Whether you're living in Kuwait 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

1,000 KWD

average per month

250 KWD

Range

2,200 KWD

1,900 KWD

average per month

380 KWD

Range

3,000 KWD

3,000 KWD

average per month

890 KWD

Range

4,600 KWD

760 KWD

average per month

130 KWD

Range

1,600 KWD

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

The average monthly expenses for a single person living in Kuwait is 1,000 KWD. Expenses can range from 250 KWD at the minimum level to 2,200 KWD at the highest end.

The average monthly spending of couples in Kuwait is 1,900 KWD. Expenditure can range from 380 KWD to 3,000 KWD per month.

The average cost of living for families in Kuwait is 3,000 KWD per month. Families spend anywhere from 890 KWD to 4,600 KWD.

The average monthly expenditure for students in Kuwait is 760 KWD. Students spend from 130 KWD to 1,600 KWD 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

0.25 KWD

0.25 KWD

0.25 KWD

combo meal

2.5 KWD

1.8 KWD

4.2 KWD

meal for one

8.5 KWD

6.7 KWD

11 KWD

meal for one

21 KWD

14 KWD

25 KWD

Soft Drink

0.21 KWD

0.21 KWD

0.21 KWD

or latte

1.7 KWD

1.1 KWD

2.5 KWD

large bottle

1.3 KWD

1.1 KWD

1.4 KWD

bread

0.18 KWD

0.16 KWD

0.21 KWD

eggs

1.3 KWD

1.1 KWD

1.6 KWD

chicken

3.0 KWD

2.3 KWD

3.6 KWD

1 kg or 1 lb

3.3 KWD

2.8 KWD

4.2 KWD

1 kg or 1 lb

1.8 KWD

1.6 KWD

2.1 KWD

1 kg or 1 lb

0.85 KWD

0.71 KWD

1.1 KWD

1 kg or 1 lb

0.91 KWD

0.79 KWD

0.98 KWD

1 kg or 1 lb

0.88 KWD

0.77 KWD

0.98 KWD

taxi ride

1.3 KWD

1.1 KWD

2.5 KWD

full tank

8.5 KWD

6.4 KWD

17 KWD

1-day rental

8.5 KWD

6.4 KWD

13 KWD

price

6,300 KWD

3,200 KWD

8,500 KWD

one way

0.32 KWD

0.21 KWD

0.63 KWD

Service

13 KWD

8.5 KWD

25 KWD

and water bill

61 KWD

15 KWD

130 KWD

and water bill

76 KWD

19 KWD

150 KWD

and water bill

120 KWD

27 KWD

140 KWD

and cable

13 KWD

6.4 KWD

17 KWD

charges

8.5 KWD

5.1 KWD

25 KWD

ticket

4.2 KWD

3.2 KWD

6.4 KWD

membership

13 KWD

10 KWD

25 KWD

or pants

11 KWD

7.5 KWD

16 KWD

dress

9.8 KWD

7.1 KWD

32 KWD

shoes

9.1 KWD

6.7 KWD

21 KWD

shoes

7.1 KWD

5.8 KWD

14 KWD

suit

7.9 KWD

6.4 KWD

42 KWD

t-shirt

4.2 KWD

3.2 KWD

13 KWD

apartment

160 KWD

110 KWD

420 KWD

apartment

250 KWD

160 KWD

630 KWD

apartment

320 KWD

210 KWD

850 KWD

apartment

32,000 KWD

21,000 KWD

63,000 KWD

apartment

42,000 KWD

25,000 KWD

160,000 KWD

apartment

130,000 KWD

42,000 KWD

250,000 KWD

Bed

160 KWD

130 KWD

210 KWD

Bed

130 KWD

85 KWD

160 KWD

Bed

98 KWD

75 KWD

130 KWD

Room

180 KWD

140 KWD

630 KWD

Table

85 KWD

63 KWD

160 KWD

or Couch

120 KWD

85 KWD

250 KWD

Set

130 KWD

85 KWD

250 KWD

or Freezer

120 KWD

75 KWD

160 KWD

Machine

140 KWD

98 KWD

250 KWD

or Cooker

120 KWD

91 KWD

160 KWD

Phone

130 KWD

110 KWD

180 KWD

or Computer

140 KWD

120 KWD

250 KWD

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 Kuwait

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

LOW | 91 KWD |

AVERAGE | 370 KWD |

HIGH | 780 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 15 KWD |

AVERAGE | 61 KWD |

HIGH | 130 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 20 KWD |

AVERAGE | 81 KWD |

HIGH | 170 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 41 KWD |

AVERAGE | 160 KWD |

HIGH | 350 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 23 KWD |

AVERAGE | 91 KWD |

HIGH | 190 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 13 KWD |

AVERAGE | 51 KWD |

HIGH | 110 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 5.1 KWD |

AVERAGE | 20 KWD |

HIGH | 43 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 46 KWD |

AVERAGE | 180 KWD |

HIGH | 390 KWD |

