Cost of Living in Cologne

Summary about cost of living in Cologne, Germany:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.50 € 9.90-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 € 33.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.70 € 2.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.85 € 2.00-3.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.69 € 1.50-3.60
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.27 € 2.00-2.90
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.73 € 1.00-2.30
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.64 € 2.61-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.47 € 0.90-2.71
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.97 € 0.45-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.36 € 1.55-3.47
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.82 € 2.27-11.79
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.74 € 2.68-6.80
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.16 € 3.63-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 1.20 € 0.73-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.72 € 0.52-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.88 € 0.41-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 0.50 € 0.36-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.18-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.43 € 0.40-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.25 € 0.65-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.39 € 0.19-0.49
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.50 € 4.99-8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.54 € 0.53-0.95
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.58 € 0.80-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.55 € 7.00-10.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 € 2.70-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 95.00 € 75.00-109.75
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.40-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.54 € 3.06-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 30.00-34.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.18 € 6.81-8.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,195.00 € 20,000.00-26,999.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,500.50 € 22,999.00-30,003.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 244.10 € 150.00-361.25
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 € 0.09-0.12
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.73 € 25.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32.69 € 19.90-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.50 € 11.50-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 8.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 502.00 € 330.00-750.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,900.00 € 4,800.00-15,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 80.71 € 49.00-110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.89 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.25 € 50.00-119.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.00 € 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 792.50 € 600.00-1,050.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 645.83 € 500.00-750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,600.00 € 1,200.00-2,250.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,181.54 € 900.00-1,650.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 599.22 € 543.48-696.77
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 393.29 € 325.16-436.64
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,442.88 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.42 1.50-4.00

Prices in Cologne

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Last update: August 2022
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6 Comments so far
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.
? 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