Here you will find a sample budget for single Olim living in the center of Israel. This resource allows you to approximate your monthly expenses during your first year of Aliyah.

  • The spreadsheet is for cash out only, and does not reflect income or savings.
  • All sums are in New Israeli Shekels.
  • Upon arrival, you will be renting your residence, sharing with one roommate.
  • Prices listed below reflect the range of costs for both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Be aware that Tel Aviv tends to be slightly more expensive. Housing costs for those living in the north or south of Israel can be between 25-50% less.


Expense: Cost: Notes:
 Rent ₪1,200-₪3,200  With 1+ roommate(s) but with your own room
Public Transportation ₪200-₪300  For intracity transportation
 Groceries ₪1,200-₪1,800
Cell/Internet ₪200-₪300  Does not include the cost of devices (cell phone, modem)
Utilities ₪250-₪500  Price listed is for each individual roommate
Vaad Bayit (Building Maintenance) ₪100-₪600 Price will vary based on location
Health Insurance (basic coverage) 0-₪160 Free for the first 6 months after Aliyah for those without income. Olim begin paying into Bituach Leumi (which in turn pays for basic healthcare) after 6 months or if employed prior to the end of the first year of Aliyah. If you are receiving Income Support from Misrad Haklita (Dmei Kiyum) following your Sal Klita payments, you will be eligible for an additional 6 months of free basic healthcare coverage.
 Entertainment ₪500-₪800 Includes cable TV, an occasional movie, trip and eating out in restaurants/bars
Arnona (Municipal taxes) ₪50-₪120 Reflecting the 70-90% discount received by new Olim during the first year
 TOTAL ₪3,700-₪7,780


 Expense: Cost: Notes:
 House setup ₪2,500-₪5,000 Includes furniture purchase and cost of assembly, electrician and plumber for a shared, unfurnished apartment.
Gym ₪200-₪400/month
Car ₪2,000-₪2,500 Includes monthly maintenance, insurance and gas. Does not include the cost of purchasing a car or parking.


Savings plan
Charitable contributions
Mas Hachnasa (Income tax)
Credit cards
Supplementary Insurance
Additional University Costs

These charts should be used as estimates only.

*Last updated on August 5, 2022*

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