Cost Of Living In Cebu City Philippines

Cebu City is a wonderful city to live in. I have been here for the better part of a year and have been asked several times by friends back home exactly what it costs to live here and I generally tell them:

“It depends”

You see generally speaking you can live super cheap here, depending on what kind of lifestyle you are looking for.

Here is the general breakdown of everything I buy on a regular basis:

Cebu City At Night

Monthly Rent Expenses

These were the prices what I was looking to rent in December of 2016. These may change based on demand. Check out sites like OLX.ph or Locanto for the most up to date prices. Be aware that the upper end units are a renters market, you have plenty of room to negotiate. Get the term and price you are looking for. Its not uncommon to rent for 5-8k peso ($100-$160usd) lower than the asking price.

Type Location Amenities Monthly Rent (USD)
Studio Condo – High End Center Of Town – Best Area ­čĆŐ­čĆő´ŞĆ┬áSecurity, Card Access, ┬áInternet, Western Bathroom $500
Studio Condo –┬áMid Range Center Of Town ­čĆŐ, Security, Good Internet, Western Bathroom, Kitchen $250-$400
Studio Condo –┬áLow End Center Of Town – Out Of The Way Security Guard, OK Internet, Western Bathroom, Kitchen $150-$230
Budget Room – Private Suburbs None – Wired Internet May ┬ánot be available, Shared Bathroom $100-$140
Shared Room Suburbs Pool, Gym, Security, Card Access $50-$100

Other Typical Costs (As of Early 2017)

Item Typical Cost (USD)
Power – With Aircon $80-$100/ Month
Power – Without Aircon $10-30 / Month
Medium Big Mac Meal At McDonalds $3.64
Standard Adult Movie Ticket $4.40
Dinner Out At Standard Restaurant $2-$4
Dinner Out At Nice Restaurant $8-12
Tax Ride Within City $2-3
Jeepney Ride (Local Buses) $0.14/ride
Loaf Of Bread $1
1 Baked Good At Local Bakery (Bun, Cookie, Cake Slice) $0.10
Local Beer From Store $0.70
Local Beer At A Local Bar $1.10
Local Beer At Night Club $2-3
12 Eggs From Grocery Store $1.20
Coke 235ml (Glass Bottle) $0.24
Coke 500ml Plastic Bottle $0.75
Coke 2L Plastic Bottle $1.12
DSL Internet (8 mpbs) $26/mo
Cable Internet (50 mbps – limited availability as of 2017) $58/mo
Cell Phone Internet + Texting plan (1GB Data + 1000 texts) Prepaid $1.40/week
1lb Of Skinless/boneless Chicken Breast $1.50-$2
1lb Of Lean Ground Beef $1.50
Head Of Iceburg Lettuce $1.60
Local Limes (Calamansi) $0.30/lb

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