Cost of Living in Cologne

Summary about cost of living in Cologne, Germany:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.00 € 7.00-14.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 € 35.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.60 € 7.00-8.49
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.68 € 2.00-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.56 € 1.50-4.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.29 € 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.11 € 2.35-4.13
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.22 € 0.54-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.90 € 0.41-1.58
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.35 € 1.43-2.98
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.39 € 2.95-7.71
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.12 € 2.27-4.94
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.17 € 3.99-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.07 € 0.90-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.54-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.83 € 0.45-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.10 € 0.63-1.40
Potato (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.32-1.08
Onion (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.44-0.86
Lettuce (1 head) 1.04 € 0.99-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.46 € 0.19-1.39
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.00 € 3.50-7.59
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.90 € 0.60-1.09
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.42 € 0.80-1.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.70 € 6.40-7.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 € 2.80-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 98.50 € 80.00-105.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 € 2.57-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-34.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.47 € 4.65-6.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,000.00 € 17,322.00-26,999.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,399.80 € 22,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 246.45 € 150.00-318.75
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 € 0.07-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.31 € 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 30.64 € 15.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23.50 € 10.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 € 8.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 440.00 € 290.00-750.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,933.33 € 4,800.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 95.69 € 60.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.55 € 15.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.69 € 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 127.69 € 69.00-179.99
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 821.36 € 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 627.11 € 500.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,485.71 € 1,200.00-2,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,089.29 € 900.00-1,400.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 519.09 € 464.51-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 355.68 € 278.71-418.06
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,309.59 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.76 1.75-4.00

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Last update: November 2020
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4 Comments so far
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.
? on Aug 04, 2019:
I love cologne it is beautiful the people are nice and all it's my favorite city but I dont know German language. Do I have any chances to learn german language and finish university ? I really want to live here it's my dream
Nigel on Mar 15, 2018:
Hey Ryan, I live in Germany and find the people very friendly. I was in the USA for a month and found a lot of the people there very unfriendly and of course there was the fear of being robbed or shot the whole time. In Germany they have a second to none health program which is fair for everyone, not really what I heard about the USA from most of the people I spoke to. And then of course you guys voted for final trump to be your president. I am so glad I didn’t have dollar signs in my eyes when looking for a career and settled with a country full of beauty, design art and culture.
Ryan on Apr 27, 2017:
The average salary for software developers in Germany is about 50000€... If you work for Google in San Jose as a senior software developer, your salary will be about 350000$ incl. bonuses (7 times more) and you don't need to learn another complicated language. People are also much nicer in the united states comparing to Germany. I see no reasons to live here. The country is absolutely overrated.