Romania Cost of Living 2022 in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Brasov, Sibiu etc

The cost of living in Romania keeps growing at a fast pace, even though it slowed down in 2020 when everything stopped… but then exploded again in 2021 mainly because of inflation.

As a result, the cost of living in the country in 2022 is higher than ever and this year is expected to be one where it will go up by some 10% more (from January to December). Ouch!

Compared to 2013 when I first started to track our expenses and follow the prices of various products in the country, I can say that they are higher than ever.

Actually, some prices grew at alarming rates in 2021 – at the beginning of the year, a product that I tracked cost almost 9 Lei (1.8 Eur) and now at the beginning of 2022, it costs 10.5 Lei (2.12 Eur).

But the biggest increases in prices were see in electricity and natural gas (like throughout Europe), with increases in costs up to 300%. That is absolutely insane – and things won’t stop in 2022 based on predictions.

For example, inflation in 2021 in Romania was around 7.5% (officially, but in reality I feel it was WAY higher) and for 2022 we have an estimated inflation of 8.5% in Quarter two of 2022

The main reason for the increase of prices in 2019 was the sudden and significant increase of the minimum wage in Romania, but also increased inflation. From that moment on, prices seemed to just keep going up.

Therefore, the cost of living in Romania in 2022 is much higher than it was 6 years ago.

Comparing my actual living costs with those that I was tracking back in 2013, we are actually spending twice as much, which is a bit scary (sure, we now have a child and that increases the costs a bit, but still…)

Anyway, let’s leave these details and statistics for later and instead let’s check out on the estimated cost of living in cities like Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Braso, Sibiu and so on because this is what you’re here for: to see the numbers, not the complaints!

These estimates are pretty much valid for all cities in Romania, actually, but you should still expect the smaller ones to be a bit cheaper than the larger ones, especially because you will pay less for rent and entertainment.

What’s the cost of living in Romania in 2022?

Expect to spend around 1,100 Euros per month for living in Romania. This includes all expenses – rent, utilities, food and some entertainment but doesn’t offer a luxuriant life. However, if you had €1,500 per month available, you’d be living a much better life.

In my opinion, there are two major expenses when it comes to monthly costs: rent or mortgage and food.

on a budget in romania

Then, we have things like entertainment, house-related expenses, health related expenses and miscellaneous ones that do add up eventually, but rent and food will be the bulk of one’s spending.

It is difficult for another person to estimate how much you will spend in each category since everybody has a different approach to living their life (as well as different budgets to accomplish their goals), but I’ll try to do it anyway, keeping the estimated costs somewhere in the middle.

But remember that in some very specific situations, my estimates could still be way off.

However, below is a recent comment posted by one of our readers, Alexandru, where here details his monthly cost of living (last year) but still proving that Romania can be really cheap to live in:

I live in Brasov with my girlfriend in my own apartment and only one of us is working at the moment. I don’t have to pay rent . The average costs we have per month are (taking into account food, utilities, bills and miscellaneous) are around 2,500 lei per month. This translates to around 508 euros on average per month.

Honestly this is around what you need, in my mind, not only to survive but to live a comfortable life (going out in the week-ends, ordering food 75% of the time from various restaurants and some other activities which include various costs).

Of course if we would stop ordering food so much and not buy so many sodas we could probably cut our expenses to something around 2000 RON per month on average. Which for 2 people seems like a great deal to me.

by Alexandru, Romania Experience reader

But since having something to compare your expectations to (or at least to have a starting point when it comes to budgeting your next trip to Romania or your move here) is better than nothing, let’s check out my estimates for 2022, which I consider to be somewhere in the middle.

Accommodation prices in Romania

Both rental prices, as well as the costs for buying property in Romania are, right now, at all time highs, similar to the prices before the recession in 2008.

The 2020 events didn’t slow down the construction industry, Romania building more houses than it did in 2019. However, prices kept going up and in 2022 they are as high as they’ve been since 2008, with increases in prices of 10% on average.

