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Cost of Living in Mbeya | Expat Living

Cost of living and prices in Mbeya, prices of food, rent, shopping, etc. Updated 2023

 

Mbeya is a city in southwest Tanzania. It sits at the base of soaring Loleza Peak, between the Mbeya and Poroto mountain ranges. On the town’s outskirts is Lake Ngozi, a huge crater lake surrounded by dense forest rich in birdlife. Kitulo Plateau National Park, southeast of the city, is known for its colorful wild flowers. Farther south is Matema Beach, a resort town on the shores of the vast, fish-filled Lake Nyasa.

Cost of living in Mbeya, seems expensive according to the average monthly salary. For more insights check the list of average prices of Restaurants, Markets, Transportation, Utilities, and other important  categories/items.

MARKET ITEMSPRICE ESTIME     PRICE RANGE
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 2,964.28 TSh1,400.006,000.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)1,377.78 TSh1,000.003,000.00
Rice (white), (1kg)2,315.79 TSh1,800.004,000.00
Eggs (regular) (12)4,852.94 TSh3,200.007,200.00
Local Cheese (1kg)  22,375.00 TSh10,000.0075,000.00
Chicken Fillets (1kg)10,730.77 TSh6,500.0025,000.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)  9,071.43 TSh6,000.0025,000.00
Apples (1kg)6,323.08 TSh3,000.0010,000.00
Banana (1kg)2,053.85 TSh1,000.003,000.00
Oranges (1kg)2,291.67 TSh700.006,000.00
Tomato (1kg)2,375.00 TSh1,000.004,500.00
Potato (1kg)1,526.89 TSh1,000.003,000.00
Onion (1kg)2,581.25 TSh1,000.004,000.00
Lettuce (1 head)1,427.27 TSh500.002,000.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle)1,077.78 TSh700.002,000.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)15,000.00TSh10,000.0025,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)2,191.67 TSh1,500.003,500.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)3,920.00 TSh2,500.006,000.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)3,600. TSh2,500.004,500.00
RESTAURANTSPRICE ESTIMATEPRICE RANGE
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant7,000.00 TSh3,000.0015,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course57,500.00 TSh40,000.00100,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)13,500.00 TSh11,000.0020,927.33
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)2,500.00 TSh1,500.005,000.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)4,600.00 TSh3,000.008,000.00
Cappuccino (regular)4,482.14 TSh2,321.397,000.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)1,436.37 TSh600.003,000.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle)813.31 TSh500.002,000.00
TRANSPORTATIONPRICE ESTIMATEPRICE RANGE 
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)400.00 TSh400.001,000.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)15,000.00 TSh10,000.0018,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)5,000.00 TSh3,000.0010,000.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)3,000.00 TSh2,000.005,000.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)7,500.00 TSh5,000.0015,000.00
Gasoline (1 liter)2,268.21 TSh2,070.002,400.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW  (Equivalent New Car)45,000,000.00 TSh40,000,000.0050,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW   (Equivalent New Car)15,530,560.00 TSh10,000,000.0023,213,920.00
UTILITIES (MONTHLY)PRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage)157,091.84 TSh85,000.00250,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local294.17 TSh100.00400.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL142,472.25 TSh100,000.00250,000.00
SPORTS AND LEISUREPRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult130,833.33 TSh90,000.00200,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)28,491.98 TSh10,000.0050,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat10,000.00 TSh10,000.0015,000.00
CHILD CAREPRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Monthly for 11,040,839.30 TSh348,208.802,321,392.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child11,256,005.33 TSh6,964,176.0023,213,920.00
CLOTHING AND SHOEPRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)52,916.67 TSh30,000.0080,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)75,000.00 TSh30,000.00150,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)132,500.00 TSh70,000.00300,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes122,692.31 TSh70,000.00180,000.00
RENT PER MONTHPRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre666,901.40 TSh350,000.001,200,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre657,110.46 TSh250,000.001,392,835.20
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre1,752,185.26 TSh928,556.803,482,088.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre1,500,642.27 TSh890,000.002,500,000.00
BUY APPARTMENTPRICE ESTIMATE PRICE RANGE
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City!4,573,643.80 TSh1,973,183.2012,000,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside city2,102,968.27 TSh1,508,904.803,000,000.00
SALARIES AND FINANCINGPRICE ESTIMATE 
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)531,940.38 TSh 
  
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