Cost of living in Iran

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

We can plan it all but without a clear picture of our daily expenditure, our travel plans an oftentimes rendered fruitless in the end. We wish your preparations to study in Iran be as smooth as possible and therefore have dedicated this piece to enlighten you on the cost of living in Iran, thus eliminating the later burden thereof! Stay free from uncertainty by going through this guide and plan well your journey with RocApply Iran!!

The cost of living in the country, as logic would have it, depends greatly on the particular region or city where you want to live. Iran is a capitalistic country with a somewhat uneven distribution of wealth, which is why some people are quite poor and some are extremely rich.

Those that are among the top rich one percent enjoy a living standard that can be seen in the most wealthy countries of the world. However, there are people in Iran that can’t make ends meet. There is also the middle class which is, on average, lower than the middle class in advanced Western countries.


Having food out can be relatively affordable in Iran, although prices between restaurants can vary sharply and you can expect restaurants in general to be a lot pricier than in third world countries. For example, a meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost you about USD 20.


In general, the cost of everyday groceries is fairly cheap as in most countries, that is, cheaper than eating in restaurants, so tourists living in the country who opt to cook at home will save a considerable amount of money. Feel free to visit any supermarket, they offer a rich array of fairly inexpensive groceries, and cook away!


The price of transportation around and in Iran is generally inexpensive. Public transportation is very affordable. Some foreigners choose to use taxis or hire a private driver to take them around. However, renting or hiring a car in Iran can be financially hefty. Instead, you can try maintaining a vehicle which is a cheaper version and the price of fuel is also low.


If we are speaking about Iran in general, paying bills in this country isn’t exorbitant. Taking into account basic monthly utilities like electricity, water, heating and cooling, it all amounts to USD 30 a month, which is very affordable for a normal-sized apartment of about 85 square meters. Monthly internet is somewhat expensive in comparison to that.

Clothing and shoes

Those who like shopping can indulge in this pastime in Iran’s many malls, but before you do, check the prices twice as you might spend more than you wanted. One pair of jeans costs around USD 50, maybe less, while quality sneakers can go as high as USD 120. Your best bet is shopping for light pieces of clothing in chain stores like Zara or Bershka.

Rent per month

Renting out an apartment in Iran is not cheap, whether it is in the suburbs or the city center. Of course, you can pay less if you rent an apartment in a city that isn’t large or a student destination, but altogether it’s not a small investment. An apartment for one, or possibly two people can cost around USD 500 while a bigger apartment for a family can cost three times more.

Health Care

Most institutions here will require the student to have their personal or private health insurance valid over the study period. However, do not fret, RocApply helps you identify which aids can be undertaken in Iran during your course of study without hassles! In general, the cost to consult a private doctor will cost about USD 80 in Iran, although this depends on the clinic and location.

Monthly Budget

Those interested in simple living should budget between USD 400 or less monthly. Generally, this budget allows for bus rides and the occasional taxi, big trips to the marketplace, and a few restaurant meals each month. While you can choose to live in relative luxury, employing full-time housekeepers, commuting by car, enjoying exquisite homes, and consuming imported goods such as lifestyles can easily amount to USD 600 or more monthly.