Voronezh is a city in Voronezh Oblast, which is very close to the Ukraine border and its importance lies in the fact that it is an important railway junction with lines to Moscow, Rostov-on-the-Don and Kiev.
It is often referred to as the capital of Chernozemye due to its relatively large population.
Voronezh is the city of students, with its many institutes and universities and the prices there are much lower than in most cities of Russia.
Most students can afford living in this peaceful city since it’s not expensive.
It may take you some time to find an appropriate restaurant or fast-food, but it will be worth it because most Russian cities offer great international food (and delicious Russian specialties) for relatively low prices. The cheapest restaurants will offer meals for only 7$, and a pint of beer in a downtown bar will cost you 1$.
If you’re in need of a supermarket in the center of the city, you can head off to the Soviet style Utyuzhok, modern Poisk shopping center or Tsentrtorg supermarket halfway between Utyuzhok and SERW. You can always buy plenty of groceries in supermarkets but you can also find fresh produce and fish in open markets that pop up daily throughout the city.
Cheap transportation is one of the good sides of this city. There’s not too much traffic and taxis are actually very cheap, starting from $1. Though there isn’t a metro line, a huge part of the city is actually a pedestrian zone and you can get to most places on foot. The prices of public transport are reasonable and the buses move quickly through the city.
However reasonable the price of utilities in Voronezh is, keep in mind that the bills tend to skyrocket during winter (because of all the heating). Still, compared to other cities in Russia, utilities are very cheap. For an apartment of 85m2 all basic utilities, including electricity, gas, garbage services, heating and cooling cost around 90$.
SPORTS & LEISURE
The city of Voronezh offers many opportunities to practice sports and stay active. In winter you can go to skate on Lenin square. In spring, you can go to the Olympic (at the outskirts of town) to ride bicycles, skate and just take a walk in the woods. If you want to stay fit while indoors, no worries – your gym or fitness club membership will cost you only 26$ a month.
CLOTHING & SHOES
The shopping centers include Grad, which is actually one of the largest in Russia, Mezhdunarodny (in the very centre of the city and mentioned as a place where you can go find groceries, too), and many others. Here, you can buy clothing and shoes but the prices for some things are higher than expected: for example, while quality jeans cost around 47$, sneakers will be as much as 80$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rent isn’t too expensive, but it does largely depend on where you want to live and the size of the apartment you’re renting. If you’re looking for an apartment in the very center of Voronezh, it will cost you around 220$. However, if you have your eye on the Voronezh suburbs, the price will drop to at around 150$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Voronezh
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 6.75|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 1.05|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.36||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.86|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.53|
|Eggs (12)||$ 1.12||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.26|
|Monthly Pass||$ 13.51|
|Gasoline||$ 0.67||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 91.40|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.01|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 6.37||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 26.86|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 11.88|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 4.50||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 47.05|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 43.07|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 79.03||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 226.10|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 154.07|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 470.83|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Voronezh?
As expected, the biggest chunk of the paycheck of Voronezh’s citizens gets spent on food, that takes up well over 30% of one’s entire income.
The next huge expense is rent: this makes sense, rent has got to be paid, and though it’s on the second place of this pie chart of expenses, it only takes up around 17% of all income, so it’s actually not that high in Voronezh.
Restaurants take up the next spot on the list, as well as transportation, because even though it’s inexpensive, it’s necessary.
As usual, the smallest amount of money is spent on clothes and accessories.
Voronezh: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With a minimum wage of about 135$, many citizens of Voronezh don’t have enough to cover their basic expenses, which is problematic for many.
However, for an average citizen the situation isn’t that bad, since middle class can earn enough for a relatively normal life – meaning they have everything necessary for a living.
The average monthly salary in this Russian city is around 400$ which is enough to lead a normal life and not have to worry all day.
Voronezh is, much like Samara, a university city, so it’s filled with students that are usually accustomed to limited finances, so living here during studies shouldn’t be a problem.
Cost of Living by City in Russia
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|City||Cost of Living Index|