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Cost of Living Melbourne V Manchester 2017

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    Food + 26%
    Food in Melbourne (Australia) is 26% more expensive than in Manchester (United Kingdom)
      Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$16 (£10) £8 + 19%
      Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$10 (£6) £5.66 + 8%
      500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.84 (£3.53) £3.81 - 7%
      1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.29 (£0.78) £0.70 + 11%
      12 eggs, large AU$6 (£3.79) £2.40 + 58%
      1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.70 (£2.84) £2.37 + 20%
      500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8 (£4.96) £4.63 + 7%
      1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.14 (£2.50) £1.99 + 26%
      1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.30 (£1.99) £0.80 + 149%
      0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$4.41 (£2.67) £1.81 + 47%
      1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$18 (£11) £8 + 40%
      2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.36 (£2.03) £1.96 + 4%
      Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.27 (£1.37) £0.94 + 46%
    Housing + 36%
    Housing in Melbourne (Australia) is 36% more expensive than in Manchester (United Kingdom)
      Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,854(£1,725) £1,315 + 31%
      Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,008(£1,214) £1,154 + 5%
      Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$341 (£206) £173 + 19%
      Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$1,971(£1,191) £792 + 50%
      Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,433 (£866) £552 + 57%
      Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$286 (£173) £172 + 0%
      Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$59 (£36) £21 + 69%
      40” flat screen TV AU$584 (£353) £350 + 1%
      Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$180 (£109) £89 + 22%
      Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$12 (£7) £5.32 + 33%
      Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$29 (£18) £9 + 89%
    Clothes + 14%
    Clothes in Melbourne (Australia) is 14% more expensive than in Manchester (United Kingdom)
      1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$111 (£67) £59 + 13%
      1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$69 (£42) £36 + 15%
      1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$145 (£87) £73 + 20%
      1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$144 (£87) £82 + 6%
    Transportation + 18%
    Transportation in Melbourne (Australia) is 18% more expensive than inManchester (United Kingdom)
      Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,955(£16,894) £17,953 - 6%
      1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.27 (£0.77) £1.17 - 35%
      Monthly ticket public transport AU$140 (£84) £58 + 45%
      Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$20 (£12) £16 - 23%
    Personal Care - 16%
    Personal Care in Melbourne (Australia) is 16% cheaper than in Manchester (United Kingdom)
      Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10 (£6) £3.56 + 74%
      1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$14 (£9) £8 + 1%
      Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$69 (£42) £95 - 56%
      1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$6 (£3.92) £3.35 + 17%
      Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.04 (£3.05) £1.65 + 84%
      Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.53 (£3.34) £2.79 + 20%
      4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.03 (£1.83) £1.73 + 6%
      Tube of toothpaste AU$3.66 (£2.21) £1.64 + 35%
      Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$27 (£16) £13 + 20%
    Entertainment + 57%
    Entertainment in Melbourne (Australia) is 57% more expensive than inManchester (United Kingdom)
      Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$53 (£32) £25 + 30%
      2 tickets to the movies AU$39 (£24) £18 + 34%
      2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$292 (£177) £93 + 90%
      Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$92 (£56) £56 - 1%
      1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17 (£10) £8 + 36%
      Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.19 (£2.53) £3.11 - 19%
      1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)  AU$9 (£5.38) £3.97 + 36%
      iPad Air 2, 64GB AU$682 (£412) £373 + 11%
      1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.63 (£0.38) £0.08 + 357%
      1 month of gym membership in business district AU$75 (£46) £34 + 35%
      1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$29 (£18) £9 + 102%
    TOTAL + 28%
    These prices were last updated about 14 hours agoExchange rate: 0.604 GBP / AUD

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    i take these figures with a pinch of salt. be interested in some context and background figures, or a % of average wage etc.

    Eg - monthly ticket for public transport, i'd argue that melbourne is the same physical size as greater london. A 30 day PTV pass is $147 whereas a zone 1-9 tfl ticket is over £300...

     

     

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    On 9/16/2017 at 00:04, Mcguinnessp1968 said:

    Why on earth is wine more expensive in Australia?

    Australian agricultural producers do not receive subsidies - unlike those in Europe who receive billions (in euros or pounds).

    Therefore they either cover the real cost of producing their crops - or they go broke/get out.

    The Oz government also imposes an alcohol excise tax on wine.  Am not sure if there is an EU equivalent or how they compare.

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    55 minutes ago, kevsan said:

    , i'd argue that melbourne is the same physical size as greater london. 

     

    Greater London = 607 square miles

    Melbourne = 3857 square miles

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    1 hour ago, Skani said:

    Greater London = 607 square miles

    Melbourne = 3857 square miles

    either way, a lot bigger than manchester at 44 square miles!

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    also the big one in cost of living is the proportion of anything you spend as part of your salary.

    a quick google suggests that average salary for manchester is £26k whereas average salary for melbourne is $80k (which converts to £47k) so does that also need to be taken into account???


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    When you see American spellings in these types of things like liter I tend to doubt their credibility.

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    3 hours ago, kevsan said:

    also the big one in cost of living is the proportion of anything you spend as part of your salary.

    a quick google suggests that average salary for manchester is £26k whereas average salary for melbourne is $80k (which converts to £47k) so does that also need to be taken into account???

    Yes...cost of living comparisons are rather meaningless without comparing incomes.

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    The most important aspect this is also missing to complete the picture is:

    Average Salary Manchester 2017 = £26,582 which is $45,036

    Average Australian Salary 2016 = $75,634  which is 68% more than Manchester salary.

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    1 hour ago, snifter said:

    Where are these numbers coming from? 

     

    Probably from this website

    www.expatistan.com

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    Although the cost of house purchase is not factored in that particular survey. Looks more for shorter term perhaps ex pat business residents. I've noticed some rather cheap inner city offers for apartments in Manchester in fairly recent times. In the buy to rent mould.

    One slightly interesting note on Melbourne, coming out of The Weekend Australian, this passed weekend. Bernard Salt has offered his thoughts on Melbourne, becoming a more people's city, with lower incomes, ever more  subsisting on cheaper living standards, as foreign students and near neighbour migrants on various visa's make do on what they have. Not sure if he considers it a good thing or not.

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    Are you keeping a database of each version of this list to track trends . That would be great to see in chart form too  😊

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