The average cost of living in Iraq is considerably less than European countries. The Rent Index is under 20 which means very affordable housing. The rent on a 3 bedroom apartment in the city, for example, is $620 and outside the city center it is $510. Food and clothing prices are also very inexpensive, and a night out at a reasonably good restaurant for two is only about $25 to $30. Transport is cheap at $38 for a monthly pass and basic utilities are slightly less than $110 a month.