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1)The Cost of Living in Canada
Canada is a favorite destination among expats from around the world.

Its cold climate may be a deterrent for some, but it’s inclusive culture, high quality of life, and upward mobility makes it attractive for many.

Are you thinking about moving to Canada? Before you make any decisions, it’s important to understand how much it costs to live there.
Housing Costs in Canada
Canada is a huge country, in fact, it is the second largest country by landmass (Russia is first). And where you live depends on what you’ll pay for housing.

The beautiful city of Vancouver is one of the most popular destinations for expats, that also makes it among the most expensive cities in Canada.

Cost of Living in Canada with Rent
Monthly rent comparable to metro areas like London or New York (outside of ultra-expensive Manhattan). For a furnished small apartment (one bedroom) in an expensive neighborhood, you can expect to pay about 2,000 USD per month. In Canadian currency, that equals about 2,680 Canadian dollars (CAD).

Expect to pay slightly less in other major Canadian cities like Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Ontario, and Calgary. These mid-range cities offer the same high quality of life as Vancouver, at a slightly discounted rate.

If you prefer a more remote area or a smaller town, you’ll pay a lot less. In Saskatoon, for example, you can find a furnished one bedroom apartment for less than 1,000 USD per month.

Food and Entertainment Prices in Canada
With its cold climate, much of the food in Canada is imported. That means the costs are slightly higher than what you would pay for similar products in the U.S. But compared to Western Europe, food in Canada is a bit cheaper.

Going out on the town for dinner in large cities, such as Montreal and Vancouver, will cost you. You can expect to pay prices similar to what you would pay in Chicago or other major metro areas. Like housing, meals cost less in smaller cities and more remote towns.

Healthcare Costs in Canada
Most people in the U.S. are well aware of Canada’s “free” health care system. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

Yes, Canadians have a government-funded healthcare system that covers basic health care. Funded by taxpayers, the definition of “basic care” varies from province to province.

The Canadian healthcare system is good – but there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it. Most people think that Canadians don’t need to purchase health insurance at all. The truth is, many citizens (and many expats) choose to purchase additional coverage for things that aren’t covered in the “basic” plan.

Transportation Costs in Canada
Aside from housing, food, and healthcare, it’s also important to consider what it will cost you to drive and get around in Canada. The majority of Canadians drive, and public transport is only viable inside urban areas.

According to Cross Border Shopping, gas in the U.S. costs about 20% – 25% less than fuel in Canada. If you tend to drive long distances or have a lengthy commute, this can make a huge difference. In comparison to European cities, the price of gas in Canada is about the same.

Cost of Living in Canada by City
The cost of living in a country as large as Canada can vary widely by city. Living in the countryside instead of a major city can save you money. Likewise, the cost of living in certain provinces will be very different as well. If you have the flexibility to choose where you want to live, consider the cost of living in the city you are moving to compared to other nearby locations. You will find that you will be able to save significantly.

Most Expensive Cities to Live in Canada
As discussed, the major cities in Canada are the most expensive. Here is a list of the five most expensive cities to live in Canada:

Vancouver, British Columbia
Toronto, Ontario
Victoria, British Columbia
Calgary, Alberta
Hamilton-Burlington, Ontario
Cheapest Places to Live in Canada
Conversely, some of the more affordable places to live are outside of the major cities. The province of Quebec, in particular, is very affordable and a wonderful place to relocate. Here is a list of the top ten most affordable places to live in Canada:

Sherbrooke, Quebec
Laval, Quebec
Saguenay, Quebec
Lévis, Quebec
Terrebonne, Quebec
Longueuil, Quebec
Moncton, New Brunswick
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Abbotsford, British Columbia
St. Catharines, Ontario

2)The Cost of Living in London for Travelers and Expats

Housing Costs in London
Housing in London isn’t cheap. If you rent a one bedroom apartment near the center of the city you can expect to pay more than 1,300 pounds (approximately $1,700 USD). And that’s about the cheapest rent you’ll find anywhere in the area. Most Londoners pay over $2,000 USD per month to rent a one bedroom apartment.