While rent remains in most cases similar to that of the previous couple of years, the prices for purchasing an apartment or a house in Romania have skyrocketed and some of them are so high that I wonder if anybody will ever buy.

Romanian apartment room

I personally saw studios in the center of Bucharest being on sale for prices as high as 90,000 Euros (which I consider insane).

An apartment like the one that we bought in 2014 for 25,000 Euros (in a smaller city) now sells for 50,000 if you are lucky… so prices have indeed jumped up a lot lately when it comes to buying property

Average rent in Romania

When it comes to renting, the prices remain pretty much stable. You can still be able to find a decent 1 bedroom apartment in a good area in a larger city in Romania for around 350 Euros per month and you can expect to pay around 500 Euros for a 2 bedroom unit.

But these usually are taken as soon as they pop up and they’re definitely not as common as they were back in the days.

You will also find cheaper apartments in areas that are farther away from the city center, or really luxurious ones for higher prices.

Bottom line: If you want to rent in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Brasov, Sibiu or other large cities, budget between 350 Euros to 500 Euros per month for a 1-bedroom apartment. In a smaller city, you can pay as little as 250 Euros per month for a 1-bedroom apartment.

Some cities have seen price increases that are above the average: Cluj is, for example, one of those cities, pushed up by the number of higher paying jobs in the city.

I saw many estimates these days showing that Cluj is actually more expensive to live in than Bucharest, which is a first for Romania!

(Check Romanian website OLX.ro for tons of listings for properties available for rent or on sale to get a clearer picture of the market and what’s on offer.)

Costs of utilities in Romania

When renting, the prices for utilities are usually not included in the rent, so you will have to pay these as an extra.

Fortunately, these numbers are generally extremely low during the summer and still somewhat low during the winter (when heating costs hit). They did go up A TON for 2022, but at the moment the state covers some of the expenses, so you won’t feel the total increase.

BUT I doubt they’ll be able to do this indefinitely, so the 2x or 3x increases in prices will eventually have to be paid from our own pockets.

But even with the state covering for most of the increases, we still pay some 10-15% more than we did last year on electricity.

prices going up

If you’re renting an apartment, most of these will be part of something called Intretinere (which translates as “maintenance”) and it usually includes garbage collection, water, a fund for minor repairs and heating.

If you have gas (we don’t), that’s paid separately, as well as the electrical bill. Here is where the biggest jumps were recorded.

The price estimates below are for a 1-bedroom apartment:

Intretinere/maintenance: Prices here vary a lot based on how much water you use, mainly. If heating is included, expect to pay a lot more during the winter months (the warmer you want your room to be, the more you will have to pay).

So the numbers here vary greatly from as low as 30 EUR per month during the summer (when no heating costs are needed) to 220 EUR per month during the winter (with solid heating).

The most we have ever paid (2-bedroom apartment) here was close to 200 Euros (during a very cold winter month a few years ago), but we’re usually paying around 100 each winter month and we keep some steady temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius in the apartment.

Bottom line: The average costs for Intretinere should be around 120 Euros per month.

Electricity: Again, this depends on how much you use. I saw that foreigners generally use a lot more electricity than Romanians so it’s difficult to estimate.

I am making these estimations based on our own consumption and average the costs out to around 80 Euros per month. (We do use A/C in the summer and also have a drier which we use during the winter months).

Many people in Romania spend way less than that even now with the increased prices, but I would consider 80 Euros a safer estimate.

TV & Internet: These usually go hand in hand and the prices for the combos are generally low for a decent amount of channels and the super fast internet Romania is known for.

Expect to pay around 15 Euros per month for this.

Mobile: The costs can be added on the same bill with the TV and Internet and if you do so you get further discounts.

Offers here start with as low as 2 Eur/month with unlimited calls and texts, as well as tens of GB of Internet. But I would still budget at least 5 EUR / Month for a plan with around 30GB of included data.

Food prices in Romania

The prices of food in Romania have increased at an alarming rate over the years. The farmer markets, which were the places where you usually could buy cheap, locally grown products have been taken over by companies and resellers, resulting in higher prices.

