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Living in Ukraine

Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe. It gained its independence in 1991 after long years of being a part of the Soviet Union. The country has a very rich, albeit conflict-infused, history. Currently, Ukraine’s future looks promising, as it establishes closer ties with the European Union and reimagines itself as the cultural center of Eastern Europe. Recently the country has also become a global mecca for IT outsourcing and it’s economic growth is trending upward.




For International students, there are many options which they can choose. We have various types of hostels like well renovated or semi-renovated, it is up to students’ choice where they want to live. There are variations in price too according to renovation conditions. Also, students can choose to live in apartment which is more expensive.

Here we have some approximate living expenses per month:

Hostel      100-150USD
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center      270-700USD
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center      185-400USD
Apartment (3 bedroom) in City Center      488-1221USD
Apartment (3 bedroom) Outside of Center      305-700USD






Travel around the City

The students’ Travel Pass on Government Transport (Subway Trains, trolleybuses) is issued by Universities and costs only 5US$ per month.

Travel Around The Country

The students are given a concession of 50% from the normal price of tickets for state local transports (trains, buses, etc.)

Here are some estimations:

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)      0.24-0.31USD
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)      9.78-15.00USD
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)      1.83-3.67USD
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)      0.31-0.49USD
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)      4.00-7.33USD
Gasoline (1 liter)      1.34-1.47USD




Ukraine is a big agricultural country with different cooking traditions. Different food can be bought in shops, supermarkets, agricultural markets. Cafes, restaurants and fast food restaurants offer different cuisine. Indian and Arabic food is available everywhere.

Food items in Ukraine are much more cheaper than in other parts of Europe because Ukraine is a great agriculture producer. There are many supermarkets available near the hostel or university.

Students can buy food from open market which is comparatively cheaper than supermarket.

Here are some estimations:

Milk (regular) 1 liter      0.98-1.22USD
Loaf of Fresh White Bread      0.45-0.61USD
Rice (1kg)      1.10-1.71USD
Eggs (10)      1.22-1.76USD
Local Cheese (1kg)      7.33-9.16USD
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless) 1kg      4.00-5.00USD
Apples (1kg)     0.98-1.71USD
Oranges     1.47-2.08USD
Tomato (1kg)     0.98-2.44USD
Potato (1kg)     0.37-0.61USD
Water (1.5 liter bottle)     0.61-0.88USD
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)     4.00-6.11USD
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)     0.61-0.98USD
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)     1.25-1.83USD
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)     1.47-1.83USD



Several shopping malls available in the city, where you can buy branded clothes, shoes, accessories, prices are according to brands as worldwide.

1 Pair of Jeans (Levis , similar)      61-120USD
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (ZARA, H&M…      48.88-73.31USD
1 Pair of Nike Shoes     85.53-110USD
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes     75.00-135USD






National currency is Hryvnia (UHR). 1 USD = 26 Hryven

You can change foreign currency in banks, exchange offices, train stations and at the airport. In the international airport, the currency rate is the same as in other places.

Payment for purchasing and services is performed in hryvnias. Nevertheless, some companies take payments in USD.

You can use credit cards of international payment systems. They can be used in many shops, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants. In cities the net of exchange offices is well developed including the most popular among students which is PRIVAT bank. This bank is often used to open the account for international students.

Here you can deposit your money both in foreign currency and in Ukrainian hryvnia. The leading banks are situated in many regions of the country. It is easy to receive and send money through the Western Union.

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