Accommodation                             

  • In Cyprus, and compared to other Western European countries, the cost of living is generally considered in the range of medium to low. It depends, at the end of the day, on the person’s lifestyle. For students who prefer to have their personal place, the rental cost starts in the range of 350 euros monthly for a one-bedroom furnished apartment. In this case, the utility bills often are not included and have to be taken into account together with the rent.

 

  • Dorms are another option. These are either owned privately or by the University. Rental costs range from 350 to 500 euros monthly including utility bills. This particular option is simpler and more economical for students but needs to be planned for well in advance due to limited availability.

 

  • The third option is sharing accommodation which can bring the cost down significantly. In this case, the monthly rent per person starts at around 250 euros however one will likely have to compromise by sharing toilets, kitchen and living area. Public utility bills are usually not included but there may be exceptions.

 

   Living expenses       

With regards to other living expenses, here below is a brief rundown of average costs

Food

 

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

10.00 €

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, 3-course

45.00 €

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

6.00 €

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

3.00 €

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

4.00 €

Cappuccino (regular)

2.50 €

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

1.41 €

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

0.50 €

   

Transportation

 

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

1.50 €

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

40.00 €

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

4.12 €

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

1.00 €

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

15.00 €

Gasoline (1 liter)

1.25 €

 

If you enjoy cooking at home, then expect your grocery shopping to be around 150 Euros a month. But if you’re the type who likes to eat out, you’ll be glad to know that there are outlets that offer discounted prices where you can get a proper meal for 3.50 Euros like, for example, a portion of chicken and rice from a takeaway restaurant. Shops like these are easily accessible and close to universities and colleges. And, of course, there is always the option of having your meals at the university or college cafeteria at student prices.