As a result, even farmer markets are more expensive than they used to be – and sometimes more expensive than supermarkets, although the products are similar in quality.

Actually, many farmers use so much fertilizer (because nobody controls then) that it’s probably unhealthier to buy from them than from supermarkets. What a crazy world!

Take watermelons as an example (I love them!) Some 3-4 years ago, the cheapest you could buy them was 0.80 lei per kilo. The cheapest I was able to find in 2021 in high season was 1.5 lei/kilo.

You were able to buy locally grown, garden tomatoes with as low as 3 lei per kilo a few years ago. This year, prices for the garden tomatoes are between 7 – 10 lei (going to four times those amounts during the off-season months).

As a result, food prices in Romania are usually on par with those in the rest of Europe. Many are still way lower so overall you will still be able to pay less on food in Romania than you would in other EU countries.

We personally found them to be on par with those in Hungary, Spain and even Germany (although there are some products here in Romania that are way cheaper, as I said).

Many prices are influenced by seasonality as well (as it is the case everywhere), so you might be able to find them a lot cheaper or more expensive, depending on when you buy.

Here are some price examples in Euros:

Tomatoes (1 kg): 0.9 – 2.50 (depending on the season, cheaper during summer/autumn)
Potatoes (1 kg): 0.5
Lettuce (1 head): 0.5 – 1
Apples (1 kg): 0.60 – 1.30
Oranges (1 Kg): ~1 Euro
Cheese (1 Kg): 5 – 7 Eur
Eggs (1 egg): 0.20
Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (1 kg): 4.70
Fresh fish, local (1 kg): 6.50
Loaf of Bread (300 grams): 0.50
Milk (1 Liter – no name brands): 0.65
Bottle of cheap local wine: 2.50
Bottle of better local wine: 4.50
Beer (0.5 liter): 0.60 (in stores)
Beer (2 liter bottle): 2
Sparkling water (1.5 l): 0.60
Bottled water (5 l): 1
Bottle of natural juice (1 liter): 1.20

Restaurant prices in Romania

Meal for two, generic restaurant, Three-course (tip included): 28 Euros
Meal for two, better restaurant, Three course (tip included): 50 Euros
Beer (0.5 l): 1.30 Euros
Coke (0.25 l): 1.30
Wine (0.75 l): 12 Euros (but can easily go way up)
Cappuccino / Coffee: 1.70
Fresh lemonade: 2.70

All in all, I believe that a family of two (or even 3, with a younger child) could keep the monthly food budget to around 375 Euros if they don’t eat out a lot and cook at home from base ingredients.

restaurant prices romania

We currently spend a lot more than that per month, but we’re not making the best choices – plus, we’re trying to eat as much organic food as possible.

In our case, food costs are the biggest expense each month, close to 450 Euros (eating out included – but we eat out a maximum of 4 times per month).

Other living costs in Romania

Bus ticket: 0.40 Eur (1 trip)
Monthly bus pass: ~12 Euros (unlimited trips) – not all cities have something like this!
Gas: 1 Eur per liter
Pair of regular jeans: 25 Euros
T-shirt: 10 Euros
Cinema ticket: 4.30 Euros
Private health insurance: As low as 20 Eur/month (but prices can vary a lot here, depending on your needs).

Most of the things here – from transportation to clothing is generally cheaper (to much cheaper) when compared to other Western European countries.

Things to consider about the cost of living in Romania

First of all, Romania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe and also one of the cheapest, despite the recent increase in salaries, followed by the increase of the cost of living.

Second, it really depends how you earn your income. If you earn in a foreign currency, you will usually earn a lot more than the average Romanian. Also, the exchange rates will work in your favor as Euros and US Dollars are worth a bit more ever year, generally.

But still… how much should you realistically budget in order to live a good life here?

I have detailed our monthly expenses in a previous article – so if you want to know exactly how much my family of 3 is spending each month, make sure to read that as well.

Can you live in Romania on 1,000 Euros per month?

