How Much Does it Cost to Live in Tucson for One Month?

Plan your time in Tucson well, because you've got a lot of ground to cover here. Sure you can choose to rest in your luxury resort, perhaps with a hit of golf or a spa treatment or two, and enjoy the most incredible sunsets and starlit nights from award winning restaurants. You can also wander the streets of the city exploring galleries displaying local artworks and museums showcasing Indian artifacts. Yet you don't have to choose, as a stay in Tucson means that you can enjoy all of the many facets of this city, without the stress and strain of commuting around that other big cities have.

Tucson is a very livable city with a stable working climate due to a large employers like the University of Arizona, Defense and their associated industries.

With authentic Southwestern experiences to be had, in a dramatically beautiful setting, visitors come to Tucson for a casually relaxed holiday and to live and easy-going lifestyle. Life is good in Tucson!


What is the Cost of One Month of Housing in Tucson?

Resort setting by CC user Josh Friedman on Flickr

As a major transport hub through the state of Arizona, Tucson's accommodation options range from cheap and cheerful, to outright luxurious. Known for amazing accommodation, even most of Tucson's budget hotels have swimming pools, and they all have incredible views. Escape to Tucson for a winter escape or stay longer.

A place to stay with some Tucson tradition thrown in is the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. The resort is the result of the hard work and toil of a group of Tucsonans who rescued the property from developers in 1990 and lovingly rebuilt this once exclusive girls school, to the quality venue it is today. Stay in charming private rooms or luxury casitas, surrounded by gardens fit for a wedding: from $5,280 per month.

Not everyone is looking for, or can afford, the luxury resorts available in Tucson. A budget-friendly alternative is the Econo Lodge. Just 10 minutes from the Tucson Convention Centre and the University of Arizona, this hotel is priced right for a longer stay and conveniently located for work or study in the city: from $1,200 per month.

Budget private-rooms from $870 and upscale from $3,600 per month


What is the Cost of Transportation for One Month in Tucson?

Tucson transit by CC user matsubatsu on Flickr

Sun and fun go together right, and in Tucson, Sun refers to the city's flexible Sun transit system. Tucson's Sun Tran public transit system connects the Sun Express, Sun Shuttle and Sun Link streetcars, conveniently covered with the SunGO smart card fare system. A full-fare adult ticket is $1.50, a monthly express pass $56, or purchase a SunGO for $2 and preload it for the month. The UPass will get University of Arizona staff and students around the city at discounted rates.

Cycling around the city is easy enough, though hot work in summer, as this bike-friendly community ensures plenty of cycling routes and paths as a healthy way to venture around the city. Hire a track friendly bike and you can also get out on the many tracks and take in the scenic Oro Valley: $700 per month plus $6 for your helmet, and you're on your bike!

If hiring a car consider gasoline prices are $3.19 a gallon, and if needing to park in the city, parking starts at a sliding scale of $2 for the first hour, and a monthly pass starts at $55


What is the Cost of Food for One Month in Tucson?

If you've come to Tucson to soak up the fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors, you'll want to ensure you fuel up on healthy food. Renee's Organic Oven uses organically sourced fruit and vegetables, all locally sourced when possible. Enjoy vegan pizzas and zesty Yucatans here, with dishes priced from $11-$30.

Want your steak served with a side of cool and trendy, then you've got to try one of the best food trucks in all of the USA, Serial Grillers. With quirky dishes with names like the Taxi Driver Calzone, Disturbia Panini and the Red John Burger, meals are not only super tasty, they're also a lot of fun, and under $10.

4 grocery carts of: T-bone steak, ground beef, fried chicken, milk, dozen eggs, potatoes, bananas, bread, orange juice, coffee, frozen meal, potato chips, Coke, pizza, beer and a bottle of wine: $252.84


What is the Cost of Entertainment for One Month in Tucson?

Horse riding in the hills by CC user Patrick on Flickr

Spending time in Tucson means getting out of the city and enjoying all that the local area offers. Drop into the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau in Downtown Tucson to get your bearings by picking up a free destination guide.

You can choose a day of strenuous hiking or just take it easy on the back of a horse. Bear Canyon is the more challenging option, which starts with a tram ride from the car park that you can jump off at any of three points, to then begin your hike. Cool off at group of pools and cascades at Seven Falls. Then there's the dude ranch option where you can ride your trusty stead off over the horizon from $40 per hour.

Explore Tucson's cultural heritage at the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Located on an Indian reservation, you can explore the mission's architecture and beautiful desert courtyard, and all for free. With a museum and gift shop you can learn about the city's authentic past and purchase an original souvenir.

Tucson welcoming warm weather and affordable cost of living makes this city an enjoyable holiday or working destination. 

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