Cost of Living in Sydney

Summary about cost of living in Sydney:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2,365.56 Rs 1,867.55-3,112.58
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 10,800.67 Rs 8,092.72-14,940.40
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,400.66 Rs 1,245.03-1,618.54
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 996.03 Rs 747.02-1,245.03
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 996.03 Rs 871.52-1,245.03
Cappuccino (regular) 489.71 Rs 435.76-560.27
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 397.75 Rs 311.26-498.01
Water (12 oz small bottle) 334.96 Rs 249.01-435.76
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 673.95 Rs 471.30-942.59
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 336.80 Rs 214.60-508.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 152.69 Rs 112.95-282.37
Eggs (regular) (12) 562.18 Rs 498.01-747.02
Local Cheese (1 lb) 695.12 Rs 395.32-1,242.42
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 643.07 Rs 508.26-847.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,011.15 Rs 677.69-1,411.85
Apples (1 lb) 250.91 Rs 225.90-282.37
Banana (1 lb) 198.34 Rs 169.42-254.13
Oranges (1 lb) 209.69 Rs 141.18-282.37
Tomato (1 lb) 276.41 Rs 169.42-395.32
Potato (1 lb) 187.66 Rs 112.95-225.90
Onion (1 lb) 154.10 Rs 112.95-169.42
Lettuce (1 head) 316.59 Rs 247.76-435.76
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 254.75 Rs 99.60-435.76
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 2,241.06 Rs 1,867.55-3,112.58
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 670.34 Rs 435.76-996.03
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 723.90 Rs 498.01-996.03
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3,984.11 Rs 3,112.58-4,980.13
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 547.81 Rs 435.76-641.19
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 26,892.72 Rs 21,652.76-32,479.14
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 498.01 Rs 435.76-622.52
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 440.81 Rs 340.63-641.18
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 7,021.99 Rs 4,980.13-7,056.85
Gasoline (1 gallon) 694.56 Rs 636.25-782.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,237,087.16 Rs 2,490,067.05-3,735,100.57
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,003,260.64 Rs 2,490,067.05-3,486,093.87
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 22,492.25 Rs 14,940.40-37,351.01
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 75.70 Rs 18.68-124.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 8,604.01 Rs 7,345.70-11,205.30
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,197.14 Rs 6,847.68-14,940.40
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,685.77 Rs 1,494.04-3,735.10
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 2,490.07 Rs 1,867.55-2,739.07
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 272,824.74 Rs 155,629.19-373,510.06
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,332,955.67 Rs 1,245,033.52-3,735,100.57
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 12,329.66 Rs 8,092.72-16,185.44
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 7,659.20 Rs 4,980.13-11,205.30
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 17,425.30 Rs 13,695.37-24,278.15
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 19,198.63 Rs 12,450.34-24,900.67
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 317,261.03 Rs 249,006.70-398,410.73
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 229,631.49 Rs 174,304.69-287,602.74
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 533,808.12 Rs 398,410.73-747,020.11
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 362,683.68 Rs 273,907.38-448,212.07
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 156,797.54 Rs 115,666.44-231,332.87
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 100,804.40 Rs 80,966.51-115,666.44
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 604,324.33 Rs
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.88 392.19-560.27

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Last update: December 2019
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41 Comments so far

#Chok on Nov 21, 2019 :
I wonder if I am making 3000$ per month, am I able to live in a single room in a shared apartment/house in the city center? Assume that I only eat out for special occasions and cook for myself every day. I will be traveling by bus or bike only.
#BennyJ on Nov 05, 2019 :
#Tarq is right about Australians lack of political awareness though ("we" voted in climate deniers)WTF!!!
Look at how slowly the economy is transitioning to renewables.
We have the worst environmental policies of the developed world, meanwhile we have every opportunity to be world leaders in production and manufacture of solar both PV and thermal, energy storage by way of pumped hydro, we're blessed with the second largest lithium deposits in the world (which we don't value add), we have boundless plains that could be sustainably farmed (instead of draining the Murray-Darling to grow rice and cotton). The decision makers are an elite club of miners and pastoralists though.
Our deputy PM Insolently said to Pacific Islanders, that they will survive sea level rise by coming to pick our fruit. Embarrassing the entire nation and showing the governments true colours.
India will most probably skip centralised power generation and distribution from burning coal to running microgrids and Australia's coal industry will have no customers. Yet the Federal government was more than willing to bankroll Adeni to build a monster coal mine. Imagine how far 1 Billion dollars (the amount of our money they would "lend") would go towards developing renewable projects and re-skilling workers of the polluting industries.

