Welcome to Plateau State, the Home of Peace and Tourism. Are you a prospective NYSC corper who has been assigned to Plateau State? If so, you’re probably wondering about the cost of living in the state.
Well, I’m here to help! I served in Plateau state, so you can say I know some ins and out of Plateau state. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing everything you need to know about the cost of living in Plateau State as an NYSC corper in 2023, from accommodation and transportation to food and entertainment.
I know that as a corper, you’re on a tight budget. So, I’ll be focusing on the most affordable options available. I’ll also be sharing some tips on how to save money while living in Plateau State.
Cost of Living in Plateau as NYSC Corper in 2023
Here is everything you need to know about Cost of Living in Plateau State as an NYSC Corper in 2023:
Housing is one of the biggest costs for corpers in Plateau State. The cost of accommodation varies depending on the location, the type of accommodation, and the amenities included.
If you want to save money, you might want to think about living in a corpers’ lodge. There are Corpers’ lodges all over the state, and they have simple things like a bed, a closet, and a fan. It costs between N1,500 and N2,000 a month to stay in a corpers’ lodge.
If you want something cozier, you might want to think about getting a room in an apartment that other people live in. An apartment with shared rooms costs between N20,000 and N100,000 a year to rent.
If you want something more private, you might want to think about getting a one-bedroom apartment. It costs between N50,000 and N150,000 a year to rent a one-bedroom flat.
Another major expense for corpers in Plateau State is transportation. If you live far from your PPA, You should consider budgeting for transportation cost. The cost of transportation varies depending on the mode of transportation you choose.
If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to consider using public transportation. Public transportation in Plateau State is relatively affordable. You can get around the city using buses, taxis, or tricycles or even bikes.
If you’re looking for a more convenient option, you may want to consider going around with buses because they are cheap and comfy. In a month, you can budget between N4,000 to N5,000.
Plateau State boasts a rich food heritage, influenced by the diverse ethnic groups that call it home.
You can stay in Plateau State without much stress about what to eat because you get to buy foodstuffs directly from farmers. In this state, you won’t have to think about to eat because, here, you get to see and taste food that you don’t even know and the interesting part is that everything is fresh from the farm.
You can also decide to buy their local delicacies, such as “Tuwo Shinkafa” and “Miyan Kuka,” which are both food of the Angas people. Tuwo Shinkafa is a thick paste made from fermented rice flour, while Miyan Kuka is a spinach soup made with dried okra and meat.
Other popular local dishes in Plateau State include:
- Gwate: A dish made from acha (fonio) flour, vegetables, and meat.
- Masa: A pan-fried rice cake that is often eaten with soup or stew.
- Amora: A porridge made from cocoyam corm.
- Awara: A healthy and tasty snack made from soybeans.
For feeding, consider budgeting up to N10,000 monthly.
Personal expenses, including toiletries, clothing, and entertainment, can add up quickly if not managed properly. Create a monthly budget that allocates a specific amount for these expenses.
You can check for affordable stores and markets such as Onigbinde and Terminus market when shopping for personal items, and limit extravagant outings to special occasions. Your spending on personal expenses will sorely depend on you.
Unexpected expenses can come up at any time because life is uncertain. That’s why having a fund for emergencies is so important. If you lose your job, have an accident, or need to fix your car, you can use the money in your emergency fund to pay for those unpleasant costs.
Experts recommend saving enough money in your emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. However, any amount of savings is better than none. If you’re just starting out, try to save at least N10,000 each month. Once you have a solid emergency fund, you can start to save more
Tips for Saving Money in Plateau State
Here are some tips for saving money in Plateau State:
- Cook at home instead of eating out. Eating out can be expensive, especially if you do it often. Cooking at home is much cheaper, and it’s also healthier.
- Buy in bulk whenever possible. Buying in bulk can save you money on items that you use frequently, such as groceries and toiletries.
- Limit your extravagant outings to special occasions. It’s okay to go out and have fun, but try to do it in moderation. Going out too often can be expensive.
- Create a budget and track your spending. This will help you to see where your money is going and identify areas where you can cut back.
- Set aside money for savings each month. Even if you can only save a small amount each month, it will add up over time.
- Your service year is about serving your community, but you can find income-generating options that fit your schedule. Extra money from part-time jobs, freelance work, or small business may add to your allowance.
Plateau State is a beautiful and diverse state with a lot to offer its residents. However, the cost of living in Plateau State is low.
By following the tips in this blog post, you can save money and live comfortably in Plateau State as an NYSC corper. Remember to cook at home, create a budget and track your spending, set aside money for savings each month, and avoid impulse purchases.