Salaries differ across Europe but a higher pay packet doesn’t always come with a better standard of living. Its understanding that people living in England may feel they’re being pushed out due to the soaring house prices in London and other major cities. Now if you want to find somewhere cheap to live with a good job prospect, there are actually numerous cities across Europe that offers a decent standard of living. Remember though, if you are content in moving to somewhere in Europe, be sure to have an EHIC card as this will cover your medical requirements. Now that you have yourself covered, here’s a look at some of the cheapest cities to live in Europe:
Berlin – Germany
Other than being cheap, the city is also very welcoming to expats and has a thriving nightlife and cultural scene. You’ll pay about 3 euros for a bottle of beer. The price of housing has increased but not considerably and the rent is still about 40% lower than Paris. You’re looking at about 550 euros for a large studio apartment. The public are known to be nice and supportive foreigners so this could be an ideal place.
Barcelona – Spain
The seventh-most populous urban area in the European Union, it attracts professionals and tourists across the world and Spain as a country is a little cheaper than most places due to its standard of living, food and utility bills.
Lisbon – Portugal
This is a nice city centre containing apartments for as little as 500 euros per month. Considering the vibrant activities that consist in Lisbon, the low prices seem like a couple due to the amount of entertainment on offer as well as great. Lisbon is known to be a small hub for air travel, with TAP Portugal flying directly from Lisbon to cities around the world — including to South America. The average nominal wage in Portugal is only around 15,500 euros but low local living costs mean the average city inhabitant will not be massively out of pocket.
Thessaloniki – Greece
This is the second largest city in Greece and with it being by the sea, makes it a major transportation hub for the country, providing lots of jobs. It helps being a tourist spot thanks to its museums and historical monuments which will continue to increase the revenue.
Tartu – Estonia
The second largest city in Estonia and is regarded by the country as its “intellectual capital” due to it being home to the nation’s oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu. The surroundings are beautiful and the cost of living compared to the average wage is at a good balance.
Prague – Czech Republic
The Czech Republic uses its own currency, the koruna (or “crown”) rather than the Euro, which means prices are lower. Apartments just outside the city centre can be incredibly low, especially considering their proximity to tourists. Prague is home to plenty of exciting and historical cafes and is also home to a thriving entrepreneur scene.