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Melbourne vs Shanghai
Mel vs Sha

Average net salary (After tax)

Shanghai
Melbourne

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Mel
Outside city centre
Sha
Mel

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Sha
Mel
Outside city centre
Sha
Mel

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Sha
Mel
Outside city centre
Sha
Mel

Mortgage rates

Shanghai
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

Electricity, heating, water, Garbage for a 85m2 Apartment

Shanghai
Melbourne

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Sha
Mel

Mobile phone data

One-minute local prepaid call (no plan or discount)

Sha
Mel

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Sha
Mel

Monthly pass

Regular price

Sha
Mel

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Shanghai
Melbourne

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Sha
Mel
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

Milk 1L
Sha
Mel
White bread 500g
Sha
Mel
Eggs 12
Sha
Mel
White rice 1kg
Sha
Mel

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Shanghai
Melbourne

Meat & cheese

Chicken breasts 1kg
Sha
Mel
Beef round 1kg
Sha
Mel
Local cheese 1kg
Sha
Mel

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Sha
Mel
Lettuce 1 head
Sha
Mel
Tomatoes 1kg
Sha
Mel

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Sha
Mel
Oranges 1 head
Sha
Mel
Bananas 1kg
Sha
Mel

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

Inexpensive restaurant 2 meals
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Mid-range restaurant Three-course meal for two people
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Shanghai
4.5%
Melbourne
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Shanghai are 17.14% higher than in Melbourne

Drinks

Coke/Pepsi 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Water 0.33L
bottle
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth
Cappuccino regular
Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Sha
Mel
Market 0.5L bottle
Sha
Mel

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Sha
Mel
Market 0.33L bottle
Sha
Mel

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Shanghai
5
Melbourne

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Sha
Mel

Summer dress

From a chain store (e.g. Zara, H&M)

Sha
Mel

Shoes

1 pair Nike shoes
Sha
Mel
1 pair men's leather shoes
Sha
Mel

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Shanghai
$15.33
Melbourne
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Sha $4,070.74/mth
Mel $4,070.74/mth