Cost of Living in Melbourne

Summary about cost of living in Melbourne, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$ 13.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 60.00-160.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 A$ 10.00-14.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 9.65 A$ 5.00-13.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 A$ 6.00-13.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.37 A$ 3.50-5.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.20 A$ 2.00-4.19
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.79 A$ 2.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.90 A$ 4.16-9.46
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.82 A$ 1.32-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.22 A$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.86 A$ 3.05-6.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.49 A$ 2.27-13.61
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.19 A$ 3.18-7.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.37 A$ 4.54-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 2.03 A$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.43 A$ 0.91-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.51 A$ 0.91-2.49
Tomato (1 lb) 2.12 A$ 1.13-3.13
Potato (1 lb) 1.46 A$ 0.45-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.22 A$ 0.91-2.04
Lettuce (1 head) 2.66 A$ 2.00-3.90
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.28 A$ 1.00-3.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.60 A$ 3.00-9.09
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.90 A$ 3.50-9.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 32.00-49.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 A$ 4.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 157.50 A$ 130.00-195.65
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 A$ 4.20-7.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.61 A$ 2.61-4.43
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.08 A$ 34.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.09 A$ 4.54-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,000.00 A$ 25,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,342.05 A$ 24,500.00-28,729.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 205.49 A$ 125.38-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 A$ 0.05-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 72.97 A$ 60.00-85.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 66.11 A$ 44.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.04 A$ 15.00-28.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 15.00-25.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,454.77 A$ 1,200.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,286.67 A$ 10,000.00-27,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 99.88 A$ 59.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 55.38 A$ 30.00-90.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 137.46 A$ 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 147.56 A$ 80.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,715.82 A$ 1,400.00-2,080.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,385.47 A$ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,251.59 A$ 2,550.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,261.50 A$ 1,800.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 866.92 A$ 743.22-975.47
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 723.78 A$ 557.41-929.02
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,978.78 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.90 2.20-4.00

Prices in Melbourne

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Last update: June 2021
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42 Comments so far
Just a tired guy on Apr 05, 2021:
April 2021 UPDATE: Things are fine here. It's a fine place to live. I'll leave some information in this comment on where to look to budget for your own needs as the questions previously asked in the comments are for the most part lazy bordering on ridiculous or completely stupid. In particular: Nobody can answer accurately about your own circumstances and whatever job offer you have that's being queried, or ease of job you would like to get. The anonymous people on the internet just don't know.

So, If you want to know about rent: and are where most things are listed and at the very least are indicative of the property market for both buying and renting.

You can also look at our larger grocery chains such as Coles or Woolworths websites for indicative prices of groceries because you can search for individual items. Presumably you have an idea of your own groceries wherever you are currently in terms of prices and volume.

Public transport ticket costs and network maps can be found on the websites of Metro(trains) and Yarra Trams (trams)

Utilities such as gas/water/electric are going to be widely different on your usage and how many people you are living with if you share accomodations.

I hope this answers most budgeting concerns. Don't waste you time with follow up questions, I don't think I'll check back here ever again, but i hope if you've read this far you have at least been given the bare minimum of how to start budgeting and costs that will apply to you. This is in addition to the numbers above, which is probably the info you wanted to end up here in the first place- just read it and do your own math. To finish up, the borders are still pretty much closed, so it's not looking good for anyone trying to enter at the moment.

But that one guy who is a physician and is looking for a phd position with a 30,000 AUD scholarship for wife and 3 kids- Man.... if you're a physician you should be intelligent enough to do a cursory search and basic budgeting. No. It's not possible.

For that other guy who asks if ''Hi every one please suggest me 10500 AUD is sufficient for me or not with wife and 2 children'' Please, if you are going to ask questions of this nature with: Zero context, incomplete information and on a page designed to answer you exact field of questions... Don't come here. Just don't. We have enough stupid lazy people making stupid lazy choices already.

On the other hand, If you are someone who thinks first, considers the questions and makes considered and responsible choices based on reasonably anticipated outcomes... welcome home.
Shawn on Dec 21, 2020:
Can you please tell me for international student how much is living cost?
Realist on Oct 16, 2020:
Anyone thinking of trying to move to Melbourne now after Covid-19. Think about this.

- Recession
- Over 200+ days in lockdown after a second wave and still going (many businesses shut, can't leave your home beyond 5km etc)
- High unemployment (job losses across Victoria (mostly Melbourne) have already far eclipsed the height of the 1990s recession)
- Job market has been decimated obviously with many applicants applying for those jobs that are actually still being advertised
- High population (all those previous years of jamming in immigration)
- High property prices (by all measures, DYOR)

Good luck!
Garg G C on Oct 14, 2020:
What salary can be expected by a CA with 13 years experience & what are the job prospects as of now?
Les on Oct 04, 2020:
The restaurant prices in Melbourne are totally off. Everything is 50% higher than quoted.
Prasoon Vyas on Sep 30, 2020:

What would be the ideal monthly cost of living for a family of 3 (Including 10 year old children) in Melbourne?

