Cost of Living in Angeles City
An Angeles City budget breakdown is not an easy thing to write because it is totally dependent on how much ‘entertainment’ a person is going to want. More importantly maybe, it’s where they are going to want to have it.
Get numbers outside the bars to cut down on costs – Fields Avenue girls via Flickr
For me the cost of living in Angeles City is around $800/ month but I never pay barfines and don’t sit in the bars. If you start doing that then your budget can skyrocket quickly. So if thats your thing you need to add that to the numbers I put here.
There are a wide range of places to stay in Angeles from month to month apartments, to cheap hotels, or apartments that require a lease. The closer you are to Fields Avenue the more of a ‘tourist tax’ you will pay.
I am fine paying a bit more to be in the heart of the city. Actually I am paying more to be near SM than I am to be near to Fields Avenue. The place I have stayed mostly was about $300 month to month but it wasn’t very nice. It did have all the basic necessities I needed including quality internet.
If you are looking for an apartment I would suggest the area by Tiger Hotel and Kandi Suites. You could stay at Kandi Suites itself but it is a bit overpriced at $500 a month for their cheapest rooms. There are other apartments in that area that are of the same quality for $100 or more less that are also furnished.
The range of restaurants in Angeles is one of the best things about the city, and I think it is some of the best in Asia as far as good value for western food. I usually spend about $250/month on food there and that is for 2 good meals a day and a snack.
There are so many places to choose from that have quality food for $5 or less a meal, and many are really big portions so are enough for 2 meals from 1 order. Throw in some cheaper meals like hamburgers made at home for around $3 total for the meal, or a $5 pizza hut pizza that is enough for 2 servings and its quite easy to eat cheap in Angeles.
This is the part that is just so hard to predict in a city like Angeles City. If you have no willpower then you will be spending a lot of money every night as the bars are very tempting. If you have some self control you can have a great time in Angeles for less than $300 a month.
If you are living there then you don’t need to overpay for girls and can wait for the right spot. Have some patience, don’t pay barfines, instead get numbers and set up meets on the side. I never go into the bars so barfines aren’t even a consideration to me.
Of course if you are just there on a vacation and you see the chance to have a great night then forget what I just wrote and take it.
As mentioned I usually spend around $800 in Angeles but have had some boring months where I spent under $700, and some great months where I spent around $950. I don’t think the cost of living in Angeles City ever broke $1,000/month for me. If you are on a budget and have good discipline then it is a good city for an expat. However if you lack self control it could ruin you and your bank account.