Cost of Living in Milan

Summary about cost of living in Milan, Italy:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 € 10.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 € 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 8.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 € 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 € 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.61 € 1.00-2.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.51 € 2.00-3.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.32 € 1.00-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.55 € 3.79-5.68
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.50 € 0.85-2.71
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.00 € 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.02 € 1.20-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.97 € 4.04-12.70
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.15 € 2.04-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.73 € 3.63-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 0.91 € 0.45-1.32
Banana (1 lb) 0.83 € 0.45-1.13
Oranges (1 lb) 0.96 € 0.45-1.59
Tomato (1 lb) 1.07 € 0.45-1.45
Potato (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.45-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.61 € 0.45-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.01 € 0.50-1.80
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.51 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.00 € 4.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.46 € 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.23 € 1.25-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.70 € 5.40-6.20
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 € 2.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 39.00 € 30.00-45.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 € 3.50-7.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.17 € 1.71-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 € 27.60-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.86 € 5.30-6.81
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,500.00 € 21,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,065.62 € 22,800.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 168.80 € 102.00-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 € 0.08-0.23
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.06 € 25.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 56.16 € 35.00-85.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.18 € 20.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 € 8.00-12.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 637.20 € 500.00-850.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,961.54 € 8,000.00-22,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 78.69 € 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.22 € 16.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.57 € 55.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 121.58 € 60.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,088.27 € 800.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 749.43 € 600.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,456.25 € 1,800.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,545.31 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 708.62 € 557.41-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 328.43 € 278.71-464.51
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,667.12 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.71 1.00-3.00

Prices in Milan

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22 Comments so far
Mattia on Jun 07, 2021:
I was born and raised in Milan.
What can I say? The salaries are even lower than 1.600 euros per month. I can ensure you not so many people earn that much, regardless of their studies and/or working experiences.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t really matter whether you got a diploma or you graduated from university: the salaries are ridiculously low, especially if compares to the prohibitive cost of living - as listed above.
The city center isn’t affordable at all for obvious reasons, but so are the suburbs, unless you’d be interested in living in a quite overcrowded neighbourhood with higher micro-criminality rates, and you would still be paying too much among rent, bills, etc…
The city isn’t large at all, it’s actually quite small considering its population which consequently makes it a very crowded and not so bike friendly city.
Furthermore, I solemnly believe it should be cleaner than it currently is: it’s sadly not rare to find garbage on the street as well as broken roads and sidewalks.
I wouldn’t suggest anybody to move to Milan unless they already had an extremely high income, otherwise life won’t be easy at all.
What many expats don’t understand is that nothing is gold here, even if Italy is geographically stunning as a country, but that doesn’t mean we all live well.
Anonymous on May 11, 2021:
Milano is really bella. The country is really beautiful. Even though the income might be tight. But this probably compensate! the city is small, either the country. so it does not matter where you live. center or suburb. italy has many beautiful destinations.
Anonymous on May 11, 2021:
Europe mostly and Italy for sure, are not good places for expats to live!
You will be given the job you are deserved (by your resume). The cost of living is much higher! Especially the rents.
In the city center only paying the rent (not utilities) is at least 1500 euros!
You can go to cheap chain stores like LiDl or Eurospin but ... !!!
Jobs are awful! Purchasing power is relay really bad!
Baggio on May 21, 2020:
For a midclass life in Milan as an expat you should land a 80k EUR gross yearly salary at least.
Don’t listen to italians that feel fine living with 1500 EUR a month, that’s not midclass.
Francesco on Dec 30, 2019:
Whoever listed the rent prices is so off the mark. They're really extremely inaccurate to the point I wonder if they really live in Milan or have ever looked for an apartment in the city.
I pay 800€ per a single room in a shared apartment (we're six living there) in the Porta Romana neighborhood. Nowadays that's pretty much the average price for a room if you want to live inside the Circonvallazione. People who pay less have contracts from some years ago or got a huge deal. Or live in run down apartments (pretty common for students in Milan unfortunately).
An average 1 bedroom apartment (bilocale) in good condition is no less than 1500€ in the city centre (in Milan the city center is considered the area inside the ring, the "Circonvallazione"). That's including the condo fees but non including the bills. 1100€ is at most the price for a "monolocale" which isn't a one bedroom apartment, but a one room apartment (studio apartment).
And a three bedrooms apartment in good condition in the city center is definitely way more than 2275€
Andrea on Dec 27, 2019:
For Paul

