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Cost of Living in Sofia

Summary about cost of living in Sofia:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.14 € 5.12-9.21
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25.59 € 20.47-33.27
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.61 € 4.09-5.12
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.33 € 1.02-1.66
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.79 € 1.28-2.56
Cappuccino (regular) 1.22 € 0.92-1.79
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.87 € 0.51-1.28
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.58 € 0.31-1.02
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.92 € 3.22-4.84
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.53 € 0.41-0.70
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.35-0.70
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.76 € 1.50-2.46
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.73 € 2.09-3.71
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.30 € 1.85-2.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.43 € 2.32-4.41
Apples (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.33-0.70
Banana (1 lb) 0.57 € 0.46-0.70
Oranges (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.42-0.70
Tomato (1 lb) 0.62 € 0.46-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.28 € 0.19-0.46
Onion (1 lb) 0.28 € 0.19-0.46
Lettuce (1 head) 0.62 € 0.41-1.02
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.55 € 0.41-0.77
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.12 € 4.09-6.14
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.71 € 0.51-1.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.28 € 1.02-1.79
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.87 € 2.66-3.07
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.82 € 0.82-0.82
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25.59 € 25.59-25.59
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.41 € 0.36-0.51
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.66 € 0.65-0.74
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6.76 € 6.14-7.68
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.39 € 4.26-4.65
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,065.64 € 15,354.88-20,473.18
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,841.50 € 15,354.88-21,491.72
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 93.69 € 56.30-153.55
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.15 € 0.06-0.26
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 10.83 € 7.68-15.35
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 23.71 € 15.35-30.71
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.05 € 7.68-17.91
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.14 € 5.12-7.68
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 328.74 € 255.91-409.46
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,744.18 € 3,070.98-7,677.44
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 53.64 € 30.71-81.89
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26.83 € 17.91-40.95
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.81 € 51.18-102.37
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 67.70 € 46.06-102.37
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 372.95 € 255.91-511.83
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 281.83 € 204.73-358.28
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 654.36 € 511.83-921.29
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 465.04 € 358.28-614.20
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 140.26 € 95.10-190.20
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 98.87 € 66.57-120.77
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 683.54 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.75 1.54-2.56

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Last update: November 2019
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#D.D. on Oct 08, 2019 :
#Kalman Balog

I am a Bulgarian, born in Sofia, used to live here till 2002, then I moved to Germany (Frankfurt) and returned to Sofia exactly one year ago. Therefore I have a very good overview over the situation and can compare life in both countries. I'll try to answer your questions.

No, unfortunately the prices here are not correct - it is much more expensive. That's what I'm trying to say all the time but nobody is listening. The main problems are:
1) Numbeo displays the prices as average of what users input. For example local cheese - there are local cheeses for 8 BGN/KG and such for 25 BGN/KG. Taking the average of both is wrong since those are totally different in terms of quality and ingredients.
2) Numbeo measures the quality of life based on basic needs (food, accommodation etc.). If you spend your whole salary just on rent and food in both countries, then most probably 1000 Euro in Germany will equal 1000 BGN in Bulgaria. But if you earn 5000 Euro net in Germany, it will be much more than 5000 BGN net in Bulgaria, since luxury goods have the same price everywhere (cars, travels, watches, expensive brands etc). Or if you want just to save money on your bank account, be sure that with 5000 Euro in Germany you will save much more than with 5000 BGN in Bulgaria.

Regarding the prices: Big supermarkets (Billa, Kaufland) are more expensive in Bulgaria than in Germany. Especially if you want to buy quality goods. Everything produced for the Bulgarian market has much lower quality and worse ingredients than the same product in western Europe. Therefore, if you want comparable quality, you need to buy imported goods, which are at least 50% more expensive. You want to eat a Döner Kebab? For 7 Euro you have a big Dönerteller in Germany with great meat, for 11 BGN you get half the portion and crappiest meet ever in Bulgaria. But yes, Numbeo says Bulgaria is 25% cheaper, wow!
Same for restaurants. If you want to eat a good steak, you pay at least 40-50 BGN at the few places where it is offered. If you want to drink good beer (the local ones are absolute crap), you buy an imported one from Belgium or Czech Republic or Germany for 3 BGN, which is 2 times more expensive than in Germany. Cosmetics, Ariel, Persil, Colgate etc. - same brand, crap quality and 20-30% more expensive.

Anyway, those aspects are the bad ones, which are neglected very often. The good ones are:
- There are a lot more small groceries and markets in Sofia, fish shops (with fresh fish, quite affordable), small butcher meat shops (quality varies, ask the locals for the best ones) etc. Very good selection of vegetables and fruits. Small shops for shoes and clothes as well - you can always find a good deal somewhere. Good leather shoes, tailor made suits - for half the price than in Germany. Always open, on public holidays and Sundays as well.
- Public transportation becomes better and better and is extremely cheap (monthly pass 25 Euro). New metro lines are being constructed, connecting more and more districts.
- Taxis are cheap too, but beware the scams
- Rent: Maybe the most important point. Good locations have their price. Best locations in the top town center cannot be found below 8-10 Euro/sqm. If you allow some compromises, you can get something quite good for 5 Euro/sqm. Good districts are Losenetz, Iztok, Javorov, Ivan Vazov, Strelbishte and around the South Parc.
- Buy property: The prices currently are at least 50% higher than what they should be. The banks are flooding the market with credits even for people with very low income. Brokers are speculating, increasing the prices and hoping to catch a stupid fish who pays it. Lot of new construction with very questionable quality. 30% of all flats are unused currently - just bought by speculators. If the new crisis comes (and it will come soon for sure) this balloon will burst and the impact will be horrible.

Income Levels: I always measure what remains after spending on rent and food/clothing/utilities/transportation. For a 2 rooms flat in Stuttgart, you most probably spent around 800 Euros. Same you can get in Sofia for 300 Euros. For food and restaurants/bars, I had absolute same cost in both countries - 500 Euro p.m. (but I go to very good places and buy quality goods). From transportation cost I save 100 Euro in Sofia. From utilities (Internet, electricity, water supply I save further 50 Euros. Which means, that after considering the cost of living, you will be able to save around 650 Euro, or 2200 Euro in Germany will equal 1500-1600 Euro in Bulgaria.

