Cost of living in Uganda

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

The cost of living in Mozambıque is relatively lower than in other countries. The cost of living in Maputo Mozambique is ranked at number 159 out of 209 cities in Mercer's cost of living Survey meaning it surprisingly ranks higher than famous large cities like Cape Town and Budapest.

Apart from rentals, the average cost of living in Mozambique with normal consumption for two people is around MZN 658.42. However, the cost of living will vary depending on the individual choices and lifestyle.

Data prices cost about MZN 5700 for unlimited data an MZN 5.12 for Call services. Here are a few pointers on basic goods and services to assist students in their daily living.


Shared accommodation is usually preferred by students as they can split the bill and make it more affordable for them. Students can get rent a shared apartment at a cost of MZN28 606.

However, if the students intend to stay alone they have to fork out around MZN 48 000 for a one-bedroom apartment within the cıty centre or MZN17666.67 for an apartment outsıde the cıty centre. Stayıng outside of the city centre is relatively 

cheaper than staying in the city centre. Some students choose to stay in the city centre, taking into account the cost of transport and other services.

Students have the option of staying on campus. They can apply for on-campus residence at an added cost on fees paid which is far more affordable than private accommodation.

They have access to personal or shared dormitories depending on the institution. They are provided with meals at set times and services like Wi-Fi as well. However, most students opt to stay off-campus as there are no restrictions in terms of menu and time compliance, and there aren't too many rules to adhere to.

Shopping and Groceries

The cost of groceries in Mozambique is quite low and affordable. Students can get their basics and essentials affordably at the various grocery stores in the country. A simple grocery basket containing rice, bread, milk, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, beef, eggs, drinks and cooking oil cost about MZN 1194.06 .

İt is cheaper and more affordable for students to buy ingredients and other provisions and prepare their meals rather than order food or eat out.


There are several transport modes that Students can use in Mozambique. These include rail, road, water, and air transport. Train services are quite limited in Mozambique but students can simply use taxis which cost about MZN 12 for a one-way ticket in the city centre and about MZN225 for a kilometre tariff.

However, students can opt for a monthly pass of MZN650 which makes it even cheaper. Car rentals are also available in most of the major towns and can be an option for those who want to explore the city on their own.

Buses also operate in major cities and cost depends on the place of travel and distance. If traveling along the coast then you can use ferry service.

Health Insurance

Health insurance varies depending on the cover. Visitors are required to have yellow fever certificates when traveling from infected places. When in Mozambique it is wise to have health insurance that covers evacuation in case of emergencies.


Credit cards are now being increasingly accepted in Mozambique and students can use them to pay for some services. The exchange rate for the US$ to the Mozambican Metical is US$1=MZN70.14.Both the US$ and the South African Rand are accepted in Mozambique.

Bills and Utilities: Basic utilities like water, electricity, heating, and gas cost at about MZN 5062.50 per month, while internet service (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL cost MZN 5700 per month while voice calls 1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local cost MZN 5.12 per month.

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of prices for goods and services for students both in the Mozambican Metical (MZN) and the United States Dollar (US$).