Anonymous on Aug 09, 2020:
Be warned - melbourne is being taken over by Chinese - this needs to stop. Plus now Dan Andrews has ruined this great city with his 'snowflake' approach to lockdowns.
Kiran on Jul 24, 2020:
What about rented house for single person per month and including utilities per month (Australia)
Safy on Mar 03, 2020:
Hi Ajmal,

For one person 70k shouldn't be bad to start with.
Safy on Mar 03, 2020:
Hi Raj,

200k should be good enough for family of 6 considering you will be on PR. In that case considering your kids going to public school. Saving depends on you, but you will pay around 37% as tax and for 6 person family you will almost spend 5k~6k per month on an avg.
Ajmal on Feb 02, 2020:

I am considering moving to Melbourne. Would an annual salary of AUD 70,000 before tax & superannuation be enough for one person?
Raj on Jan 24, 2020:
hello. i'm a software engineer coming to australia with a family of 6. is 200k salary enough for us to live and save
Tim on Dec 29, 2019:
'Anonymous' (Sep 14 and Nov 17), seriously, do your own research if you want accurate answers. How can you determine the reliability of what you read on a thread like this??? You need to look for current and accurate figures about the cost of living.

I'll answer your Sept 14 question for you though, since you sound very unclear about the cost of living in Melbourne. 10500AUD is a fraction of what you require on an annual basis, even if you live modestly. I'd suggest AT LEAST 40K and that's the bare minimum to survive. It wouldn't be particularly comfortable if you're trying to manage rent and all the costs of supporting a family.
Anonymous on Nov 17, 2019:
Any suggestions on annual income for a single person moving from the US to Australia? To live comfortably not just barely get by.
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2019:
Hi every one please suggest me 10500 AUD is sufficient for me or not with wife and 2 children
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2019:
Hi every one please suggest me 10500 AUD is sufficient for me or not with wife and children
Whatever on Jun 10, 2019:
International students really killed this page. It's not about you guys!!! #To guy with wife and 3 children that wants to live in Melbourne on $30 000 a year - Does your wife and kids eat and drink? Are they resistant to Heat and Cold? Can they run as quickly as train? Etc. Etc. Etc. To other one- there is no difference in cost of living between Ringwood and Croydon.
Josh on May 30, 2019:
Doing this for school so trash but also good. I don’t know we’re the low and height market is!,
DF on May 01, 2019:
Expensive city for a family

Family of 4 (young children) needs $110k gross household income minimum to survive. Not much left after tax.
Jun on Mar 29, 2019:
How much salary of an welder fabricator in melbourbe, better if someone knows the lowest and the highest salary... And which suburb cheaper to leave, ringwood or croydon?
Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019:
Where do you get your prices from,the moon? Maybe you're a moon student instead of an international student huh? The prices given here by NUMBEO are only off by a small percentage higher.I live in Melbourne.Which Galaxy system do you live in dufus?
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019:
As an international student who lives in Melbourne, I think you can live much cheaper than what you have seen here. Most of the prices are higher than usual and normal one. If you buy your groceries from ALDI or COLES, I think you can manage all groceries $150-250 a month!!! Utilities (water, electricity and heat) vary but if you share an apartment with others, the whole cost would be around $50 monthly in average. You can get phone sim-card from Catchconnect or Kogan, 3G data, unlimited nationalwide calls and text for just $15. You can find other options on their websites. Do not waste your money to get a shitty products from Telstra, Vodafone or Optus!!! The most expensive part of living in Melbourne is rent!! If you wanna rent a private room in an apartment, you would pay $200-300 weekly but in suburbs outside of CBD it might be cheaper $150-250 weekly. So suppose to what I have experienced here, for having a standard and normal life in Melbourne, all expenses besides the rent is something around 250-350 monthly. The rent would be $150-300 weekly depends on where you are planning to live.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019:
Everything is very expensive in Melbourne and getting higher all the time.It amazes me how to anyone would even want to live in a dump like Australia.Two hours at the airport waiting for my next flight was enough for me just passing through.
Gadane Mer on Mar 03, 2019:
Childcare costs vary even in the same neighbourhood. When we first arrived in 2011, we were paying 105 aud/ day in St Kilda. Now we are paying 180 aud/day in Camberwell. Centrelink pays back 7500 aud per year. Total madness! Many Australian women stopped working for this very reason. And as being the most apolitical society in the world, you can’t see any protests anywhere in Melbourne.
Garry Hart on Feb 14, 2019:
Hi Guys,
Can anyone let me know what child care costs would be like for non residents on a working visa ?
Many thanks,
again on Jan 26, 2019:
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Melbourne?
Shadi on Jan 22, 2019:
I am a physician and suppose to begin a PhD program in he university of Melbourne,if I got a scholarship I would receive 30.000 Aust Dollars per year, is it enough for a me,my wife and 3 kids?

thanks in advance
Kodresko Natalia on Jan 05, 2019:
Kodresko Natalia.
Have pursue very seriously -- please me help on natural contact with Australian Police on decide my Immigration case.Russian FSB DOING EVERY DAY PERSECUTE -PURSUE AND NO DOING JUSTICE.
Pink on Jun 28, 2018:
Hi, I am an International future student in Deakin University. I have following questions:
1. Is taking admission in November intake not a good ida? Does the PR becomes difficult for November intakers as I have heard people saying that the course is shorter for November students than July.

