Cost of living in Portugal

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

The cost of living in Portugal for an average student is heavily dependent on their location in the country and their personal lifestyle or habits. Here is a general overview of what it may cost you to reside in this modern and developed country.


The price for a one-bedroom student apartment in the city center of major cities like Lisbon can range from €400 to €800 depending on the area and how new the apartment is. The price of a room in a shared house typically ranges from €150 to €300 per individual.

In Portugal, major cities have higher prices for accommodation than smaller cities or the countryside. Student residencies and private dormitories are available for many students and typically costs around €700 to €1,500 per semester.

Tip; Also in Portugal, some apartments are rented with very minimal furniture or household amenities, students must consider this factor before choosing a suitable option

Also, houses outskirts of the city center are considerably cheaper, but students must consider the cost of the commute to school or the distance it is to their respective institutions.

Also, the search for housing is very tedious so please students can start searching early and also employ RocApply’s services to assist with all their accommodation needs as early as they can.


Portugal’s electricity is one of the most expensive in Europe, but not to worry there are cheaper services for students. Two major gas/electricity providers in Portugal are Edp and Galp. Edp is slightly cheaper and more popular among many residents in Portugal.

Gas comes as a part of the electricity bill and costs about 15% to 20% of the total bill. The cost of heating is also part of the gas prices and are very favorable even in winter months.

Water is very reasonably priced and costs between €10 to €20 per month. Other facilities like TV and the Internet are fairly priced. The Internet costs about €24 per month and local Television is free, however cable tv costs between €15 to €20 per monthly subscription.

Tip: Telephone carriers like MEO or Vodaphone are very economical and they provide really good services.


Tip: the best insurance company in Portugal is ‘Fidelidade’ they cover different types of insurance from medical to car and health insurance.


Portugal has a wide range of very effective means of commute; from buses to trains to trams, taxis and metros. The prices for a typical commute on a bus, tram or metro cost €1.50 to €3.50 depending on the distance. Students can travel for discount prices if they purchase monthly bus cards that cost a reduced amount of €20 per month and the cards are reusable for a one year period.

Taxis are fairly inexpensive but can cost a lot on some peak hours of the day. Ridesharing apps like Uber, Bolt, Kapten, Cabify and My Taxi are very popular in major cities across the country. These apps are also very popular among students because of their ease of use and very friendly rates 

Tip: Kapten is presently the newest and cheapest in the country and they offer several student promos as well.


Food costs are relatively cheap in Portugal thanks to its thriving agricultural sector. When grocery shopping, one can find that fruits and vegetable prices range from €0.5 to €3.0 per one kilo of fruits like avocado, lemons, bananas, and apples. A bottle of wine is fairly priced as it costs everything from €2 to €17 depending on the brand.

A packet of pasta cost less than €1and one rice costs only €1.50 per kilograms. Eating out is also very popular amongst residents of the country, a typical lunch meal or dining out experience can set you back €15 per individual. International fast-food chains, restaurants and coffee houses all have branches littered around Portugal.