Cost of living in Senegal

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

The cost of living in Senegal is relatively low. A lifestyle similar to that of the locals is less costly. It is wiser to change living habits as it reduces costs. It is advised for foreign students not to spend too much on eating out and living in high-end expensive apartments.


There are several accommodation options available in Senegal. These can include hotel stays, flats, or apartments. An apartment in the city center costs XOF 630 222.16 and a 1 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre costs XOF598 793.76. Hotels offer luxurious but very expensive accommodation.


Shopping and Groceries

Senegal is a generally affordable country. There are several shops and malls where you can get products at an affordable price. Some of the shops and malls in Senegal include:


  • Sandaga market.
  • Sea plaza
  • Ets Ndiaw Diop
  • Dakar city mall
  • Pavilion Senegal

Transport –getting around in Senegal is fairly easy with many transport options available in Senegal.

Rental Cars- private transport is the best to navigate through the crowded streets of Dakar and other major cities. Hiring a car will save a lot of time getting to where you want to go easily. There are many car hire options available including SIXT, Budget, Avis, and Europcar, to name but a few. Car rental on average costs about $46 per day.

Buses- Buses are usually available but sometimes unreliable. These are mostly used for long-distance travel.

Trains- the main operator of the Senegalese rail is Transrail. These can be found at the Dakar railway station.

Taxis- these can be noticed by their distinct yellow and black or blue and yellow color. Taxis in Senegal are very cheap, numerous and you can find them anywhere in Senegal. Fares however have to be negotiated because most taxis have broken meters or none at all.

Planes- there are several international and local airplanes plying their roots in Senegal. Planes can be used for long-distance travel but can be quite costly.


Bills and Utilities: Utilities in Senegal cost about XOF 67 644.23 per month, and Prepaid voice calls 1 min. cost XOF 152.50 per minute for local calls and unlimited data would cost XOF 30 980