This is a nice, round number and I said a while ago that you can live in Romania for less than 1,000 per month. I think that you can still do, but it’s not as easy as it was a few years and you have to be really thrifty to do so.

But as a couple, with 2,000 Euros per month, you’d live a pretty good life in Romania at 1,000 Euros per person. Even in USD, you’d still have a nice amount for a decent life in all cities here.

But with rising rent prices and increasing rental & food costs, I think that it is getting a bit more difficult to live a good life in a good area for 1,000 Euros per month as a single person.

So if you’d have somebody to share these important costs with, it would be much easier!

Otherwise, you will probably have to cut costs by either living in a small city or well outside the city center and eat cheaper food, while cooking more at home. But it’s still doable.

Let’s make some estimative costs, just for the sake of proving a point:

Rent: 350 EUR (1-bedroom or studio)
Food: 375 EUR
Intretinere: 120 EUR
Electricity, phone, tv & internet: 50 EUR
__________
TOTAL: 895 EUR / month

This would still leave you with 100 Euros to pay for any health insurance (if needed), local transportation and other things you need to buy to make your life decent. Not a lot of room to wiggle, but it can be done if you’re thrifty and careful with your spending!

Don’t expect to live like a king or queen for this money, though. It won’t be a daily party for sure, but it is doable, as you can see.

Have in mind that there are many families in Romania living on way less – although not a good life!

Remember that the NET minimum salary in the country has recently increased to around 310 Euros per month, while the average salary is around 700 Euros.

So having even 1,000 Euros per month would put you well ahead of most people in the country (almost half of the employees in the country are on the minimum wage!)

Also, choosing to live in a cheaper, smaller city, would also come with lower costs, offering you even more bang for your buck.

Out our monthly expenses in Romania are…

I will update the article where I detail in depth our expenses living in a smaller city in Romania, but until then, I want to share the bottom line here since you can take our expenses as a guidance for how much you’d expect to pay.

thrifty living in Romania

Regarding our way of living, I would say that we live a decent life – nothing to eccentric, but not tightening the belt too much either.

We’re not really part of the consumerist mentality, but we won’t always choose the lowest priced item especially if a higher priced one offers better quality and value for the money.

So I would say that we live an average life here by Western standards, allowing ourselves to have a treat every so often, but not splurging on Starbucks coffee each day (fun fact: there’s no Starbucks in our city anyway).

We are a family of three (our son is 7) and we live in a 2 bedroom apartment, owning a new Dacia Logan.

We don’t go out that often – as I already mentioned earlier – and we started to be extremely careful with what we’re eating, trying to eat organic food as much as possible and as healthy as it gets otherwise.

Therefore, our food costs are higher than a regular diet, I would say. But on the bright side, we don’t pay any rent or mortgage.

Overall, we had some unexpected or long-delayed expenses this year (new laptop, new smartphones and due to my line of work I need something new aka very expensive, new clothes…).

All in all, our average expenses living in Romania were, in 2021, close to 1,400 Euros per month (or around $1,600 per month). Not really bad, I would say, all things considered – and having in mind that it’s three of us living on this!

Hopefully all these details manage to paint a better picture of the anticipated costs for living in Romania in any of its beautiful cities: expect the larger ones to be more expensive, though, mostly due to higher rent.

Furthermore, if you are already living in Romania – and have been here for a while to at least have an estimate of your total monthly expenses, don’t hesitate to do so (you can even use a fake name in case you’re a regular of this blog and you don’t want me or the readers to know who you are).

But this would all help other people have a clearer image of the costs of living in Romania!

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41 thoughts on “Romania Cost of Living 2022 in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Brasov, Sibiu etc”

  1. When I am in Bucharest, usually few months per year (as non-EU I am limited), I am living in a nice hotel for 600EUR per month, with all expenses included (AC/Heating/electricity/Internet, soap…), plus breakfast and coffee for up to 3 of us. Sometimes I came alone and the price is the same.