Australia is a safe, friendly place live, but don't try to have an intelligent conversation with any of us
#Carlo on Sep 12, 2019 :
Tarq's comment makes no sense. Australia is open for business, which is good. Tons of people move to Australia every year because the country hasn't experienced a recession in the last 28 years. That being said, Australians are kind & friendly. I'm not Australian and I fell in love with the country when I first arrived here.

Sydney is much safer than London, Chicago, Paris or Los Angeles. The work culture is good, you can choose between private and public healthcare. Taxation is reasonable, public transport is improving (light rail, new underground lines) and is quite decent already. Sydney is even building a new airport. Universities are good. Food is great and many areas have been regenerated (see Barangaroo) + there are talks of regenerating other areas west of Pyrmont as well.

"Sydney is boring" if you're inactive. You can go to the Blue Mountains or take a ferry to Watsons Bay or Manly and enjoy miles of pristine landscapes. The city does have museums and other types of attractions. The parks are amazing. The only problem Sydney has is people drinking too much (which prompted local authorities to introduce lockout laws that damaged the city's nightlife a little)... and that it is expensive.
That being said, Sydney is a global city & the most important financial centre in the southern hemisphere and your money will go further than in London anyway.
#Tarq on Aug 10, 2019 :
Many comments within these pages are misleading eg #Cupid, FOOD prices my friend actually vary within Australia to a degree than can only be called 'stupendous'.
I have lived in many countries, Uk,USA,South America etc. I removed myself from the dump called Australia to the Czech Republic because in my opinion it is still a British penal colony run by criminals.
Economically the country is in shambles, virtually every public utility is owned by overseas investors, it does not stop there, for example there are only 3 hotels within the Blue Mountains district of N.S.W that are NOT owned by Chinese investors. They own the restaurants and other tourist utilities and hire locals to run them.
One can be excused for thinking one arrived in Asia when arriving at Sydney International airport.
Sydney IS a pretty city with the harbour etc but is soon becomes boring once one has seen the opera house and harbour bridge!
The inhabitants are somewhat retarded, all they can think about and talk about is 'da footy and meat pies'.
Australians in general are the most politically unaware of any people I have ever come across within the Western world, that includes the Southern States of USA, which is saying a lot about the inhabitants of Australia!!
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#Bryan Kingston on May 28, 2019 :
Yes, and that’s exactly part of the job of a buyer’s broker. I have a client in her early 70’s whom I rented apartments to for several years and she suddenly came into a small inheritance. She actually called me and said, “Jeff, I have some great news…one of my relatives passed away…” which of course left me in puzzled silence. She explained that this relative left her money, and then had the sensibility to say “I shouldn’t have said it that way.”

With new funds in hand she was excited ditch the rental life and buy her first apartment ever, an apartment she told me would be her retirement home. I carefully culled appropriate selections for her and previewed units to make a list of top recommendations. But she saw some pictures on a website and totally fell in love with a relative large apartment on the 4th floor of a walkup building far from subways but which oozed prewar character. The hassles of getting things up or down 4 flights up was precisely the reason this unit seemed like such a deal compared to the more expensive doorman + elevator buildings I showed her.

When we viewed the apartment, she already had clear difficulty in making it up the stairs, but she told me she was “absolutely in love.”

It took substantial persuasion and tactful discussions to help her understand that if this was to be her “forever home,” and she expected to live here for the next 10, 15 years or more, she HAD to give thought to what it would be like to navigate those flights of stairs at age 80, 85 or 90.

Fortunately, I was able to convince her to view some of the attractive apartments I was recommending that were somewhat smaller, but in elevator buildings. The one she finally bought had an elevator, 24 / 7 doorman, a block from the subway and featured a rooftop solarium.

I stayed in touch with her over several years and she recently called me asking me “Guess where I am right now?? I’m in my rooftop sooo laaaa reeee ummmmm !!!” She insisted I come join her for lunch and during lunch she told me how much she loves her building and thanked me profusely for dissuading her from purchasing the walk-up apartment in the little building far out of the way. As it turned out, she had developed some issues with her hips that may eventually require surgical intervention and she described having an elevator and 24 / 7 attendant as a “lifesaver.”