1200 Euro net salary is nothing exceptional for Sofia - even some call centers pay within that range. As a foreigner with native language other than Bulgarian, the experience you have in Germany and your education you can get much higher than this. Try to find something for at least 3000 BGN net, don't sell yourself for a low price! As an IT specialist, I earn much more than in Germany, mainly because of the low taxes and social expenses. You can be cheap for your employer and at the same time, earn quite a lot! Depends on your skills. If you tell what skills/experience you have, I can give you exact salary ranges since I know the market very very well.
#Kalman Balog on Oct 08, 2019 :
Quite disgusting these last comments, you people should go either to Twitter or to Facebook, this is not the place. I’m not interested in your politics and your bullshit take it somewhere else..Now I would like to know if these prices on Numbeo are legit.For example: I see much higher prices for rent when I google for apartments then I see on here. Also: if I compare my net salary from Stuttgart DE which is €2200 I would have the same living standard when my salary would be around 1200,- euro in Sofia..Imagine that but is this true?
#who cares on Oct 03, 2019 :
#Anonymous on Sep 08, 2019
Don't worry about the Bulgarians in the so much praised "great" west and your fake-polite-transgender-loving "culture".
Very few people understand the real concequences of Brexit.
There are much more UK citizens living in EU than Bulgarians or other nationals in UK.
Good also to know that the gypsies that you see are not Bulgarians, the same like your former colonies pupulation you so much love like Indians are not Britsih people. Of course because your fake politeness you will never say that to them but that's OK 'cause Bulgarians are there to be blamed for your problems.
I don't see here anything about your trash people that populated Bulgaria and mix with the gypsies, eeewww, void in the wilderness, at least we have dignity.
Oh, wait what, there are actually no genuinely British people, there are only Anglo-NAGGsons, at least Welsh take off part of the shame and are much better.
Western europeans overall have very low common sense and general awareness of the history and culture of Europe and the world let alone that you can compete in this matter very well with the Americans.
Only the old people really want UK to leave EU but their ignorance is not my problem and not the topic here.
So why you keep bulshiting a country that has 0 relevance to you?
#Anonymous on Sep 08, 2019 :
Being a Western European I agree with Anonymous comments Aug 9.Bulgarians are well known for having salty dispositions and personalities.However their mad dash for other parts of Europe that are fairing much better will come to an end when the full force of Brexit comes calling and expells them for not meeting strict requirements Brexit offers even though Bulgarians took jobs in Western Europe circumstances from the beginning matter most where Brexit is concerned.Few if any Bulgarians can honestly say they brought prosperity to Western Europe nothing substantial as in investments.Brexit was put into place by expelling undesirables not only from Western Europe but worldwide,a great thing to protect Western Europeans interests we've solely created instead of becoming a welfare resting place for others.Even though others arrived in Western Europe before Brexits inception means nothing Brexit supercedes all former arrangements,as it should and will be.As for bad decisions concerning refugees Brexit will send them back from wence they came.
#Anonymous on Aug 09, 2019 :
So many comments and advice on living in Sofia in general or Bulgaria for that matter.I'd say the majority of the posters here have only visited Bulgaria online, not personally as I've done and lived in Sofia almost 5 years.To those of you who haven't noticed Bulgaria has the fastest reduction of population in the world not just in Europe.Learning Bulgarian language is admirable but nobody ever fits in that are from places other than Bulgaria and even then it's a stretch to say Bulgarians get along.Oh it's very cheap to live in Bulgaria even Sofia.People are naturally cold natured not only in Sofia but throughout Bulgaria for that matter.Don't get all uptight about the cold natured people residing in Bulgaria because it's really intentional.
#Anonymous on Aug 01, 2019 :
D.D is right. I am also moving to Sofia for the next 2 years n max 3 yrs. I have done my first touch and what I can also advice which I will do is to take heart and learn there language. Once it is done you will enjoy Sofia for sure.
#Jake on Jul 13, 2019 :
People in Sofia are rude though, go to smaller towns!
#to RajeshKumar on Jul 12, 2019 :
Hi Rajesh,
D.D. is right in general but a little bit overracting. Sofia is becomming a better place and you'll be having a nice life with this salary. Bulgaria may be poor compared to Western-European countries but it's still an european country. Private schools are indeed expensive, like 600-800 euro per month, just checked a few. It really depends on what options you have. Compared to India it could be better indeed, compared to Western-Europe of course it's worse in most things.
#Rajeshkumar on Jun 20, 2019 :
D.D. Thanks for your suggestions. Which will sure help me.
#D.D. on Jun 19, 2019 :
If I was you, I'll send the kids to a normal Bulgarian government school, which is free of charge. They are small and will adapt quite fast. Maybe you can hire a private teacher to teach them the language even pre-school. Learning Bulgarian will make them (and you) feel much more comfortable here since the cultural difference is huge. Only with English you'll have big difficulties living here.
#D.D. on Jun 19, 2019 :
A friends family pay around 15.000 BGN for a private school per year/kid. So for 2 kids in theory it would mean almost half of your income. If your wife gets an admin job for lets say around 2.000 BGN net, you could still make it. The bigger question is if it is worth or not.
According to the Bulgarian educational system the Bulgarian language will still be one of the major classes in order to get a Bulgarian diploma. I'm not sure If there are any fully international schools with everything in English and without the need of learning Bulgarian (except maybe aas-sofia, but here the fees are as I know around 40.000 BGN, so not really an option for you).
#Anonymous on Jun 18, 2019 :
D.D. I think air pollution is same like India. But water is good and availabilty is well. Here in India getting water is a big trouble.

My only worry is my kids education and its cost. Do you know about education in Sofia. i saw in some websites government schools education in Bulgarian language. If we want English school we have to pay a lot.

SO if my wife also go for a job in admin level we can manage right?

You told that the whole state force is being controlled by the mafia. Can you pls. explain little bit detailed.
#D.D. on Jun 18, 2019 :
rajeshkumar: Ok, this explains the high salary then.
Financially, you will not have much problems. Just make sure that you will feel comfortable here. Sofia and Bulgaria in general are by far not comparable with western European countries. Bad streets, huge number of old cars, very bad traffic conditions, dirt and pollution everywhere. No green areas, each small peace of land being used from "investors" to build real estates with dubious quality and sell it fully overpriced to young ITs like me and you. State is basically not functioning since the whole state force is being controlled by the mafia. And a huge cultural difference. Since you are coming from India, you know very well what I mean. Just don't have too much expectations, since you cannot buy health, clean air and social contacts with money. And those are more important than 1000 BGN more salary.
#rajeshkumar on Jun 18, 2019 :
D.D. I am into Information Technology. As a Sr. Developer demandware.
#D.D. on Jun 18, 2019 :
rajeshkumar: To survive? Honestly? Most similar bulgarian families survive with less than 1/3 of this amount.
With 5600 you'll live like a king and your wife will not need to work.
May I ask what kind of position are you applying for?
#rajeshkumar on Jun 17, 2019 :
Hi i am planning to settle in sofia i got a offer letter from a Bulgarian company net salary is 5600 lev.

we are a couple with 2 kids ages are 6 & 3. Can you suggest this salary is enough to survive in sofia where i am leaving from Chennai india.
#D.D. on Jun 17, 2019 :
23% flat tax in Sofia? This is bullshit.

