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Cost of Living in Polis

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Understanding the the cost of living in Polis helps a newcomer what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Apartment Rentals Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center of Polis is around €500-€600 per month. Rent for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center is around €800-€1,000 per month. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city center is around €400-€500 per month. Rent for a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center is around €600-€800 per month.
Apartment Purchases The cost of purchasing an apartment in Polis varies depending on the size and location. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center range from €100,000 to €150,000. Prices for a three-bedroom apartment in the city center range from €200,000 to €250,000. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment outside the city center range from €80,000 to €120,000. Prices for a three-bedroom apartment outside the city center range from €150,000 to €200,000.
Transportation Public transportation in Polis is relatively inexpensive. A single bus ticket costs €1.50 and a monthly pass costs €30. Taxis are also available and the cost of a ride within the city is around €10. The cost of gasoline is around €1.50 per liter.
Groceries The cost of groceries in Polis is relatively low. A loaf of bread costs around €1.50, a liter of milk costs around €1.50, and a dozen eggs costs around €2.50. A kilogram of chicken costs around €5 and a kilogram of apples costs around €2.50.
Restaurants The cost of eating out in Polis is relatively low. A meal at a fast food restaurant costs around €5-€7, while a meal at a mid-range restaurant costs around €15-€20. A bottle of beer costs around €3-€4 and a cup of coffee costs around €2-€3.
Utilities The cost of utilities in Polis is relatively low. The average monthly cost for electricity is around €50-€60, while the average monthly cost for water is around €20-€30. The average monthly cost for internet is around €30-€40.
Private School Tuition The cost of private school tuition in Polis varies depending on the school and the grade level. The average annual tuition for preschool is around €2,000-€3,000. The average annual tuition for elementary school is around €3,000-€4,000. The average annual tuition for middle school is around €4,000-€5,000. The average annual tuition for high school is around €5,000-€6,000.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Polis

"This is not an easy question as we all have different levels of living. We live a comfortable live on State pensions and some savings. Our budget is approx €1500.00 PM," said one expat living in Poli Chrystopiou.

"The cost of living in Polis is considered to be relatively affordable compared to other European destinations. Housing is one of the most significant living costs, with rental prices varying depending on the size and location of the property. However, they are generally lower than in the larger cities of Cyprus. Groceries in Polis are reasonably priced, with local markets offering fresh produce at competitive rates. Eating out is also quite affordable, with a wide range of options to suit different budgets. Transportation costs are also relatively low, especially if you choose to use public transport. Owning a car can be more expensive due to the cost of petrol and maintenance. Healthcare in Polis is of a high standard and is generally affordable, especially if you are covered by health insurance. Overall, the cost of living in Polis, Cyprus is manageable and offers good value for money, especially when considering the high quality of life and the beautiful surroundings," wrote a member in Polis.

Can I live in Polis on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Polis for a while now, and I can tell you that it's possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. First, you'll need to find an affordable place to live. I recommend looking for apartments in the outskirts of the town, as they tend to be cheaper than those in the city center. You can find a decent one-bedroom apartment for around $500-$600 per month. When it comes to utilities, you can expect to pay around $100-$150 per month for electricity, water, and internet. Keep in mind that electricity can be quite expensive in Cyprus, so you'll want to be mindful of your usage. As for groceries, you can find local markets and supermarkets where you can buy fresh produce and other essentials at reasonable prices. I usually spend around $300-$400 per month on groceries. Eating out can be quite affordable too, especially if you stick to local taverns and avoid touristy areas. Transportation is another expense you'll need to consider. Public transportation is limited in Polis, so you might want to invest in a used car or a scooter to get around. Gas prices can be high, so budget around $100-$150 per month for transportation costs. Regarding entertainment and leisure activities, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy for free, like hiking, swimming, and exploring the beautiful countryside. However, if you're into nightlife or fancy restaurants, you might have to cut back on those to stay within your budget. In terms of sacrifices, you might have to give up some of the modern amenities you're used to, like a gym membership or high-speed internet. You'll also need to be mindful of your spending and avoid splurging on non-essential items. Overall, living in Polis on $1,500 a month is doable, but you'll need to be budget-conscious and willing to make some sacrifices. It's a beautiful place to live, and the laid-back lifestyle can be quite enjoyable if you're willing to adapt," commented an expat living in Polis.

Can I live in Polis on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Polis for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible for an expat to live comfortably on $3,000 a month here. However, you might have to make some sacrifices in terms of the neighborhood you choose and the type of housing you opt for. Polis is a small town, so you won't find the same level of modern amenities as you would in a big city, but it's still a lovely place to live.In terms of neighborhoods, I'd recommend looking at properties in the central area of Polis, as it's more affordable and still offers a good quality of life. You'll find a mix of apartments and houses here, with rents ranging from $500 to $1,000 per month, depending on the size and condition of the property. This should leave you with enough money to cover your other living expenses, such as utilities, groceries, and transportation.On the other hand, I'd avoid the more expensive neighborhoods like Latchi and Argaka, as these areas are more geared towards tourists and have higher rental prices. You might find some beautiful properties here, but they'll likely be out of your budget if you're trying to stick to $3,000 a month.In terms of sacrifices, you might have to give up some of the modern amenities you're used to, such as high-speed internet or a state-of-the-art gym. However, Polis still has plenty to offer, including beautiful beaches, a charming town center, and a relaxed atmosphere. You'll also find a good selection of restaurants, cafes, and shops, so you won't feel too isolated.Overall, living in Polis on $3,000 a month is definitely doable, but you'll need to be mindful of your budget and be willing to make some compromises. If you can do that, I think you'll find that it's a great place to call home," said one expat living in Polis.

Can I live in Polis on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Polis for a few years now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. However, there might be some sacrifices you'll have to make to ensure you stay within your budget.Firstly, you'll want to avoid the more expensive neighborhoods like Latchi and Argaka, as the cost of living there can be quite high. Instead, consider more affordable areas like Prodromi or Droushia, where you can find reasonably priced apartments and houses.When it comes to utilities, you might have to be more conscious of your usage, especially with electricity, as it can be quite expensive in Cyprus. Try to use energy-efficient appliances and be mindful of turning off lights and electronics when not in use.Eating out can also add up quickly, so you might want to cook more at home and limit dining out to special occasions. Local markets and supermarkets offer a good variety of fresh produce and groceries at reasonable prices, so you can still enjoy a diverse and healthy diet.Transportation is another area where you can save money. Public transportation is quite affordable, and since Polis is a small town, you can easily get around by walking or cycling. If you do need a car, consider buying a used one or renting one only when necessary.Lastly, while there are plenty of modern amenities available in Polis, you might have to adjust your expectations when it comes to entertainment and shopping. There are fewer options compared to larger cities, so you might have to get creative with your leisure activities and be open to exploring the local culture and natural beauty of the area.Overall, living in Polis on $5,000 a month is doable, but it requires some adjustments and smart budgeting. By being mindful of your spending and embracing the local lifestyle, you can enjoy a comfortable and fulfilling life in this beautiful Cypriot town," commented an expat living in Polis.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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