Cost of Living in Beirut Question
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2012 12:14 AM Last Post By: Isiod
Feb 2, 2008 11:12 AM
Cost of Living in Beirut QuestionI'm on the verge of signing a contract to teach in Beirut for (at least) a couple of years. I feel good about the city, country, school, etc., but am looking for a resident's (or frequent visitor's) sense of how far my money will go.
I'm probably looking at taking home $1800 or so a month. Housing and utilities will be covered. I don't have particularly extravagant tastes and suspect that this amount will more than allow ends to meet. But I'd be interested in some first-hand impressions.
And, hell...if there's something else about the city, country, region you're willing to share with me, it may come in real handy...
Feb 2, 2008 8:41 PM
1With housing and utilities covered you will have no problems at all. Many Lebanese in Beirut survive on much less.
You should have no difficulty putting some aside for a rainy day or travel around the region... unless you want to blow it all on clubbing :)
Transport is cheap as chips if you learn how to use the buses and catch service taxi's. Street food is usually around $2 or $3 for a sharwarma or something similar. Fast Food is around $10 for a meal (or less).
Dinner in a good restaurant serving local food like Al-Mayas (Armenian/Lebanese) can be had for less than $20 a person.
Grocery prices are probably somewhat comparable to the US/Europe for dry goods (they were mostly on par with Australia) but fresh vegetables are much cheaper.
Alcohol in the supermarket is probably on par with US prices (much cheaper than Australia) with a six pack of local beer going for around $5.
Hope this helps
Feb 3, 2008 12:27 AM
2US$1800 is a good salary I know many people who have degrees who earn US$600-US$800 a month so you are doing pretty well.
A good place to hang out and meet both locals and expats is The Hard Rock Cafe. Have met many interesting people there over the years.
You can eat cheaply at Zaatar w Zeit for around US$6 and Roadsters do good diner food for around US$10. Restaurant meals will be US$20-US$30. One of my favourites in El Palador Cuban restaurant, L'Os (20 minute drive from Beirut) for tradional Lebanese food and Neopolitana for pizza.
Feb 4, 2008 12:23 AM
Feb 5, 2008 7:06 AM
4with accommodation covered, yep, you'll be fine with such a salary. In what shool are you going to teach?
Some photos of Lebanon on my blog if you want to get an idea how it looks like.
Feb 10, 2008 7:14 PM
5I tell you, young Lebanese people would looove to live on an 1,800$ salary per month! Since housing is paid for, the only thing you should worry about is stocking up on food (food is pretty cheap in little grocery stores, but you can find good deals at Spinneys)
to go out and party, drinks are around 10-15$ but there are a lot of hole in the wall places depending on where you will be living.
In Hamra, there is Regusto (near Starbucks on the main road) where drinks are much cheaper and food as well. There is DePrague near HSBC also in Hamra, and its pretty cheap as well. Barometer near AUB is also a good deal and very local. You will meet a lot of foreigners there as well who are in Beirut for work.
For the expensive outings, these are usually in Monot Street and Downtown, and maybe Skybar and White, expensive restaurants are many, but little places that serve shawarma, potato sandwiches (to die for!) and zaatar and cheese pies are many. In Hamra, you have barbar, the king of potatoes (Malak el Batata) and Faysal near AUB. Zaatar w Zeit is good, and even better at night after the party (its where everyone goes around 4am to have breakfast!)
Taking a public bus to sightsee is a great option. Al Ahdab buses go from the bus station near Beirut's port and take you all the way to Tripoli in the North for less than 5$. You can stop in Byblos, Batroun, or Jounieh on the way there. The same station caters to te South and to Baalbeck, though the name of the bus company eludes me now. I can go on and on about Lebanon. Drink Lemonade in Batroun, eat sweets from Hallab in Tripoli, go to the port and old city in Byblos, visit the Heliopolis ruins of Baalbeck (temple Bacchus is amazing and majestic) go to the beaches in the summer, it is always a non-stop party all day long (Oceana is great but a bit expensive-- but it should be experienced!)
To sum it up, you will have a blast and llive great for what you are earning. Hell, my dad earned much less and still figured out how to raise three children and live large:)
Feb 25, 2008 6:28 PM
6Does anyone know what the taxes are for an expat? I'm moving to Beirut as a teacher in August. What should I do as soon as I arrive for fun?
Jan 26, 2010 5:13 PM
my name is john from the philippines and i have a job offer in beirut lebanon. the company offers me US$ 2500 / Month plus US$ 900 / Month for Housing and transportation allowance & other benefits not mentioned. is it already good for me to accept the job offer? can i still save money every month? please can anyone help me and give me suggestions. thanks..
Feb 10, 2010 11:18 PM
8With this salary, you will be fine. There is a large Philipino community in Lebanon and you should be able to find easily your way around.
Feb 14, 2010 3:51 AM
I am having a job offer to work in Beirut for 4000$ monthly and I will be paying for everything (flat rent, living expenses, transport ... etc). If I accepted this offer, i will take my wife and little baby with me to Beirut. What of this salary? is it enough for me and my family to live a good life at Beirut? What is the expected flat rent in an above average flat (2 or 3 bedrooms in a nice place). Will I be able to save something for a rainy day, how much?
Thanks in advance for your contribution
Mar 3, 2010 12:58 AM
10We are a group of 9 student who are going to study in Beirut for 6 months next year. Do any of you know where to find cheap housing in Beirut? and how much should we expect spending on housing per month?
Sep 7, 2011 9:58 AM
I'm a telecom engineer from bangladesh. Currently I have been offered for a position at Beirut. But I have no idea about the cost of living in this city. I'm married and I gonna come with my wife. If the company offers me USD 4000, should i join?
I need to save some money say around 2000 USD. Is it possible?
Please suggest me.
Thanks in advance.
Jan 22, 2012 12:14 AM
12This is for finanssvin,
I am a student heading to Beirut in 2 weeks to study Arabic for a year. I was wondering if you guys found accommodation (that is if you are there now). If so I would be interested to now what real estate agent you went through.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$323.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$95.51 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night