For salaries up to 3000 BGN gross, 22,402% are the total deductions: 13,78% is social security and 10% is income tax, where the social security is deductible. This means: 1-(1-0,1378)*0,9=1-0,77598=22,402%.
This percentage goes down for salaries above 3000 BGN since the social security is capped at 3000.
Therefore:
For Gross <=3000: Net=Gross*0,77598
For Gross >3000: Net=0,9*Gross-372,06
A salary of 10.000 BGN gross will lead to 8.627,94 NET, or total deductions will be 13,72% only.

Corporate tax and private income tax are both 10%. Tax on interest - 8%, tax on dividends - 5%.
From tax perspective, Bulgaria is the most attractive country to do business in the whole EU.
#Anonymous on May 28, 2019 :
A friend works for the taxation department for the Bulgarian government.After reading your message here I called my friend.He said the information I read is true.I own a small custom shoe shop in Sofia.I'm going to close my shoe shop and sell it next month after I finish the orders of shoes for my customers.Theres no way I can be profitable paying a 23% flat tax.Thank you for the information I really appreciate it.I own a small commercial building downtown in Bucharest and I'll open there in August.
#Anonymous on May 12, 2019 :
D.D. Alla understands your delima little one Alla cares for all.
#Anonymous on May 12, 2019 :
# D.D. The breeding process has been ongoing in Germany, Sweden, France, and other areas repeatedly over the past three years including Spain and Portugal.Women are bread by 50 Afghanistan men within a 24 hour period to share our precious seed Alla has blessed.Alla likes a controlled environment we obey Allas wishes always.The offspring will enhance our bloodline and broaden Allas mission.To subdue infadels into Allas likeness.Do not dispair little one Alla cares for all.
#Anonymous on May 12, 2019 :
# D.D. I can see you're quite distressed little one but don't dispair Alla will heal your emotional wounds.I believe you read too many falshoods about Afghanistan infadel but Alla always forgives.Quite the contrary myself and four other Afganistanis own three businesses in Bulgaria and are quite wealthy.Theres no comparison between Afghanistan and Bulgaria ecomony wise especially since the bulgarian government was very happy to receive 12 million USD for our quest in Bulgaria in cash.Alla understands all remember that.You cannot upset Alla or Afganistanis with mere mortal words.Like I mentioned before much work needs to be done to transition Bulgarians into Allas fold but Alla will subside. I agree Bulgaria is a poor country but rich in spirit.Bulgarians negative energy will only enhance Allas mission to subdue into submission Allas great work which you'll be honored in time to adhere to.Where there's strong spirit there is power little one because Alla cares for all and understands the ways of infadels discention in their lives,Alla is love.
#Anonymous on May 11, 2019 :
To D.D. Calm down little one we don't come through your border want your money.Your president Boyko sold Bulgarians out.Alla will make your life complete.You will service Afganistanis bow to Alla and show respect to Alla.Alla has no borders payment has been made 54,000 Afganistainis are already in remote small towns in Bulgaria.Your soldiers have been paid well Alla always provides.Afganistainis know much work needs to be done but Alla guides us to heal stricken Bulgarians who've lost their way in life.Bulgarians will obey Alla just as Germany,Switzerland,and other countries in Europe have obeyed the wisdom of Alla.Your border gate was open for us and Alla was welcomed by your own people.Prepare to obey Alla,and obey Afganistanis every wish and desire.Infadels comit no sins by not understanding Alla with Allas help we teach infadels just like you the way to your future.Alla cares for all little one, even you.
#Anonymous on May 10, 2019 :
To # D.D. Bulgarians have a lack of understanding economic things intentionally.But do not dispair little one Afghanistani people will show Bulgaria who Alla chose to rule Bulgarians.We will saturate all of Bulgaria within the next five years take any jobs you may have and show Bulgarians the way to Alla.Do not dispair infadel Alla will care for all.Over 100,000 Afganis will arrive this year in Bulgaria.My Afghanistani outlook is supreme to any infadels living in Bulgaria or anywhere worldwide.
#D.D. on May 10, 2019 :
Very interesting when some foreign "investors" come to Bulgaria. Mostly, they assume the Bulgarians will work for free and the market has an unlimited number of slaves to offer.
When f.e. the average Bulgarian employer in that specific sector offers 600 Lev, the so called "investor" offers 700 Lev and claims that he is offering a "great" salary. At the same time, he starts selling his crap at a more expensive price than in Western Europe and at a significant lower quality. And of course, when he starts facing difficulties, the nasty and unfriendly Bulgarians are the main reason for this.

If you are one of those, please go away, we don't need you here!
#Anonymous on May 07, 2019 :
#Bill it's hard to say if 3,084.31 would be enough four person family since prices vary so wildly.Do you or a family member speak fluent Bulgarian? If not the language barrier would be greater than cost of living since few Bulgarians speak English.Sofia is fairly proficient in English but the farther away from Sofia less English is spoken.
#Bill on May 01, 2019 :
Hello everyone, please help to understand how to use these figures.

It is said here that "Four-person family monthly costs": 3,084.31 lev without rent (using our estimator).

Does it mean that this amount doesn't include also Kindergarden and School for Kids, Utilities, Mobile and Internet costs?
#Das308 on Apr 27, 2019 :
re the 2 posts bellow: 15 years ago, i tried to start a small pharmaceutical company in BG. just wanted to help but it did not wok. i initially felt offended, then realized that it does not (and should not) work with presents. one has to suffer - in the case the BGs - to succeed. best from the states.
#Anonymous on Apr 27, 2019 :
Hey Das 308 I read the post below about the Australian couple that was planning on opening two manufacturing companies with great wages in Bulgaria.I suppose you think you can speak for Bulgarians like myself that'd love a job that pays that much? Well you can't speak for any Bulgarian so keep your trolling self in Russia where it belongs.NOTE: To the Australian couple we hope you'll still consider Bulgaria for your manufacturing companies because Das 308 cannot speak for any Bulgarian.
#Anonymous on Apr 26, 2019 :
# To Das 308 We have many friends in Australia and around the world.We have no hatred for anyone always passive regardless.We were going to open two manufacturing companies that would've employed 3,000 people in Bulgaria minimum wage 1,500 euros per month per employee.We gave no reasons for people not to like us Everyone has a right to their opinions, you included. Best regards
#Das308 on Apr 26, 2019 :
@anonimous, April 25, 2019

Dear anonymous, Bulgarians clearly did not like you. It happens. Often with a reason. Be happy in Australia. Try to make friends there. Best, another Anonymous.
#Edin on Apr 25, 2019 :
The data in Numbeo is correct, ignore the trolls.
#Das308 on Apr 21, 2019 :
Dear Johnny Bee, if you are coming from a country where people are rude, you will find that Bulgarians are worst. Or, if your countrymen are polite, you will find that Bulgarians are more so. That said, please stop with the cheap trolling. U r getting credit for that but I t’s really boring. Best regards to you & the poor Russian girl & the offended anonymous couple.

