The cheapest cities to rent for downshifters

Want to downshift to foreign shores for a better lifestyle? Numbeo has some awesome stats on the cheapest cities to rent. Antalya, Bangalore, Athens and 22 more cities to live in.

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Bangalore apartment building,photo by amol.gaitonde

If you are not as big a stats geek as me, you may not have heard of www.numbeo.com Numbeo has all the info you need on the cost and quality of living across the globe. Thousands of users submit data on their cities and all this info gets compiled for your reading enjoyment.

Pity then, they don’t have an index on house prices yet. But until they do, I’ve taken the liberty of listing the cheapest global cities to rent in. Oh, I prefer urban living and cheap travel. These 25 cities below meet both requirements.

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No surprise to find Bangalore as the cheapest city for monthly rental on a 1 bedroom apartment. After all, it has been featured before on Nomadic You as the budget destination with the lowest cost of living. But, Antalya in Turkey is a bit of a surprise at number two with city center rentals averaging $198.82. Sunny beaches and an airport hub serviced by many low-cost carriers only add to Antalya’s appeal.

If you fancy living in one of Europe’s cultural city centers, then Athens is a good choice too. A 1 bedroom city center apartment will only set you back around $283.75 per month. Keep an eye out for Nomadic You’s tips on exploring Athens by transit coming soon.

25 Best cities for Renters

City Rank Rent 1 Bedroom City Center Rent 1 Bedroom Outside Center
1 Bangalore $205.07 $124.22
2 Antalya $198.92 $138.90
3 Bali $221.18 $143.76
4 Delhi $243.43 $142.98
5 Colombo $285.69 $154.05
6 Chiang Mai $307.00 $177.59
7 Johor Bahru $347.02 $193.10
8 Athens $283.75 $296.26
9 PlayaDelCarmen $400.25 $184.17
10 Phuket $381.84 $256.90
11 Bogota $384.52 $307.37
12 Budapest $413.06 $283.76
13 Mexico City $418.89 $286.82
14 Hanoi $428.28 $300.92
15 Istanbul $477.90 $255.14
16 Buenos Aires $439.03 $344.49
17 Bangkok $559.84 $238.81
18 Johannesburg $455.98 $346.33
19 Santiago $437.36 $390.41
20 SaintPetersburg $497.25 $335.81
21 Warsaw $516.54 $397.72
22 Lima $599.02 $356.89
23 Prague $570.34 $407.06
24 Cape Town $607.88 $395.35
25 Lisbon $624.11 $413.23

@NomadicYou Renting abroad can be cheaper than your home country. What will you spend the savings on?

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