Cost of Living in Malaga

 Cost of Living in Malaga

Malaga is a chic and cosmopolitan destination for holidaymakers and ex-pats. Many families and couples settle here for the great sunny weather, friendly lifestyle, fresh cuisine, culture and the amazing Andalusian festivals. It’s still more economical to live in southern Spain than in northern European countries as property prices and the cost of living are comparatively cheaper.

In this blog will be a breakdown of all costs when living in Malaga. Is it worth it? Read on…

House Hunting

Prices can vary depending on each neighbourhood, the number of people living in the apartment and the facilities. We would recommend anyone interested moving to Malaga for a short or long term stay should check out Idealista for great prices for all accommodation types starting from only 200€ a month in a shared apartment including rent, bills and other assistance. Click here.

Social Life

Are you the party kind? Well, Málaga city is the place to be! The centre is bustling with craft beer pubs, trendy bars and of course, clubs! If this is not your scene, you could head to ZZ Pub for some amazing live music or a jam night! Not a party person? Málaga is famous for its abundance of coffee shops and brunch bars. There are also language exchange events in the city at least 4 nights of the week. Málaga has something for all!


Málaga centre is easy to walk or cycle around as it is completely flat. Public transport is rarely needed here. If you prefer public transport, the fee is €1.30 per journey. Taxis are also not expensive, but costs can add up if you use them regularly or late at night (although there is also a night bus).

The low cost

Most people who are living in Málaga for more than 6 months choose to rent a room in a student apartment in the city centre. There are many options in the city and you can find a long-term room from €250 a month with bills included (plus one month deposit). Not bad, right?

Málaga is an inexpensive place to live in. You can have a glass of beer and a tapa for about €2.50. Wow!! A typical Spanish breakfast can be bought for just €3 (this includes a coffee, an orange juice and a toasted sandwich called a Pitufo). Good coffee is hard to come by, the Spaniards do coffee very well. You will need approximately 25€ per week for your groceries. There are plenty of supermarkets and places at reasonable prices. The historic centre is small and easy to walk around so there is not a great need for using public transport in Málaga.

In Málaga, there is plenty to do which doesn’t cost a penny! From hiking the Málaga mountains surrounding the city to lazing on the beach and browsing the food and craft markets. Many of the Museums are also free to enter on a Sunday – it is difficult to get bored here, to be honest!


The average cost

Increasing your accommodation budget slightly will make things a little easier for you. If you’d like to live in a particular area or with only one other person, for example, you might find that spending a little more on your room will also mean a more modern, larger or better-equipped apartment. This is kind of the best option if you prefer peace and quiet!

Málaga is bustling with restaurants and bars on every street corner. Having a more flexible budget will allow you to eat out without breaking the bank. A three-course meal is typically 8€. If you are into your wine, you are in luck! You can pick up a decent bottle of for just €3 at the supermarkets.

There are many other activities that can be enjoyed in Málaga such as; boat trips from Muelle Uno, a visit to the botanical gardens or just exploring the street art in the up and coming Soho district. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, you could try the famous gorge walk. Try it, it’s fun!

While living in Spain, learning Spanish will greatly improve your quality of life. It will open doors to new opportunities and allow you to meet new people. Most of all, learning Spanish will mean being able to get things done on a daily basis without the hassle of a language barrier. You can sign up for 4 hours of Spanish classes a week of group classes for 12 weeks for only 240€.

The higher cost

If you prefer to live alone or in a slightly smarter apartment, they can vary from €550 which will include renting with another person, a good double room and with a terrace. Your own one or two-bedroom apartment could be more like €650 – €850. If you opt for your own apartment, you can expect to pay a month deposit plus a one-month agency fee. This option is usually chosen by those who have decided to stay long-term.



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