P.S. The data published by Numbeo about Bulgaria are correct.
#Anonymous on Apr 06, 2019 :
Hey dude Johnny Bee Numbeo isn't bloating prices or misleading anyone.After reading some of your posts you got too much time on your hands dude.
#Anonymous on Apr 04, 2019 :
# JOHNNY BEE Why concern yourself with bulgarias economy?I read you visited 20 years ago.Bulgaria really has never been considered an economic factor in anything throughout it's history.Besides Bulgaria is at the bottom of the list of places to vacation.
#Johhny Bee on Apr 02, 2019 :
#D
The point is not if prices affect YOU or YOU holidays but the majority of Bulgarians! Are you a millenial bro/sis?
#Johhny Bee on Apr 02, 2019 :
This site is bloating net salaries misleading people and leading them to wrong/damaging decisions. Also, some of my comments,hmm how to say it, have mysteriously disappeared?
#Anonymous on Mar 31, 2019 :
I live in Sofia since 1990. Numbeo needs to adjust some prices. It is far more expensive than this site is suggesting. Let me try to summarize the following points:

Restaurants:
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 20 LV (instead of 11).
Meal for 2, average restaurant: 80 LV (instead of 50). Salad: 2X10, Main Course: 2x25, Dessert: 2x5
Domestic Beer 0,5L: 4 lv (instead of 2,50).
For Vitoshka street, multiply by 1,5
Just check any restaurant card, they are all online.

Markets:
Local Cheese: 20-25 lv (instead of 11,43). For 11 lev, you get fake crap.
Local Beer: 2 Lv (instead of 1,29). For 1,29 again you get just crap beer.
Beef Round: 25 Lv (instead of 15,88). It used to be 15 lv maybe 5 years ago.

Just take any prospect from Billa or Kaufland - prices are higher than in Germany for sure.

Rent per month: At least 20% higher than suggested.
Price per Square Meter to Buy: Again, at least 20-30% higher. You can get a shitty hole in Lulin district for 900 EURO, in better districts multiply by 1,5 to 2.

Salaries: 1300 Net Average??? Maybe, If you average the big boss (who earns 10.000 lev) with the 30 slaves, who earn 1.000 Lev. The truth is: 80% of bulgarians earn 1000 or less and struggle to survive, spending their whole salaries just on food an basic needs. And the older people need to survive from 300-400 BGN state pensions, from which they need to buy food, utilities and overpriced medicine.
#Anonymous on Mar 28, 2019 :
TO #D I live in Manchester and after reading your rendition of costs according to your misinformation I must say that I agree with Anonymous and the other chap Johnny Bee.I was lucky to sell my second home in Italy before the fallout came along.I agree with them on all levels of economic disasters that has befallen Europe in general.The Euro instrument isn't at fault as both so plainly stated,but instead the beast that controls it HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE amoung other rogues within the mix.Instead of calling names TROLLS you should listen to voices of knowledge instead of spinning your brand of trivial persuits out of control with falsehoods that actually make no sense at all.
#Anonymous on Mar 28, 2019 :
Thank you # JOHNNY BEE we're on the same FACTUAL PAGE !!!As you and I know NUMBERS never lie but instead dictate the outcome regardless of anywhere in the world.I have several friends in Italy that are drowning financially along with the rest of the country.
#Johhny Bee on Mar 28, 2019 :
Furthermore another mistake #D

Bulgaria unfortunately is extremely expensive for locals EXACTLY because of the rubbish salaries, (280 euros for the minimal) not because of the expensive NIKE or ADIDAS that you don't have to buy after all (you will survive without them, trust me)

Unfortunately it's extremely cheap for foreigners, to the point that I would prefer double prices at the moment, something I hated when i visited this country 20 years ago. But of course EU (sorry i meant Holy Roman Empire) doesn't allow that, it's against the jungle laws (sorry, i meant competition)

The Uk restricted BG/ROM workers for many years
BG Government is not defending Bulgraia against hordes of Middle class Brits who make price damping explosive because of the obvious price difference in the two countries.
On the contrary it promotes, advertises and encourages retiring in BG, instead of promoting demographic regeneration. BG is collapsing at the moment. Fast!
#Johhny Bee on Mar 28, 2019 :
Also, D, your analysis on the "good Euro" is also a failure, unfortunately the EURO trashed every peripheral country it was imposed on with exorbitant prices/taxes/service fees without the equivalent salary increase. If the Euro comes to Bulgaria there are going to be hundreds of dead people in one week. 50 stotinki tomatoes will become 50 cents tomatoes in one night. People that survive on dog foof (Sorry I meant Austrian/German salami of 2 leva per kilo) won't be able to even buy that. Bread 80 eu/cents instead of 80 stotinki? Red Cross, get ready!

Even colossal Italy kneeled to the EURO. Spain, Greece, Portugal are still suffering.

