Cost of Living in Ukraine for International Students

Student Living Cost in Ukraine

Thinking of studying in Ukraine? While cost of living in Ukraine differs widely based on the location and the city, there is almost a lower cost of living as compared to countries like the US, Canada or the UK. In fact, it has one of the lowest student living costs in Europe, thus making it an ideal choice for international students from across the world.

For international students, the cost of living in Ukraine as well as the tuition fees have to be taken under consideration as far as allocation of finances is concerned. There has been a significant spike in the number of students from around the globe, especially India, travelling to Ukraine to pursue MBBS along with other courses. 

Indian students who want to study medicine often face challenges in getting admission in the top medical universities in India due to the limited number of seats and high tuition fees. In that case, many of them opt for the study abroad option, and Ukraine is certainly one of the most popular destinations to study MBBS.

According to the current exchange rate (as of May 2021), 1 Ukrainian hryvnia equals INR 2.66. This makes living and studying in Ukraine way cheaper, with the cost of living and rent in Ukraine is between 61% to 74% lower than that in the United States (average data for all cities). Overall, a student attending an Ukrainian university can easily budget INR 22,230–29,640 per month to cover the expenses of private accommodation, books, utility bills and books, with some money to spare for entertainment on weekends.

In Ukraine, bigger cities such as Odessa and Kiev have a higher cost of living for international students, as compared to smaller cities like Kharkiv or Sumy. While Odessa is cheaper than Kiev, Kharkiv is even cheaper than Odessa, particularly in respect of apartments. Read on to learn more about the cost of living for an international student in Ukraine.

Overall Average Cost of Living in Ukraine

Although living costs for an international student in Ukraine would vary depending on various factors, here is an overview of the average cost of living in the country:

Expense 

Monthly Cost (in INR)

Annual Cost (in INR)

Food

10,380

124,560

Rent 

16,088

193,054

Electricity & Gas

1,112

13,350

Water

1,320

15,840

Books

147

588

TV Cable

380

4,450

Public Transport

750

8,900

Cost of Studying in Ukraine

In Ukraine, high standard education is offered at a lower price, as compared to other countries like the US, Canada, UK, or Australia. While an MBBS course may cost you anywhere between INR 3,00,000 to 3,69,825, an engineering course may cost you around 1,70,000. 

Course-wise Average Tuition Fees in Ukraine

Course

Average Tuition Fees (INR)

Engineering

1,70,922

Computer Science

1,70,922

Social Sciences

1,85,785

Medicine

3,12,118

Business & Finance

1,48,628

Postgraduate Courses

2,22,942

Cost of Studying MBBS in Ukraine

Given below are the tuition fee structures for MBBS offered to international students by some of the top medical universities in Ukraine:

Name of University

Total Course Fee

Kiev Medical University

21,08,002

Dnepropetrovsk State Medical Academy

22,30,044

Vinnitsa National Medical University

26,03,568

Odessa National Medical University

22,24,127

Donetsk National Medical University

24,70,431

Kyiv Medical University, Kiev Campus

5,58,435

Kyiv Medical University, Kharkiv Campus

4,95,565

Ivano Frankisvk Medical University

23,52,087

Kharkiv International Medical University

24,26,052

Zaporozhye State Medical University

26,25,757

V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University

5,69,530

O.O. Bogomolets National Medical University

26,10,964

Note: The fees mentioned here are subject to change.

Accommodation Cost in Ukraine

Accommodation cost in Ukraine may vary for different universities. However, it usually ranges between INR 3,000 and 7,500. The country has a lot to offer in terms of types of accommodation. For instance, one may choose to live with their classmates in shared rooms which will lower the overall cost. 

The cost of a private apartment would be comparatively higher depending on the location, size and facilities provided. In addition, choosing to live within or outside the main city will also play an important role in your accommodation cost. While a one-bedroom apartment within the city may cost you around INR 21,400, one outside the city will cost you close to INR 13,000. International students are also recommended to determine if the apartment they are renting is furnished.

Most students in the country live in an inn and do not pay more than Rs. 5,000 per month. Given below is an overview of accommodation cost in Ukraine:

Type of Apartment

Rent Per Month (in INR)

Apartment (1 Bedroom) in the City Centre

21,413

Apartment (1 Bedroom) Outside the City Centre

12,856

Apartment (3 Bedrooms) in the City Centre

41,690

Apartment (3 Bedrooms) Outside the City Centre

24,449

Transportation Cost in Ukraine

The country has a well-developed transportation system, which makes all parts of the country easily accessible to all. Local transportation includes trolleybuses, trams, buses and taxis that may cost one around Rs. 11 per ride. Subways are also highly functional in Ukraine, especially in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk.

For air travel within the country (over a 500 km distance), one can buy tickets for approximately INR 4,000 to 5,000. If travelling out of the country, one may choose either international railway connections or international bus routes to countries like Germany, Poland, Check, Slovak, France, Netherlands and Great Britain.

Here’s an overview of transportation cost for international students in Ukraine:

Type of Transportation

Cost (in INR)

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

12.63

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

645

Taxi Start Fee (Normal Tariff)

99.58

Cost of Food in Ukraine

A meal in Ukraine is extremely cheap compared to other countries, given that it is an agrarian country. A student requires around INR 200 to 4,000 to eat at restaurants. Other essential food items such as milk, bread, coffee, chicken, eggs, etc, one will have to pay not more than Rs. 100. Find out how much these food items will actually cost an international student in Ukraine:

Food Item

Price (in INR)

Regular Milk (1 Litre)

41.62

Eggs (1 Dozen)

75.06

A Loaf of Bread (500 G)

23.78

Local Cheese

308

Beef (1 KG)

280.16

Apples (1 KG)

57.96

Tomatoes

95.87

Rice (White) 1 KG

73.57

Bananas (1 KG)

95.12

Water (1.5 Litre Bottle)

31.21

Potatoes (1KG)

23-73

Cost of Utilities in Ukraine

In comparison to other countries, the cost of utilities such as the internet, cable, and mobile recharge is somewhat low. Find the same below:

Utilities (Monthly)

Cost (in INR)

Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data)

261.59

1 Minute of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local

2.23

Sports & Leisure Cost in Ukraine

International students can easily find cinema halls to watch movies in Ukraine. One seat at the movies will cost one around Rs. 250. Also, one can join a gym at not more than Rs. 1,200. 

Type

Cost (in INR)

Fitness Club (Monthly Fee)

1157.81

Cinema (1 Seat)

226.66

Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour)

584.11

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