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:
|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|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||7.33-9.16USD|
|Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless) 1kg||4.00-5.00USD|
|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.