Warland (sorry, Germany I meant) and satelite servants of course profit with the Euro.
I dare to say that even countries outside Europe suffer because of the Euro. Of course Anybody who is shooting at the currency is mistaken, it's how you use the knife (cut bread or kill?) not the fault of the instrument (euro) itself.
Anyways why not rename Euro to Global Deutsch Mark so that we don't get confused.
#Johhny Bee on Mar 28, 2019 :
And since when has avocado become a unit of PPP?
#Johhny Bee on Mar 28, 2019 :
Sorry D , your text is full of inaccuracies and "missing the forest, while staring at the tree". I have to agree with anonymous. Prices for second hand clothes in BG compare to Asia/Africa. Super market food is very expensive (flea market is cheap, though you risk getting beaten up by the gypsy sellers if they are on their period) Renting/buying apartments in Sofia at the moment is worse than getting ROBBED! Economics is not football brothers! Study Data, Analyze, Reach Conclusions, Repeat.
#D on Mar 27, 2019 :
@Anonymous the difference between your commend and mine is that my comment is full of facts based on research and on living life in Sofia, compared to 3+ years of living abroad. Yours is purely in opinion and pseudo-facts. Go get educated and do argue with a person if you don’t have a reasonable argument.
#Anonymous on Mar 27, 2019 :
#D If you actually bothered to do factual research on how the Eurozone is behaving with the Euro you wouldn't throw numbers out there that make no sense whatsoever.Do your research before making statements about other countries in Europe that haven't joined the Eurozone.Regardless of what Bulgarians are supposed to be or anyone else for that matter the Euro is what it is,no getting around that.Its normal for currencies to fluctuate, that's a given, however any currency that continues to slide downward over the past 8 months and not rebound is a failing currency.Look at Italy and how the Euro has affected them.No country in the Eurozone is thriving, rest assured.Instead of being an advocate for Bulgarians or anyone else for that matter know the facts before mentioning anything.Numbers never lie because regardless of what the news says numbers dictate how the economy is doing regardless of where it's at in the world.Bulgaria like other countries throughout Europe is declining rapidly but Bulgaria just happens to be the shining star being the fastest declining population in the world.Do your research this site is updated every 24 hours and it's not tainted by any measure.Google this currency site then scroll down and look at the update in real time.Type in BGN to USD for example then type THE MONEY CONVERTER.You can shut up after reading the real time numbers.I swear Bulgarians will go to great lengths to try to make themselves appetizing, but the BS doesn't work with many of us, and especially not me since I'm an accountant of 21 years.Numbers are my business, to say the least.
#Anonymous on Mar 24, 2019 :
Bulgarians continue to slam their fingers in the door and they side with the Bulgarian governments approach.There's alot of countries doing that though.I'm not PRO any country including the country I'm from.Many people use the term it's POLITICAL,but reality being it's the opposite.It's each countries responsibility to create their own economies whether it's good or bad.People like to test the waters, so to speak and live in other countries to experience different cultures but it rarely works out,and although visitors or people who live in other countries for a prolonged period of time would never admit it openly deep down they regret their decision to live abroad.Many people want to see how life is in other parts of the world and to some that may be curiosity or a country being pumped up as a great place.But at the end of the day or life the countries they came from are where they fit into.If I had my way nobody would visit anyone in any country because history has shown that other cultures don't mix well no matter how hard they try.Polution, costs of living,no country is balanced, there's always cons to be considered but many ignore the cons.All they know is they're in a new place that's foreign to them.Maybe it's exciting to live or visit a new place they're unfamiliar with.Many people call it adventurous but it's stupidity on their part no matter what part of the world they come from. I'm not from the U S nor have I ever visited either but I'll say one thing for certain.The U S is rapidly closing the door on the world and in the not too distant future nobody will even be allowed to visit or live there for that matter.I believe that's a step in the right direction, and other countries should pay attention, to repeat the same, PEACE ON EARTH
#Anonymous on Mar 22, 2019 :
It's not about being politically correct and it never will be.What it's really about is separating people and countries from each other with different cultures,a good thing especially since there's no peace between them.The only issue the majority of people see here is you #HM.I agree with the post about taking a petition to ban anyone from visiting or living in Bulgaria.It'd be a BALLZY move to follow through with that.Put up or shut up #HM start the Petition in Bulgaria to ban all foreigners.
#hm on Mar 21, 2019 :
Well folks, as you can see there are people in this world with ... well let's be politically correct , with issues.
#Anonymous on Mar 21, 2019 :
Well said JOHNNY BEE my sentiments exactly.Downward spirals happen throughout the world no secret.Digital nomads will just be that digital nomads.Every country isn't exempt from issues regardless of capital.Conspiracy theorists are always hunting for information on the end of the world.To be honest I wish those people we're actually right for once so earth could be cleansed once again.The day the internet no longer works will finally be the day of Independence.Let us all hope it happens sooner not later.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019 :
I totally agree most Bulgarians have an arrogant way about them naturally.I attended college in Sofia for one year.All I mostly heard was how Russia rescued Bulgarians from the Ottoman yoke. I noticed Bulgarians for the most part are very unhappy and hold a grudge against anyone who doesn't agree with them even if they know what they're saying isn't true.My parents visited me for two weeks while I attended college in Sofia.They asked what's wrong with these people? Everyone is so negative they said.Bulgaria has the fastest shrinking population in the world.Maybe just maybe some Bulgarians woke up and decided they've had enough too.FYI visitors and foreigners had nothing to do with the past Ottoman yoke.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019 :
You mentioned behave like a MIRROR.Bulgarians in general should look in the MIRROR and reevaluate themselves.Although I've never hated anyone fact is the majority of Bulgarians excuse themselves from their hateful interior and exterior behaviors openly without reservation.Its easy to label other's as TROLLS as you call them.However there have been many posts about how rude Bulgarians behave towards others, many over the years to be exact.There are reasons why many have posted remarks about Bulgarian behavior in general.Bulgaria seems to be proud of their coarse behaviors around the world because I've met people from around the world who have said the same.Here's a good solution for Bulgaria, take note.Convince your president to ban anyone from around the world from even visiting Bulgaria, period.Also convince your president to force all foreigners to leave Bulgaria.Why not take up a public petition throughout Bulgaria to ban all foreigners from visiting or living in Bulgaria as I mentioned priorly? I promise you that Bulgaria won't be missed by any foreigner.600-700 Lev for a furnished studio heat 100 Lev per month for heating.Thats bullshit because I lived in Sofia for two years.Try 1,200 minimum for a studio and 300 Lev for heat in winter.Its obvious you're just another local excusing your behavior like the rest.Ban all foreigners Bulgaria won't be missed nor their attitudes either, promise.
#Anonymous on Mar 17, 2019 :
@irina and joh and other cave trolls. Dear trolls, long term rent of a studio or one room apartment does not exceed 600-700lev, furnished. The heating may add 100 more in the winter season. This is easily verifiable on sites like imot.bg and airbnb. When you close a rental contract, it clearly states what you get and what not.

The long chimney in Nadezhda belongs to the central heating company and works on natural gas only. Therefore it delivers the cleanest energy ever possible. No fumes, aerosols, ufp, whatsoever.

Please go to troll somewhere else.

P.S. People are usually behave like mirror. If you go bad on them they will answer bad on you. Please be polite with the locals that you are meeting here. Do not expect royalty treatment just because you have funny accent or you know some English only. We (the Sofians) are tired of hoards of drunk foreigners that are flooding the downtown streets almost every weekend, particularly penniless Italians and drunkard Englishmen.
#joh on Mar 17, 2019 :
hm belongs to the bad (the speculating) percentage obviously who betray every day their fellow country men. How do you like some more conspiracy theories HM? 1000 leva studio in Nadezhda everybody? Come on, it's a nice area with metro!!! 900 leva apartment (promocia) 200 m from the tec chimney (includes free cancer)? Anyone? ha ha what a joke is hm trying to lure more "fresh meat" hugh?
#hm on Mar 15, 2019 :
Well, just for a few days a few folks came up all of the sudden generalizing that the bulgarians are rude and acting bad towards them for no valid reason, just like that. A couple being treated bad in three big cities just like that for no valid reason, a russian girl who decided to study in Sofia, because it'd be cool. A small apartment for 1200 lv would be luxery and honestly not many russians can afford that. In fact if a russian can afford an apartment that costs more than their average salary then that russian would not pick Sofia as a place for study, nor it'll quit studying just, because someone messed up the heating in the apartment. You see how ridiculous this story sounds? And a third guy just generalizing with percentages just like that a city of 2 million of people, like he knows most of them.

I won't be surprised if these comments are posted by one single person, who for some reason has had a bad experience in Bulgaria and is trying to discredit the country even more, because he doesn't have nothing better to do :)

For months and for years people in this site are discussing opportunities, salaries, job offers, prices and all of the sudden just for a few days 3 guys with similar style of writing come up with their complaint about rudeness. Coincidence?
#Johhny Bee on Mar 15, 2019 :
The good Sofians (10%) are very good. (it was more than 25% 10 years ago, before the .restate bubble)
The bad Sofians (90%) are extremely bad.

