Cost of living in French Polynesia for students

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

The estimated monthly cost of living in Noumea for a family of four is $4 922 or CPF 484 218F without taking rent into account. A single person’s estimated monthly costs are $1 367 or CPF 134 521F without taking rent into account.


One bedroomed Apartment in City Centre in New Caledonia costs about CPF 108 333.33, and a one bedroomed Apartment Outside of the city center costs CPF 82 500.00. These come fully furnished with beds, couch, television, TV stand, tables and chairs, wardrobe, and washing machine.


The prices for local transportation or rental are as follows: One Litre of gasoline costs CPF 137.96, a One-way ticket for local transport costs about CPF 190.00 while a Regular monthly pass costs about CPF 8 085.00. Some other transport options include:

Buses- there are two main bus networks in New Caledonia, namely Taneo and RAI. Taneo is the main urban bus network for Grand Noumea while RAI is an inter-urban coach network. A single ticket on the Taneo lines costs about 300Francs. A pass however costs about 900 Francs and gives you unlimited travel for the day. It is, therefore, less expensive to use a pass than get a ticket. The RAI fleet has 40 premium tourist coaches and 25 lines. These coaches have air conditioning, video, are safe, and have alcohol lock devices. These are quite affordable. The Karuia is the local bus service that serves Noumea city. It has 18 lines of red and white colored buses which operate from as early as 6 am till 7 pm. Tickets can be bought for 190 Francs at the office but cost 210 francs when purchased on the bus.

Taxis- taxis are operated by Radio Taxis. These can be found at the taxi rank located on Rue Anatole France and also near the aquarium in Anse Vata, to mention but a few.

Taxi Boats- taxi boats are also available for transportation in New Caledonia. The Coconut taxi boat is a line that can take you across any of the 14 islands, with drop-off and pickup available. Betico is also another boat line that serves Noumea, offering day trips from 7 am.

Car rentals- car rentals are also available in New Caledonia. Point Rouge rental costs about 3300 Franc per day for small cars and from 5500 francs per day for 4 wheel drive vehicles. AB Location de Voitures offers smart Peugeot vehicles for about 4100 francs per day.

Bills and Utilities:

Basic Utility prices in New Caledonia are as follows: Basic utilities (Water, heating, garbage, and electricity) costs 22 915.06 francs, Cable/DSL internet connection (unlimited data and speed of 60Mbps) costs 7 656.00 Franc, and Local one-minute prepaid calls cost 44.31 Franc.