Rome is a city in which to enjoy the pleasures of life.
Every neighborhood have streets and squares full
of fashion boutiques: Armani, Valentino, Chanel, Hermès amongst others. There is on offer a wide range of cafes,
restaurants , cinemas, theatres, art galleries and music venues befitting a great European Capital. Rome is a magnet
for foreigners and the cost of living reflects this.
Real estate, renovation costs, domestic service personnel, utilities, gasoline,
restaurants, specialty shops, hotels, piano-bars... tend to be more costly than in most other European Countries.
An estimation of the cost of living can be a very helpful tool to those who are
planning on moving to Rome. One should take into account that cost of living varies from neighorhood to neighborhood depending
on location and housing available.
By "doing as the Romans do"... buying fresh food at the local markets and
by integrating into the local economy, one can reduce costs significantly.
In Rome, for an average apartment of 60 square meters (about 600 square feet) appox. 2 bedrooms,
it is common to pay around € 1000 to 2500 per month.
A meal in a standard priced restaurant it's about € 30 a person wine excluded.
Night and leisure life can be very expensive:
The price for a cocktail ranges from 6 € in a standard bar to 20 € in a night club or a
Bus and subway tickets are reasonable priced at € 1, while a short taxi ride could be
up to € 10.
In the Outskirts of Rome, living costs are significantly less.
Below are some quotations made based upon the average 2 person household :
GAS - If you are using city gas the average would be around
€ 30 per month.
WATER - Usually in an apartment, water is included in your condominium
fees. Otherwise the average would be € 20 per month.
ELECTRICITY - Average is € 70 per month. The base allotment for electricity is 3.0 kW. To
increase this you will need to pay around € 75 for every extra kW.The price of usage per kW goes up as well.
GROCERIES For a family of 4 the average cost is
€ 700 per month.