Cost of Living in Lagos

Summary about cost of living in Lagos:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 707.00 ₦ 500.00-1,200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 12,000.00 ₦ 8,000.00-18,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 2,169.00 ₦ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 350.00 ₦ 300.00-600.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 500.00 ₦ 400.00-700.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,260.33 ₦ 632.62-2,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 125.45 ₦ 100.00-211.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 80.38 ₦ 50.00-150.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3,323.59 ₦ 2,271.25-5,678.12
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 326.46 ₦ 226.80-362.87
Rice (white), (1 lb) 473.75 ₦ 181.44-907.19
Eggs (regular) (12) 581.82 ₦ 450.00-900.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 776.78 ₦ 385.55-1,133.98
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 692.99 ₦ 544.31-997.90
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 680.39 ₦ 272.16-1,133.98
Apples (1 lb) 404.45 ₦ 226.80-680.39
Banana (1 lb) 230.58 ₦ 136.08-340.19
Oranges (1 lb) 373.46 ₦ 204.12-544.31
Tomato (1 lb) 294.84 ₦ 136.08-680.39
Potato (1 lb) 249.48 ₦ 181.44-362.87
Onion (1 lb) 163.29 ₦ 113.40-226.80
Lettuce (1 head) 466.67 ₦ 100.00-1,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 183.33 ₦ 150.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3,000.00 ₦ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 353.79 ₦ 250.00-500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 600.00 ₦ 400.00-800.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 375.00 ₦ 300.00-500.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ₦ 100.00-300.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 7,500.00 ₦ 6,000.00-15,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 500.00 ₦ 400.00-1,000.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 321.87 ₦ 96.56-804.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 1,500.00 ₦ 1,000.00-3,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 548.88 ₦ 548.88-556.46
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 7,000,000.00 ₦ 5,000,000.00-9,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 10,894,736.84 ₦ 6,000,000.00-17,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 10,133.17 ₦ 5,000.00-20,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 17.22 ₦ 10.00-30.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 14,891.30 ₦ 8,000.00-25,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 12,468.75 ₦ 6,000.00-20,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,555.56 ₦ 1,500.00-6,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 2,500.00 ₦ 1,500.00-3,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 36,050.64 ₦ 20,000.00-70,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 658,928.57 ₦ 250,000.00-2,000,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 7,068.97 ₦ 3,500.00-15,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 8,875.00 ₦ 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 19,903.23 ₦ 12,000.00-30,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 24,480.77 ₦ 15,000.00-40,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 251,077.78 ₦ 45,000.00-500,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 128,359.65 ₦ 25,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 846,293.31 ₦ 100,000.00-2,500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 366,447.14 ₦ 50,000.00-1,000,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 32,096.45 ₦ 13,935.34-46,451.13
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 12,541.81 ₦ 4,180.60-18,580.45
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 88,038.46 ₦
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 16.62 10.00-20.00

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Last update: October 2019
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34 Comments so far

#Derek on Sep 07, 2019 :

I have been speaking to this woman on the Internet, she is from Lagos, I think I love her. She wants to send me $2000 for an operation on her tongue. I don;t know what to think, maybe I should go there first. Is it really this inexpensive in Nigeria?

Please any advice,
#zeeez on Aug 07, 2019 :
As far as I know..

Rent Per Annum [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 500,000.00 ₦
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 200,000.00 ₦
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,800,000.00 ₦
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 900,000.00 ₦
#Mel on May 06, 2019 :
What are the job opportunities for a black American over there?
#ujoh on May 02, 2019 :
Hello every one
visit to start making your steady daily passive incomes now.
#Oluwasanmi Odejayi on Feb 06, 2019 :
No way lagos rent outside city center is that high.
1 bedroom outside city center is max 800k per annum