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  2. Ah… you bought a new Logan, eh? No automatics in Romania? I hate shifting gears.
    Is it blue?
    Ha! A/C causes a cool draft, doesn’t it?;-)
    That’s a trip about the farmer’s markets being less healthy and more costly!
    Can’t believe your son is already seven! Bet you can’t wait until he starts bringing
    girls home–ha, ha!
    Nice update!

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    • Yes, since September, the old Logan had to make way to a newer one. And it’s blue, yes, hahaha.

      There are cars using automatic transmission in Romania (even Dacia has them) but they’re not that common. Shifting gears becomes second nature if that’s how you’re taught to drive, so it’s just a problem when you’re learning (I know that during those lessons, I so much wished everybody was driving automatic).

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  3. I first came to Romania in 2015, my wife is Romanian, and we were both living in the UK when we met. We have properties in both Countries, and live between the two. I have noticed a significant rise in prices since 2015 in line with previous comments, and also a shrinking of farmers markets. Our nearest city, Zalau, has added yet another large supermarket (and mall) which has contributed to both the rising prices generally, and the frequency of people buying everything under one roof and skipping the markets. As a side point, our nearest large city is Cluj-Napoca, and the hour and a half distance (two in peak traffic) means that the price boom in Cluj has only rippled a little in Salaj. Whilst many of the costs of electrical goods, computers, various items like washing powder and some food items are similar to the UK, property in Salaj is still a fraction of the equivalent in UK, as is the cost of construction and renovation projects. It remains a great place to buy a house and develop it. We are in a large village, was interested in comments I have read about being harder to settle in a village. I am fairly sure I am the only person in this village who is not Romanian, but have found it was easy to fit in, especially as my knowledge of the Romanian language has increased and I can have conversations, share humour and so on. I would recommend Romania to anyone, not for the beautiful scenery or the terrible road system, but mostly because of the friendly Romanian people and their attitude of ‘life is there to be enjoyed’. The closeness of family is also impressive, and at a level the UK used to have, but doesn’t usually match now.

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      • Prices going up, so long as it is not too rapid, is not always a bad thing, particularly if it means that salaries, property values and GDP are rising too, and the economy is growing. Agree, it is still relatively cheap to live here, although it helps to own a property and not pay rent, and also there is a big difference between here and ‘down the road’ in the Cluj!

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  4. It’s nice to see that despite the fact that costs keep rising, Romania remains affordable (the cat is out of the bag though, so l expect it to keep rising) especially because a lot of Brits might not have the funds to bring their foreign spouses back there due to the monetary requirements, so it would be an option. We found quite a few people who lived in malta because of that.
    The prices are indeed quite close to prices in Spain. Too bad about the shrinking markets, but since you have that big old garden, you don’t have to worry much :-).

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    • Prices are steadily going up, indeed, but Romania remains cheap and I guess it’s not the only country where it’s getting more expensive to live in… Brexit and the pandemic definitely had an impact and I am sure it’s not over.

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  5. Hello,

    My name is Emre. I am writing from Turkey. I am 23 years old. A friend of mine found me a job in Romania. If I accept, I will live in Braşov. I will probably get a minimum wage salary. I do not have habits such as alcohol, smoking and unnecessary expenses. Do you think I can make a living in Romania with a monthly minimum wage?

    I can live at home and cook my own food. Maybe if the house is far away, I can go to work by bus or public transport.

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    • The minimum wage, in hand, is around 280 Euros here. You might be able to make ends meet IF you have accommodation paid for. Even so, it won’t be easy, even if you cook all food at home and keep other costs at a minimum.

      But if you have to pay rent, even for shared accommodation, I would say it is impossible to live on that amount, unfortunately.

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  6. I forgot to write the English, sorry. Hello again,
    Today I found a new job in Timișoara. For 850 euros. Do you think I can live on my own for this salary? I’ve said before that I don’t have any luxury expenses. I just want to live.

