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26 European cities where you can live on less than £600 a month

Flickr/Nick SavchenkoIn Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can grab a bottle of domestic beer for just £0.39.

Making the big leap and moving abroad is both exciting and mind-expanding.

There are plenty of factors you must take into consideration, though, including job opportunities, the country’s culture, and its economy. The cost of basic expenses also varies massively from one region to another.

Depending on where you’re moving, small differences, such as the cost of rent or even a coffee, can be a huge culture shock compared to what you’re used to paying – and not always in a good way.

Business Insider has compiled a list of every European city where you can live on less than £600 a month – that’s less than a third of the monthly cost of living in London (£1,838), and significantly less than living in Manchester (£1,128), Glasgow (£1,024), and Liverpool (£1,010).

The data was compiled from Numbeo’s Cost of Living Index, which looks at the everyday costs in major cities around the globe and is updated every month. Numbeo includes Russia in its definition of Europe.

The index takes into account a multitude of factors including the cost of groceries, eating and drinking out, travel, rent, utilities, and even spread-out and occasional splurges such as clothing and cinema trips – and one country emerged at the clear winner.

While the data represents a well-rounded approximation of how much one person spends in each city over the space of a month, we’ve highlighted some specific examples – including the cost of a cup of coffee, a beer, rent, and travel – to give a better idea of how costs fluctuate between each location.

Scroll on to discover every European city where you can live comfortably on less than £600 a month, ranked by the average cost of living from most expensive to cheapest.


26. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — £591.06

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Cappuccino: 2.32 Convertible mark (£1.06)

Three-course meal for two: 40 Convertible mark (£18)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 1.23 Convertible mark (£0.56)

Monthly travel pass: 53 Convertible mark (£25)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 317.39 Convertible mark (£145)


25. Kazan, Russia — £586.04

Cappuccino: 139 Russian ruble (£1.79)

Three-course meal for two: 1,500 Russian ruble (£19.30)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): 60 Russian ruble (£0.77)

Monthly travel pass: 900 Russian ruble (£11.60)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 14,750 Russian ruble (£190)


24. Novosibirsk, Russia — £583.31

Cappuccino: 116 Russian ruble (£1.49)

Three-course meal for two: 1,500 Russian ruble (£19.30)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 55.83 Russian ruble (£0.72)

Monthly travel pass: 800 Russian ruble (£10.30)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 14,358 Russian ruble (£185)


23. Varna, Bulgaria — £578.75

Cappuccino: 2.42 Bulgarian lev (£1.11)

Three-course meal for two: 42.50 Bulgarian lev (£19.40)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 1.50 Bulgarian lev (£0.70)

Monthly travel pass: 45 Bulgarian lev (£20.60)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 312 Bulgarian lev (£143)


22. Timisoara, Romania — £576.24

Cappuccino: 6.15 lei (£1.18)

Three-course meal for two: 100 lei (£19.30)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 2.94 lei (£0.57)

Monthly travel pass: 80 lei (£15.41)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 900 lei (£173)


21. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia — £575.79

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Cappuccino: 131 Russian rubles (£1.68)

Three-course meal for two: 1,610 Russian rubles (£20.70)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 53 Russian rubles (£0.67)

Monthly travel pass: 1,000 Russian rubles (£12.85)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 13,548 Russian rubles (£174)


20. Iasi, Romania — £568.04

Cappuccino: 5.91 lei (£1.14)

Three-course meal for two: 100 lei (£19.26)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 3.27 lei (£0.63)

Monthly travel pass: 75 lei (£14.45)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 884 lei (£170)


19. Tirana, Albania — £554.59

Cappuccino: 140 lek (£0.94)

Three-course meal for two: 2,418.50 lek (£16.50)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 82.72 lek (£0.55)

Monthly travel pass: 1,600 lek (£10.70)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 19,330 lek (£129)


18. Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina — £546.38

Cappuccino: 1.64 Convertible mark (£0.75)

Three-course meal for two: 35 Convertible mark (£16)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 0.86 Convertible mark (£0.39)

Monthly travel pass: 36.46 Convertible mark (£16.65)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 252 Convertible mark (£115)


17. Minsk, Belarus — £542.51

Cappuccino: 3.26 Belarusian rubles (£1.23)

Three-course meal for two: 67 Belarusian rubles (£25.20)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 1.60 Belarusian rubles (£0.60)

Monthly travel pass: 34 Belarusian rubles (£12.80)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 460 Belarusian rubles (£173)


16. Plovdiv, Bulgaria — £540.23

Cappuccino: 2.12 Bulgarian lev (£0.97)