Sorry but the history is different. You are not well informed about Milan. I live in Milan.....
Paul on Dec 11, 2019:
I live in Milan and i've never seen an enormous number of bullshits. I'm talking of salaries. Young italians are stupid and unbelievably greedy. They want an enormous amount of money right after their degree, and i can safely say that some of them even refuse 2500 euros (which is a very possible salary). The whole brain-drain story is horribly laughable. Milan is way better even than Switzerland, which is getting poorer and poorer. In fact people from Canton Ticino are emigrating here in Lombardy. Guess what? Are they stupid? We're tired of the false stories about Italian salaries. We're doing fine. And the worst part is that people believe every shitty website. Come to Milan and you will see!
Jurke on Oct 14, 2019:
I've been living in Milan for almost two years now after I moved here from Spain and Germany before that. Honestly I wouldn't advise anyone to move to Milan to make money or in search for a better life, unless that person is a renowned fashion designer or works in finance. Obvious reasons are extremely high cost of living with tremendously high rental costs and unbalanced salaries. The net salaries described above are definitely way lower with the average being between 1000€-1300, unless these data have been written by people working in the areas described above. People live at an incredibly fast pace, which gives little time to rest and there's so much stressed people at every corner. Traffic is a mess, transportation is often unreliable and everything is just overpriced, with apartments being no exception. Although I do a job I like and hold a Master's degree and a PhD my work is underpriced and I would earn double or two thirds more doing exactly the same job in a number of other European countries. Which is roughly going to br the situation most of the people going to live and work there will find themselves in.
Elysia on Aug 10, 2019:
I'm not sure if the prices are correct or not but I'm think of moving to Milan in the future. I need a rough idea of the average Italian gets paid yearly and a nice place to live not too dangerous, but not too expensive as well. The average amount of money rent is, food, restaurants etc. If someone could tell me that would be perfect, Thank you!
Marco on Jul 12, 2019:
@Krishna: Completely wrong. Salaries in Milan are much lower to basically all Western European Cities, except maybe Spain and Portugal (not sure about these two).
Most people with a master degree are lucky to earn 500€ on their first job and the salary increases slowly.
I personally know people who works in finance with a master degree from Bocconi (top university in Milan) who gets 500-600€/month with 2 years experience.
Minimum 60,000€/year after 3 years experience in Milan? Gotta be kidding me. Your figures are way off
And prices did rise in the last few years, especially renting prices which are now on par (or higher) with the rest of the Western European capitals.
Krishna on Feb 20, 2019:
Prices in the last few years didn’t rise but salaries for high specialized profiles are up to those of most European cities. In finance and IT if you’ve 3 years of experience is not rare to ask for at least 60k EUR a year.
Kenneth on Dec 27, 2018:
Apartment prices are completely wrong. Who listed them? Renting a one bedroom apartment in the city center (bilocale) cost no less than 1200€ per month unless we're talking about complete dumps that shouldn't even be put on the market (but landlords in this city are shameless). Of course quality accommodations are way more expensive than 1200€/month.
Outside the city center are also more expensive than the prices listed here and usually nobody want to live outside the city center in this city because is very run down, ugly and dangerous (conventionally the city center end at the "Circonvallazione"), they would rather live outside the city and commute from there.
The same is true for buying an apartment.
Average salary is unfortunately rather accurate and ridiculously low compared to the cost of living.
Considering the average salary and the apartment prices I wouldn't advise anyone to come living here. Other European big cities have the same real estate prices (or less) and offer twice (or thrice) the salaries offered in Milan for equivalent jobs.
Keerthyvassan on Dec 20, 2018:
Hi guys! At present I am living in Comasina, Milan. I just want to know the basic rate for gas (per m^3) and electricity (per kW) as our landlord is charging so much amount for utility bills. Kindly leave your comment on this. Thanks in advance. :)
@P A on Apr 16, 2018:
as you said if you don't have to pay for the accommodation and you're single 1600 EUR net a month (spammed for sure at least on 13 salaries a year) are enough for a mid-class life in Milan.

