What lifestyle can I afford ?

First of all, great news! Madrid has been named as one of the top 10 European cities with the lowest cost of living! Fantastic for anything thinking of a metropolitan lifestyle without a huge budget.

Compare your monthly budget to these estimations, and visualize right now the lifestyle you can afford in Madrid, including all costs for living (rent, bills, food, and the bonuses indicated) per person, based also on lifestyles of our clients, foreigners coming to Madrid for an upgrade in lifestyle in most cases:

  • 1100 – 1500 €: living a bit more comfortably than a student lifestyle, eating out with some week-end excursions
  • 1600 – 2000 €: professional type living, travelling,
  • 2000 – 4000 €: living comfortably, think about investing, charity and buying a home if you’re planning to stay for years, able to sustain a family,
  • over 4000 €: we can talk of a luxury lifestyle.


Do also use Expatistan.com to compare the cost of living levels of Madrid to the city you’re moving from. For instance, according to them, life in London is 43 % more expensive than in Madrid. Then compare this difference in the cost of living to the revenue gap you will experience by moving to Madrid.

Or directly ask one of your relocation experts to draw an optimized monthly expenses based on your lifestyle and budget, ask now for your free relocation consultation !


What is the breakdown of these costs ?

Do read these articles as they detail the main items of of your budget.

And if you prefer specific answers to your individual questions in terms on how to optimize your budget, with professional help to make sure you get the best neighborhood for your lifestyle, and know what are the dangers to dodge in Spanish contracts,

ask now for your free relocation consultation !


Madridly yours,
Pierre & the Moving2Madrid Team – Madrid Property Search & Relocation

Posted on 1 February, 2016 by Pierre-Alban Waters in Rent - Costs - Buy, New? Start Here


14 responses to “What lifestyle can I afford ?”

  1. Jon Miller says:

    For a family of 4 we are spending about 8k a month after tax including schooling. Breakdown is roughly 3k a month rent, 3k a month school and 2k covers utilities, food etc. Its still way cheaper than London or NYC for similar quality but be very careful you don’t take too low a salary when you compare or take a re-lo.

  2. Louise says:

    Hi Jessica,

    First of all, congratulations on the job offer! Have you taken a look at this article? There are a few other helpful links to other similar articles that will give you an idea of the cost of living here in Madrid.

    To sum up:
    800 – 1000 €: bare necessities in Madrid’s city center for a student life,
    1100 – 1500 €: living a bit more comfortably, eating out with some week-end excursions
    1600 – 2000 €: professional type living, travelling,
    2000 – 4000 €: living comfortably, think about investing, charity and buying a home if you’re planning to stay for years, able to sustain a family,
    over 4000 €: we can talk of a luxury lifestyle.

    If we can help you with your move to Madrid, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

  3. Jessica Shils says:


    I have been offered a job with salary €55000…what type of lifestyle would this afford me in Madrid?



  4. Louise says:

    Hi Vijay!

    Thanks so much for getting in touch with us. We have a few articles for you to take a look at. The first is on the cost of living in Madrid, then we have another one outlining rental prices, another one on the cost of utility bills, and a summarised review of average monthly costs.
    Madrid is a wonderfully flexible city in that you can live off a minimal budget, but it also allows for more comfortable living too. You can afford to have a social life, and to enjoy yourself here without having to scrimp and save too.
    If you would like some help finding an apartment near Calle Salvador de Madariaga, we can definitely help you with that. You can set up a free Skype consultation with our Property Hunting Expert, Ben, by clicking this link. Choose whatever date and time suits you and Ben will be able to answer any other questions that you may have. If you have any doubts, feel free to email us at email@moving2madrid.com

  5. Vijay says:

    I will be moving to madrid in August’15 next month. Can you please help me in revised monthly expenses. I would like know to services for searching an apartment near by “Calle Salvador de Madariaga “. Can you please tell me the rent details in a flat.
    Thanks for your support,

  6. Well, Breakfast, dinner and 1 room would amount to 500 to 700 € a month. You can then deduct this and estimate the right budget for you ! Cheers !

  7. Alex says:

    If I am living in madrid for 6 months for an abroad program and my breakfast and dinner and housing is covered, How should I budget per month?

  8. Hi Aimée !

    The monthly estimates are, as indicated, the cost of living.
    Therefore, just the money needed to pay for all things to liver here a month in a nutshell.

    You can then deduct that your take-home money is your Net or After-taxes money.

    To calculate this, we have a great article explaining each step: https://moving2madrid.com/net-salary-spain/

    Hope you find your answers and do comment if you still need help !

  9. Aimee says:

    Bonjour Pierre,
    Are the monthly estimates above after taxes? I am having some trouble finding how much salary will be lost to taxes. Thank you for your blog!

  10. Yes, it includes everything !

  11. Stefan says:

    I am moving to Madrid in a week. I would like to know, does the rent of the apartments included in amounts mentioned in the article or not?

  12. Hi Venessa,
    These estimates are applicable to one person.
    For a family of four, I would at least double it for the adults, and then add the school & kids costs.
    Private schools cost from 200 € to 1000 € a month, with an average at 350 €.

  13. Venessa says:

    Hi! Are these figures or estimates regarding “what life style can i afford” applicable to a family of four? (Husband & wife with 2 small kids?

  14. Katie says:

    This blog is so great — thank you! I am moving to Madrid in two weeks, and feel entirely more prepared after perusing your blog. I will be referring to it in the coming weeks and months to be sure 🙂

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