Cost of Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Food Price in KM
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 BAM
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 BAM
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 BAM
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 BAM
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 BAM
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 BAM
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 BAM
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 BAM
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 BAM
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 BAM
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 BAM
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 BAM
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 BAM
1.5 kg Sugar 10 BAM
2 liter cooking oil 20 BAM
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 BAM
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 BAM
1 liter milk 8.50 BAM
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 BAM
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 BAM
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 BAM
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 BAM
House Cleaning fee per day 105 BAM
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 BAM
Original branded Electric Fans 200 BAM
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 BAM
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 BAM
Single bed Blankets 120 BAM
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 BAM
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 BAM
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 BAM
Men's haircut 40 BAM
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 BAM
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 BAM
1 month of gym subscription. 105 BAM
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 BAM
Unisex Loris perfume 30 BAM
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 BAM
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 BAM
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 BAM
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 BAM
Go carting 30mins 120 BAM
Movie House 3d cinema 30 BAM
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 BAM
Photo shoot 120 BAM
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 BAM
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 BAM
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 BAM
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 BAM
Spalding Basketball 200 BAM
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 BAM
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 BAM
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 BAM
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 BAM
1 day rent a car cost 140 BAM
Driver’s license 2300 BAM
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 BAM
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 BAM
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 BAM
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 BAM
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 BAM
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 BAM

The cost of living in Bosnia and Herzegovina ranks 316th in the world for being a very affordable country to live, study, or work. Taking the basic aspects of life in the country, and in collaboration with our university partners and various sources, we have assembled the average costs of living (2020 figures) in Bosnia and Herzegovina for international students.

The currency of exchange is the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM), and you can easily convert these figures based on the current exchange values to have an idea of how much you will be spending while studying in the country. Although they have their currency, the European Euro (€) is still widely accepted and used as a benchmark for comparison along with the US Dollar ($).


The price of rent varies between regions and the location of the accommodation unit within the city also plays a factor in how expensive they might cost.

Rent prices per month for units within the city center costs around 350 BAM and rental prices for houses outside of the center go around 200 BAM to 250 BAM per month.


The total costs for amenities such as electricity, water, heating, telephone, internet, and cable tv all cost around 250 BAM to 300 BAM monthly depending on its usage.

Basic Foods

Food items like milk, bread, 1kg of cheese, 1kg of rice, one dozen eggs costs around 17 BAM from the local grocery store, and around 12 BAM at the farmer’s market. Also, fruits such as 1 kg apple, 1kg banana, 1kg orange go for 5.50 BAM.

Other vegetable food items like 1kg tomatoes, 1kg potatoes, 1kg onions all costs 3 BAM at any grocery store or market. 1 kg of meat costs 7 BAM and 1 kg of beef costs 14 BAM.


As a student, you benefit from an effective and timely transportation system anywhere within the country. There are buses, metros, trains, taxis, and trams that are very functional all through the day.

Getting around in any of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s big cities is one of the easiest parts of living, as traffic is less and public transportation is favored by all the citizens regardless of their social class.

A one-way bus ticket costs 1.80 BAM and for a discounted price of 35 BAM to 50 BAM, you can get a monthly pass for trips to anywhere within the city.

In the event that you can afford to purchase your own car, we suggest the 1.4 -120 HP/ VW Golf which costs about 33,000 BAM. Powering your vehicle would require gasoline which costs around 2.25 BAM for one liter.


Students who wish to eat out can do so at the many fast foods and local restaurants in the country for 7 BAM per meal or if they are fancier can opt for dinner at a classic restaurant for 7 BAM to 14 BAM per meal for one person.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have very strong coffee consumption and the price of coffee at any cafe is 1.80 BAM. Any cold beverages can cost somewhere between 1.20 to 2.50 BAM anywhere in the country.