The job of a SELLER’s broker is always to “sell the house.” But for the BUYER’s broker that job is ensuring the client gets a good deal on a great property that best meets the client’s needs. A buyer relies on his / her agent / broker for exactly this insight and expertise, even when that means being told “Nope. I know you love it, but this is not right for YOU.” Contact me to get your apartment
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019 :
Add another$2,000 each month to the $5,000 you quoted then your numbers would be correct.
##JustMe on Jan 09, 2019 :
Hi guys,
Some numbers for those wandering about costs in Sydney. This is based on a couple's expenses (without children).
- Rent (1 bedroom apartment in Randwick area): $560 per week
- Private health insurance for couple: $300 per month
- Electricity bills: $45 per month (we do not use much AA or heating)
- Gas bills: $45 per month (we cook a lot at home)
- Supermarket: $650-$750 a month (again, we cook a lot at home)
- Public Transportation: just walk to work
- Car rental (car sharing): $130 a month (just used to do shopping every two weeks)
- Lunch at work: $10-$12 each lunch
- Coffee: $3.00 each coffee
- Internet at home: $59 a month
- Mobile phone: $30 each person, each month
- Gym: $80 per person, per month

Taking all expenses into account, as a couple we spend approx. $5000 per month (on average).
#mari on Dec 16, 2018 :
does anyone know the price of living in nsw back in 1951 and how much has inflation grown since then till now?
#Parris Duggan on Oct 25, 2018 :
my friend and i are wanting to move to sutherland eaerly next year, how much is a good cost for livng there per week
#Victor Patrick on Sep 14, 2018 :
I got admission into university of Sydney and I will like to stay off campus, please advise me on which area I can rent an apartment suitable for my studies. A single bedroom apartment. Thanks.
#Ken on Sep 14, 2018 :
I would say, 4000AUD a month should be ok for a single person. I pay 370$/week for a room in the city and spend around 300$/week for food, gym, mobile etc. If I go out for drink, 100$ is easy.
#toto on Aug 15, 2018 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
#Cupid on Jun 14, 2018 :
I lived in Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The food prices in the supermarkets are the same, doesn't matter where you are.The prices indicated on the website are accurate.

Eating out, Cairns and Melbourne are very expensive, even the price of the daily lunch menu is way more than here.

In Sydney, I would say eating out at a normal bar/pub is quite reasonable compared to the other cities in Australia. Most places offer great deals, like $10 burgers and $12-15 steak, even at prime locations like Darling Harbour.

There are two expensive things in Sydney:

1. transportation
The first 8 rides are full prices, after the 8th the rides are at half prices. The weekly cap is around $60.
I live only 20 minutes away from work, however I have never payed less than the $60 cap.

2. Accommodation
If you are single, you need to be very well off to afford a 1 bedroom unit in the city. Below $500 per week without utilities it is impossible to find something.
Two-bedroom apartments are around $7-800 per week.

I work in an office in IT, my hourly wage is $25 which is quite average in an office environment. I work 37.5 hours a week, that equals to $937.5 per week, but this is before tax. My net wage is around $700 per week.

I rent a room in a 6 bedroom shared house for $250 including bills.
Mobile: $6 per week
Insurance: $12 per week
Transport: $60 per week

Total fix spending: $328 per week

Tax rates in 2018:
Tax rate


No tax


19c for each $1 over $18,200


$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
#Ashish on Jun 11, 2018 :
I am CA having experience of 7 years post qualification working with multinational company in India, whether any job for account people in Australia?
#AI on May 29, 2018 :
And taxes - kind of interesting system, gradebale. - check here your taxes.
#baba on May 27, 2018 :
Hi to everyone,
I want to know what monthly salary is enough to live a normal life in Sydney?
#Vitor on May 23, 2018 :