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    • Hello Mehmet. This salary is definitely a big improvement over the minimum wage you were expecting. And, with the proper lifestyle, I am sure that you could make it work. It won’t be an extravagant lifestyle by any means, but it would definitely be doable. Spend some time finding a decent place with the rent as low as possible and you should be just fine (by “as low as possible” I mean a maximum of 300 Eur/Month, ideally around 200).

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  7. Thank you for your help. I will keep this post active and comment until I complete one year in Romania so that more people can benefit.

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  8. Hi Calin! I am an ethnic Romanian currently live in Vancouver, Canada with my Romanian spouse and we are considering selling everything and moving to Romania to start a family. We’re both in our 30s and I work in the geotechnical engineering field while she’s a university lecturer as well as nurse by training but now focuses more on the academic aspects of climate change and its impacts on human health. Canada, especially Vancouver, has become an extremely expensive place to live with housing being the biggest issue (a 50sq m apartment is easily $500,000 while a house is at least $1M a 45min drive away). We have considerable savings and were wondering whether it would not be wiser to move to Romania and start fresh. We definitely don’t want to relocate to Bucharest as we want to move away from the big city noise and pollution, so we’ve considered Ardeal and Banat as possible regional choices. Do you have any recommendations for which cities would best fit our profile? We obviously would be starting new and so we aren’t expecting to land a job right away but at the same time we don’t want to cannibalize all our savings so the destination would have to be one where the cost of living isn’t too high relative to the rest of Romania but also where opportunity exists, either in terms of employment or entrepreneurial endeavor. Also, quality of life is high on our list, so cleanliness, safety, parks and access to nature, as well as cultural venues would be aspects of the city that we would consider in our search.

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    • I would personally recommend Timisoara, but Brasov and Sibiu are two cities that foreigners really love as well and they are also colder, so if you prefer Vancouver’s weather, it will be as close as possible. I also like Oradea and consider it a highly underrated (in expat territory) city with similar opportunities. You would still need a large city to tick all your boxes, but neither is as big and chaotic as Bucharest. I think that your wife wouldn’t have a problem finding a job as a teacher (there are many international schools or universities opening and looking for staff) but I can’t say anything about you because I am, honestly, not familiar with your field of work.

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      • Thanks for the tips Calin. Yeah, we’ve considered Timisoara based on our research as being the cheapest large city with a population >300,000. Sibiu is also on our radar due to its smaller size, quaintness, central location to various activities and towns, and access to the mountains. Oradea is totally new to us and like you said underrated. However, it seems a little out of the way of everything. Employment wise though, we understand it may be difficult to find something in our field, but given our professional experience in healthcare, education, research, engineering design and project planning, we think the entrepreneurial route might be our best bet. Do you think any of the cities you mentioned offers more entrepreneurial opportunity than the rest? I’m guessing that the hiring of specialized professionals would have its highest chances in Timisoara? Do you think Cluj is too expensive? Thanks again!

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      • I think that all the larger cities in Romania offer similar opportunities in terms of starting a business. I can’t really rank them though as there would be different factors to consider and with some – like local demand – I am not fully familiar.

        I think that both Timisoara and Cluj would be great for job opportunities – Brasov also. Prices are pretty much the same in all cities in Romania, but Cluj would indeed have the highest rental costs. It is also the country’s top IT destination, so if you’re looking to work in that field, Cluj would be a good place to look.

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  9. Hi Calin !

    Found your blog and been enjoying reading it since I’m considering moving to Romania. I’m retired (65) I have a monthly Income of 3,795 U.S. dollars a month Including full health Insurance ( no cost to me ) as part of my retirement package. So question I have is if I figured the conversion right it would come out around 15817.18 Ron , I’m going to guess that my Health Ins. would not be accepted over there ? I saw you mention that private Ins starts around 60 Ron but do you know what a good coverage would cost including prescription medicine or what the cost low & high is on health Ins ? also how comfortable could I live on my monthly Income if I want to be in a really nice 2 bedroom home or apartment with a/c ( do they even have central a/c over there ?) I would enjoy some place close to the city but far enough out to enjoy nature & more quiet as a first choice but willing to be in a nice city.
    any suggestions as to where to look ?

