Whether you're living in Brunei or planning to move there, it is very important to know the cost of living and the prices of things. Here we list the average spending for the three main population groups.

All-inclusive

2,600 BND

average per month

650 BND

Range

5,500 BND

4,800 BND

average per month

970 BND

Range

7,700 BND

7,700 BND

average per month

2,300 BND

Range

12,000 BND

1,900 BND

average per month

320 BND

Range

4,200 BND

The figures displayed here are inclusive of everything: housing, travel, groceries, healthcare, etc.

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Brunei is 2,600 BND. Expenses can range from 650 BND at the minimum level to 5,500 BND at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Brunei is 4,800 BND. Expenditure can range from 970 BND to 7,700 BND per month.

The average cost of living for families in Brunei is 7,700 BND per month. Families spend anywhere from 2,300 BND to 12,000 BND.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Brunei is 1,900 BND. Students spend from 320 BND to 4,200 BND per month.

Spending behavior can change drastically from one person to another. It is best to consider the minimum, average, and maximum spending together.

of water

0.65 BND

0.65 BND

0.65 BND

combo meal

6.5 BND

4.6 BND

11 BND

meal for one

22 BND

17 BND

27 BND

meal for one

54 BND

36 BND

65 BND

Soft Drink

0.54 BND

0.54 BND

0.54 BND

or latte

4.3 BND

2.7 BND

6.5 BND

large bottle

3.2 BND

2.7 BND

3.6 BND

bread

0.46 BND

0.40 BND

0.54 BND

eggs

3.2 BND

2.7 BND

4.0 BND

chicken

7.5 BND

5.9 BND

9.2 BND

1 kg or 1 lb

8.5 BND

7.2 BND

11 BND

1 kg or 1 lb

4.6 BND

4.0 BND

5.4 BND

1 kg or 1 lb

2.2 BND

1.8 BND

2.7 BND

1 kg or 1 lb

2.3 BND

2.0 BND

2.5 BND

1 kg or 1 lb

2.2 BND

2.0 BND

2.5 BND

taxi ride

3.2 BND

2.7 BND

6.5 BND

full tank

22 BND

16 BND

43 BND

1-day rental

22 BND

16 BND

32 BND

price

16,000 BND

8,100 BND

22,000 BND

one way

0.81 BND

0.54 BND

1.6 BND

Service

32 BND

22 BND

65 BND

and water bill

150 BND

39 BND

330 BND

and water bill

190 BND

48 BND

390 BND

and water bill

310 BND

68 BND

350 BND

and cable

32 BND

16 BND

43 BND

charges

22 BND

13 BND

65 BND

ticket

11 BND

8.1 BND

16 BND

membership

32 BND

26 BND

65 BND

or pants

27 BND

19 BND

40 BND

dress

25 BND

18 BND

81 BND

shoes

23 BND

17 BND

54 BND

shoes

18 BND

15 BND

36 BND

suit

20 BND

16 BND

110 BND

t-shirt

11 BND

8.1 BND

32 BND

apartment

400 BND

270 BND

1,100 BND

apartment

650 BND

400 BND

1,600 BND

apartment

810 BND

540 BND

2,200 BND

apartment

81,000 BND

54,000 BND

160,000 BND

apartment

110,000 BND

65,000 BND

400,000 BND

apartment

320,000 BND

110,000 BND

650,000 BND

Bed

400 BND

320 BND

540 BND

Bed

320 BND

220 BND

400 BND

Bed

250 BND

190 BND

320 BND

Room

460 BND

360 BND

1,600 BND

Table

220 BND

160 BND

400 BND

or Couch

290 BND

220 BND

650 BND

Set

320 BND

220 BND

650 BND

or Freezer

290 BND

190 BND

400 BND

Machine

360 BND

250 BND

650 BND

or Cooker

290 BND

230 BND

400 BND

Phone

320 BND

270 BND

460 BND

or Computer

360 BND

290 BND

650 BND

The percentage figures in this section are percentages of total spending not income. If you would like to see the percentage of expenses as related to income or salary, see additional sections below.

SingleSpending habits, consumption analysis, and expenditure patterns for a single person living in Brunei

36% of total expenses on average (27% to 42%)

LOW | 230 BND |

AVERAGE | 930 BND |

HIGH | 2,000 BND |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 39 BND |

AVERAGE | 150 BND |

HIGH | 330 BND |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (3% to 11%)

LOW | 52 BND |

AVERAGE | 210 BND |

HIGH | 440 BND |

Per Month |

16% of total expenses on average (9% to 22%)

LOW | 100 BND |

AVERAGE | 410 BND |

HIGH | 880 BND |

Per Month |

9% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 58 BND |

AVERAGE | 230 BND |

HIGH | 490 BND |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 32 BND |

AVERAGE | 130 BND |

HIGH | 270 BND |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 13 BND |

AVERAGE | 52 BND |

HIGH | 110 BND |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (15% to 21%)

LOW | 120 BND |

AVERAGE | 460 BND |

HIGH | 990 BND |

Per Month |

CoupleAverage monthly living expenditure breaks and spending patterns for couples in Brunei

33% of total expenses on average (30% to 43%)