Mind anyway that you wouldn't save as much as you would save with a hi-tech senior position in let say London, Dublin, Berlin, Warsaw, Dubai or San Francisco.
In general Italians are used to low savings.
P A on Apr 13, 2018:
Hi guys,
A company is offering me monthly 1600 euro Net amount (after tax) of salary in milano. the apartment and lunch is taken care by company. May I know if anyone out there can tell me if this amount is good or not and would be your advice ?
Thanks for help.
Anonymous on Apr 13, 2018:
@Bauer: tax rate depends on many things and vary a lot, let's say for most people it's around 30%. For instance if you have 30.000 EUR gross, you get about 21.000 EUR yearly net. The higher the income, the higher the tax rate.
Bauer on Jan 17, 2018:
I don't know if "average monthly net salary" is how much the people receive there or as the people need to live there. Someone knows how percentage is the tax?
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2018:
@Annapurna: do you seriously believe the city is giving that kind of job to those people?
As you said, they're just "shady guys" taking advantage of that kind of situation to get some money. In some cases you even have to be careful not to refuse their "help".
Unfortunately that kind of decay is more and more common...
Annapurna on Jan 05, 2018:
Great things happening at the train station where tramp-looking people follow you offering a service on helping you to buy a ticket or to carry the luggages.

Initially I thought it was a scam, but actually when I asked information to some railways officials they told me to use the service of these shady guys.
They did their job of driving me to the platform and at the end of course they asked for a tip.

Is this a way for Milan to give menial jobs to homeless people?
Anonymous on Oct 24, 2017:
@Riccardo: it depends on what "city center" we take and on the size of the apartment.

▹ Inner ring: 2km from Duomo (Area C, cerchia dei bastioni, centro storico)
▹ Outer ring: 4km from Duomo (Circonvallazione)
▹ Everything outside the outer ring is definetely outside of centre.

The prices you are stating refer to the most expensive areas like very close to the Duomo. It's fair to assume that you can get a small (50-60mq, 600sqf) 1 bedroom apartment ("bilocale") for 1000€ + expenses ("spese condominiali"), in most central areas like along the inner ring.

Many people in Milan consider as central areas everything that is inside the outer ring, in that way it's correct to state that you get most 1bd apartments for ~1000€+expenses.

If we take the most expensive areas and a good-sized apartment than we get close to 2000€ as you say.
Riccardo on Oct 21, 2017:
The renting prices are completely false.
1000€ for a one bedroom apartment in the city center on average? lol, whoever wrote that, link here apartments in the city center for 1000€....more likely is 1600-1800€ and above.

Even a decent room in shared apartment (without living room lol) in the center is around 800€

A 3 bedroom apartment (with living room) in the city center is listed at least at 3000€ per month

Whoever listed these prices probably has never been in Milan
Matu on Aug 02, 2017:
James made a great description, but he forgot few points:

_The mosquitos in summer are in huge quantity, many areas of Milan have small lakes and rivers.
_In the outside of Milan, mainly in south, there are a lot of Nutrias, it si like a rat of the size of small dog that you can easyly see and crap with the car.
_The air polution is high, sometimes the civil protection ask not to make exercise at open air.
_Be prepare to deal with a huge quantity of Bureocracy, not only in Milan, but all Italy. Everything is complicated here.
_The aperitivo, a pre-meal, is great!! You pay for the drink and eat all what you want!