This post was most recently updated on November 7th, 2020
Comparing to other European countries, Cyprus is less costly to live in for international students.
Foreign Students in Cyprus are allowed to work for 20 hours a week. Usually, they get 5 euro per hour wage.
If we calculate that on a monthly basis, students can earn around 400 to 500 Euros per month.
500 Euros per month is a good amount of money. But if you are planning on paying your college fee from that money too, then that amount is much lesser for you.
To understand in detail about the student income in Cyprus, I suggest you read this article:
Today in this article, we will learn about the cost of living in Cyprus for international students. I will give you a brief figure on different daily life aspects in Cyprus and how much money you would need to pay for them.
I have put the price of what I have experienced. It might be different from other people/websites.
Related article: Cyprus Student Visa: A Detailed Guide (Everything You Need To Know)
Room rent in the City area is higher than in urban/village areas. Sometimes it’s almost double.
- Room rent for a month: 100-150 Euro
- 1 bedroom apartment rent: 350-500 Euro
- Three bedroom apartment rent: 450-600 Euro
- Room rent for a month: 250-350 Euro
- 1 bedroom apartment rent: 600-900 Euro
- Three bedroom apartment rent: 750-1000 Euro
If the apartment is new, rent is usually higher.
Inside a city or let’s say local transportation, the bus fare is 1.50 Euro for a 1-way ticket.
For example, if you travel inside Nicosia (capital city), you only pay 1.50 Euro.
When you get registered in your college, you will get the European Youth Card. With that card, you get a 50% discount on local transportation.
With the European Youth Card, you will only have to pay 0.75 Euro for a 1-way ticket.
City to city travel
If you travel from one city to another city, your bus fare is 2.50 Euro for a 1-way ticket.
For example, if you ride a bus from Nicosia to Limassol, you pay 2.50 Euro.
- Upon booking: 5 Euro
- 1 km drive: 1-1.5 Euro
If you are single or two people, they might charge you less. If you are more than 2, the taxi fare is more.
Also, if you are shifting from one place to another place, they charge for your items too. So taxi’s usually don’t have a fixed rate.
If you are from Asia, you will find similar prices on food items in Cyprus comparing with your country.
There might be a few ups and downs in the prices from city to village; otherwise, the cost of most of the food items is the same all over Cyprus.
- Rice: Basmati (20 kg): 16-20 Euro
- Potato (1 kg): 0.80-1 Euro
- Water bottle (1 liter): 0.75-1.50 Euro
- Tomato (1 Kg): 0.70-1.50 Euro
- Onion (1 Kg): 0.50-1.20 Euro
- Milk (1 liter): 1.20-1.50 Euro
- Apple (1 Kg): 1.5-2.60 Euro
- Strawberry (1 Kg): 1.50-2 Euro
- Bread (1 Kg): 1-2.50 Euro
- Wine (1 bottle): 1.50-15 Euro
- Eggs (30 Pieces): 3.50-4.25 Euro
- Chicken (1 Kg): 1.5-2.5 Euro
I have found personal care items to be a bit expensive comparing to my country. Here are some that you might need to know the price of:
- Detergent (5 Kg): 4.50-10 Euro
- Toothpaste: 1.5-2 Euro
- Dettol Soap (4 pieces): 3.50-4.25 Euro
- Shampoo: 2.40-6 Euro
- Deodorant: 2-5 Euro
- Toilet paper (1 normal roll): 0.50-2 Euro
- Kitchen paper (1 normal roll): 2.30-4 Euro
- Normal Haircut: 5-7 Euro
- Standard Haircut: 10-20 Euro
Internet / Telephone
Internet and Telephone services are manageable.
- Phone Call (per minute): 0.10-0.15 Euro
- SMS: 0.02-0.05 Euro
- Wi-Fi (20 Mbps): 40-60 Euro per month
Utility bills are expensive in Cyprus comparing to India/Nepal.
- Electricity (AC, Heater, Electric Cooker, washing machine included) for a 3 bedroom flat: 70-100 Euro per month
- Water bill per person: 10-15 Euro per month
- Garbage: 2-5 Euro per month
I have experienced Cyprus for more than a year now. According to me, the cost of living in Cyprus for an international student is affordable only if you have a proper job or you get money from your parents every month.
You don’t get to do a high profile job as a student. No good job means not good money.
Read here in detail about the type of jobs allowed for international students in Cyprus.
Again, it’s totally up to you. If you don’t waste your money on unnecessary things, the cost of living in Cyprus for you mightn’t be that expensive.
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