Cost of living in Samoa

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

The Overview

This guide has been set to give you all the necessary information relating to the cost of living in Samoa while explaining in detail the prices of basic commodities here. The total cost of living in Samoa for one person with average consumption for one month will be USD 1250, no rent price included. You will need to consult with your friends on-campus to widen your appreciation of daily expenses which may be overlooked on this guide to avoid any inconveniences relating to budgeting and planning for your successive semesters!


Unquestionably, everyone who visited Samoa will say that this is a country of thousands of spices, tea varieties, and fruits. Samoan cuisine is full of meat, salads, and potatoes. Despite low prices, the meals are tantalizing, delicious, and well cooked. You can get a decent mean for USD 20.00.


The transport system here is reliable. You can hire a taxi for about USD 10/ 10kn. However, most institutions have transport for students. You can pay once per semester to access the university cans and buses!

Rent per month

A one-bedroom apartment in the center of big cities here will cost about USD 500. At the same time, similar accommodation far from the downtown will be only USD 350 and you can save a little if you don’t need to spend much on transportation.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee varies depending on the educational level, course of study, and status of student whether Samoan; or international students from developing countries or developed countries. A tuition fee of about $700 per semester for the locals, $1300 for developing country international students, and $2000 for developed country foreign students.