Cost of Living in Cologne

Summary of cost of living in Cologne, Germany:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 € 8.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 45.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 € 9.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.20 € 2.13-5.20
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.00 € 2.50-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.25 € 2.00-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 € 1.75-3.20
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.92 € 1.50-4.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.89 € 3.75-4.73
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.83 € 1.36-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.30 € 0.77-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.48 € 2.64-4.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.51 € 3.63-6.62
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.85 € 4.54-7.67
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.62 € 5.44-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.09 € 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.54-1.04
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.50-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 1.52 € 0.59-2.26
Potato (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.34-1.13
Onion (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.45-0.81
Lettuce (1 head) 1.77 € 0.90-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.68 € 0.19-0.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.50-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.84 € 0.65-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.49 € 1.00-2.19
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.20 € 8.00-9.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.20 € 3.00-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.00 € 49.00-98.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.45 € 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 3.06-3.54
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 20.00-34.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.53 € 6.44-6.66
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,180.00 € 24,000.00-27,180.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,666.67 € 25,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 250.95 € 158.90-425.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 24.52 € 10.00-39.95
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 43.75 € 30.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28.44 € 15.00-40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.17 € 12.50-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 733.33 € 500.00-900.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,000.00 € 15,000.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.87 € 32.50-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 24.72 € 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.49 € 49.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 82.50 € 55.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 982.35 € 700.00-1,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 768.24 € 600.00-950.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,853.46 € 1,200.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,244.17 € 900.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 419.72 € 325.16-510.96
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 261.87 € 250.84-353.03
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,990.52 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.59 1.75-4.00

Prices in Cologne

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Last update: May 2024
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10 Comments so far
cNa on May 18, 2024:
Steve: "most german women are also not attractive" "German women under 30 would do absolutely everything for a black guy"

least racist internet commenter

Anonymous "Asians in US are also way smarter than germans of all backgrounds"

Have you considered that a study of 15-year-olds may not be representative of the general population?
Steve on Apr 18, 2024:
@Li Han for those that work in professional fields, disposable income in germany is lower than it is in US, and most german women are also not attractive. They are also more close-minded and less willing to have relationships with men from Chinese or non-european backgrounds compared to US women. Also, the Chinese food options in germany are also much worse and less plentiful than in the States
Steve on Feb 05, 2024:
If you are a black man, consider going to Germany. German women under 30 would do absolutely everything for a black guy. I once lived in a large house with dozens young women (students), and there was a black man there. He slept with every single woman in that house, whereas men of other races were much less successful.
Li Han on Nov 02, 2023:
I'm a chinese man living in Germany since 2015 after living in U.S. for 2 years, and Germany is in many ways better for life/work balance, healthcare costs, affordability, and leisure. The german women are very different from the american ones, self reliant and not fake. I am making good wage and my boss is a very good man who invited me home with family at christmas.
Sarah on Jul 12, 2023:
I may be able to qualify as a bilingual English/German teacher, and may be able to support my family on that salary in the Köln area. Planning and actually getting us there would be a totally different trick.
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2022:
@Massa Asians in US are also way smarter than germans of all backgrounds: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2018/pdf/PISA2018_compiled.pdf

Sadly, even white germans are dumber than white americans lol
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2022:
@Massa LA is still has a higher Asian population and is better for Asians than any german city.

You didn't stay in germany long enough. All the Asian Germans who I met online and in real life who visited US have mentioned that the social climate in US is much better for asians.
Massa on Jan 15, 2022:
Well, about what "Anonymous" said being an Asian in Germany vs. US.

I had zero problems in Germany during my whole stay there. Back in Los Angeles I am greeted as if I invented Covid myself and got racial slurs yelled at me in the streets.

Besides that: Housing prices here for Cologne are very very off. For a city center apartment expect 7000 EUR / sqm or up.
I don't know why these prices are so low here.
Anonymous on Dec 08, 2020:
Please, how easy is it for a Nigerian with a masters in health safety and environmental management from a UK University and can speak German find a good job in Germany?
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2020:
@Nigel, if you're of Asian descent, it's much better to be in US than in germany since germany is racist towards asians, partly due to the much lower asian population in germany. All Asians who grew up in germany and who visited the US have mentioned that the social climate there is much more welcoming towards Asians.