Cost of Living in Stavanger

Summary about cost of living in Stavanger, Norway:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 180.00 kr 120.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 875.00 kr 800.00-1,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 120.00 kr 100.00-140.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 85.00 kr 70.00-110.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 90.00 kr 80.00-100.00
Cappuccino (regular) 47.50 kr 30.00-57.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 34.14 kr 25.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 29.00 kr 20.00-35.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 73.25 kr 64.35-94.64
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 27.07 kr 14.17-45.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 13.48 kr 6.80-18.14
Eggs (regular) (12) 35.53 kr 21.00-48.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 50.90 kr 36.29-113.40
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 60.33 kr 20.41-95.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 114.15 kr 72.57-158.76
Apples (1 lb) 13.15 kr 10.89-22.68
Banana (1 lb) 12.64 kr 7.71-22.68
Oranges (1 lb) 14.26 kr 7.26-22.68
Tomato (1 lb) 13.80 kr 9.07-17.24
Potato (1 lb) 13.66 kr 6.80-23.59
Onion (1 lb) 10.89 kr 6.80-13.61
Lettuce (1 head) 20.33 kr 15.00-25.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 28.67 kr 15.00-40.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 150.00 kr 130.00-250.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 33.11 kr 25.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 47.50 kr 30.00-85.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 135.00 kr 110.00-150.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 39.00 kr 37.00-45.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 720.00 kr 600.00-760.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 150.00 kr 140.00-190.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 25.75 kr 25.27-43.45
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 474.00 kr 440.00-600.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 59.25 kr 53.00-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 338,200.00 kr 300,000.00-370,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 314,911.11 kr 300,000.00-350,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,846.43 kr 1,000.00-3,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.50 kr 0.70-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 478.43 kr 300.00-650.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 488.50 kr 300.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 246.00 kr 200.00-280.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 140.00 kr 120.00-200.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,357.50 kr 2,910.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 99,833.33 kr 50,000.00-130,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 904.33 kr 700.00-1,200.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 446.12 kr 400.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,093.75 kr 800.00-1,350.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,312.50 kr 800.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 9,250.00 kr 8,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,277.78 kr 7,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 18,714.29 kr 15,000.00-23,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 12,000.00 kr 10,000.00-14,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,340.60 kr 3,941.94-9,290.23
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,657.25 kr 3,158.68-4,366.41
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 30,927.89 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.14 2.50-4.00

Prices in Stavanger

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Last update: September 2021
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9 Comments so far
DreeasDery on Jul 29, 2021:
I've been offered 59900 nok/month after tax. I have a wife and 1 child. Is it ok for a decent living there?
Swaz Ali on Oct 16, 2020:
Hello everyone,

I have been offered an exchange semester there for 6 month. how much money do you think will be enough to rent a room with private bathroom and the living expenses.

Thank you,
Billy on Jun 29, 2018:
I live in Sandnes, some14km outside Stavanger. I have lived all over the area and rents are - 1 bed apartment between 7 to 9000kr per month, 2 bedrooms 9000 to 12,000kr a moth, 3 bed semi or terrace house 13,000kr to 15,000kr and a detached, anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000kr per month. In addition you will have to pay for electricity and internet, and even rubbish collection with some, so extra costs will be another 2 to 3,000kr pm. You can get cheaper but it will be dire and dark and dingy. There are absolutely no regulations as to what people are allowed to rent out in Norway, and they ALL want big money for sub standard accommodation. I can tell you most 80% places are horrid and sub standard, unapproved apartments in people's basements with no soundproofing, although many will claim floors are soundproof. Do not believe it. Norwegians are money hungry and money grabbers in general. They will badger you if you owe them a fiver and you will never hear the end of it, and if they can find a fault when you leave a place and get you to pay for it then they will. Many apartments are very sub standard and terrible. If you decide to rent in one, expect them to find a fault. They dont want to pay for anything themselves if they can help it. And for the worst apartment imaginable they will also want a 3 month deposit, what for I have no idea other when renting a hovel, but they want it. You have to be very careful and make sure you take photos of absolutely everything, windows, doors and every crevice possible when you move in and ensure they are given a copy. Video the place if you can and list all its faults and give them a copy. They are not very interested in renting to other races either, and will give to their own over you. Also, most places if renting a basement, you will have to put up with all their living instances, kids running round on your patch at all hours and parties, but you yourself wont be able to live the same way, so remember that. They want your money, but the list is long of how you are allowed to live by their rules. Renting a purpose built through an agent is my recommendation, that way you have proper living. And remember if your moving to Norway, do not at any time expect privacy. They do not know what that means and all live on top of each other. Every window will have someone looking in at you, even your toilet. Norwegian do not know the word privacy, nor excuse me. So be warned. Its an expensive place to live, a decent night out with drinks and a nightclub visit etc will cost you anywhere from 200 to 300 quid. A beer will cost you 10 quid. A take away pizza will cost you 30. Even a burger or kebab will set you back 10 to 15 quid. Petrol is currently 16.29 per litre. A litre of milk costs 28kr, loaf of bread, uncut, anywhere from 10kr on offer for the cheapest to 50kr for the best. 3 chicken breast in a supermarket is 10 pounds. 6 large cans of Heineken beer will cost you 23 quid. Yes, 23 quid, don't expect anything cheap. No Tesco here. Half the workforce works part time as they can claim benefits and earn more, They know their system and every kr that can be claimed. Dont be fooled by the flashy cars on the road either, no one buys, they lease and have to give the car back after 3 years. They also dont have curtains or blinds as they like people to see in and see what they have, its a strange way but they love it and love bragging. So if you have to live there the country itself is beautiful, with Hardanger Fjord being the most beautiful and worth a visit. Weather is rubbish and up and down, one day it can be 80 degrees, the next day 40 so be prepared. I lived in Norway for 17 years and couldn't wait to leave. Lots of immigrants in Stavanger city where the main congregation area is Pedersgata in the centre of town. Its awash with african restaurants and every nationality in the book. Food is great, but not a place to be at night if your female. Average hourly wage is 136kr and there is no stigma attached to jobs at all. Even the most educated people choose to work in food shops. Everyone also goes on holiday at the same time and Norway comes to a standstill during July and August as EVERYONE is away. Its a weird set up. Everyone has kids and one or two marriages behind them too and most over 40's are divorced and single flipping from person to person. Kids are money in Norway and the more the better so put a sock on it if you do indulge or you will be left paying 30 percent of your wages for 18 years even if you dont live there. Other than that its a great place to be for a bit if you have to be, it does have some good points. Safety is great and wages are high, but so is tax so, unless you rent a cheap place most of your money will go on rent and living costs. A cheap car to buy will cost you 3 to 5k, and for that you will get a banger that will get you from A to B, and thats all. Norwegian people when in general chat have a tendency to take everything said or opinions of others as personal insults. They wont get your sense of humour, and unless you agree with their ways and views, they dont like it if you have a different view so save your opinions for home. They also dont buy rounds in a bar, they all flit off and buy their own, again a strange set up.
David on Feb 12, 2018:
I thought I'd add a comment to maybe balance out the views of living in Stavanger.

