There are a lot of countries, climates and cultures to choose from when thinking about Europe. Do you want to live in a historic city overlooking the Mediterranean or maybe a cozy little town in the mountains? You can find just about anything you’re looking for without having to travel far.
1. Athens, Greece
Over the years this ancient city has become very affordable to live in. You can get a gyro, a popular Greek dish, for 2 euros, and it’s easy to find a two-bedroom apartment for less than 350 dollars a month in a funky neighborhood like Exarchia, the bohemian part of the city. Greeks are known for their hospitality and most speak English. Beaches are only ever a short distance away, and getting to an island is just a short boat ride away.
2. Warsaw, Poland
If you like the sound of Placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes), Bigos (a traditional meat stew) or Gołąbki (cabbage stuffed with meat and rice), then Warsaw might be the place for you. The average 1 bedroom flat costs around 380 dollars, and the city is picturesque, looking very Hansel and Gretel-esque. It’s a fairly cool city to live in and has the odd castle here and there.
3. Tenerife, Spain
Known for being a great surf spot, Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands on the Northwest coast of Africa, is also the place to go if you want to live cheaply and enjoy year-round sunshine. A small studio flat in a normal area will cost you around 300 euros, and a 3-course meal away from the tourist spots can cost as little as 5 euros. Canarians love to party so if that’s your jam then maybe so is Tenerife!
4. Bruges, Belgium
If you’ve ever seen the film with Colin Firth called In Bruges, you might be tempted to check out the most visited medieval city in the world. Famous for its chocolate? That’s right! World-renowned universities? Yup! Gotye’s from there? INDEED! It’s also possible to rent a studio flat for around 450 dollars. That’s not bad!
5. Istanbul, Turkey
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Finally, Istanbul. While you might not instantly think of Turkey as being part of Europe, it is! A fantastic blend of trams and cobbled streets, gorgeous sweet shops, great markets and mosques and a wonderful modern art museum, Istanbul has something for everyone. An apartment can cost less than 350 dollars a month making this a great option for someone on a budget.