Cost of Living in Perth, Australia

Before moving to any city in the world, you should find out about the cost of living there and make a plan which will calculate how much  money is necessary so as to be able to pay for accommodation, transportation, groceries, recreation, apparel and utilities there.

Perth is a place in Australia which is quite affordable in comparison to other major cities there, and the life can be equally enjoyable.

You can have delight in sunshine and experience its urban charm while spending less and affording more.



How much money the restaurants will take you if you live in Perth depends on you and only you.

Some people are happy to live on the bare minimum without visiting too expensive restaurants  while others are accustomed to only the best.

That is why they will need more money to satisfy their needs as restaurants in Perth are not inexpensive.



Due to the fact that eating out can make a hole in your budget, you should consider preparing your food rather than have somebody else prepare it for you.

It is definitely more affordable if your salary is an average one.

Markets and stores offer tasty and fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as other groceries, at a very reasonable prices.



If you have a car, then you would be able to drive for the reasonable price of gasoline.

However, if you have no car, buying a monthly ticket would save you a lot of money, since it is more affordable than paying tickets daily.



Perth is more affordable than Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, but the prices of utilities are still quite high and take a significant part of your monthly budget.

Once you become a homeowner, you should think about affording the basic services in that apartment or house.

Sports and leisure


Due to the warm summers and short, mild winters, much of the activities and sports are done outdoors.

Perth is the city which offers plenty of opportunities for sports people and that is why fitness clubs are not always full.

The price of a cinema releases are high, but still not so expensive as in Sydney.

Clothing and shoes


The prices of clothes and shoes in Perth are quite similar to the prices in other cities in Australia.

How much money it will take you really depends on whether you want to possess the latest fashion items or you lead a modest lifestyle, not so much focused on apparel.

Rent per month


How much money you will need for your living in Perth, depends on the size and location of the flat you choose.

A decent one bedroom apartment rent for a single person living there would be around $1000 per month.

However, if you have a family, then you will need a bigger one which will cost around $1700.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Perth

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $14.24
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $6.59
Water (0.33 Liter) $1.92
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $1.15
Loaf Bread (500g) $2.05
Eggs (12) $2.99
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $3.13
Monthly Pass $92.90
Gasoline $1.02
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $135.82
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.25
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $52.05
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $44.90
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $14.52
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $12.82
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $73.94
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $44.87
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $98.67
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $1050.31
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $747.71
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $1742.28

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Perth?

Unlike other Australian cities where the rent takes the greatest part of monthly budget, Perth is the city where more money is spent on food, rather than the apartment.

That is due to the lower prices of rent in Perth.

Still, restaurants are frequently visited and with transportation costs they take the second most important payment.

Very little money is spent on leisure and clothes, as those are not of the utmost importance for daily living.

Utilities (Monthly)
Sports & Leisure
Clothing & Shoes
Rent Per Month

Perth: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

It is important to emphasize the fact that living in Perth can be affordable considering the average monthly net salary which is almost the same as in other Australian cities, but the rent is pretty lower, thus leaving more money for other expenses.

However, minimum wages are relatively lower than the average which makes those people unable to afford some more expensive items, such as designer clothes and shoes.

Mortgage interest rates are pretty lower than in some other European cities.

Average Salary$3137.32
Minimum Wage$2389.9
Mortgage Interest Rate4.34%

Cost of Living by City in Australia

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City Cost of Living Index
Adelaide 72.92
Brisbane 70.46
Canberra 69.88
Darwin 72.47
Gold Coast 64.53
Hobart 69.1
Melbourne 74.53
Newcastle 71.42
Perth 75.09
Sydney 79.93

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