Hey man, your degree may not be recognized but PMP is international and I just got hired as a developer, so good news for IT. Lots of job in the area and a degree doesn't seem to be an issue.
The package I'm seeing through some jobs on linkedin, indeed and others range from 60-90k/year for mid level, 100-180k/year for senior and management roles. Good luck! By the way, try stackoverflow jobs!
#Daniel on Mar 28, 2018 :
Sorry, your ovearseas degrees/diplomas aren't recognized here in Australia.
There are no jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical or accounting fields.
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2018 :
I'm single age of 35 and having of 4+ years experince in development sectors. I want to migrate in Aus for better job, may I have any chance without ielts
#SM on Jan 30, 2018 :
hi I am working with a Big4 in India with 5 years of work ex in the same firm. I am an MBA and have PMP certification. Looking to move to Sydney. How much package can i expect?
#Boss Hog on Nov 25, 2017 :
No jobs in Sydney or anywhere in Australia unless you're in the medical field or allied health.
#Burini on Sep 07, 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.
#Thirusemmal Venkatesan on Jun 13, 2017 :
i gotta offer from a company located in sydney, (Level 23, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia) salary 3925AUD,
i am single, please anyone advise me the cost of living ( rent + food)/month.
#Sam on Mar 09, 2017 :
@Stana : Are you currently in Prague, Czech Republic?? And are you saying that a lot of thing in Australia (including lifestyle) is worse than in Czech Republic? How does Australia fare compared to other countries, such as the UK and Hungary??
#Matk on Nov 29, 2016 :
We have live in Sydney for 5 years. When we arrived it was expensive. Now property is unaffordable. It's increased by 70% in 4 years. Driven by Chinese investment and tax incentives for renting your property.
As a family we earn $250,000 per year before tAx but with 4 children cannot afford to save anything and will never be able to buy a house in a reasonable nice part of the city within 40 mins commute from the CBD.
LONDON is similar but have much better public transport infrastructure.
If you're coming from a city like London where your house is worth 1m pounds then you might be able to buy in a nice suburb. If not don't plan on staying. just come short term And enjoy the sunshine and beaches. But Sydney is not a great nightlife city. Go to Melbourne for that!
#firelitother on Oct 25, 2016 :
Hello guys. I am currently applying to a company based in Sydney for work. I am interested in building career capital first then accumulating money second. I am a software developer and I was wondering what would be a good rate to ask for in an interview when living in Sydney.
#Graham on Sep 29, 2016 :
wow Vanessa, you seem to contradict yourself in what you are looking for in a place. I have never heard anyone run Sydney down like that. It is still one of the best cities in the world and absolutely beautiful. I don't know why you would make out that it is so dangerous but yet you also complain that they cleaned up places like the cross. strange. maybe you haven't travelled much.
#popeye on Sep 09, 2016 :
Sydney is a bit like San Francisco or Vancouver, it's extremely expensive unless you move out in the housing estate suburbs which have their own set of issues...

The good spots of Sydney are expensive 3 to 70 million for a nice house, 700k ~ 2 million for a nice apartment/condo/unit/flat.

You can find cheaper but often it's in a not so good neighborhood..

That aside, lot's of people love living in Sydney..
#Anonymous on Sep 07, 2016 :
I just spoke with my cousin who I haven't heard from for yrs said that her son in law with duo degrees in engineering makes 300k in mismanagement position. That sounds too good to be true as I searched on the avg salary in Sydney. Is that possible? What is the avg salary for electrical engineer with duo degrees like? I think my cousin was exaggerating. What u all think?
#jagger on Aug 20, 2016 :
if i get hired in New South Wales, Australia, do you have a simple costing for my house(rent), food, transportation and miscellaneous expenses(e.i. sports leisure, restaurants, etc) per month?
#Auck to Syd on Aug 14, 2016 :
Been offered a job in Sydney. Moving from Auckland with 2 kids (4Y and 2Y). Are living expenses cheaper in Sydney than Auckland?
How about daycare? How much would I have to pay for daycare for a week?
What eould the average pay be for an Accountant with 10+ experiance.
#Oliver on Aug 06, 2016 :
How comfortable will be living in Sydney for one person with 100k$ annual average salary?
#Ali on Aug 05, 2016 :
I worked in Sydney as a Software Engineer for almost 6 years.
One factor this website doesn't count for is Job Security.
You might get a 100K+ job in Sydney but that might not last long.
For permanent and more secure jobs these days they're offering as low as 70K-80K package, for a senior software engineer.
#Bernadette on Jul 22, 2016 :
I have been living in Sydney outside Sydney in the 45 minutes by train on the Northside for over 20 years now and very nice area with bush views . Loved bringing my 3 children and finally paid off our loan 5 years ago and now had been buying and investing in property. If you work hard and know how to save, it's good living here . My 3 children's friends are all nice and no one take drugs not as much here. May be closer to the city and beaches , much more for younger teens and early 20s which is responsible. I used to live in Maroubra , the Rocks and Randwick , which is all close to the city and beaches when I was single but did not made friends who takes drugs or get drunk. You just be sensible .
I have travel most in the world and Sydney is home for me. May be Switserland is also a good country but to cold there. Some Scandamedian country is also a nice place to live...but still to cold for me .
Sydney is the best but expensive for the young to start. May be move to Adelaide which is a nice little quiet city to live and not to expensive. Tasmania is also a recommended city to live.
#Ahmed on Jun 13, 2016 :
Hey, I am a software engineer working on SAP having 10 years of experience in the same. I am planning to migrate
Australia. Appreciate your suggestions on jobs, cost of living and other things that to consider. Thanks in advance!

