Cost of Living in Quezon City

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 33.56
Rent Index: 7.30
Groceries Index: 30.71
Restaurants Index: 18.88
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 20.93
Local Purchasing Power: 40.36
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 ₱ 100.00-180.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 700.00 ₱ 500.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 100.00 ₱ 99.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 ₱ 30.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 80.00 ₱ 80.00-125.00
Cappuccino (regular) 100.00 ₱ 80.00-130.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 25.56 ₱ 20.00-45.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 13.82 ₱ 10.00-20.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 281.74 ₱ 236.59-302.83
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 42.64 ₱ 36.29-54.43
Rice (white), (1 lb) 19.66 ₱ 18.14-21.32
Eggs (12) 69.25 ₱ 65.00-72.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 31.75 ₱ 20.41-45.36
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 61.76 ₱ 49.90-81.65
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 116.23 ₱ 106.59-127.01
Apples (1 lb) 69.17 ₱ 45.36-104.33
Banana (1 lb) 20.59 ₱ 13.61-25.85
Oranges (1 lb) 36.29 ₱ 27.22-68.04
Tomato (1 lb) 24.95 ₱ 18.14-27.22
Potato (1 lb) 27.22 ₱ 13.61-31.75
Onion (1 lb) 21.17 ₱ 13.61-27.22
Lettuce (1 head) 40.00 ₱ 25.00-70.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 28.40 ₱ 25.00-30.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 300.00 ₱ 250.00-350.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 38.33 ₱ 30.00-80.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 76.67 ₱ 60.00-90.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 64.50 ₱ 60.00-70.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.00 ₱ 7.50-24.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 450.00 ₱ 400.00-500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 30.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 64.37 ₱ 64.37-80.47
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 125.00 ₱ 100.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 151.23 ₱ 128.70-174.13
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 900,000.00 ₱ 900,000.00-1,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 950,000.00 ₱
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,800.00 ₱ 2,732.14-7,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.33 ₱ 6.00-20.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,791.66 ₱ 1,299.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,700.00 ₱ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 187.50 ₱ 100.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 220.00-325.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 20,000.00 ₱ 20,000.00-20,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 467,563.73 ₱ 467,563.73-467,563.73
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 1,624.75 ₱ 1,200.00-2,500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,333.33 ₱ 800.00-2,500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,500.00 ₱ 2,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,500.00 ₱ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 13,200.00 ₱ 7,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,400.00 ₱ 5,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 19,500.00 ₱ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 12,000.00 ₱ 10,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 6,874.77 ₱ 4,657.70-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,804.15 ₱ 3,251.58-6,503.16
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 17,700.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.00 4.00-11.00

Prices in Quezon City, Philippines

These data are based on 439 entries in the past 18 months from 67 different contributors.
Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Quezon City is 66.44% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 400.87$ (20,119.72₱) and for four person family at 1,366.09$ (68,564.05₱) (without rent).
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7 Comments so far

#Diana on Aug 26, 2016 :
I have recently move to Quezon City. I plan to stay here during a year as master student. So far I am paying about 300 dolars of rent for a small study-apartment fully furnished at one condo. I find it is ok, I think is comfy and safe. But as far as I can see food prices are much higher than the average (here display on the website). I lived the last 2 years in Europe and I am surprised to find that I have paid double the price for many items. Including vegetables and fruits that I was expecting to be much cheaper here! Could anyone please give me a piece of advice on this matter? As a student I cannot afford that much. Thanks a lot :)
#Mike on Jul 01, 2016 :
My wife and I have a condo at GMA mart station (direct access) for rent. 19 square meters, balcony, hot water, furnished, outer unit with view. If you are interested email me at m_plowman@
#Monalisa on Mar 29, 2016 :
I wonder if you've made good on your plan to coming back to the Philippines and wonder how it all went with the budget you envisioned it would be. It's just that I thought it would be wiser to get a rent-to-own place instead of renting it through and through. There are even better fully furnished condos or townhouses if you look good enough. Of course, you can survive on your budget if you're flexible enough.

God bless.
#steve on Apr 17, 2015 :
I think your rent budget is on the high side. If you live in the province or outside the city then you could save a lot of money. I plan on buying a 1 bedroom condo instead of renting.
#Hurley Nelson on Feb 05, 2015 :
I am a Retired can i live in Philippines on 5,000. Dollars a month income what city would yousuggest I live in
#John H. Ruyle on Mar 17, 2014 :
What does your monthly budget come to in American dollars?
#Pete on Dec 24, 2013 :
I am a divorced 63 year-old US citizen of Filipino decent. I love America and everything it stands for and I will offer my life to defend its freedom and its way of life. However, I have made up my mind and I decided that I will be going back home - to the land of my birth. Lots of big things are happening in the Philippines and I don't want to miss them. I am aware of the challenges they are facing like stemming corruption, reducing poverty and surviving the effects of global warming. These are daunting tasks for the Filipino people and I hope even in a small way, I can help the country overcome these challenges.

I have kept myself informed of almost everything that is going on in the Philippines, which gives me some level of confidence that my transition will not be as rough and scary as I sometimes imagine. I want to share my relocation plan with others who happen to read this post and hopefully will inspire them to do the same. I have decided to live in Quezon City - the biggest and most populous city within Metro Manila. I believe that big cities have a lot more to offer to those who enjoy being around people of all shapes and stripes. I have identified three possible areas where I want to look for a place to rent: (a) around the New Manila district; (b) within the Libis area; and (c) around the North Avenue area. All of these areas are accessible to any point in Metro Manila. Shops and restaurants are plentiful and all the services I will need are within walking distance. I will be buying a good but used second-hand SUV as I plan to drive and see most of the main island of Luzon.

Initially, I figured that I will need to fork out about $12,000 or roughly P516,000 to get started. This will pay for my one-way fare to Manila, 3 months of advance rent and deposits, appliances, furniture & furnishings, and sundry expenses. Anywhere within these communities that I targeted, a 1 bedroom unfurnished condominium or a two-bedroom apartment are not hard to find. I have budgeted each month for the following: P18,000 for rent, P17,000 for food and dining out, P7,000 for gas, oil & maintenance, P10,300 for wifi, cellphone & utilities, P5,000 for local travel, $4,000 for medical/dental, P5,700 for all other miscellaneous expenses. These sums up to about P67,000 or roughly $1,560 each month. The key is flexibility - with a fix income, I am aware that I have to be smart and prioritize my expenses and be able to switch funds around to where it is most needed. I have bounced these numbers to some close friends and relatives in the Philippines and have gotten positive feedback that it is indeed doable.

I would love any feedback from other posters and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for your time and God bless!