Cost of living in Botswana

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

Are you planning on moving to Botswana for your studies? Are you worried about how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living? Do not worry much because Botswana is considered as one of the most affordable countries in Africa.

Its economy is ranked along with South America’s Mexico. The cost of living in Botswana is cheaper than in 52% of countries in the World.

Due to the diamond economy, the government of Botswana subsidizes for most of the basic needs, therefore making basics cheaper and available for almost all households.

Such an environment is convenient for students living on a cost tight budget. We have provided an estimated price list to guide students on the living cost in Botswana. It covers food, accommodation, clothes utilities, personal care, entertainment, and transportation.

We tried to be as accurate as possible. It is important that students are able to determine whether the cost of living in a country affects their standards of like as this will greatly affect their educational results.


Basic Meal in the CBD P76 Food
500 gr chicken breast P21 Food
1-liter whole fat milk P13 Food
12 eggs, large P46 Food
1 kg of tomatoes P16 Food
1 kg of apples P20 Food
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes P8 Food
0.5 l domestic beer in the supermarket P16 Food
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality P95 Food
2 liters of coca-cola P16 Food
Bread P5.97 Food


Monthly rent for 85 m2 furnished accommodation P12,248 Accommodation
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio P4,899 Accommodation


1-month heating, electricity, gas P942 Utilities
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) P906 Utilities
40” flat screen tv P6,000 Utilities
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff P1.01 Utilities


1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) P494 Clothes
1 summer dress in a high street store P706 Clothes
1 pair of sport shoes P708 Clothes
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes P613 Clothes


1 liter of petrol P10 Transportation
Monthly ticket public transport P268 Transportation

Personal Care

1 box of 32 tampons P30 Personal Care
Deodorant, roll-on P19 Personal Care
4 rolls of toilet paper P20 Personal Care
Tube of toothpaste P20 Personal Care


Basic dinner out for two in neighbourhood pub P119 Entertainment
2 tickets to the movies P100 Entertainment
1 cocktail drink P80 Entertainment

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