See Also: The Most Expensive Cities in the World (And Where London Ranks)

The London Assembly has a great tool that you can use to help you find an apartment and compare housing costs. Just use the drop-down menu to select the size of the apartment and you’ll see what different options in different neighborhoods will cost you.

Compared to New York City, these rates might not seem so bad. They’re less expensive than in NYC and more comparable to a city like Chicago. But if you’re moving from a smaller city with cheaper rent, the prices may be higher than you’re used to.

Transportation Costs in London
Public transportation in London is known as the Tube. The Tube is the equivalent of the New York City subway system, and it costs a bit more than a standard ride in NYC. In London, a one-way ticket on the Tube will cost you a little more than $3. It may not seem like much, but it can add up quickly.

Entertainment Costs in London
Entertainment costs in London are also comparable to those in New York. In posh areas and trendy neighborhoods, a decent meal for two people will cost you about $70. If you like to drink, you can expect to pay about $6 for a beer.

Lunch in the business district will cost you about $15 per day. Grocery prices are also similar to prices in New York, although imports, such as milk and cheese, are significantly more expensive.

The city of London is rich with culture and full of incredible museums. One of the best parts about visiting the museums is that many of them are free. You can enjoy the Natural History Museum, the Museum of London, the Tate Modern museum, and dozens of others for no charge.

Healthcare Costs in London
London has the National Healthcare Service, which means that most basic healthcare is free. In order to enjoy the benefits of free healthcare, you have to be a permanent residence. Serious medical treatments will cost you extra, as will eye care, dental care, and prescriptions.

If you are not a permanent resident, we recommend traveling with international insurance. That’s the best way to ensure that you’re covered and eligible to receive the best treatment.

In comparison to major cities in the US, France, and Germany, the cost of living in London is very similar. But if you move to London from a smaller city or a more rural area, you may experience sticker shock. Housing, food, and transportation are expensive, but you can save some money by not having to pay for healthcare. Despite the prices, London is still one of the greatest cities in the world to visit and live.

3)The Cost of Living in Ireland

A high quality of life, friendly culture, and excellent education system make Ireland a favorite destination among expats.

As long as you can tolerate the rainy weather, Ireland a great place to live, especially if you’re looking for dual citizenship. As long as you have Irish ancestry, it’s easy to get an Irish passport without having to renounce citizenship from your homeland.

But what does it actually cost to live in Ireland? British and American expats are often surprised that the cost of living is as high as it is in Ireland. In fact, the cost of living in Ireland is equivalent to living in some of the more expensive cities in the United States.

Check out this guide to the cost of living in Ireland where we cover everything from housing to education to entertainment. Here are the basics you need to know about living in the Emerald Isle.

Housing Costs in Ireland
Compared to the United States, housing expenses are rather high in Ireland. Forget the expensive cities for a moment – the cost of a furnished one-bedroom apartment in an average neighborhood will cost you about $2,000 per month. If you prefer to live in an expensive neighborhood, prepare to pay prices comparable to London or New York City.

Cost of Public Education in Ireland
Ireland has a top-tier education system. Whether you’re an expat or a citizen, public education is free for everyone who lives within the country’s borders. Students are often required to cover the cost of meals, uniforms, transportation, and other expenditures. The Irish Times estimates this total to be about $450 per year and almost twice that for secondary education.

Cost of Health Insurance in Ireland
Ireland has a free and subsidized public healthcare system, but most expats carry private health insurance instead. Not everyone qualifies for the subsidized healthcare system, but if you do you can save money with their Community Rating System. But that all depends on your age.

Related: International Insurance For Expats and Nomads in Ireland

With the Community Rating System, everyone pays the same premium for their chosen insurance plan. Your current health status is irrelevant. However, the premium is subject to an additional percentage depending on your age. If you’re 35 years old, you’ll pay an extra 2%, and for every year you get older, your premium increases by 2% up to 70% maximum. So if you’re 55 years old, you’ll pay an additional 40%.

