Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Thurs nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts with FREE Prizes!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE Live AFA Seminar! See locations and details.


Scam free! Check out Christian Filipina - Meet Asian women with Christian values! Members screened.
Exclusive book offer! 75% off! How to Meet, Date and Marry Your Filipina Wife



View Active Topics       Latest 100 Topics       View Your Posts       FAQ Topics       Switch to Mobile


What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to Russia, Ukraine, or the former Soviet Republics.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:34 am

According to the Big Mac index it's Ukraine. The Big Mac index is basically an indicator of how things are expensive or cheap in a particular country. Currently the Big Mac sells for 39uah (~US$1.49) and the complete combo is 65uah (~$2.48).

Grocery store prices here I am estimating to be 50-75% cheaper than North American prices. I am sure this is true of western European prices. Transportation is very cheap. You can take the metro for just 4uah and a taxi will not cost more than 50uah from any point of the city to the centre. A taxi to Borispol aiport will cost around 250uah (~$10) that is if you don't deal with a taxi shark. Bus or train are also very cheap if you need to commute between cities.

You can get a good hotel, not luxury for $16-$20 sometimes including breakfast and wifi in the capitol and even cheaper in other cities.

Of course there are western prices in hotels and restaurants if you go there but you don't need to as you can get comparable quality and level of services at Ukrainian establishments.

Overall you will not spend much to live here but if you work here and don't work for a western company you won't make much either. English teachers don't get paid much by western standards. They earn between 150auh - 250uah per hour depending on their qualifications but again things are dirt cheap here so you can survive on that money. I recommend to save up a little nest egg before coming so you can have a kind of safety cushion.

Then enjoy :D
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm







Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby gsjackson » Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:32 pm

Are you able to remain fairly insulated from the political situation? That's a godawful junta government the U.S. installed in Kiev, and the country is being raped by predatory western "investors," to a degree that its economy will be a basket case for decades. And if Clinton gets elected, she will do everything she can to provoke fighting between Ukraine and Russia. Can the quality of a solvent individual's life be maintained with all of that as the backdrop?
gsjackson
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1520
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:08 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA USA

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:46 pm

I barely notice the political situation. People just talk about it. If Hillary is elected I dread what turmoil the world will be thrown into. Is this the calm before the storm?
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Wolfeye » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:51 pm

How about Moldova? I heard it was the poorest country in Eastern Europe, but it definitely doesn't seem to be the cheapest (which is weird, to me).
Wolfeye
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 am

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:56 pm

I've been to Moldova and it's slightly more expensive that Ukraine (based on exchange rates)
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:15 pm

If Hillary is elected (or more likely steals the election) it's game over for Christians. You think you got it bad now? Your life is going to become a living hell. You better hope and pray that Trump is elected.
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby gsjackson » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:57 am

Voyager1 wrote:If Hillary is elected (or more likely steals the election) it's game over for Christians. You think you got it bad now? Your life is going to become a living hell. You better hope and pray that Trump is elected.


You're preaching to the choir on that one. Say what you will about HA, in this election pretty much everybody here has got it right. That madwoman is liable to start WWIII.
gsjackson
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1520
Joined: Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:08 pm
Location: New Orleans, LA USA

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Wolfeye » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:47 am

Voyager1: That's good to know. Good quality things? I was comparing Czechia & Slovakia (which both seemed to be less expensive than Moldova, maybe the estimate is old), they both seem to have good levels. Any thoughts?

gsjackson: Yeah, seems so. In truth, most people don't seem to like her- she just seems to be a "quantity" that is associated with what they either like or want to be thought to like.
Wolfeye
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 am

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby MatureDJ » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:36 am

I remember seeing a listing for an apartment in Tiraspol, Transdniestr (i.e, breakaway region of Moldova) for $8K.
MatureDJ
Freshman Poster
 
Posts: 233
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:08 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:17 am

MatureDJ wrote:I remember seeing a listing for an apartment in Tiraspol, Transdniestr (i.e, breakaway region of Moldova) for $8K.


But who'd want to live there? There's nothing there. That's like saying I can buy a plot of land in a cow pasture and put a tent up.
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Wolfeye » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:33 am

Whoa- $8,000 for an apartment? That's a little extreme, wouldn't you say? Are you sure it wasn't 8,000 in their money?
Wolfeye
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 am

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:30 am

You can get the same here in Ukraine in some little town or village but as I said who'd want to live there?
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Wolfeye » Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:37 pm

Voyager1: Are you talking $8,000 per month over there? Shit, I'm looking for something around $600-$700. I'm thinking of living there for a few months & probably having to hop back & forth out of Schengen, at least until my Italian citizenship goes through & I can live/work/retire anywhere in the EU. Really think that these countries should leave the EU, but maintain that sort of arrangement independently with each other & leave the refugee thing up to individual countries that would be housing them.
Wolfeye
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 am

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Voyager1 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 4:57 am

Wolfeye wrote:Voyager1: Are you talking $8,000 per month over there? Shit, I'm looking for something around $600-$700. I'm thinking of living there for a few months & probably having to hop back & forth out of Schengen, at least until my Italian citizenship goes through & I can live/work/retire anywhere in the EU. Really think that these countries should leave the EU, but maintain that sort of arrangement independently with each other & leave the refugee thing up to individual countries that would be housing them.


No he was talking about buying an apartment not renting. You can rent one as low as $100/month in some areas. It depends where you want to live. You can have one in Kiev for $200/month but not the centre. Centre is $300-$500/mo min.
User avatar
Voyager1
Junior Poster
 
Posts: 512
Joined: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:53 pm

Re: What's the cheapest place to live in Eastern Europe?

Postby Wolfeye » Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:30 am

What's the difference? Is it like buying a condo, just with it not called a "condo"?
Wolfeye
Experienced Poster
 
Posts: 1144
Joined: Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:18 am

Next

Return to Russia, Ukraine, Former Soviet Republics

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 1 guest