Cost of living in Rome: An Expat Overview (2023)

Bas Teunissen

Updated on May 19 • 4 minute read

How much does it cost to live in Rome? That’s probably the question that led you here, so you’ll be happy to know that we’ve found the answer for you! To give you a quick answer, you can expect the living cost in Rome to be €1,800 per month for a single person.

We’ve broken down the cost of living in the Italian capital into 4 primary categories:

  • Housing: average rental prices
  • Food: groceries and other daily necessities
  • Entertainment: going out for lunch, dinner and activities
  • Transportation: getting around in Rome

Is Rome expensive to live in?

Here’s an overview of what you should be expecting to spend while living in Rome!

While Rome is the capital city of Italy, it's notably cheaper than European cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin. It's even cheaper than Milan! To live comfortably in Rome you need an income of at least €1,900 a month to live in Rome. To live comfortably, you'll have to earn more than € 2,500 a month in Rome. As a student in Rome, your cost of living is lower, with a minimum of € 1,500.

Cost of living overview for one person in Rome

Expense for 1 personAverage monthly price
Lunch out (2x per week)€120
Going out to eat (2x per month)€60
Going out for a beer or 2 (4x a month)€80
Public Transport pass€35
Other variable expenses€250

^This is the average rental price for all rental types across Rome

Average rent in Rome

No matter where you choose to live, your rent is most likely going to be your largest monthly expenditure. Rome is a city that depends heavily on its tourism and service industries. This means that the Corona crisis has had an extraordinary impact on the city and this is reflected in the changes in Rome’s rental prices.

How expensive is rent in Rome? Here’s your overview of the average rental prices in Rome:

Accommodation typeAverage priceYearly change (in %)
Rooms€ 520+2.8%
Studios€ 7700%
1-bedroom Apartments€1,650-5.7%

These prices are just the average rental prices across Rome. Depending on which Roman neighborhood you live in, prices will vary. If you're looking for lower monthly costs, we recommend exploring houses for rent near Rome's outer centre or closer to the residential areas.

Food prices in Rome

If there’s one thing that'll make you adore Italy, it’s the country’s world-famous love for food! So settle down for a nice plate of Roman Carbonara or grab a Supplí as a snack on the go. Either way, when you settle down in Rome, you'll need to adjust the to local grocery and food prices.

While buying your groceries at a Roman supermarket isn’t cheap compared to the rest of Italy, it’s around 10% cheaper than Milan and 7% more expensive than Florence.

Let’s take a look at the average supermarket prices in Rome:

BeveragesAverage price in Rome
Milk (1L)€ 1.68
Water (1.5L)€ 0.50
Wine (1 bottle, medium quality)€ 5.50
Imported beer (0.33L)€ 2.20
Local beer (0.5L)€ 1.40
Coca Cola (2L)€ 2.13

As you'll see next, dairy and fresh vegetables are more expensive compared to other cities in Italy. Thankfully, it’s only a matter of a few cents, but it does add up over the course of a year!

FoodAverage price in Rome
Rice€ 2.29
Bread (1 loaf)€ 1.64
Chicken fillet (1 KG)€ 10.43
Eggs (12x, regular)€ 3.36
Cheese (500g)€ 7.55
Beef fillet (1KG)€ 16.20
Tomatoes (1 KG)€ 2.68
Potatoes(1 KG)€ 1.56
Lettuce (1x)€ 1.23
Onions (1 KG)€ 1.61
Oranges (1 KG)€ 2.22
Bananas (1 KG)€ 1.97

So depending on your lifestyle, you’re looking at around €275 a month in groceries for one person living in Rome.

The cost of a day and night out in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans! Now that you’re at the heart of Italian culture and cuisine, you get to sample this cuisine as often as you can afford to go out for lunch or dinner. There’s also plenty to see and to do in the city, so you need to budget for nights and weekends out on the town. Like any major city, a night out in Rome can range in price hugely. Let’s take a look at what you’ll be up against when making the most of Rome’s leisure and entertainment.

Cost of eating out in RomeAverage price
Going out for lunch - regular restaurant€ 15 p.p
Three course dinner for 2 - Italian restaurant in the tourist area€ 65
A basic meal out for 2 - Local restaurant€ 35
Beer (0.5L)€ 5.00
1 Cocktail€ 11
Cappuccino€ 1.60
Entertainment & CultureAverage price in Rome
2 tickets to the cinema€ 18.00
2 theatre tickets€ 66
Access to museums and attractions p.p.€ 5-20
Cappuccino€ 1.57

The Cost of transportation in Rome

As the nation’s capital and tourist hotspot, Rome has quite a robust public transport system! This means getting around Rome doesn’t necessarily require you to invest in your own vehicle.

Be wary, though, as public transport around popular tourist transactions can also be a hotspot for petty crime, such as pickpocketing. Overall, public transport is relatively affordable, both in and going out of the city.

Public transport in RomeAverage price in Rome
One-way ticket (valid for 75 minutes)€ 1.50
Regular Monthly pass€ 35
Regular Annual pass€ 250
Taxi Starting fare€ 4
Taxi far per KM€ 1.30
Petrol (1L)€ 1.80

So, there you have it, all of the costs associated with living in Italy's capital.

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