Tunis is a destination where not only a couple, after marriage or retired people want to live.
It is an attractive city, very rich and complex which becomes apparent wherever you decide to explore it, but there are problems that might arise once you choose to live in Tunis.
So, you need to get ready to accept a different society and well as to adjust your spending habits to the rising circumstances.
When it comes to eating out, in many cases the monthly income is not sufficient to maintain this habit.
However, dining out occasionally would not make a hole in your budget, as here are inexpensive restaurants where you can eat well at the low prices.
Food costs are the greatest and they take almost 40% of the monthly income.
In order to save some money on this expense, you should live as the locals do, and only then you will be able to live on less money in Tunis.
This means buying groceries at the local market.
It is true that it takes almost 17% of the monthly salary, but it cannot be said that transportation costs are unreasonable, being that the monthly pass is only $10.
Even the price of the gasoline is so low, that those who possess a vehicle can make use of it at not so high expenses.
In many cities, service bills are one of the greatest expenses, but that is not the case in Tunis.
The price of electricity is cheaper than in many western countries, but even so low a price can become a problem when living on a Tunisian salary.
SPORTS & LEISURE
People in Tunis spend much more money on sports and leisure activities, which is not the case in many cities, even though their salaries are not high and standard of living is not rich.
The prices of fitness clubs, tennis courts and cinema tickets are affordable and reasonable here.
CLOTHING & SHOES
When you see the designer clothing prices in Tunis, you would think that they are rather affordable, as they are really lower than in some other major cities in the world.
Nevertheless, earning the average $300 and paying running shoes $70 would not be considered affordable and you might leave to the assumption that life in Tunisia is inexpensive.
RENT PER MONTH
When people take a look at the apartment prices in Tunis, they believe that they are a bargain.
It is true, if you earn salaries in other, more developed countries in the world.
However, those who move to Tunisia and want to live as they lived in their home countries but are earning a Tunisian salary will need the same amount of money.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Tunis
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 1.67|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 1.34|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.19||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.41|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.12|
|Eggs (12)||$ 0.80||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.17|
|Monthly Pass||$ 10.05|
|Gasoline||$ 0.64||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 35.36|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.06|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 16.35||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 20.59|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 6.25|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 2.68||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 40.28|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 36|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 70||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 179.66|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 138.62|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 312.21|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Tunis?
In most cases, people in Tunis live on a monthly income below $500.
This cause that the average life in Tunis is not luxurious and as a newcomer it is advisable to follow the living habits of its citizens so as to live a decent life based on the low income you earn.
You might have to miss out on many things that you have been accustomed to in your home country.
Rent is not expensive here, but food takes almost 40% of the monthly salary.
Tunis: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
The economic side here will look quite pleasant if your family does not depend on the income earned in Tunis.
However, if you must work in Tunis and earn the salary there, it would be hard to earn enough as the minimum wage is about $250 per month which does not cover all the newcomers expenses, being that the rent would take much of it, if not all.
Even, people with high education rarely earn more than $700 per month.
Cost of Living by City in Tunisia
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|