Cost of Living in Santiago

Summary about cost of living in Santiago:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5,000.00 CL$ 4,000.00-7,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30,000.00 CL$ 20,000.00-35,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4,000.00 CL$ 3,500.00-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1,500.00 CL$ 800.00-2,500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2,000.00 CL$ 1,490.00-3,500.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1,723.70 CL$ 1,200.00-2,300.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 844.58 CL$ 600.00-1,200.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 639.80 CL$ 500.00-1,000.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2,857.30 CL$ 2,460.52-3,217.60
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 776.87 CL$ 453.59-1,270.06
Rice (white), (1 lb) 401.18 CL$ 294.84-512.56
Eggs (regular) (12) 1,708.57 CL$ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2,355.85 CL$ 1,587.58-3,084.43
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 1,514.09 CL$ 907.19-1,995.81
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 2,758.28 CL$ 2,041.17-4,082.34
Apples (1 lb) 387.25 CL$ 317.52-544.31
Banana (1 lb) 374.51 CL$ 294.84-453.59
Oranges (1 lb) 385.35 CL$ 272.16-453.59
Tomato (1 lb) 409.10 CL$ 272.16-544.31
Potato (1 lb) 298.34 CL$ 181.44-453.59
Onion (1 lb) 373.14 CL$ 226.80-462.21
Lettuce (1 head) 784.78 CL$ 500.00-1,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 883.16 CL$ 600.00-1,200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 3,500.00 CL$ 3,000.00-4,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 858.82 CL$ 600.00-1,250.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1,588.33 CL$ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3,350.00 CL$ 2,500.00-3,600.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 710.00 CL$ 670.00-740.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 35,000.00 CL$ 25,000.00-40,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 300.00 CL$ 300.00-300.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,046.07 CL$ 643.74-1,931.21
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7,800.00 CL$ 7,000.00-10,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2,819.44 CL$ 2,649.79-3,028.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 12,000,000.00 CL$ 10,000,000.00-14,990,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 11,229,375.00 CL$ 9,990,000.00-13,000,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 83,361.75 CL$ 42,500.00-151,111.11
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 89.07 CL$ 55.00-200.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 26,144.47 CL$ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26,250.00 CL$ 14,990.00-40,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12,035.71 CL$ 8,000.00-20,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4,500.00 CL$ 3,800.00-5,500.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 264,347.83 CL$ 150,000.00-350,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,680,909.09 CL$ 2,500,000.00-6,240,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 37,071.43 CL$ 25,000.00-50,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 22,505.75 CL$ 15,000.00-36,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 45,636.14 CL$ 35,000.00-60,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 55,975.61 CL$ 45,000.00-72,720.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 299,777.78 CL$ 250,000.00-380,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 240,280.86 CL$ 190,000.00-350,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 535,714.29 CL$ 400,000.00-750,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 475,783.93 CL$ 300,000.00-700,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 136,761.11 CL$ 92,902.27-167,224.08
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 128,438.63 CL$ 65,578.78-206,243.03
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 479,800.86 CL$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.61 3.50-8.00

Prices in Santiago

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Last update: January 2018
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17 Comments so far

#Pita on Dec 02, 2017 :
In Chile, a middle class Chilean person lives the lifestyle of a poor European person. The upper class live the lifestyle of the equivalent middle class European person, if even that, because services like quality education and health care are private and expensive.
#icha on Dec 02, 2017 :
The reason why the average salary in Chile is so far below the average cost of living is that in Chile, Santiago specifically, the cost/value ratio is terrible and most people have a very low standard of living. It is possible to pay less in basic goods and service like rent and health relative to the US for example, but to achieve an equitable level of quality you pay significantly more. To have a life that does not feel like living in literal poverty and struggling to make ends meet, you must make within the top 10-20% of incomes, and even then it is still a struggle except for the small percentage of company executives and people in certain industries who earn extremely well, but these positions are few. In reality, most people struggle to get by and spend all of their income on basic necessities because the cost of living is so high, most salaries are very low relatively speaking, and quality is poor.
#Santi on Sep 16, 2017 :