I have been living in Stavanger now for 6 months. It is expensive certainly, but let's look into this.

Prices in Stavanger are high, but it's all relative. Chances are if you are thinking of moving here then you have been offered a decent job. Your salary will be relative to the living costs in the city or the surrounding area.

Keep your eyes open when shopping around the rental market. Landlords will try to take advantage of the high turnover of expats lost in a new country. Check for damp in basement flats. Visit many places. Don't be afraid to negotiate. Make sure tv and internet is included. Make sure the kitchen has good appliances.

Also, it's now a good time to buy in Stavanger. It's a buyers market. I am renting at the minute, but considering buying in the next 12 months.

Electricity is the winter will be approx. 1500kr p/m (including heating). But it will drop once you get to May. My average electricity bill in the summer months was 400kr.

Dining out, getting a coffee, grabbing lunch, or having a drink is expensive. So just save it for special occasions. Grab some alcohol at the airport. Buy a coffee maker. Take a matpakke to work.

Do your shopping in different stores. Rema and Coop Extra are my main go-to for most of my groceries. Meny is more expensive, but I do like to buy my meat and fish there.

Cars are expensive to run. But public transport is incredibly dependable and affordable. Again, if you are coming to work, you should be able to get a HjemJobbHjem discount card through your company. This will save you 300kr per month on a monthly ticket for the buses, trains, and ferries. I think it is 515 kr per month now in 2018.

Stavanger has wonderful hiking trails and is a very outdoorsy place. You will walk more. you might even take up running or cycling. Your physical health will improve here.

So it is very possible to have a decent life in Stavanger. It will take time to adapt to a new way of life but the people I've met have been incredibly welcoming and supportive and friendly.

And finally, learn Norsk. Not only will it help you settle, but a language also reveals a lot about a society and culture.

Good luck.
Sara on Jan 02, 2018:
And furthermore, with two children if you want a decent life and have a car, want to go out and eat, have gym membership or other, you will need to take home at least 40,000kr a month after tax. Electricity cost if you like to be warm is 2000kr per month. TV/internet with Lyse is 1000kr per month. Water 1000kr per month, mobiles x 2 is 800kr per month. Petrol is 16kr per litre so average full tank cost per month will be around 3000kr or more if your driving 25 kilometre a day or exploring. Car tax 2800kr per year. Insurance for home and car is 10,000kr per year or more. I rented a house of 150sqm. 13,000kr per month rent, 2600kr per month electricity, 987 oper month water, 500kr per month refuse cost, and these were the actual costs. All in all with going out and having a life, I needed 35,000kr per month to have a decent life. A beer in a pub will cost you 95kr and more if its a nightclub. A pizza at the cheapest place will cost 157kr. A one disheach chinese with a coke each will cost 600kr. A steak with starter and dessert and wine, no change from 2000kr. If you want to go skiing a weekend up the mountain, ensure you have 3000kr spare for the day if you want to rent gear and eat.
Sara on Jan 02, 2018:
Apartments and homes in Norway in general are small. Average 2 bedroom apartment in Stavanger is 60sqm and it will cost you 1000 pounds or more per month. If your lucky, you can get one larger. The standards are bad. You will get a small wall with a cooker, fridge and some cabinets. Your living space will be in the kitchen. 2 small single bedrooms is normal. Norwegians live in very small spaces and they expect you to rent their dark dingy basements for large amounts of money. As said, if your lucky, you can find a good place but not in the city, further out. So be prepared to live in one room and only single bedrooms. Its not great.
Anders on Dec 09, 2017:
Three-course meals is abnormal for Norwegians to order. We start directly in to main-course. Dessert is more common than starter but still rear. We save the penny for a pint, or a cup of coffe at the nearby cafe later on.
Anders on Dec 09, 2017:
24000 nok to suport your wife and child is going to be a struggle even thou your tax and accomidation is excluded.

Your wife needs to get a jobb as well, els stay off.
Ash on Nov 30, 2017:
Hi everyone,

I'm being offered NOK 24000 per month (after tax & accommodation paid for).
Is it enough for a young family of 3 (myself, my wife & 3months old baby)