The good expatriates in Sofia (10%) are awesome
The bad expatriates in Sofia (90%) are the lowest of the lowest.

Good luck picking with the hand dealt to you.
#Anonymous on Mar 11, 2019 :
Hi I'm Irina from Russia.I had the opportunity to attend college in Sofia and I thought this would be a great chance for me to experience something different in life.My college term was going to be for two years but I left three months after I enrolled for this reason.I met the rudest people I've ever met in my life in Sofia.I stayed in a very small apartment which cost me 1,200 Lev each month with all utilities included.It was winter my heat turned off.I asked other tenants in the building how they are coping with no heat? They said there's good heat to their apartments as I found out while inside of one.I confronted the landlord about it.He said he turned off the heating vent to my apartment intentionally.I boarded a plane within four hours and never looked back at Sofia.
#Anonymous on Mar 09, 2019 :
Well #HM Honestly my wife and I are very passive and never judgemental.Read our post and understand it.We heard some negative remarks from expats about Bulgarian people in Varna, Sofia,and Plovdiv where we lived at each location for one year.The expats who made negative remarks about Bulgarian people were ignored by us.They seemed disgruntled that we wouldn't side with them with their negative remarks.We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurants with Bulgarians and we shopped extensively patronizing many businesses.We aren't haters towards anyone.However the expats who say they have no problems with Bulgarians most likely aren't telling the truth only because they live full time in Bulgaria so they need to watch what they say.We noticed some foreigners whom we're arrogant, disrespectful towards Bulgarians however we don't associate with anyone who's arrogant or disrespectful.We aren't damning Bulgaria as a whole nor are we labeling the majority of people in Bulgaria.But instead just sharing our personal experiences with Bulgarians we came in contact with on a daily basis.You don't have any right to judge us,and you shouldn't judge us.Just like we don't have the right to judge you,nor would myself and my wife do so either.We respect your opinion.
#hm on Mar 08, 2019 :
People from three different big cities were rude to you for no valid reason, just like that? Sounds strange, you are probably doing something wrong, but of course, as most people you don't see any fault in yourself. I know foreigners living in Bulgaria who were doing okay and had no problems.
#Anonymous on Mar 07, 2019 :
Very rude and unfriendly people in Sofia during my short stay there.I'll never visit again.
#Anonymous on Feb 21, 2019 :
My wife and I decided to live in Bulgaria for three years at different locations in Bulgaria.We are both Australians.Our first year we lived in Sofia.We understand that different countries have different customs and we're not judgemental not negative and we're always respectful.We knew that Sofia was a busy city before we moved there.Both of us can speak and understand a fair amount of Bulgarian.Unfortunately the majority of people went out of their way to be rude to us for no reasons throughout our one year living in Sofia.The second year we moved to Varna and lived there for one year.Sadly we received the same treatment as Sofia.We then moved to Plovdiv and stayed there one year.Once again sadly the same treatment we received without reasons.Its sad to know that the majority of Bulgarians are basically mean spirited to all foreigners who visit.We don't hate anyone but hatred directed at us was over the top during our stay in Bulgaria.
#Anonymous on Jan 29, 2019 :
I'm a student living very frugally on my low paying 30 hour per week job while going to college.In order to live modestly one person needs atleast 3,000 Lev per month and my salary is less than half of that.Im going to finish my college in Germany instead because jobs are more plentiful.
#Edin on Dec 18, 2018 :
In my opinion salaries for these type of positions should be between 1500 and 2500 leva net, depending on the experience and the firm.
#Real one on Dec 18, 2018 :
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,393.00 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 922.60 €

For a fair price for an apartment of 85 square meters should be added walls and common spaces, as in Sofia they are not included in the price. An apartment of about 115 square meters is equivalent to 85 squares. Price for a square outside the center is about 1 200 EUR * 115 = 128 800 EUR, divided by 85 square meters = 1 515 EUR.
#Anonymous on Dec 18, 2018 :
Yeah, for sure. I already did it,@edin.

But it´s hard to find any information about salaries. And yeah, there are some job offers on these fields for Germans.
#edin on Dec 16, 2018 :
Hi Ted,

I can't tell you much about Copywriter and Digital Marketing positions, there are some jobs available but I am not sure if german is required. You better oppen jobs.bg , switch to the english version, use the "Keyword" and "Language" sections to filter your prefered positions.
#Ted on Dec 14, 2018 :
Hi Edin,

but I am foccused on jobs like "Content writer", "Copywriter", "Digital Marketing Manager" and so on.

Do you know salaries for German speakers in these field for Bulgaria? It´s very difficult to find any information in the internet..
#Edin to Ted on Dec 08, 2018 :
Hi Ted,

Since you're a native german speaker, especially an educated one you may easily find a proper job in Sofia, even for more than 2k net. There are lots of german companies outsourcing their business in Sofia, so a german person with good education would fit quite well. I've already recommended a friend of a friend,a spanish guy, for Account manager with Spanish in one of the biggest IT companies in Sofia and he got hired, so being an educated german native speaker is a strong advantage, if you have someone to recommend you somewhere and to give you a hint or two you may do really well.
#Ted on Dec 04, 2018 :
Hi guys,

currently I am doing an internship and studying Russian (First language) and English (Second language) both included Business communication. The quality of internship is really good here.
My education background is Accounting and Finance. I´ve already worked for 2,5 years in these field as an Back Office Manger Specialist.

I come from Germany, but want to live in Bulgaria after internship (prefarable in Sofia). I mean only as native speaker I could find easily an Call Center job with 2000 net. But I do not want in these field.

Ok, the other option would be Back Office again. Maybe. Why not? As I saw the salary depends on company and duties. But it´s realistic to say, that I would earn between 1500 - 2000 Leva net. The last one would be ok, but I prefer to earn at least 1800 leva net..

As I noticed in Sofia there are lof of IT companies and Social Media is getting more attractive. So, I decided to work on these field maybe. Currently I have been learning needful IT-Tools such as HTML5, CSS, Photoshop, GoogleAdWords, GoogleAutomation, SEO, maybe some Java basics (but I am not an Informatic!).

Do somebody know about the salaries for jobs like "SEO specialist", "Technical writer", "Social Media Analyst", "Social Media manager"? I did a research on my onw, used some different sources but was not able find some clearly information. Please not, that I have not any (professional) working experience yet

But
#Edin to Mario AC on Dec 01, 2018 :
Hi Mario AC,

Salaries in PaySafe are quite good for the standard as far as I am aware. You should ask for at least 2000lv net which would be more than enough for a single person.
#Mario AC on Nov 29, 2018 :
Hi everyone, could anyone please tell me ASAP (as I will have to make a decision based on what I am asking really soon) their experience as customer service for PaySafe in Sofia in terms of salary gross and net/ month? And in terms of whether it is advisable to plan to live in Sofia for at least a few years relying on that salary?

