If you consider coming to Ukraine but have doubts where to settle, Lviv might be your ideal future destination.
While it still among the biggest cities, Lviv is more comfortable and cheaper for permanent living than Kiev.
It is very beautiful city offering a lot of cultural monuments, theaters and other attractions which make the living there more appealing and engaging so numerous visitors choose it for their future life.
The city center is a touristy area and if you want to dine out for a lower amount of money, this is the area that should be avoided.
On the other hand, there are locations where less popular restaurants are and there you can find a decent meal at the price of $3.5 per person, which is not considered unaffordable.
So as to be able to survive on not so high budget and save some money on food, the best advice is to try to live like a local.
This means that buying domestic products and purchasing groceries at the local markets would cost you less, thus leaving some money for other expenses.
Lviv is very attractive due to the fact that it is possible to reach other major cities like Kiev by train or bus very easily, and at the same time have lower living expenses.
Transportation is a real bargain here, as the monthly pass does not exceed $6.
The Internet in Lviv is so cheap that you cannot expect to have the fastest possible connection.
However, it is also not that bad and the majority of apartments have it.
Other utilities are less expensive than in other major cities in Ukraine, which once again makes Lviv more attractive place for future living.
SPORTS & LEISURE
In general, it can be said that Ukraine is a place where sports people would find great satisfaction in finding out how low the prices are.
Renting a tennis court at the price of less than $10 is almost impossible in many countries.
Also, watching the latest release for just $3.6 is considered quite affordable.
CLOTHING & SHOES
If you take a look at clothing item prices, you would definitely say that these are definitely some reasonable prices.
But this can be said only by those traveling and spending money based on Western currencies or earning their wages in more developed countries.
RENT PER MONTH
Lviv is a safe city, so you do not need to worry about which area is right one to live in.
You can either choose a city center apartment and pay higher rents, or the apartments in the suburbs where the rents are around $100 lower for the places of the same size and quality.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Lviv
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$3.49|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$1.10|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.33||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.79|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.37|
|Eggs (12)||$1.19||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.18|
|Gasoline||$1.14||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$86.05|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.03|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$3.97||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$16.29|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$9.07|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$3.67||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$60.52|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$34.77|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$82.25||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$323.45|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$218.60|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$551.06|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Lviv?
One way of saving on transportation which is not at all expensive, but takes around 15% of the monthly salary is walking, as the city is easy to walk around.
If you do not want to rely on the public transportation system you can drive here, but that would cost you even more.
Pay attention that you will pay more for the rent, as the majority of people in Lviv posses their own properties.
Even though food in restaurants is expensive, quite a lot of money is spent there.
Equal amount is given for utilities and clothing.
Lviv: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
If you are planning on living in Lviv in the future, you should bear in mind that people who are currently already living there are the best examples that should be followed.
When looking for some helpful information about the salaries here, you will not be satisfied to know that the average salary is only $280 which is not enough for the rent in the smallest apartment possible.
Those who earn the minimum wage will not be able to afford any of the basic living expenses.
Cost of Living by City in Ukraine
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|City||Cost of Living Index|