Three-course meal for two: 38 Bulgarian lev (£17.40)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 1.22 Bulgarian lev (£0.56)

Monthly travel pass: 30 Bulgarian lev (£13.70)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 275 Bulgarian lev (£126)


15. Sibiu, Romania — £537.95

Cappuccino: 6.20 lei (£1.20)

Three-course meal for two: 100 lei (£19.25)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 2.84 lei (£0.55)

Monthly travel pass: 50 lei (£9.62)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 673.14 lei (£129.30)


14. Skopje, Macedonia — £535.44

Cappuccino: 74.74 denars (£1.08)

Three-course meal for two: 1,000 denars (£14.52)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 45.22 denars (£0.66)

Monthly travel pass: 1,488.84 denars (£216)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 9,950 denars (£144.50)


13. Brasov, Romania — £531.34

Cappuccino: 6.88 lei (£1.32)

Three-course meal for two: 90 lei (£17.33)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 2.82 lei (£0.54)

Monthly travel pass: 70 lei (£13.50)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 839 lei (£162)


12. Novi Sad, Serbia — £522.68

Cappuccino: 120 Serbian dinars (£0.90)

Three-course meal for two: 1,850 Serbian dinars (£13.80)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 62.41 Serbian dinars (£0.47)

Monthly travel pass: 2,000 Serbian dinars (£14.95)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 16,975 Serbian dinars (£127)


11. Oradea, Romania — £517.66

Cappuccino: 5.75 lei (£1.11)

Three-course meal for two: 70 lei (£136)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 3.12 lei (£0.60)

Monthly travel pass: 70 lei (£136)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 544 lei (£105)


10. Arad, Romania — £508.09

Cappuccino: 5.06 lei (£0.97)

Three-course meal for two: 80 lei (£15.40)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 3 lei (£0.58)

Monthly travel pass: 62.50 lei (£12)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 632 lei (£122)


9. Kiev, Ukraine — £492.59

Cappuccino: 23.20 hryvni (£0.65)

Three-course meal for two: 500 hryvni (£14)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 15.17 hryvni (£0.42)

Monthly travel pass: 200 hryvni (£5.60)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 6,307 hryvni (£176)


8. Chisinau, Moldova — £487.80

Cappuccino: 23.35 Moldovan lei (£1.02)

Three-course meal for two: 230 Moldovan lei (£10.07)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 13.47 Moldovan lei (£0.60)

Monthly travel pass: 130 Moldovan lei (£5.70)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 3,336 Moldovan lei (£146)


7. Odesa, Ukraine — £485.75

Cappuccino: 27.87 hryvni (£0.78)

Three-course meal for two: 500 hryvni (£11.20)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 14.20 hryvni (£0.40)

Monthly travel pass: 250 hryvni (£7)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 5,306 hryvni (£148)


6. Nis, Serbia — £472.30

Cappuccino: 119 Serbian dinars (£0.89)

Three-course meal for two: 1,800 Serbian dinars (£13.45)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 56 Serbian dinars (£0.42)

Monthly travel pass: 1,980 Serbian dinars (£14.80)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 11,811 Serbian dinars (£88.25)


5. Craiova, Romania — £462.04

Cappuccino: 6.36 lei (£1.23)

Three-course meal for two: 60 lei (£11.56)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 3.45 lei (£0.66)

Monthly travel pass: 60 lei (£11.56)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 572 lei (£110)


4. Pristina, Kosovo — £437.88

Cappuccino:€1 (£0.89)

Three-course meal for two:€15 (£13.41)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle):€0.64 (£0.57)

Monthly travel pass: €8 (£7.15)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent:€150 (£134)


3. Kharkiv, Ukraine — £408.70

Cappuccino: 22.22 hryvni (£0.62)

Three-course meal for two: 400 hryvni (£11.20)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 14.12 hryvni (£0.39)

Monthly travel pass: 120 hryvni (£3.35)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 4,152 hryvni (£116)


2. Lviv, Ukraine — £405.51

Cappuccino: 25.44 hryvni (£0.71)

Three-course meal for two: 350 hryvni (£12.60)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 14.42 hryvni (£0.40)

Monthly travel pass: 100 hryvni (£2.80)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 4,650 hryvni (£130)


1. Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine — £392.29

Cappuccino: 22.47 hryvni (£0.63)

Three-course meal for two: 450 hryvni (£12.60)

Domestic beer (0.5 litre bottle): 14.70 hryvni (£0.41)

Monthly travel pass: 150 hryvni (£4.20)

One bedroom apartment outside of city-centre, monthly rent: 3,140 hryvni (£87.80)

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