Living cost for a student in Cape Town

InternAfrika will try to help you to judge your expences in Cape Town.

To start, the cost of living in Cape Town is lower than ever for students moving to South Africa, especially those who are use to pay in US dollars, UK pounds and Euros! Albeit reclaiming some of the lost ground, the South African rand is still really low.


InternAfrika recommend the students to live in a sharehouse, the best way to meet people abroad and to share, it is also cheaper! Depending on the suburb you live the rent for a room will be between R4500 to R8500. For sure, it will be more expensive if you are looking for a sea view and a pool at home ! Utility prices are soaring at the moment. Council costs (water, waste water and waste collection) amount to roughly R800 per month. You need to check if they are included in your rent before confirming


Grocery Prices

Students coming for long stays, or even those who simply prefer their own cooking, will want to know the price of groceries in Cape Town. According to Numbeo, which keeps an up-to-date listing of prices in Cape Town, the average price for a liter of milk in the city is R12, while a fresh loaf of bread will set you back R11. For a kilo of tomatoes expect to pay just over R14; R15 for a kilo of oranges; R88 for a kilo of local cheese; R58 for a kilo of skinless, boneless chicken; and so on. Local and imported products vary slightly in price. For example, Numbeo indicates you’ll pay around R20 for a South African beer and R30 for an imported brew.


Costs of Dining out

Food prices in South Africa are comparable with or cheaper than in most European orCape Town is a food-junky’s paradise. From European cuisine to local grub, even great sushi, the city offer something for every palate. But what does it cost to wine and dine in Cape Town? Starting with coffee, you’ll pick up a barrista-made cup in places like Obs for around R10. A low-cost Indian curry lunch will cost you around R50. Dinner could set you back more – as dinners usually do – at R80, or into the hundreds for meals a touch more extravagant.


Cape Town is a big city with little in the way of an integral public transport system, so chances are you’ll be using Uber. How much will it cost you? We recommend you use a Uber. It is the cheaper and the safer way to move according to our entire team. It costs around R70 for a 5 kms trip in Town. An informal and fun way to get around the city – if you’re feeling up to it – is the local minivan at a cost of around R5 or R6 depending on your destination (just make sure you’re getting on the right bus).

We hope that this article will help you in your travel 

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Posted on

January 6, 2020