Thank you very much to anyone who's taking a little time to answer this!
#Yaron on Oct 29, 2018 :
Aleko, pay attention to measure units. Square meter vs square feet
#Aleko Sofia Bulgaria on Oct 13, 2018 :
Sorry but the prices in android version are incorrect for SOFIA BULGARIA
This is your computer windows version
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,369.47 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 931.07 €

This is your android version for my phone
This is incorect
Price per Square FEET to Buy Apartment in City Centre 127,23 €
Price per Square FEET to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 86.50 €
#Edin on Oct 13, 2018 :
Hi Ivan,

It really depends on the company, there are good and not so good, but overall helpdesk technician is a temporary job for no more than a few years until you gain more experience, knowledge and find something better. As for the salary, 1800-2500 sounds good, you won't have any problems if you're single.

Wjim,

Studentski grad isn't the best place to live in Sofia, but it's ok. You haven't mentioned any price. Check in homes.bg or imoti.info
#ivan on Sep 21, 2018 :
Hi, have someone experience with technical help desk jobs (native speaker) ? Is it worth the money (1800-2500 bgn) ?
I can imagine that customer service jobs are hard in terms of mental health, but maybe it´s not that bad in some good companies.
Thanks for advice.
#wjim on Sep 04, 2018 :
Hi every one
I will buy an appartement 28 m2 in sofia Studentski grad. Is it a good price?
Thanks
#Chocho on Sep 03, 2018 :
To JR:
Hopefully you mean Net salary and not gross. Anyway, 3000 BGN net is a very good salary for the Bulgarian standards. If you mean 2500 gross, then you will end-up with 1900 net, which is still 50% above average.
The cost:
- You can rent a 70-80 sqm flat (not house!!!) for 700 BGN. For Utilities plan 150-200 BGN more. Food for 2 can be around 1000-1200 BGN if you cook and don't go out that often. If you buy an old car, it will be still within the budget I hope.

As you see, even with a salary of 2,5 times the average, people cannot really afford that much. Prices in Sofia are exploding and groceries are more expensive than in Western Europe. Today I was comparing the prices at LIDL in Sofia and in Stuttgart. More than 50% of the goods are 20% and more expensive in Sofia, the others have the same price. Only some local vegetables are cheaper. Restaurants are still around 25-50% cheaper in Sofia, but the gap is closing quite fast.
#JR on Sep 02, 2018 :
Hello all, I am waiting an offer from a company in Sofia and probably they will offer me around 2500 to 3000lv. will it be a good amount to leave my country and to start a life here with mi wife? is this amount good to pay rent and regular expenses like food, cloths, fun, also to buy everything for the house. eventually to purchase a car, could be a second hand one.
#edin on Jul 27, 2018 :
Hi Ali Amini

Yes that could be enough for a starting business, but if you are not aware of the market, the economy, the society then most probably you'll fail.

There are tons of restaurants and cofee shops in the city already so that would be a hard field to be competitive in, unless you bring a great idea with you. I've noticed that businesses related to construction, transportation, cars and children (kindergarten,etc) are doing well.

I advise you to research the market first.
#ali amini on Jul 16, 2018 :
Hi.
I have plan move to Sofia and make my business .
I can bring about 30000€ at first time . Please tell me can I do anything with this money or not ?!
I am civil eng and i have restaurant too .
#Anonymous on Jul 06, 2018 :
@Dr D, don't be so pessimistic, dude. You're exaggerating way too much, and most of the things you said are actually not true. There's a lot of BS in the media that you shouldn't pay attention to. Instead, you should do your own research and make up your own opinions instead of believing what the media and some people tell you. It's not that bad around here. ;)
#Jancany on Jun 05, 2018 :
Thank you for your replies guys. I prefer not to expose the details about me cuz the company indicated this site hence they can read my messages lol. But i can say it is an outsourcing/It firm and i'll be coming from Turkey. Working conditions are charming and it's a beautiful multicultural environment. On the other hand there will be promotion prospects. I know the salary amount is not perfect but other conditions captivated me. Dr D it will be specialist position. By the way i have already exposed myself i think :) Again thank you guys for the informations.
#Dr D on May 16, 2018 :
@Shannon:
Very difficult to answer such question.
- What is for you a typical home? What price range? Can vary between 50k-300k Euro.
- How much equity do you have?
- Which duration? 5 years? 10 years? 30 years?
Interest range is currently 4%-5%. Just take Excel and calculate depending on your criteria.
#Shannon McKay on May 15, 2018 :
Could someone please tell me what the average payment (to pay off a mortgage) in Euros is per month for a typical home? I just need a general range. I have been looking everywhere and cannot find an answer. If you know, please email me at: smckayyy@gmail.com
#Dr D on May 14, 2018 :
@Jancany: What is the exact job position? What are your skills/experience level?
Maybe we can take a closer look and tell you if the offer is fair or not.

I can hardly imagine somebody willing to move to Sofia and being motivated by such an offer. Where do you come from?
#To Jancany on May 13, 2018 :
Hi Jancany. That's a decent salary, about 1250-1300 net. If you really like the job and if there's opportunity to learn and develop then it's okay for you. Overall with that salary you may have a decent life, but don't expect luxary.
If you live alone you'll pay about 300-400 lv for rent, 100 for Utilities, 50-100 for transportation, about 500 for food and you'll have 200-300lv left for fun, clothing, etc. It's not much, but if you're not very pretentious you'll be fine.
#Jancany on May 11, 2018 :
Hello. I have an offer 1660BGN gross. Isnt it possible to live in Sofia? I am single and i can share the apartment with a homemate.

As i searched for the expenses, the most expensive points are rent fees. Many says that a person would need 400euro for living and 300euro for rent. I like the job it is good for self development and experience but what about the life?
#Dr D on Apr 16, 2018 :
Stara Zagora:
Like everywhere outside of Sofia, prices for accomodation are around 50% of the Sofia level. The food cost is the same at shops, restaurants are 10-20% cheaper.
In general, for a single person, I would say 400-500 Euro (800-1000 BGN) would be comfortable (most of the bulgarians live on 600 BGN and make it somehow). Be sure to have a proper private health isnurance since the state one is useless.

