45 years old with an 18 year old son who has completed Class X and two years of Higher School and ready to go for college in India. We are exploring immigration to Canberra subject to necessary immigration & other regulatory clearances around August 2014. Initially, will take a single bed apartment and once am able to get a decent job explore a better place.