LOW | 320 BND |

AVERAGE | 1,600 BND |

HIGH | 2,600 BND |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 8%)

LOW | 48 BND |

AVERAGE | 190 BND |

HIGH | 390 BND |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (7% to 15%)

LOW | 120 BND |

AVERAGE | 580 BND |

HIGH | 930 BND |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (7% to 19%)

LOW | 140 BND |

AVERAGE | 680 BND |

HIGH | 1,100 BND |

Per Month |

11% of total expenses on average (5% to 14%)

LOW | 110 BND |

AVERAGE | 530 BND |

HIGH | 850 BND |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 10%)

LOW | 58 BND |

AVERAGE | 290 BND |

HIGH | 460 BND |

Per Month |

2% of total expenses on average (1% to 4%)

LOW | 19 BND |

AVERAGE | 97 BND |

HIGH | 150 BND |

Per Month |

17% of total expenses on average (14% to 20%)

LOW | 160 BND |

AVERAGE | 820 BND |

HIGH | 1,300 BND |

Per Month |

FamilyAverage monthly expenses and break out of spending for families living in Brunei

32% of total expenses on average (27% to 38%)

LOW | 720 BND |

AVERAGE | 2,500 BND |

HIGH | 3,700 BND |

Per Month |

3% of total expenses on average (2% to 7%)

LOW | 68 BND |

AVERAGE | 310 BND |

HIGH | 350 BND |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (5% to 10%)

LOW | 180 BND |

AVERAGE | 620 BND |

HIGH | 930 BND |

Per Month |

18% of total expenses on average (12% to 23%)

LOW | 410 BND |

AVERAGE | 1,400 BND |

HIGH | 2,100 BND |

Per Month |

8% of total expenses on average (6% to 12%)

LOW | 180 BND |

AVERAGE | 620 BND |

HIGH | 930 BND |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 110 BND |

AVERAGE | 390 BND |

HIGH | 580 BND |

Per Month |

14% of total expenses on average (11% to 18%)

LOW | 320 BND |

AVERAGE | 1,100 BND |

HIGH | 1,600 BND |

Per Month |

12% of total expenses on average (8% to 15%)

LOW | 270 BND |

AVERAGE | 930 BND |

HIGH | 1,400 BND |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Brunei

24% of total expenses on average (18% to 31%)

LOW | 77 BND |

AVERAGE | 460 BND |

HIGH | 1,000 BND |

Per Month |

4% of total expenses on average (3% to 7%)

LOW | 13 BND |

AVERAGE | 77 BND |

HIGH | 170 BND |

Per Month |

7% of total expenses on average (5% to 9%)

LOW | 23 BND |

AVERAGE | 140 BND |

HIGH | 290 BND |

Per Month |

20% of total expenses on average (16% to 24%)

LOW | 65 BND |

AVERAGE | 390 BND |

HIGH | 840 BND |

Per Month |

6% of total expenses on average (3% to 9%)

LOW | 19 BND |

AVERAGE | 120 BND |

HIGH | 250 BND |

Per Month |

5% of total expenses on average (2% to 9%)

LOW | 16 BND |

AVERAGE | 97 BND |

HIGH | 210 BND |

Per Month |

19% of total expenses on average (17% to 24%)

LOW | 61 BND |

AVERAGE | 370 BND |

HIGH | 800 BND |

Per Month |

15% of total expenses on average (12% to 17%)

LOW | 48 BND |

AVERAGE | 290 BND |

HIGH | 630 BND |

Per Month |

This section breaks down and compares expenses for all population groups: singles, couples, students, and families. If you want to see details for a specific group, please see the previous section. We asked thousands of people about their spending habits and expenditure breaks. Below are the results.

People living in Brunei typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 1,400 BND with expenditure ranging from 340 BND and 2,300 BND. This cost mainly goes for rent but it also includes other accommodation-related expenses. Housing costs are highest for families and lowest for students as expected.

On average, utility expenditure like electricity, water, and gas in Brunei ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 180 BND with 42 BND and 310 BND being the upper and lower limits.

Fuel consumption and cost of transport depend heavily on whether you live near your work or school, but roughly speaking you would expect to spend from 93 BND to 650 BND on commuting with 390 BND being the norm for most people in one month. This means that money spent on transport constitutes about 9% of total spending on average but can go as low as 5% or as high as 11%.

The average outlay on groceries in a month in Brunei is 720 BND. The cost of groceries can range between 180 BND to 1,200 BND. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Brunei allocate 5% to 12% of their total monthly expenditure to healthcare including health insurance and out-of-pocket medical expenses. The average spending is around 9%. The range of medical expenses range from 91 BND to 630 BND with 380 BND being the norm.

This category mostly contains discretionary or non-essential expenses but also some non-discretionary spending like furniture for example. The monthly expenses range from 55 BND to 380 BND with 230 BND being the average. Speaking of percentages, that equates to 2% to 9% of total expenses with an average of 5% for most residents.

Spending on education can vary drastically between different people. While working singles can spend 0% on education, families and students' expenditure can reach up to 22%. On average, education constitutes 9% of the monthly expenditure with 8% and 13% being the lower and upper bounds respectively. The average reported education cost is 400 BND per month with 100 BND being the minimum spent amount and 670 BND being the maximum.