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Cost of Living

The cost of living as a student in Dubai varies per person depending on your individual needs. Below is an example of the type of costs a student will need to prepare for:

Cost of living In Dubai, AED/month
Item of expenditure AED per month
Rent 1,500 - 2,000 (Not Partner Accommodation)
Food 2,000 - 3,000
Electricity and water Generally included in rent
Transportation 120 (RTA) or 300 (Personal Car)
Mobile phone 100-120
Entertainment 500-700


Accommodation In Dubai, AED/month
Shared room outside of centre 1,018
Shared room in city centre 1,458
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 1,505
1 bedroom apartment In clty centre 2,208


Dubai might be popular for a seemingly luxurious lifestyle, it is possible to live economically with a budget and sound choices. The average cost of some everyday items and services is provided below.


Restaurants Price (AED)
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00
Cappuccino (regular) 17.82
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.76
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.45


Markets Price (AED)
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 4.88
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.49
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 5.50
Eggs (regular) (12) .32
Local Cheese (1kg) 36.81
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 19.73
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 28.42
Apples (1kg) 6.35
Banana (1kg) 5.43
Oranges (1kg) 5.17
Tomato (1kg) 4.33
Potato (1kg) 2.87
Onion (1kg) 1.78
Lettuce (1 head) 4.05
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.49


Transportation Price (AED)
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6.00

Monthly Pass (Regular Price - Metro)*

Student discounts are available

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)  1.58
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 2.37
Car Hire (per week) 600.00


Entertainment & Leisure Price (AED)
Cinema Ticket  35.00
Desert Safari 90.00
Helicopter flight over 740.00
At the Top Burj Khalifa 210.00


How Dubai compares with popular other academic cites


Paris, France

Cost of living is about the same as in Dubai

London, United Kingdom

Cost of living is 21% more expensive than in Dubai

Sydney, Australia

Cost of living is 10% more expensive than in Dubai

New York City, United States

Cost of living is 25% more expensive than in Dubai

Toronto, Canada

Cost of living is 10% less expensive than in Dubai