Living Expenses: Living expenses in Beirut can be compared to other cities where average monthly living costs can range from $1200 to $2000.
Apartment Rentals: The fastest way to find an apartment is online through various agencies. The least expensive option is renting a room in a shared apartment ($300-$500 per month average) to a private rental starting at $600 and up depending on the size and location.
Food: The cost of food varies depending on where you eat! Groceries are cheap if you buy regular Lebanese things; Western and Asian items are expensive.. There are restaurants and shops near Saifi to eat at or to buy food. In general, eating out, a sandwich costs $2-$5, and a sit-down meal $8 and upwards.
Transportation: A regular taxi is $4 and upwards (depending on the distance), a “servees” (shared taxi) is $1.33 (2,000 LBP), the bus is $0.66 and an airport taxi is $10-$30.
Entertainment: Beer $4-$6, wine $4-$8, movie $8, live music $15-$45 (regular tickets).
Currency: Lebanon has a dual currency which is the Lebanese Lira and US dollars. These are used interchangeably at the fixed exchange rate of 1500 LBP/$1 and both currencies can be used anywhere.