1. Santiago is one of the safest cities I've lived in Latin America, of course using LATAM standards.
2. If you want to truly enjoy what Santiago has to offer, no. Nonetheless, you can survive in English if spanish is not required to your assignment.
3. I never really stopped to look at veg restaurants but I'm sure a quick google search would help you.
4. Cost of living depends on your lifestyle, you can check breakdowns in Coco's comment below, I find it quite accurate. I'd say that a single person with no children on their 30s would have a comfortable but simple life with $2000/m.
#Sammy on Sep 12, 2017 :
I am planning to visit Santiago on a business trip for around 6 months, Please help me with some queries:
1. Being a single lady, is it safe?
2. I dont know Spanish, only English. Is it manageable with only English?
3. Are there sufficient Veg food options available, as I have not tried non-veg so far
4. What will be approx cost of living per month for me(In USD)(I am ok with staying in a shared apartment or PG). I would be great if you can also provide the details with basic breakup like (Rent, Food, Transport, Health etc.)

Any pointer is highly appreciated.
#Alessandro Bove on Jun 29, 2017 :

Thank you so much #Coco. I appreciate it.
#Coco on Jun 27, 2017 :
#Alessandro Bove I live in Santiago in Vitacura, in a 3 bedroom aprt 120mts2 with 2 swimming pools, gym and security in front of a very big park (similar to Central Park). You can find cheaper rents in other parts of least 30% less, and the shared expenses will drop in a building without all those amenities. All the other cost will be the same. Hope it helps. Family of four (2 adults, 2 kids (3 and 1 year old).

Rent $1.313
Shared Expenses (of the comunity bulding including heating and hot water) $284
Supermarket $597
Housekeeper $627
Kinder (1 kid) $373 (you can find 30% cheaper in other parts of Santiago)
Primary School $350-$500
Health Insurance (family of four) $560
Utilities (electricity, water) $52
Internet $45
Car Insurance $47
Car Tax $17
Car Gas $90
#Alessandro Bove on Jun 27, 2017 :
Hi, I'm evaluating moving to Santiago, Chile. I have a family of four, a newborn and a 4 year old daughter. I was just estimating monthly costs and I woudl like to know if I'm close to real numbers. I appreciate your comments, I left blank some items that I couldn't find a reasonable price on the internet:

RENT 1000

TOTAL: 2820

#Erika on Mar 06, 2017 :
there is not living in Santiago for US$800 you need at least $1800 a month to live there
#FelipeCabargas on Jan 18, 2017 :
> Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 289,111.11 CL$ 250,000.00

....yea, no
#Anonymous on Dec 26, 2016 :
how can you have 800€/month average income, and nearly a Madrid cost of living ? one or another is false
#Kakarutto on Apr 02, 2016 :
#Pam F. on Mar 13, 2016 :
I am confused about info above. Is the "Average Monthly Disposable Salary" before or after paying rent, utilities, etc.?

Pam, this question really made my day :)
#Pam F. on Mar 13, 2016 :
I am confused about info above. Is the "Average Monthly Disposable Salary" before or after paying rent, utilities, etc.?
#Jorge Ojeda on Dec 13, 2014 :
Good information.
I'd like to say Chile has a very big salary inequality, top 1 among OECD countries:
In IT area you can find (for the same position, i.e SW Developer) annual salaries between USD 14.000 and 34.000 (> 5 years experience).

Greetings, Saludos
Jorge Ojeda
#Emily on May 15, 2014 :
Echoing everyone else here- education and health are both very expensive. Minimum wage (something like 210,000 CLP per month for 45 hours a week) is disproportionately low to the cost of living.
#Christian Korn on Jan 15, 2014 :
As of 15/1/14
A one way ticket in bus is 600 clp and in metro is 620, allowing the combination of both in a same trip for the same price.
#iconoclast on Jan 09, 2014 :
This information is very good, however it has some loopholes to imrpove:

1.- the apartment pricess are too low. If you compare to European standards ( looking for similar neighbours and quality buildings) the rent will be higher ( and growing). Top neighbours 120 m2 apartment may well rich 3.000€

2.- as others pointed out, you need to add Education costs ( top private schools are more than 750€ / month)and Health ( similar amount for a standard family)

3.- Restaurants are becoming more expensive, now it's hard to find an acceptable meal for 5€, more like 7 - 8€ for the basic, and 40€ for a mid-range for 2

Hope this helps.
#Carlos Saavedra on Jan 08, 2014 :
This survey, good as it is, misses some items which may not have been considered due to local particularities. In the case of Chile, education and health are both almost completly privatized. A middle class family would spend on average CL$ 120.000 montly per child on education.