Accommodation in Ukraine is Cheaper as compared to some other European States, prices varies according to students priorities, it is totally up to the students choice and demand, what he/she likes and what best suit his/her needs. Normally, we recommend living in hostels for the new incoming students, why?
•Communication barrier with the locals makes life difficult for fresh students
• They normally have no or little knowledge about the city bus roots outside the university campus and other major locations
• Living outside the university campus makes it difficult in getting help and enjoying benefits as we normally do our daily checkups on our students on campus.
• Hostel is the best place to meet new people, gaining new experience and making new friends which lives for life.
Cheap and good option for the new incoming students, provided by various universities.
Two types of hostels according to Facilities:
• 1)Excellent Renovated (includes all necessary facilities to live comfortable)
In Double person’s room: One place charges = $1000 – $1200 per year
In Three person’s room: One place charges = $800 – $1000 per year
• 2)Ordinary Renovated (includes only basic facilities)
In Double person’s room: One place charges = $450 – $650 per year
In Three person’s room: One place charges = $300 – $500 per year
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION / APARTMENTS
Students who are interested in living outside the university area can go for this option
Apartment’s charges are categorized according to their space, condition and place,
• Like: Single room’s Apartment: Ordinary Renovated = $200 – $350 Per month
European standard renovated apartment = $ 300 – $350 per month
• Two room’s Apartment: Ordinary Renovated = $200 – $300 Per month
European standard renovated apartment = $350 – $400 Per month
• Three room’s Apartment: Ordinary Renovated = $ 200 – $300 Per month
European standard renovated apartment = 400-500 Per month
National currency is Hryvnia (UHR). 1 USD = 15.200 Hryvnia (20/01/2015).You can change foreign currency at banks, kiosks, at the international airports. The currency rate at the airports normally turns to be the same at other places within the cities. Payment for purchasing and services is done in Hryvnias. Nevertheless, some companies take payments in US dollars.
You can use credit cards of international payment systems. They can be used in many of the shops, hotels, transport companies, clubs and restaurants. Within the cities the network of exchange / ATM machines is well developed including the most popular banks. Here you can save money both in foreign currency and Ukrainian Hryvnia. Banks are situated in many regions of the country. It makes it easier to transfer money through companies like Western Union and others.
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN UKRAINE
The international airport of Borispol is the air gate of the country, 36 km from Kiev. To get from the airport to Kiev you can take a taxi, shuttle-bus, bus. You can also order pick up service in the university.
Besides Borispol airport you can take international flights from Simferopol, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk. International railway connections are with Bulgaria, Check, Slovak, Germany and Poland. International bus routes are from Poland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. By ship you can get from Turkey. It is better to find out your own route to the university from the agent intermediary company.
Ukraine has a well-developed transportation system. So there will be no problems to get to any part of the country. You can travel all over the country by train or bus. The fare for the distance of 500 km is about US$12-15. Tickets on train, you can buy in advance either at the railway station or in the city. On the day of departure a ticket can be bought on the station only. For air travel within the country you can buy tickets from the local companies. Flight cost for a distance of 500 km is about US$70.
Local transport includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and taxis. The fare is US$0.15. You can buy tickets from the conductor or in yellow kiosks at stops or machines. The fare for taxis is $US1 + US$0.20 per 1 km.In Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk you can take the underground, paying at the entrance a ticket of US$0.12 (without time and destination limits!).During warm periods.
ELECTRICITY AND FOOD
Electricity: The standard electrical voltage throughout Ukraine is 220 volts. Some outlets operate on 127 volts, but these are very rare. You may need a converter as well as an Eastern European plug adapter if you are bringing electrical appliances. You should be aware that there are frequent power surges, and other irregularities in the electrical supply. You may want to consider bringing a surge protector (stabilizer).
Food: Ukraine is a major agricultural producing country with different cooking traditions. Different food can be bought in shops, supermarkets and agricultural markets. Cafeterias, restaurants and fast food restaurants propose different cuisine. Cost of raw food items are very cheap as compared to most of the European countries, ranging from rice, milk, veggies, bread, cookies etc, Normally cost of living per month (food, transportation, daily expenses) could cost $150 – $200.
COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDICAL SERVICES
COMUNICATIONS: UKRTELECOM Company, the sponsor of the Guide, provides excellent telephone communications both in Ukraine and all over the world. Most of the universities provide access to Internet for their students. There are also a lot of Internet-cafes. You can use services of fast mail, represented by DHL, Federal Express, UPS, TNT and other companies. There are number of network providers currently operating in Ukraine e.g. LIFE, MTC. Calls within Ukraine are normally free for users except international calls.
MEDICAL SERVICES: Most of the state and national Universities provide free medical service and with insurance in students hospitals. Students can also go to state and private hospitals, where medical services are to be paid. It is compulsory for each and every student to get a life insurance upon arrival in Ukraine at a cost of $200 – $250
HOLIDAYS AND CLIMATE
New Year – 1st of January
Orthodox Christmas – 7th of January
International Women Day – 8th of March
Labour Day – 1st of May
Victory Day – 9th of May
Constitution Day – 28th of June
Day of Independence – 24th of August
CLIMATE: Climate is mostly continental. The average temperature in January is 1°C, in November +5°C, in July +22°C. Temperature plungs low during winter and hot during summer , it normally gets cool in the evening throughout the year.