Detailed Cost of Living in Ukraine for International Students

Cheapest cost of living ranking

That’s really hard to beat the cost of living in Ukraine for international students.

Regarding to The Telegraph research, Kyiv holds the 8th place in the ranking of cheapest cities in the world.

That’s what Sara Evans says about it: “Kyiv’s skyline is one of the most exotic I have ever seen – no wonder it is often referred to as the ‘city of a thousand golden domes’.”

Cost of living review

Cost of living in Ukraine for international students differs widely depending on the location and the city. Generally, larger cities such as Kiev and Odessa have much higher cost of living in Ukraine for international students than small cities, such as Sumy or Kharkiv. Ranch regions are even cheaper. However, there’s a almost low cost of living in Ukraine, especially if you replicate a Western salary while living here.

However in the center of Kyiv there situated the same fashion boutiques as in the large cities such as Moscow, Rome, Paris and others, with prices being almost the same.

Cost of living in Ukraine for international students – Odessa is cheaper than Kiev and Kharkiv is cheaper than Odessa for the most part, particularly in regards to apartments (both rentals and sales) except for rentals during July & August when many vacation in the city during the summer months.

Below you can check price on some products, services, events and understand the real cost of living in Ukraine for international students.

FOOD

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $2.36
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $2.30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $1.26
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.54
12 eggs, large $0.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $0.85
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $2.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $0.61
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $0.25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $0.44
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $4.41
2 liters of Coca-Cola $0.72
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $0.26

HOUSING

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $341.00
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $231.00
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $39.00
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $257.00
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $167.00
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $28.00
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $4.73
Hourly rate for cleaning help $2.60

TRANSPORTATION

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.80
Monthly ticket public transport $11.00
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $2.20

PERSONAL CARE

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $2.84
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $4.63
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $7.00
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city $2.93

ENTERTAIMENT

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $9.00
2 tickets to the movies $5.13
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $11.00
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $18.00
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $2.02
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $0.86
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $0.93
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.03
1 month of gym membership in business district $25.00
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $0.85

 

National currency is Hryvnia (UHR). 1 USD = 11.95 Hryvnia. In order to live comfortably while you are in Ukraine , you’ll need to have about $USD1500 to US$ 2000 per year available for living costs above tuition costs. The cost of living is a lot cheaper than most other European cities.You can change foreign currency in banks, kiosks or the international airports.  In the

Airports the currency rate is the same as in other places.Payment for purchasing and services is done in hryvnias. Nevertheless, some companies take payments in USD. Most of the shops, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants accept major international credit cards.Most cities have a well developed network of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)for most

Banks, including AVAL bank which is the most popular among foreign students. We help students open an account with this bank where they can save money both in foreign currency and Ukrainian hryvnia. Departments of the bank are situated in many regions throughout the country. It’s easy to transfer money through the Western Union.

TuitionAccommodationFoodTransportationBooksClothing

Average English language tuition fees per year are:

Engineering courses = $2300
Computer Sciences = $2300
Business and Finance = $2000
Social Sciences = $2500
Medicine  =$4200
Postgraduate courses = $3000

Average Ukrainian language tuition fees per year are:

Preparatory Language Course = $1300
Engineering courses = $1500
Computer Sciences = $1500
Business and Finance = $1500
Social Sciences = $1500
Medicine  =$3500
Postgraduate courses = $3000

Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city centre from $250 per month
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the city centre from $ 150 per month
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city centre $350 per month
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the city centre $200 per month
Hostels

Food in Ukraine is very cheap e.g.: 1US$ can buy 4 Kg of potatoes, 4 kg of onions or 3 litres of milk.

Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv is 127.5 km from Ternopil (2hrs by train or bus). To get from the airport to Ternopil you can take a taxi/Bus, shuttle-bus, bus. You can also order pick up service from the university. Besides Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv you can take international flights from Kiev, Simferopol, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk or Donetsk. International railway connections are with Bulgaria, Check, Slovak, Germany and Poland. International bus routes are from Poland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany. You can also get from Turkey by ship.

Ukraine has a well developed transportation system, so all parts of the country are accessible by train or bus. The fare over a 500 km distance is approximately US$12-15. Train tickets can be bought in advance either at the railway station or in the city. On the day of departure a ticket can be bought only at the train station.

For air travel within the country you can buy tickets from the local companies. Flights over a 500 km distance approximately cost US$60.

Local transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and taxis. The fare is US$0.15. You can buy tickets from the conductor or in yellow kiosks at stops.

The fare for taxis is $US1 + US$0.20 per 1 km.

In Kyiv, Kharkiv or Dnipropetrovsk you can take the subway, paying at the entrance a US$0.12 ticket regardless of destination or time taken. During the warm seasons water transport is available on the Dnieper river or by the Black Sea.

Stationery
The stationery costs are low e.g. a bundle of 1000 rough papers costs 2 US$. Pen, pencils other products are also  reasonably priced.

Books
The text books are provided by the university libraries.

A pair of Jeans trousers costs between $15-25$, shirts cost between $5-15 and a T-Shirt cost between $5-10.

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