3 bedroom outside city center in a lush place still goes for 1,200,000 per annum
#Xyz on Feb 02, 2019 :
Real living cost in Lagos(being a Lagosian). Few things you need to know about Lagos:
1. Largest city in Nigeria and Africa
2. Economic power house of Nigeria
3. Most populated State in Nigeria
4. About 45% - 60% are slums. (those pictures you see online are pictures of high class area)
5. High Crime rate (it is dangerous to be outside at night)
6. Public transportation is very under-developed and stressful.
7. Lagos is DIRTY .(every where you go you will always see dirts on the ground, and in drainages).
Now lets dive in:
Housing - You will have to pay 12 - 18 month deposit. Getting a cheap place can be relatively easy if you have the cash.
Houses are of low quality except in places like Ikoyi, Banana Island, some part of Lekki, some part of Ajah, Magodo, Surulere.
Renting a room will cost N5000 per month, renting a small apartment will cost N10000 - N15000 per month, renting a two bedroom is N25000-N30k per month.
Clothing - Lagos being a warm place, you can get by with N5000 on average. But if you want luxury, you can spend N15000.
Feeding- Prices of foods have doubled. Feeding depends on you, to save money, DON'T eat outside, buy foodstuff in bulk. Note that in Nigeria we don't use the kilogram for measuring foodstuffs. But budget N10k - N25k for feeding if you want to eat healthy, you can spend more than that.
Public Transport- Public transport in Lagos is POOR. Budget N8000 - N10000. You can spend less than that, if you live a bit close to your work place. Don't think of using bicycle(push bike) to commute if you value your life. We don't use that thing in Lagos for commuting. Owning a car will take out 50% of your salary because spare part are expensive in Lagos, car maintanance service is expensive, petrol is expensive, N145 per liter.
Phone and Internet- depend on you. You can choose the cheap or expensive plans.
Utilities- for electricity - N5000-N20000(electricity is poor in Lagos, 8hrs of power supply per day, infact one week of no power supply).
Waste disposal-free - N2000 per month.
Summary: Lagos can be cheap depending on your lifestyle. I know people who survive on N20000 per month, but with a VERY LOW QUALITY OF LIFE. To live decent as a single you need N200k - N250k per month. And as a family of four you need N600k per month.
I hope that helps.
#Xyz on Feb 02, 2019 :
The naira has fallen to the dollar, so indirectly, cost of goods and services has gone up.
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2019 :
Hey #ItsMe
Rent in Lagos and Nigeria usually cost bout 50-70% of income.
A good number of people have friends rally round to take an apartment. And you have to pay 12-18 months upfront.
#ItsMe on Nov 06, 2018 :
I'm confused how it's can be????

Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,031.94 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 618.37 $

Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 248.87 $

the cost to rent an apartment 3 times higher than the income???
#Anonymous on Jun 22, 2018 :
Does anyone know a man named Thomas Coumbe. He says he is an American but always has problems that can only be solved by sending him money. Says early sixties daughter Tess and a son Fredick
#Nigerian on Oct 31, 2017 :
Bill Silva, It is more likely a scam than true.

#Bill Silva on Oct 15, 2017 :
I've been communicating with a girl named Elizabeth Sylvester who lives in Lagos. She has told me she is in love with me. Recently she asked for money to help move her mother. Any red flags pop up here ? Anyone have any experience. Advice needed
#tunji on Aug 19, 2017 :
let me update you regading the food price in nigeria.i will mention food price in shoprite,parknshop and hubmart.all imported goods in hypermarkets in nigeria are overpriced.1kg of imported orange is 3200 naira,and 1 dollar=364 naira.if you want to buy cheap alcohol i recommend you Bazar in Ilupeju.on Shoprite one bottle of Martini is 4000 Naira,on Bazar is 3000 Naira.local oranges are dry,with bad taste.all Hypermarkets are full of low quality products,due the fact africans don't have much education in eating healthy.contrary,they think everything from supermarket is high quality.africans are poisoned
intentionally by soft drinks companies.nigerians are drinking coke like no other nation,thinking that coke is the most healthiest drink.
#hollywood on Apr 28, 2017 :
What is the price of a two bedroom apartment on the first floorin nigeria the middle class area i thinking about moving there for about 3 months
#Jamila on Mar 16, 2017 :
Looking for honest, reliable, and responsible business partner in Nigeria. I am interested in clothing, fashion, fabrics, models, fashion shows etc.

The partnership is 50/50 import/export.