Food and Entertainment Costs
Spending a night out in the city of Dublin will cost you about as a much as a night out in New York City. You can always find affordable spots, but for the most part, bars and restaurants are rather pricey.

Pubs are a big draw for Irish people and expats, and they’re known for having good food and good beer. Dinner for two, plus a beer or two, will cost you about $50. Depending on how often you like to go out, you’ll need to budget your money properly in order to enjoy Ireland’s thriving pub culture.

Transportation in Ireland
In comparison to other major cities, public transport in and around Ireland is expensive. For example, a monthly transit pass in Dublin will cost you 134 Euros (around $155 USD). In New York City, a monthly MetroCard costs less than $120, and NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

It’s important to note that public transit only exists in big cities and major areas. If you plan to live on the outskirts of town or in the countryside, you’ll need to own a car. And, like the transit system, owning a car isn’t cheap. According to this survey published in the Irish Times, owning and operating a vehicle will cost you about $1,000 a month in Ireland. This is due, in large part, to high gas prices.

Before you pack your bags and fly to Ireland, decide if you can afford it. It’s an expensive place to live compared to America. Monthly costs will be comparable to major cities in the United States, so weigh your options before you go. Think about the cost of housing, the cost of health insurance, and the cost of food and entertainment. It’s a beautiful country with a lot to offer, but if you can’t afford living there, it might not be a good idea to make the move.

4)The Cost of Living in Spain
re you considering making a move to become an expat in Spain? With an excellent health care system and an incredibly vibrant culture, it’s a great place for expats to live.

But the number one reason Spain is great for expats is the affordable cost of living. If you have your heart set on moving to Western Europe, Spain is one of the cheapest places to live.

For expats, Spain is more expensive than other popular destinations in Asia and South America. But if you prefer a Western lifestyle, it’s hard to beat. In fact, Madrid made our list of the happiest cities in the world for expatriates.

If you’re considering moving to Western Europe, keep reading to learn about the essential expenses and the cost of living in Spain.

Housing Costs in Spain
As with every country, the cost of housing varies depending on where you live. Through our research, we have found furnished one and two bedroom apartments in the center of large cities for approximately $700 USD per month. The cost is slightly higher in the major cities of Madrid and Barcelona. But even in Madrid, the cost of housing is inexpensive when compared to similar European cities such as Paris and London.

Don’t want to live in a city center? Rent outside of major towns costs around $500/month and even lower. Keep in mind that the typical Spanish home is small compared to homes in the U.S. So you may want to rent a larger place. Utilities are a bit more expensive than other countries, but the lower cost of rent makes the total household expenses affordable.

Spanish Food Prices
If you’re used to paying U.S. prices, you’ll find that the cost of groceries and eating out in Spain is very affordable. With the warm climate, the country grows lots of fresh produce, so if you eat fresh foods, your grocery bills will be quite low.

Beef and pork are more expensive than they are in the U.S., but if you live in a coastal region, you’ll find an abundance of fresh fish from $2-$7 per pound.

As for dining out, a lunchtime meal at a decent restaurant will cost you about $10-$12. At a fast food joint, you’ll pay an average cost of $6-$8, as you would in the U.S. Dinner prices are also comparable to prices in the United States.

Expat Entertainment in Spain
Go out for tapas and Spanish wine and you might be shocked at how low the bill is. At some places, you’ll find tapas for as low as $2, with an inexpensive beer costing about the same.

Prefer a fancier restaurant? Stay out of the tourist areas and you can enjoy a great meal for two and a bottle of wine for less than $60.

Healthcare Costs for Expats in Spain
Spain has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Compared to other nations, you’ll enjoy high-quality care at lower costs. Many expats prefer to have a combination of public and private health insurance. To learn more about public healthcare for expats, click here.

