Overall, the cost of living in Maputo is likely higher than expected. Accommodation and household utilities often account for the majority of a monthly budget. Items like local transport and meals are less of a burden.
The following points give estimates of the costs of goods, items and activities in the capital.
Finding a home in Mozambique can be a difficult and time-consuming task. The following tips will serve you well as you prepare to find a place to rent or buy:
Flat sharing/house sharing is very popular in Mozambique, given the high rental prices and large number of expatriates. It is an especially popular option with younger expatriates who are in country to volunteer or study for a shorter period of time.
As with most rentals in Mozambique, there is again a huge variation in terms of quality and price.
There are a growing number of youth-orientated hostels in and around Maputo, with Fatima's leading the way. The quality ranges considerably around the city, and it is well worth reading external reviews before making any long-term bookings.
Most have rates that range between USD 10 and USD 40 for dorm and private rooms.
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