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San Francisco vs Melbourne
Sfo vs Mel

Average net salary (After tax)

Melbourne
San Francisco

Housing

  • Rent apartment
  • Buy apartment

Rent 1 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Sfo
Outside city centre
Mel
Sfo

Rent 3 bedroom apartment

Cost per month

In city centre
Mel
Sfo
Outside city centre
Mel
Sfo

Buy apartment

Price per m2

In city centre
Mel
Sfo
Outside city centre
Mel
Sfo

Mortgage rates

Melbourne
4.5%
San Francisco
5.5%
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Utilities

  • Basic Utilities
  • Internet & Phone

Basic utilities

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

Melbourne
San Francisco

Internet

60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL

Mel
Sfo

Mobile phone data

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

Mel
Sfo

Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Car

One-way ticket

Local transport

Mel
Sfo

Monthly pass

Regular price

Mel
Sfo

Fuel prices

Per Litre

Melbourne
San Francisco

Buying a new car

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent)

Mel
Sfo
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Groceries

  • Staples
  • Meat
  • Produce
  • Cigarettes

Staples

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

Pack of cigarettes

(Marlboro)

Melbourne
San Francisco

Meat & cheese

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

Vegetables

Potatoes 1kg
Mel
Sfo
Lettuce 1 head
Mel
Sfo
Tomatoes 1kg
Mel
Sfo

Fruit

Apples 1kg
Mel
Sfo
Oranges 1 head
Mel
Sfo
Bananas 1kg
Mel
Sfo

Eating Out

  • Food
  • Drinks

Meal for two

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

Mcdonalds McMeal

Or equivalent combo meal

Melbourne
4.5%
San Francisco
5.5%

Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 17.14% higher than in San Francisco

Drinks

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

Alcohol

  • Beer
  • Wine

Domestic beer

Restaurant 0.5L draught
Mel
Sfo
Market 0.5L bottle
Mel
Sfo

Imported beer

Restaurant 0.33L bottle
Mel
Sfo
Market 0.33L bottle
Mel
Sfo

Bottle of wine

Mid-range, from supermarket

Melbourne
5
San Francisco

Clothing

  • Clothing
  • Shoes

Pair of jeans

Levis 501 or similar

Mel
Sfo

Summer dress

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

Mel
Sfo

Shoes

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

Leisure

  • Cinema
  • Sports

Cinema

One ticket for an international release

Melbourne
$15.33
San Francisco
$11.43

Tennis court rental

One hour on weekend

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Sfo $4,070.74/mth

Fitness club

Monthly fee for one adult

Mel $4,070.74/mth
Sfo $4,070.74/mth