    Thanks for any Insight you have.

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    • Hello Scott,

      You would live a really good life in any city in Romania with that income. You would probably have to spend at most $200 per month for top notch private health insurance and that would still leave with you enough money to have a great life here.

      The biggest problem would be to actually get to live here unless you are an EU citizen. Romania doesn’t have a retirement visa or something along those lines. You could only do it by opening a company (we’ve discussed this in other articles), but it seems that the officials are starting to be very demanding with this and they now require proof that the company is active too. It still can be done, but extra headaches, costs and bureaucracy for you.

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    • Hi Calin !

      Thank-you so much for your response. I wonder why Romania makes it so hard to retire there , I would think they would welcome that to help increase their economy. Because you know us retirement people we like to spend money ..lol

      So what if I met a Romania Lady while there for the 90 days and decided to get married and we wanted to remain in Romania to live ? Would they not allow me to stay ?

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      • Sometimes, the politicians simply can’t see the big picture and the advantages coming from making it easier for people to retire here.

        But if you were to get married – that would definitely be a really easy way for you to get a chance to live here long term.

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  10. Hello,

    I received a job offer to work in Romania.
    The net salary is €2000.
    Is this a good salary? Can I have a good life in Romania with it? I’m divorced, so I’ll live alone.
    PS: congrats for your blog. I can’t stop to read it! You tips are great!

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  11. Hi Calin,
    I am living and working in Bucharest from last 1 year. As a Non-EU my salary is 600 euro and all other benefits from my employer. My family willing to stay in Romania. So is it possible to bear all costs including my 2 kids school fees in 600 eu salary? Please can you tell me what is fees for 1 child age 5 years old in english school?

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    • Unfortunately, I don’t think that would be doable. Private schools in Bucharest cost around 500 Euros per month per child (maybe you can find some for around 150 Eur, but I would guess that the quality might not be as high).

      Even if you send the kids to public schools (which are free), 600 Euros won’t be enough for a family of four, even if you have the accommodation paid for. (If you have both food and accommodation paid for already and 600 is extra, then it’s doable with public schools).

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  12. Hello,
    I have a few questions for you
    I got an offer as an automotive factory manager in Romania Piteşti.
    Can you give information about the salaries? How much salary does a factory manager get? For example, can it be 3000 euros and 5000 euros?
    Thank you for the information

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  13. Good day sir/ma.. as a student coming to Romania, after paying my rents and all can I survive with 21,000 leu ? Coming from Nigeria. And what job can I also do to make money without not affecting my studies

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  14. Hello! I’m thinking about moving to Romania and want to ask your advice regarding the cost of living. If we’re talking about monthly income around 2 700 kEUR how do you think is it enough for family of 3 (2 adults and child 6yo) including rent (somewhere in Ilfov district) and private school? Also is it real that income tax is 41%?
    Thank you in advance!

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    • Hello! Prices have gone up a lot recently, so I think that for your area, you should budget around 700 Euros per month for rent (if you want a 2-bedroom house/apartment) and around the same amount for private school. This would leave you with 1,300 Euros which would be enough for a decent life, but nothing too extravagant.

      The income tax depends on each individual’s situation. If you have your own company or are self employed, you will pay between 3% to 10% in tax. Salary tax is indeed different, but as long as you negotiate a net salary with your company, that’s what you will receive in hand.

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  15. Hello Calin,
    Thank you for the web site. It’s really helpful.

    You mention OLX.ro as a place to check out house prices, but how close are the asking prices to the real prices actually paid?
    In the UK, for example, estate agents usually estimate the advertised price to be 7% above the expected sale price. Of course this can vary hugely with the specific house and it is just an average.
    Is it usual to make offers below the asking price?
    Thanks for the web site.

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    • Hello Andrew! Indeed, there is some room left for negotiation in most cases, but I don’t really know what the percentage is. But most people selling are open for negotiating, indeed (and usually, if you have the entire amount immediately available, they will take a larger cut in most cases since they are 100% sure that the deal will go through).

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