No Nigerian scammers!
#Norma Lopez on Mar 15, 2017 :
I've been talking a guy who says he's in the army in Nigeria
I met him on Facebook, and been texting at first on messenger,then we switched to hangouts ! I have pictures he's sent but he can't call or can't send pictures, I've sent him money ! But icant do it nomore his name is Peter Harold deployed his uniform has the name Silva's can somebody help me
#victor on Feb 12, 2017 :
As long as naira has fallen a lot comparing with dollar,cost of living in Lagos is expensive.import products are 20-50% more expensive than Europe.1kg of orange is 1000 Naira on Shoprite and 3200 Naira on Europe 1kg of imported orange is 600 Naira.all the prices now in Nigeria are made according to the US dollar(1 dollar=497 Naira).house pricing is over ratted.even local products are getting more expensive.Nigeria has plunged into a terrible economical crisis,due the lack of economical knowledge from President Buhari.power system already collapsed 2-3 times,so don't expect too much,but power generators are part of daily life in Nigeria.if you wanna buy cheap alcohol,try indian Bazar.they are cheaper than Shoprite and Park'N'Shop.for taxi best is Uber,they are cheap and have good cars.from Shoprite Ikeja to Shoprite Surulere,i payed 1500 Naira.most of quality restaurant you will find them in Victoria Island.Iphones are cheaper than Europe,also cigarettes are cheap.stay away from any people asking money on line or any other cheap reason.think twice before using your bank account to pay.
#Maurice Abiagom on Jan 31, 2017 :
Lagos is very expensive/cheap depending on the,areas you plan on staying in lagos state for example living in mainland can be very cheap in terms of food,children school fees,housing,lifestyle and otber unlike the island which can be very expensive for instance a two bedroom apartment can be seen for 300k compared to the island where u can see it for 750k lots of difference,most public schools(free tution)are in the mainland compared to island where is filled with expensive international private can also buy food for as little as 100naira (local resturants)compared to the island where you can see it for 500naira so it dependa on where you stay in lagos a beautiful,welcoming and main hub for entertament in Africa
#Jerome Adams on Dec 31, 2016 :
My fiance is over in your country she need to get back to the state so we can get married I'm wondering I might never have another chance to married her not is Jasmine Hopson please help her get back to the state by January 9-2017
#E on Nov 24, 2016 :
I never been scammed for money but a nigerian girl did play games with my heart. I was talking to her for a few months & i wanted to add her as a friend on facebook & she denied my request so that gave me the gut feeling that she wasn't right. after that situation i asked her why did she deny my request she lied & said she never got it not knowing that i already knew she was a liar after that i just started to see that her soft words didn't match her actions. I just straight up told her that i had her all figured out & she can't fool me & instantly she didn't want anything to do with me anymore. Oh & not to mention i sent her 50 bucks but she never asked for it she just told me she was sick & needed memedicine. So i felt bad for here & sent it. I'm not mad about it i just look at it as a charity case now & i did a good deed by donating because what i did was from the heart, i just wish i didn't let her in so much of my life & get my emotions involved. Be careful because those nigerians have a way with words. That's karma on her end not mines so it's all good
#Fish fish on Oct 26, 2016 :
Thanks for the advice of the honest nigera people. I read more than one story that matches my own. Sounds like I've been scammed. Those who are honest keep up the good work.
#Anonymous on Aug 10, 2016 :
Nnabuike,Christopher, China. Anyone been scammed by this named person?
#Anonymous on Jul 30, 2016 :
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#Resident on Jun 25, 2016 :
For all you that are getting asked to send money for one reason or other, please do not send. You should be able to identify scams by now. That said, these people are a very small percentage of the population. Nigerians are mostly nice, welcoming and friendly to non-Nigerians.

Protect your heart and money from fraudsters
#Ryan on Jun 21, 2016 :
Sorri I mean does anyone no of a medical semernar in lagos this month june and a doctor from usa called Erick bonilla please get back to any1
#ryan on Jun 21, 2016 :
Does anyone no of a medical dinner at or a doctor call Erick Bonilla from the USA place get back to me
#Dee on Jun 04, 2016 :
I have helped alot of people bust some internet fraudsters giving Nigeria a bad name. If u need my help to verify the identity of anybody based in Lagos, i would gladly help. @deeescada
##Help on May 25, 2016 :
I have been in a relationship with this guy for about two months. I have sent him money. He told me he was in Nigeria for three weeks and would be coming to the US soon. I sent him money for his ticket and now he is saying it will be six months. We have skyped a few times. I know he is who he says he is but something is bugging me about this and I cant pin point it. I love him and I want to trust what he is saying. Help me think logical!
#Anonymous 6 on Mar 03, 2016 :
How can I verify if there is a man by the name of Wallace Cummings in Shepherd Specialist Hospital, Lagos Nigeria? I have tried calling and emailing the hospital with info obtained online, and I never get an answer or a reply. And how to verify if there is a doctor there by the name of Olotu Kayode; aka, Dr. Williams. And there is another contact name involved, Kingsley Ebewehele. If anyone knows how to verify any of this info, or if anyone has heard anything about any of these given names, I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
#sue on Feb 27, 2016 :
I have talking to a guy for five months and ha was suppose to be working there but it fell through. Very full on with his affections. Asking me now for money hotel and good. He is a white guy on his photos.
#Anonymous on Feb 06, 2016 :
Does any one no a shelton kerr who's a engineer in Lagos who lost money an need help
#Wale mike on Oct 27, 2015 :
NIGERIAN is a very good place to live as you can see nigerian CUSTOM IMPOUNDED CARS FOR SALES AT CHEAPER AND AFFORDABLE PRICE, INTERESTED BUYERS can CONTACT MARKET ZONAL OFFICER ON(08144056988) or (009234814405688)
E.G. Golf,2, 3, 4, 5,
from N400, 000-N400, 000. Toyota Camry big.
daddy=N650,000. Thanks
#Wale mike on Oct 27, 2015 :
NIGERIAN is a very good place to live as u can see nigeria CUSTOM are now IMPOUNDED CARS FOR SALES AT CHEAPER AND AFFORDABLE PRICE, for INTERESTED BUYERS can CONTACT MARKET ZONAL OFFICER ON(0814405698) note you see what you are buying befor payment
E.G. Golf,2, 3, 4, 5,
from N300, 000-N400, 000. Toyota Camry big.
#Anonymous on Oct 06, 2015 :
How does what is written on this post has to do with scam and scammers . This is statistics for you are the government for proper planning.