Cost of living in Taiwan?


#53

Good info. Thanks.

Besides housing, is there a difference in COL outside Taipei?


#54

Not that I’ve particularly noticed. Public transport is cheap everywhere. Restaurants are probably a bit pricier in Taipei. I assume that car parking spaces will cost more if you can’t get one included in your apartment rent. Supermarket prices seem to be similar everywhere.


#55

Anyone here on Forumosa live on budgets over NT$100,000? I do and I’m single.

I’m just kind of curious as to the makeup of the people that participate in Forumosa.


#56

I probably burnt through about that when I was single. Different priorities now.


#57

Yes, but the majority of that is on travel.


#58

Yes, most months more than NT100,000. I am in Kaoshiung about 6 months of the year rest split between Melbounre/ San Diego and various other places related to work travel. We eat out a lot everywhere so that ads up for us. In Taiwan there are real cheap local cafes, then some that cost more that what I feel is better food in Melbourne. In Taiwan can be as low as NT$150 for two of us, but today a Sunday we had something better $2,000 lunch (for 3)+$2,000 at the supermarket.


#59

You can live relatively cheap most places in Taiwan but Taipei is a little bit of an odd place.

You can spend 200 for two people at lunch or two thousand or more for two people at lunch.

You can rent a single apartment for maybe 12000 or less or 120000 or more.

And then some areas of Taipei have become gentrified so it’s impossible to live on a basic budget.


#60

My budget will probably be over 100K for a family of 4.

But hey, when I was single in an expensive Asian city I spent $10K a month. That is USD.

Apartment 4K
Car 2.5K
Booze & bar 1.5K
And a bit on food.


#61

I suppose Taipei has cheap places and nose bleed places for people with too much dough and no where to spend it.