#Lion on May 17, 2016 :
I have been lived in Sydney for over 10 years. Gap between middle class is getting bigger than ever compared 10 years ago. Most of middle class bought their place or investing in properties would be much well off with increasing value of property in the past 4-5 years but for middle class chose to rent their place now they are worse than their peers

and yes if you are good enough landed a job in good corporate jobs -its not difficult to earn over 100k with 5-6 years experiences only then u can enjoy the goods of sydney.
#twiddle dee on Apr 25, 2016 :
thanks vanessa for your story.. gosh ... i suppose anywhere can be tough when you're going it alone and especially if you're on a budget

if you are wealthy then you're insulated from the drama of finding money for rent, bills, food, transport and pleasure.. the rich can live a party lifestyle in sydney, london, los angeles or new york

the thing is, whenever you go back to a place hoping it's like what it used to be years before.. usually it's a big disappointment.. everywhere is gentrified and over priced now.. and because rents are so high.. there's not the diversity on shops anymore..

what's the answer?
#Vanessa on Apr 21, 2016 :
Sorry to all you Sydney lovers,. Yes I was once a lover of Sydney too. I resided in Gould st Bondi Beach in 2001-2003. Great location and beautiful. Still is, but it's just overpriced now and very dangerous. I left Melbourne in 2015 in hope to find life,love and fun in Sydney how I remember it to once be., yes for 2 months I struggled but enjoyed my time there but realised after month 4, it was a memory that had died. It's a grotty place, the lock out laws are nonsense, creating problems for clubs and bars and any other form of nightlife. Kings cross is no longer the place it once was either, it seems like the entertaining parts of Sydney have all disappeared with the lock out law. The drug ice is at an all time high and the levels of mental health and violence are too. It's disappointing that the place overflows with so many people struggling to survive and live happily, many are now in financial strife and you have to share the rent with friends family or partners or complete er, strangers if you want to live in the eastern suburbs which in my opinion if you can't afford to live in the nicer parts such as Bondi, Randwick, Coogee, Zetlands, bronte etc.... Eh! Forget it. The place is prett much a hole. As much as I love it still, it literally burnt me out trying to keep expenses and bills low. Rentals.... Again. Shared., small, not that amazing or old studios. Overrun by Lebanese and middle easterners... For me Sydney just is not the place it used to be.. And it's never going to be again.
#Sammy on Apr 19, 2016 :
Sydney has it all ! From fine restaurants to the best movie cinemas and hotels. Prices differ from location to location. If your on holidays and looking for some interesting ways to spend some time, I'd recommend joining where you will find lots of interesting groups hosted by locals. If you've just moved here and own a car, why not join the and join the fun. There are various events throughout the year and joining only costs $99.
#secret life on Mar 30, 2016 :
I Love Sydney - and I have a secret too..

For the past year I have been clandestinely sleeping in my car at various locations around Sydney..

It's a brilliant way for a single person to live without the horrible expense of high rent, electricity, gas, water, ADSL Internet etc..

You have to be adaptable and adventurous to do this but hey.. it's a lifestyle choice for the budget minded..

I get to live in suburbs and locations where the average house is ten to twenty million dollars and I have the freedom to move around like a bird in flight..

Health and Hygiene

This is where you have to know your way around things...

discretion is needed and planning/preparedness is rewarded with success

rather than tell you all the ins and outs here.. there are plenty of "how to" videos on youtube..

It's not something I'd recommend for everyone obviously, but for the single person who's independent in mind, spirit and body and doesn't want to be tied-down to one spot... the why not consider being a clandestine sleeping in car person..

Would you consider doing it?
What would your concerns be?
Have you ever tried it?
What are the sleeping in car hacks you'd use?
Are there legal issues that raise red flags?