How much does it cost
to live in Mauritius?
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Cost of Living

‘How much does it cost to live in Mauritius?’ is a natural question that an expatriation project raises. While the answer depends largely on factors such as daily needs, lifestyle, habits and size of family, the following guide provides a good idea of the expenses that one will certainly have to meet during the journey expatriation project raises. While the answer depends largely on factors such as daily needs, lifestyle, habits and size of family, the following guide provides a good idea of the expenses that one will certainly have to meet during the journey.

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Accomodation

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Food & Groceries

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Monthly Utilities

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Transportation

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Eating out

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Entertainment

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Clothing

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Education

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Accomodation

No matter where one decides to live on the island, finding the place to call home is pretty easy. From the apartment close to your workplace that brings back the homey feeling to the villa close to the beach that provides maximum comfort, the accommodation options are multiple! Leasing a residential property is the easiest choice while acquiring a residential unit in an approved residential scheme offers significant advantages. Prices for apartments, houses, villas and penthouses are likely to vary according to location, size, number of bedrooms and amenities provided.

Indicative rates

The rent for houses with 2 to 4 bedrooms over a surface area of 100-200 m 2 will on average range between USD 250 – USD 500 per month.

The rent for luxurious villas and spacious houses with 3 to 6 bedrooms, over a surface area of 200-400m 2 ,inclusive of a garden and a swimming pool, will on average range between USD 900-1,800 per month.

It is important to note that some offers also require separate deposits and agency fees.

Food & Groceries

There are multiple options a resident can choose from as far as monthly grocery shopping is concerned. Traditionally, markets have been weekly rendezvous where residents purchase vegetables, fruits, and meat. The rise in prominence of malls and supermarket chains now offer easily accessible alternatives.

Indicative prices

Loaf of Bread

USD 0.15

Dozen eggs

USD 1.8

Beer 330ml

USD 0.95 (local); USD 1.7 (imported)

Coca-Cola/Pepsi 1L

USD 1.4

Water 1L

USD 0.5

Milk 1L

USD 1.25

Potatoes 1Kg

USD 2

Onions 1Kg

USD 2

Cheese 250g

USD 2.2

Banana

USD 0.125

Apple

USD 0.25

Monthly Utilities

Electricity, water, and internet are likely to be the core components of one’s utility bills for the month. The supply of electricity and water is ensured by Government agencies while the resident has the possibility to choose from few internet service providers.

Indicative fees

Electricity

USD 15 - USD 20 (indicative fees of a normal household consumption but might vary according to number and types of appliances connected and hours of usage)

Water

USD 3-6 (normal household use for a family of 3 to 4 members)

Internet

USD 30 (20 Mbps Download speed and unlimited/1 TB volume Supply)

Transportation

Moving across the island is easy with a developed and modern road infrastructure and continuously expanding road links. The resident has a wide choice of transport options: bus, metro, taxi or rent a car.

Indicative Fees

Bus

USD 0.85 (one-way bus ticket)

Metro

USD 1 (one-way metro ticket)

Taxi

USD 2.5 – USD 3 per km

Rent a car

as from USD 20 (sedan car)

One litre of gasoline

USD 1.25

The purchase of a car in Mauritius is subject to 100% excise duty.

Eating Out

The Mauritian cuisine is the result of cultural and historical influences the country has known. From fine dining restaurants to a variety of street foods, the local cuisine gives one innumerable reason to delight the palate.

Indicative Rates

Street Foods

as from 0.25 USD (Indian style pancakes with masala veggies, Chinese dumpling and fried noodles are among popular choices to experience the Mauritian cuisine)

Moderately priced restaurant

as from USD 30 (for two persons)

High-end restaurant

as from USD 50 (for two persons)

Entertainment

Living on a tropical island opens the door to experience the various natural and public attractions: public beaches, mountains, waterfalls and gorgeous sceneries. There are also numerous ways to be entertained in Mauritius such as kitesurf, golf, horse riding, outdoor amusement parks and pubs amongst others.

Indicative Rates

Surf, kite surf, windsurf and Stand Up Paddle (SUP)

on average rates for lessons start as from USD 90 and USD 190

Other water activities

Rates usually differ according to competency level and the need to initiation lessons

Golf

Membership vary among clubs or are complimentary to guests of resort hotels

Horse Riding

as from USD 40/hour

Amusement Parks

as from USD 10

Cinema

as from USD 7

Concerts and music festivals

as from USD 12

Clothing

There is a wide range of options as far as clothing is concerned. Malls are a popular choice for internationally known brands and high-quality products while shops and stalls in local markets offer affordable and good-quality clothing. There are also several popular mid-price retailers around the island, with some of them being local brands.

Indicative Rates

T-shirt at brand stores

as from USD 30

T-shirt at mid-priced retailers

as from USD 12

T-shirt at shops and stalls

as from USD 5

Education

Schooling at government-run pre-primary, primary and secondary is free while fees charged by international private institutions tend to vary for the different educational cycles. It is also important to consider that beyond monthly fees, other fees such as application fees, enrolment fees, examination fees and capital levy may apply.

Indicative Rates

Pre-primary

around USD 200

Primary

around USD 400

Secondary

USD 500-900