Price of Transportation in Spain
If you live in a major city, you don’t need a car. The public transit system is good, and monthly public transportation passes are rather inexpensive at around $60. Taxi fares are also very reasonable, but taxis aren’t always available outside the city center of larger Spanish cities.

If you do have a car, you can expect to pay a bit higher for gas, as oil prices in Spain are higher than in the States. However, the typical commute is short, so you can expect to drive less, and that can even out the expenses.

Spain Cost of Living Summary
Compared to other Western European nations, the living costs in Spain make it an extremely affordable place to live. This is especially true if you are an American or from another country in Western Europe. Rent is low. Food prices are reasonable, even when you eat out. High-quality healthcare can be enjoyed by all, and the public transit system is good, so you may not need a car.

Overall, it’s a great option for expats looking to keep their costs down while enjoying the freedoms and amenities that Western culture provides.

To help you get started with your search, here are some of the cheapest and most expensive places to live in Spain.

Most Expensive Cities in Spain
Ibiza
Barcelona
Madrid
San Sebastian
Bilbao
Palma de Mallorca

5)The Cost of Living in Paris

Housing Costs for Expats in Paris.
The average cost of housing is comparable to most major cities throughout the world.

Depending on where in the city you live and if you choose to share rent by having roommates will most likely dictate how much your rent will be.

Renting a 3-bedroom apartment: $4,000/month
Renting a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,600/month
Renting a furnished two-bedroom apartment: $3,400
Renting an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment: $2,900

Entertainment & Social Life in Paris
We all know how expensive going to bars, restaurants, and events can be, especially in a big city. Paris is no exception. Expect to pay a little more for specialty drinks and gourmet food, but you can definitely find a nightlife scene that fits your budget.

1 ticket to the movies: $27
1 cocktail in a downtown club: $14
1 beer at a neighborhood pub: $7.41
Basic dinner for two in a neighborhood pub: $57
Cappuccino: $4
Curious to see how these prices compare to other parts of the world? Learn about the cost of living in Saudi Arabia and Italy.

Medical & Healthcare Costs
Healthcare in France is drastically different than healthcare in most other parts of the world.

You qualify for healthcare coverage after 3 months of living in France. On top of this, doctors are not allowed to charge upfront for medical procedures. Instead, medical bills are paid directly by the government or insurance provider.

France’s healthcare system also allows for a handful of free preventative medical examinations. The exact number of free examinations that you qualify for is determined on a case-by-case basis based on your age, gender, and risk factors.

Despite this, it’s important to check for coverage gaps and ensure that you find health insurance that will cover you in the case of an emergency.

Here are a few additional medical expenses in Paris:

1 week of cold medicine: $6.50
1 box of antibiotics: $8.50
4. Transportation Costs in Paris
Getting around Paris is a breeze thanks to the city’s amazing public transportation system. If buying a monthly train pass or paying for countless taxis doesn’t sound like it falls within your budget, try biking around (or walking)!

One-way ticket (local train): $2
Monthly train pass: $93
2-mile taxi ride: $12
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5. Groceries & Food Costs in Paris
Some things will cost more in Paris than you’re most likely used to. However, items like beer and wine are much cheaper in comparison to many other parts of the world.

1 gallon of milk: $5
1 loaf of bread: $1
A dozen eggs: $3
1 lb of Chicken: $6.37
1 apple: $1.29
1 head of lettuce: $1
Cheese (1 lb of local cheese): $9
Bottle of Red Wine: $8
An imported Beer: $3

There are challenges to living as an expat. However, living as an expat can lead to some of the most exciting times of your life.

Do your research about Paris before making the move to ease any anxiety and make sure that Paris is the right city for you. Understand how costs will vary in Paris compared to your current home to make sure that you can afford to make this move.

It’ll help ease any uncertainty or anxiety you might have about the move if you do your research beforehand. Knowing how things might cost in comparison to what you’re used to now will help you put things in perspective.

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