Cost of living in Spain

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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 Spain as with any country in the world depends on the area and individual lifestyle. In Spain places like Madrid, Saint Sebastian, Barcelona and others are up to 40% more expensive than other cities.

Similarly, prices in the southern coast vary a lot, accommodation in places like Marbella cost way more than smaller villages dotted around the mountains.

Major components to b considered when living in Spain include,


As a student, the options available for housing include homestay, shared apartment, dormitories or private housing. Shared apartments are really common for students in Spain, as all the living costs are split and shared equally amongst other housemates who most likely are students as well.

Typically rent costs between €200 to €500 every month in a shared apartment. Private one-bedroom apartments cost around €300 to €600 per month. Student accommodation like dormitories or campus halls of residence is not very common in Spain however they typically cost around €700 to €1000 for a semester.


The water bill for most cities in Spain cost about €30 or less per month depending on the usage. The electricity bill for an individual can come between €30 to €70 or more depending on the season and the usage.

Internet and Phone

When it comes to the internet in Spain, companies tend to have package deals so services like internet and mobile phone or landline are very common. Typically, one package includes fiber-optic broadband at 300mb/s with unlimited usage with about 30GB of data a month for mobile phones with unlimited texts and calls. The price of this package is around €40 a month, however, for new users, there is a 50% introductory discount that reduces to half price for several months.

The internet service in Spain is very fast, and other added services like installation and maintenance are very prompt and effective.

Food and Drink

Students who are not extremely frugal would find that eating out in Spain is not as expensive as they would expect, a typical mean at a normal restaurant can cost about €20. Coffee in Spain is very cheap and only costs about €1.20.

Fruits and vegetable prices tend to add up depending on the store or supermarket. There are not many pre-packaged or ready meals in Spain, so a home-cooked meal is basically the only way to go instead.

Alcohol is not expensive in Spain, the wine typically cost between €2 to €5 a bottle which is super cheap compared to many other regions. Beer is really cheap to buy especially in supermarkets typically cost €1.50 to €3 depending on the brand.

Tip: Shopping at the local fruits and vegetable markets or the local butchers is considerably cheaper and fresher. On average a student can spend €200 a month on groceries and food items.


When it comes to transportation, there are many options like buses, trains, taxis. Movement in Spain is pretty easy as facilities are a few kilometers away in towns and cities. People tend to walk or cycle to their destinations.

Public transportation is cheap and very effective. Bus fares go for €1.50 to €2 per travel within the city. Scooters are also a very popular means of transportation in Spain and they are cheap and easy to maintain. One used scooter can cost about €600 to €1200 depending on the model.