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Cost of Living in Maadi

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Understanding the the cost of living in Maadi helps a newcomer what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Apartment Rentals Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Maadi is around $400-600 per month. Rent for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center is around $800-1000 per month. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city center is around $250-400 per month. Rent for a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center is around $500-700 per month.
Apartment Purchases The cost of purchasing an apartment in Maadi is around $1,000-1,500 per square meter. The cost of purchasing a three-bedroom apartment in the city center is around $200,000-300,000. The cost of purchasing a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center is around $150,000-200,000.
Transportation The cost of public transportation in Maadi is around $0.50-1.00 per ride. The cost of a taxi ride in Maadi is around $2.00-3.00. The cost of a monthly bus pass is around $20.00.
Groceries The cost of groceries in Maadi is relatively low. A loaf of bread is around $0.50, a liter of milk is around $0.50, a dozen eggs is around $1.00, and a kilogram of chicken is around $2.00.
Restaurants The cost of eating out in Maadi is relatively low. A meal at a fast food restaurant is around $2.00-3.00, a meal at a mid-range restaurant is around $5.00-7.00, and a meal at a high-end restaurant is around $10.00-15.00.
Utilities The cost of utilities in Maadi is relatively low. The cost of electricity is around $0.10-0.20 per kilowatt-hour, the cost of water is around $0.50-1.00 per cubic meter, and the cost of internet is around $20.00-30.00 per month.
Private School Tuition The cost of private school tuition in Maadi is relatively high. The cost of preschool tuition is around $500-1000 per year, the cost of elementary school tuition is around $1000-2000 per year, the cost of middle school tuition is around $2000-3000 per year, and the cost of high school tuition is around $3000-4000 per year.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Maadi

"The cost of living in Maadi can vary depending on individual preferences. Generally speaking, the cost of living in this area is not particularly high compared to other districts of Cairo. In terms of essentials such as groceries, rent, and utility bills, it is possible to find a good balance between cost and quality of life," said one expat living in Maadi.

"The cost of living in Maadi is generally considered to be affordable, especially when compared to other neighborhoods in Cairo. Housing in Maadi tends to be more reasonably priced, with a variety of options available, including apartments, villas, and townhouses. The area also offers a wide range of amenities, such as supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes, which cater to different budgets. Public transportation is accessible and inexpensive, making it easy to commute to other parts of the city. However, some expats may find that international schools and private healthcare facilities can be quite costly. Overall, Maadi offers a comfortable lifestyle at a relatively affordable cost," wrote a member in Maadi.

Can I live in Maadi on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Maadi for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. Maadi is a popular area for expats, and it has a mix of affordable and more upscale neighborhoods. If you're looking to save money, I'd recommend looking for an apartment in the older parts of Maadi, like Maadi Sarayat or Maadi Degla. These areas have more reasonably priced apartments, and you can find a decent two-bedroom place for around $500 to $700 a month.On the other hand, if you're looking for more modern amenities and a more luxurious lifestyle, you might want to consider the newer parts of Maadi, like Maadi Grand Mall area or Maadi Corniche. These areas have more upscale apartments, but the prices can be quite high, sometimes reaching up to $1,500 a month just for rent. So, if you want to stick to your budget, I'd avoid these areas.As for other expenses, you'll need to budget for utilities, groceries, transportation, and entertainment. Utilities can cost around $100 a month, depending on your usage. Groceries can be quite affordable if you shop at local markets and avoid imported goods. You can expect to spend around $200 to $300 a month on groceries. Transportation is also relatively cheap, especially if you use public transportation like the metro or buses. A monthly metro pass costs around $10, and buses are even cheaper. If you prefer using taxis or ride-sharing apps like Uber, you'll spend a bit more, but it's still quite affordable.Entertainment and dining out can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. There are plenty of affordable local restaurants and cafes where you can have a meal for just a few dollars. However, if you prefer more upscale dining or frequenting expat bars, your expenses will be higher. I'd say you can budget around $200 to $300 a month for entertainment and dining out, depending on your preferences.In summary, it's possible to live comfortably in Maadi on $1,500 a month, but you'll need to make some sacrifices and be mindful of your spending. Stick to the more affordable neighborhoods, shop at local markets, and use public transportation to keep your costs down," commented an expat living in Maadi.

Can I live in Maadi on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Maadi for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, especially if you're used to modern amenities. Maadi is a popular expat destination, and it has a good mix of local and international facilities. You'll find plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, and shops catering to expats, so you won't feel too far from home.However, you might have to make some sacrifices to make it work. For example, you might need to choose a smaller apartment or one that's not in the most upscale neighborhood. Maadi has a range of neighborhoods, some more expensive than others. Degla and Sarayat are the most popular and expensive areas, with beautiful villas and tree-lined streets. If you want to save some money, you could consider living in a more affordable area like Zahraa Maadi or New Maadi, which are still nice but not as luxurious.Another thing to consider is transportation. While Maadi is well-connected to the rest of Cairo by metro and buses, you might find it more convenient to use taxis or ride-hailing apps like Uber and Careem. This can add up, so you might want to budget for transportation costs.In terms of entertainment and socializing, there are plenty of options in Maadi, but you might need to be mindful of your spending. Going out to eat at international restaurants or visiting expat bars can be pricey, so you might want to explore more local options or cook at home more often.Overall, living in Maadi on $3,000 a month is doable, but you'll need to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood and being conscious of your entertainment and transportation expenses, you can enjoy a comfortable life in this charming Cairo suburb," said one expat living in Maadi.

Can I live in Maadi on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Maadi for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, especially if you're used to modern amenities. Maadi is a popular expat destination, and it has a good mix of local and international facilities. You'll find plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shops catering to expats, as well as international schools and medical facilities.In terms of housing, Maadi has a range of options to suit different budgets. If you're looking for something more affordable, consider the neighborhoods of Degla or Sarayat. These areas have a mix of apartments and villas, and you can find a decent 2-3 bedroom apartment for around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can find more luxurious apartments and villas in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 per month.One sacrifice you might have to make is dealing with traffic and transportation. Maadi is a bit far from downtown Cairo, and traffic can be quite congested during peak hours. If you're working in the city center, you might have to spend a significant amount of time commuting. However, the Cairo Metro does have a station in Maadi, which can help you avoid some of the traffic.Another thing to consider is that while Maadi has a lot of modern amenities, it's still Egypt, and you might have to adjust to some cultural differences and local customs. For example, you might find that customer service isn't always up to the standards you're used to, or that some things take longer to get done than you'd expect.Overall, I think you can live quite comfortably in Maadi on $5,000 a month. Just be prepared to make some adjustments and be patient with the local way of life. And if you're looking for a more upscale neighborhood, you might want to avoid areas like Old Maadi or Zahraa Maadi, as they tend to be more traditional and less expat-friendly," commented an expat living in Maadi.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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