2. Which area is best to look for accommodation near Deakin University Burwood Campus and how much does it cost?

3. Are studio apartments cheaper or expensive near Burwood campus?

4. Is it a good idea to look for accommodation 20km away from university as people say there are not part time jobs near to Burwood?
ActualAussie on Jun 06, 2018:
I've been living in melbourne my whole life, and first of all - you can't even get 60 Mbps internet (which stands for megaBITS per second, and is actually 6 megaBYTE per second) unless you have a residency with fiber connection (which not very many do, and even then you'll struggle to get 6 megabytes per second). The national average is less than 1 megabyte per second, and living in the city, paying $55 per month you will get close to 2 megabytes per second.

Also, I have no idea how you came to those numbers for rent/buy. If you're going by average, that is a bad way to calculate a useful number for people because the extremely expensive and opulent apartments will throw off the number by a large margin. You can rent in the city for around $500 per room, per week easily and they will be very modern and spacious apartments. Rent outside the city is more like $300 per room per week for very large private houses with a pool. Some people rent decent houses for less than $100 per week.
Alfredo on Apr 23, 2018:
I am from Chile and i wonder, how is the IT work in Australia? i am working at technical support and i am thinking in moving to live and work in Australia.
fa on Feb 05, 2018:
Hi every one
My husband and I currently planning to move to Melbourne. Our jobs in Iran are auditing and I do photography in a professional level too. We both worry about finding jobs in Melbourne. Is it hard to find auditing jobs for my husband who is ACCA member with 8 years experience? and photography job for me??
Please advise if you can....
Chicken on Jan 29, 2018:
Hello. I am moving to Melbourne this year to study digital design. I am planning to get some part-time or freelance jobs related to my major. Is it hard to find design jobs at local businesses for an international student? (I have ~2 years experience in graphic designing).
Thanks a lot!
Ru on Jan 17, 2018:
#ali where do you stay? Which street apartment complex
Meno Silva on Dec 20, 2017:
Hello. I would like to ask you a question in relation to the above's statistics model chart. Where is the percentage of 0.04?
Thank You.
Banjaluka on Dec 17, 2017:
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Melbourne?
ali on Nov 14, 2017:
i live in a 3 bed room house in melbourne rent is just 1350$ excluding any other expenses .around 250 p/m utilities.petrol 1.35 p/l a couple earning 5k p/m can live here alright
Malcolm on Oct 30, 2017:
As an Australian who spends time in both Melbourne and London I would dispute the prices quoted here

I find Australia more expensive for most things compared with the UK, especially food which would say is about 50% more expensive than the supermarkets in the UK. Eating out is particularly expensive in Melbourne, there are very few mid price restaurants where you can eat for $40 per head. Mains are typically $25-35, entre typically $15-20 and similar for deserts. A decent bottle of wine will set back at least $50 on top. I can eat much cheaper in London and food quality is good.

Don't believe me just do the checks yourself on line. Compare you local shop in Waitrose/Tesco/Aldi etc with Coles and you'll see what I mean
Bebe on Oct 30, 2017:
Hi there!
As a Melbournian myself I think that it really depends on how often you get that money, if its yearly probably not, monthly yes and daily for sure! But it also depends on where you live too, some places tend to cost more and leisure is often expensive, but if I were to recommend a place to eat I would say FODDIES it's healthy, good meals and for an amazingly cheap price.
Good Luck John!
John on Sep 07, 2017:

I'm currently planning to move to Melbourne with my wife and 2 sons.Im a qualified Chef and my wife Accountant.Will 12k after taxes enough to comfortably live in Melbourne?Please advise.....
Burini on Sep 06, 2017:
I'm a single 26 years old civil engr. (structural engr.) having 3.5years experience working in a precast company as a structural engr., I'm planning to migrate to Sydney within a year time,.. just asking about how easy I can get a job there in any of the reputed pre-cast companies! and what about salaries! are they good to cover my living expenses over there! just need your help in giving me a clear picture on the life expenses and other related things, etc.,..

Thanking you in advance.

Awaiting your reply/feedback please.
Sayontan on Aug 23, 2017:
Hi there,
I got a job offer with a Big 4 Consulting firm in Melbourne. We are a couple (27m,25f) and we were planning to move over to Melbourne this November. Is 10000AUD or 6600AUD (after tax and superannuation deduction) per month good enough to spend life in Melbourne? What would be the expenses in terms of 1 BHK apartment, utilities (gas/electric/water/garbage/internet), health insurance, fooding? Most importantly, do I need to renegotiate or go ahead with the current situation.
Thank you!