Living cost in the Malaga Area

mars 29, 2021

Málaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.

The Area of Malaga is home to a lot of ex-pats, and especially people from the north of Europe either have a second home on the coast or vacation houses. Because of the many tourists most everywhere, people speak English and you will find many fusion restaurants. The Cities of Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella is considered Malaga area, and are all connected by both trains ad busses. All the while being relaxed and laid back, Malaga is still the centre and transport hub for the Costa del Sol region.

Living costs on the costa del sol is low compared with Northern Europe, yet slightly more expensive compared with more countryside areas of Spain that are less Touristic. We have compiled an article about the living cost of the Area of Costa del Sol if you are interested in Knowing more remember you can always ask us

One-month budget:

Low-cost Average High-cost
Accommodation* €375 €400 – €500 €500 +
Food and drink** €120 €150-€200 €300+
Leisure*** €80 €100-150 €200+
Transport**** €0 €20 €40+
Course***** €1400 €1400 €1550
Total** €1975 €2070 – €2270 €2590+

* Prices can vary depending on the neighbourhood, the number of people living in the apartment and facilities.

**Depends greatly on your diet and which shops you buy food and drinks.

Lower 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 for about €375 a month with bills included (plus one month deposit).

Málaga isn´t an expensive place to live. You can have a glass of beer and a tapa for about €2.50. A typical Spanish breakfast can be bought for just €3 (this includes a coffee, orange juice and a toasted sandwich called a Pitufo). Good coffee is hard to come by, the Spaniards do coffee well – it´s just knowing how to order coffee in Málaga that matters! You will need approximately 30€ per week for your groceries. There are plenty of supermarkets and places at competitive prices. The historic centre is small and easy to walk around so there is not a great need for using public transport in Málaga.

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.


Higher cost

If you prefer to live alone or in a slightly smarter apartment, the sky is the limit. From €550 you can rent a good double room in a shared apartment 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 monthly deposit plus a one-month agency fee. This option is usually chosen by those who have decided to stay long-term. Check out Facebook groups of the area, there are many offers directly from owners you might benefit from.

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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 ‘Menu del Dia’ (a three course meal at lunchtime) is typically 8€. If you are in to your wine, you are in luck! You can pick up a decent bottle of for just €3 at the supermarkets.

The Language

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. There’s plenty of spanish courses in Udemy for about 12€ to start with.


‘There are many other activities that can be enjoyed in Málaga such as; boat trips from the beautiful port (Muelle Uno), a visit to the botanical gardens (Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción) 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 (Caminito del Rey).

If you like to party, Málaga city is the place to be! The centre is bustling with craft beer pubs, trendy bars and clubs! If this is not your scene, you could head to Velvet or ZZ Pub for some 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).

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!

We hope this gave you a great inside in to the costs of living in Costa del sol, if you are interested in jobs in the area please visit JOBSQD.COM here you will find a great list of different jobs in mange languages or contact a recruiter today!