Security: Gypsies are a huge problem. Avoid the "Losenets" district. Otherwise, I would say as a smaller town, it is safer than Sofia.
#Anonymous on Apr 16, 2018 :
#Luc Vanden Broek
I'm native Sofian, but I don't live there for the last 9 years. Still I keep contact with family and friends and have a decent knowledge on the current situation. If it's not too late I am happy to answer.
About 700 levs for a 2-room/3-room 80ish sqm apartment you can get in almost any part of the city, except the downtown districts. I don't know tho how are the expenses on electricity/ water supply etc, but overall if you can cover up to 900 levs it should be enough.
Now I suggest you NOT to rent in zone Ovcha Kupel, as some others that I'll list. They are just underdeveloped districts of the city that even I wouldn't recommend. Natives are fine there, but as a foreigner renting, I could imagine you can have problems with the locals. So do avoid all the nord districts, but "Oborishte", "Reduta" and "Geo Milev", which are fine. The southeast districts are good, they are also connected to the downtown with the underground train. "Vitosha" district is acceptable, but I wouldn't recommend and the furthest decent south district to the west, which is also fine is "Krasno Selo".
So I pretty much covored the zones, where up to 900 levs should be enough.
As long as the other expenses you listed, I'm not sure about the university taxes, you should check that out twice, because as far as I know, foreign students pay way higher university tuitions.
Overall with 2700, you both should be having enough money for the month, not to think twice if you can afford something.(like going to restaurants, etc)
Have a nice time in Sofia and I hope I helped a bit.
#Hi on Apr 15, 2018 :
I didn't know much about the Trakia university, but I read a few forums about it. In general it's an avarege university, but the medical facultry especially the Vet program is their best when it comes to quality. I don't know anything about their program in english, but if you're willing to learn anything, if you know english well, if you don't have more money and better options then go for it. Stara Zagora s a nice and quiet 100k people city - park, zoo, restaurants, football team in the A group, etc. Excluding the university taxes about 500 euro should be enough for a normal living - apartment, bills, food, fun, etc.
#Anonymous on Apr 14, 2018 :
Hi All,

We need some feedback about Trakia University for Vet Science at Stara Zagora.
We are planning to get our son enrolled to the University as an International student.
What would be the cost of living for a student out there and most important of all, is it safe??
#not so pessimistic on Mar 29, 2018 :
***In response to Dr D***. Sure there are lots of problems in the country, but you're being way too pessimistic. Healthcare is not that good, but not terrible. There are still very good specialists and not only in the private sector. You present the police like they're asking for bribes on every corner, it's not like that. I and most of my friends have not been involved in any kind of corruption. The state might be corrupted, but same applies for most states, politicians, just on a different level. I don't see how a corrupted politician should interest a foreigner. Sofia is indeed dirty sometimes, but that's because of the bad infrastructure in some districts. Traffic is not bad compared to other big cities in Europe. The countryside is depopulated and gypsies are arriving indeed, but partially that's natural - bulgarians move to the big cities and abroad and gypsies are moving from the villages to the small towns. I don't like it either but this happens almost everywhere nowadays. I don't agree that the food is worse here, people who have been in England or USA for example will tell you the opposite. Of course you have to be picky when it comes to food, same applies for everywhere. Don't be that pessimistic man.
#Robin on Mar 25, 2018 :
Hello, i'm reading some messages here.. I can tell you, i live in Sofia, and with my 2000 leva salary, is a realy good life in here. Yes the health care is sucks, en corruption and fraud on a high level. But don't try it as foreigner, they will arrest you.
If someone have som questions, let me know. With 2000 leva is realy good life.
#Dr D on Mar 12, 2018 :
@Luc Vanden Broek

Hello Luc,

I think you are paying too much attention to some details which are actually not that important. With your income level of around 2000-2400 BGN, you and your son will be quite OK. You don't need to think about food cost or accomodation. The bigger problems you will encounter are:

- Terrible healthcare. Be prepared to pay an expensive private insurance if you expect a decent service. The situation in the state healthcare institutions is catasrophic. The best doctors are leaving the country for better paid jobs in Western Europe.
- Non-Existent law-enforcement. Street crime in Sofia is actually lower than in Brussels for example. The biggest problems are the corruption and fraud at the highest level - state force is basically led by the mafia. Institutions, police, politic- and justice systems - everything.
- Sofia is extremely dirty, esp. the air is highly polluted. Traffic is a nightmare. Infrastructure is in a very poor condition, despite the statements of the prime minister that "HE" is doing so much for the country.
- People: Bulgaria has lot of high potentials, which all left the country. Very few of them are still there. The demographic situation is highly concerning. Outside of Sofia, the country is basically dead. The so called "small town" is disappearing very fast. In most of the villages, you will encounter only few old people over 80. Soon, the gipsy minorities will occupy them completely.
- Quality of goods and services. Yes, you pay less, but you also receive less. Don't think you will get same cheese, beef or beer like in Belgium for 1/2 of the price.

If you are OK with those points, you will be just fine in Sofia.
#Luc Vanden Broek on Mar 12, 2018 :
Hello Vlad :-)
Thanks for your help !

I suppose, the universities have their own Mensa restaurants where students can take their meals on cheap prices ?
About myself : what is cheaper : cooking by myself, streetfood, cafes ? about the supermarkets : are there real Bulgarian supermarkets there (not Billa, Lidl etc...) ? Or just bulgarian markets with fresh vegetables, fruit and so ? Your advices ?

To other guests on this site : your experiences ?
Thanks for any information !
#Anonymous on Feb 25, 2018 :
Hi, is it possible for one person to live in Sofia for 2500 BGN gross?
#Dr D on Feb 23, 2018 :
Piotr: Most of the Bulgarians must live with 1000 BGN or less and you will have 2000 BGN. This will make you part of the top 20% I'd say. But look at my comment below. If you are OK with all these negative points, then you'll have a great life in Sofia. Otherwise, don't even consider coming here, you will regret it.
#Piotr on Feb 21, 2018 :
hey guys i have a job offer for 1000 eur netto is it enough to have decent life ?
#Dr D on Feb 17, 2018 :
Welcome to Bulgaria
- Lowerst prices in EU and lowest quality of goods at the same time
- Highest corruption in EU, political mafia is leading the country
- Almost non-existent healthcare
- Corrupt and ineffective justice system
- Sofia=Dirtiest city in Europa with most polluted air
- Outside of Sofia, everything is dead. Whole villages are dissapearing.The growing gipsy minority is destroying the remainings
- Almost all young and educated bulgarians have left the country. A demographic catastrophe is very near.
#Kilmer on Feb 06, 2018 :
In 2018 the real reality in BG is the following :

- 550€ average gross salary in country
- at least 1000€ average gross in Sofia
Wages are growing double digit every year and will certainly continue like this in the next 3-5 years easily in all the country under the pressure of a very low unemployment rate, big investments in many sectors (IT, outsourcing, car industry, tourism, real estate, manufacturing etc etc).
This with: Income and corporate taxes @ 10%! Lowest prices in EU.. Thus, purchasing power is not bad and continue growing. BG is actually booming!
#Vlad on Jan 25, 2018 :
Luc Vanden Broek - Yes you are realistic. The average for 70m2 appartment is around 600-700 lv. Obcha Kupel is not the best district in Sofia so it might be even cheaper. 200 leva are enough for utilities even during the winter. During the summer you will need less than a 100.