Sumy might not be the most frequently visited city of Ukraine in the past, but in recent years this situation has really changed due to its constant booming.
This is the city which is growing and developing fast and many people have decided to move to Sumy after deliberating well on all pros and cons of living there.
All in all, Sumy is evolving each day so as to become a better place to live and visit.
Once in Sumy, you will not feel a lack of options for dining out and people who enjoy fine wine and other drinks will be satisfied with the low price of alcohol here.
Meals are not so expensive either, as you might find restaurants that offer more affordable prices in case you live on the budget.
Sumy is cheap when it comes to food, especially if you are a savvy person who would purchase it at the local markets and at discounted prices in large supermarkets.
The local stores might offer higher prices for the same quality of food or even the worst, as sellers at the markets would sell fresh products.
If you reside and work in one and the same area of Sumy, you do not need a private car.
You can do everything on foot, or sometimes taking public transport.
Even on these occasions you will not experience high costs, as public transport monthly ticket is less than $5.
While the majority of basic monthly expenses are low due to the not so high monthly salaries in Sumy, that is not the case with utilities.
The Internet access is a bargain, but all the other services cost around $100 per month which is too expensive for people living on the average budget.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Those who want to stay away from the restaurant tables and food would like to experience sports side of this city.
They can join up at gym and pay a one month membership just $16 per person.
Tennis court rents are also a bargain in Sumy.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Residents of Sumy who earn the average salary would not be able to afford designer clothes.
This is due to so low income that cannot cover basic needs, and clothing is definitely non-essential.
Paying $90 for a pair of running shoes, when your monthly salary is around $100 is really unreasonable.
RENT PER MONTH
Finding a good apartment or house in Sumy for rent may be a challenge as the prices are so low that majority of people who come there would decide rather to rent than buy property.
Even though this would probably take a lot of time, people know that this is the greatest advantage of living in this city.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Sumy
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$3.67|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$0.73|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.33|
|Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.81|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.41|
|Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.18|
|Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$99.48|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.03|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$4.56|
|Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$16.01|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$3.87|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$2.94|
|Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$62.22|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$41.11|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$89.10|
|Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$107.66|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$83.72|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$208.86|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Sumy?
When choosing a place to live, the location is important, as it can bring you lower housing prices.
That means you will be able to save some money that can be used on some other expense.
Avoid driving in Sumy, as finding a parking lot is a trouble, and gasoline is extremely expensive when compared to public transport which is really cheap.
People in Sumy spend the most money on rent and food, which is the same situation as in the majority of Ukrainian cities, even though the rents are low.
Sumy: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Sumy is a city with a remarkably low cost of living on one hand, but on the other, incomes are so low that even with the average salary, people would have difficulties survive there.
The prices are based on the monthly wages, and that is why they are considered affordable only to those who come from other countries as tourists, or settle in Sumy, but get salaries from their home countries.
That is the only way of living a decent life here and enjoying the city.
Cost of Living by City in Ukraine
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|City||Cost of Living Index|