How Much Does It Cost to Live In Uganda?

Before deciding to relocate anywhere in the world, gaining a sense of familiarity with the place, its people, possible expenses and monthly salaries there is what newcomers should take into consideration so as to be able to relax and enjoy the place shining through in all its glory.

If you are having Uganda in mind when speaking about new place to live you should know that it attracts many nationalities of foreigners because of amazing living conditions if you are earning a salary in your home country.

Cost of Living Index:

Uganda : Cost of Living by City



People who visit Uganda usually comment on how inexpensive its restaurants are, especially those which serve domestic meals.

Even the price of alcohol is not high and dining out from time to time would not take to much off your budget.



Looking at the price of groceries, and comparing it with how much salary one earns, it can be said that it is a key factor that determines person’s ability to provide for his/her family.

If you want to lead a successful life here, with not much trouble regarding spendings on food, you should buy it at discounts or at the market.



Besides the fact that gasoline prices are not low, the public transportation here is affordable.

You can choose either to pay tickets per ride or take a monthly pass and save quite an amount on this.

Driving includes not only possessing the vehicle, but also paying the insurance and registration, which increases the expenses.



Even though Uganda has to offer good Internet packages,  the price of them is extremely high, and the majority of people would not be able to afford it, especially because it is not of utmost importance for a living.

Other basic services are not expensive, and they do not exceed $40 per month.

Sports and leisure


While tennis court rents are pretty affordable, compared to some more developed countries, fitness clubs fees are quite high.

Even though Uganda residents do not earn too much, they spend almost 10% of their salaries on entertainment and sport activities.

For a person earning the minimum, none of the options will be affordable.

Clothing and shoes


Apparel prices ranges based on the prominence of the brand you have chosen to buy and the stores can offer different prices.

All in all, foreigners would consider it a paradise for shopping designer clothes, while the residents would not take it as affordable, due to low incomes.

Rent per month


The renting options are numerous, starting from various sizes to numerous locations around the country.

The price of rent depends on a number of factors and people have to choose it according to their possibilities.

The larger apartments closer to the city centers require more money for rent.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Uganda

Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) $2.73
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter) $1.09
Water (0.33 Liter) $0.29
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter) $0.60
Loaf Bread (500g) $0.90
Eggs (12) $1.60
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket $0.55
Monthly Pass $26.73
Gasoline $1.08
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) $39.79
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local $0.09
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $77.56
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult $47.13
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour) $5.92
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release $5.46
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable) $18.26
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...) $19.64
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range) $36.76
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center $218.57
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center $132.05
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center $697.06

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Uganda?

Uganda is a country which offers everything on the same level as some other countries, but with a cheaper cost of living, thus foreigners with high incomes would lead a comfortable and relaxing lifestyle.

Others who do not earn high wages would need to pay attention to their spendings.

Even if you plan to buy property so as to save some money on rent, you will have to pay high mortgage interest rates which are not affordable here.

The greatest expense is definitely the food, while transportation, utilities and restaurants also take quite a lot.


Uganda: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The data shows that the minimum salary in Uganda is only $2 per month.

This amount is not enough to buy two loafs of bread, and not to speak about the rent and utilities.

People here do not lead a rich life, as even the average monthly salary is not high enough to cover basic expenses.

If you are able to negotiate the future income with your employer, it is advisable to make a plan of your spending and determine how much you will need to provide for yourself and your family.

Average Salary$208.22
Minimum Wage$2.2
Mortgage Interest Rate21.20%

Cost of Living by City in Uganda

City Cost of Living Index
Kampala 31.51

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