Cost To Live In Addis Ababa

How Much Does It Cost To live In Addis Ababa?

Addis Ababa is a place where you can live comfortably without much cost but its better to know how much it costs to live in this city, so costs are categorized into 6  types, food cost, housing cost, clothes cost , transportation cost , personal care cost, and entertainment cost. even tho some of them are not a need for living but we included it just to make the standard of realty we live in today.  

But in overall it depends where your location is, here we are listing the average cost of living in Addis Ababa. The bare minimum which you can find is probably around 7,000 birr(253$ USD) for a pretty standard 2 bedroom condo around the urban area. Be aware that those type of condos suffer from problems like shortage of water and electricity, so you have to carefully inspect everything before signing any deal. You can also find apartments that go for as high as 2,500$ USD with spectacular views and high end, modern design. This is the bare minimum and maximum price points

 

Food Cost In Addis Ababa?

  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district will be around 250 Birr
  • combo meal in fast food restaurant 230 Birr
  • 500 gr of boneless chicken breast 255 birr
  • 1 litter of whole fat milk 33 Birr
  • 12 egg large 59 Birr
  • 1 kg of tomatoes 23 Birr
  • 500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 128 Birr
  • 1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 18 Birr
  • 0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 26 Birr
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 249 Birr
  • 2 liters of coca-cola 46 Birr
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day 14 Birr
  • Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 35,018 Birr
  • Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 19,625 Birr
  • Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 4,902 Birr
  • Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 21,873 Birr
  • Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 14,616 Birr
  • Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 2,149 Birr
  • Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 2,599 Birr
  • 40” flat screen tv 13,892 Birr
  • Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,468 Birr
  • Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 213 Birr
  • Hourly rate for cleaning help 141 Birr

Transportation Cost In Addis Ababa?

  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 1,034,540 Birr
  • 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 19 Birr
  • Monthly ticket public transport 382 Birr
  • Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 214 Birr

Personal Care?

  • 1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, …) 85 Birr
  • Tube of toothpaste 59 Birr
  • Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city 138 Birr
  • Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 124 Birr
  • 1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 155 Birr
  • Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 137 Birr
  • Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 87 Birr
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper 59 Birr
  • Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 596 Birr

Entertainment?

  • Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,155 Birr
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 1,389 Birr
  • 2 tickets to the movies 175 Birr
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district 1,618 Birr
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb 12,506 Birr
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city 31 Birr
  • Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 735 Birr
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.52 Birr
  • 1 cocktail drink in downtown club 119 Birr
  • 1 package of marlboro cigarettes 109 Birr
  • 1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 30 Birr

Conclusion

The cost of living has been rising fast in recent years. Housing costs (rent as well as buying cost) have doubled over the last 6-7 years and are now comparable to the U.S. median cost of housing. Restaurant food has also increased and a typical restaurant meal will cost the equivalent of $6-$12 although the quality is not as good as the typical restaurant meal in the US, even at a sandwich shop, 

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