One of the most mind-boggling factors when looking into universities abroad is the cost of living of the host country. Typically, you'll do extensive research online or try to find out by word of mouth and yet, you’re still never sure how entirely reliable the source actually is. Which is why we decided to take it upon ourselves to provide you with some key factors relevant to Malta's cost of living that will come in handy if you decide to move here.
Home Sweet Home
Probably, one of the first things you’ll be looking into is average renting prices in Malta. If you’re thinking of living alone, 1 bedroom apartments in the central areas of Malta average from €500.00 to €900.00 per month. Luckily, the University premises are located on away from the central area of Malta. You’re likely to come across a 1 bedroom rental at the average cost of €450.00 to €750.00 a month.
If you’re thinking of sharing the expenses and getting a flatmate on board, you could consider getting a larger space by opting for a 3 bedroom apartment. Three bedroom apartments are more on the pricier side when it comes to the central area of Malta, ranging from €800.00 to a whopping €1,800.00 a month. However, in the peripheral parts of the island, 3 bedroom apartments range from €650.00 to €1,300.00.
Daily Grub Expense
Sustenance is another important factor when looking into your day-today cost calculations. The average cost of a meal when dining out in Malta in an inexpensive restaurant, totals up to around €12.00 per person, while a mid-range restaurant, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, would cost around €30.00 per person.
A monthly total spent in groceries to keep your kitchen cupboards stocked up might be in the range of €100.00 per month. This should get you through to the end of the month while allowing you to flex your chef extraordinaire muscle.
The fun thing about Malta is that nowhere is too far away and the best part of it is that it's entirely accessible by bus and just minutes away. Getting around in Malta by using its public transportation is easy as pie. A one-way ticket costs €1.50, but since you’re in Malta for the long haul, opt for the monthly pass at €26.00.
If you’re planning on going out and you wish to opt out of using the bus, Malta has plenty of taxi operators ready at your service. The average cost of a taxi ride within close parameters rests at around the €10.00 mark. However, if your journey is taking you to the other side of the island, the price is likely to go up the €20.00 mark.
Interwebs & Talk Time
The internet and telephony are necessities we all know we can’t live without in this day and age; more so if you’re living abroad away from your loved ones and you want keep in touch on a regular basis!
The average cost of an internet plan with unlimited data, cable and at 60 Mbps or more would be of €26.38. The normal top up mobile plan costs either €10 or €20 euros, offering you a fair amount of mobile data and discounted rates on mobile calls and SMSs.