Per Month |

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

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

LOW | 130 KWD |

AVERAGE | 630 KWD |

HIGH | 1,000 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 19 KWD |

AVERAGE | 76 KWD |

HIGH | 150 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 46 KWD |

AVERAGE | 230 KWD |

HIGH | 370 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 53 KWD |

AVERAGE | 270 KWD |

HIGH | 430 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 42 KWD |

AVERAGE | 210 KWD |

HIGH | 340 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 23 KWD |

AVERAGE | 110 KWD |

HIGH | 180 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 7.6 KWD |

AVERAGE | 38 KWD |

HIGH | 61 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 65 KWD |

AVERAGE | 320 KWD |

HIGH | 520 KWD |

Per Month |

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

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

LOW | 280 KWD |

AVERAGE | 970 KWD |

HIGH | 1,500 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 27 KWD |

AVERAGE | 120 KWD |

HIGH | 140 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 71 KWD |

AVERAGE | 240 KWD |

HIGH | 370 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 160 KWD |

AVERAGE | 550 KWD |

HIGH | 820 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 71 KWD |

AVERAGE | 240 KWD |

HIGH | 370 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 44 KWD |

AVERAGE | 150 KWD |

HIGH | 230 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 120 KWD |

AVERAGE | 430 KWD |

HIGH | 640 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 110 KWD |

AVERAGE | 370 KWD |

HIGH | 550 KWD |

Per Month |

StudentCost of living and expense breaks for students in Kuwait

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

LOW | 30 KWD |

AVERAGE | 180 KWD |

HIGH | 400 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 5.1 KWD |

AVERAGE | 30 KWD |

HIGH | 66 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 8.9 KWD |

AVERAGE | 53 KWD |

HIGH | 120 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 25 KWD |

AVERAGE | 150 KWD |

HIGH | 330 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 7.6 KWD |

AVERAGE | 46 KWD |

HIGH | 99 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 6.4 KWD |

AVERAGE | 38 KWD |

HIGH | 82 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 24 KWD |

AVERAGE | 140 KWD |

HIGH | 310 KWD |

Per Month |

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

LOW | 19 KWD |

AVERAGE | 110 KWD |

HIGH | 250 KWD |

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 Kuwait typically spend from 26% to 39% of their total monthly expenditure on housing with 31% being the average. The average spend on housing is 540 KWD with expenditure ranging from 130 KWD and 910 KWD. 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 Kuwait ranges from 2% to 8% of total expenses with 5% being the the average. The average monthly cost of utilities is 72 KWD with 17 KWD and 120 KWD 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 36 KWD to 250 KWD on commuting with 150 KWD 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 Kuwait is 280 KWD. The cost of groceries can range between 70 KWD to 480 KWD. People spend on average about 17% on food and groceries with upper and lower bounds of 11% and 17% respectively.

People in Kuwait 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 36 KWD to 250 KWD with 150 KWD 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 22 KWD to 150 KWD with 89 KWD 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 160 KWD per month with 40 KWD being the minimum spent amount and 260 KWD being the maximum.