Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and it is a fascinating country to go to. Due to some hardship that the country is facing in the past years, the country’s political and financial issues provide a favorable space for digital nomads in the country. Although Kiev is not as popular as Chiang Mai among digital nomad society, it offers a lot of options for nomads and remote workers.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Kiev is a big plus for the country. Most people are searching for backpacking or remote working location which is quite affordable and you will not have to break your budget. The cost of living in Kiev is very cheap than anywhere else in Europe and most places in the world. You can easily get an accommodation between £400 – £650
Kiez has a variety of accommodation options as houses can be found in varieties of localities with a diverse range in the prices. If you are planning to stay for a short time, you can opt for basic hotels which are as cheap as £8 per night. If you want to stay for about 3 months, you can opt for Airbnb or house sitting. You are also going to get an apartment which is still cheap and 1 or 2 bedrooms’ apartment located in a central zone for about £400-600 a month.
Wifi and SIMs
Internet is pretty good in the country and you can opt for KyivStar which is among the major operators in the area. The coverage is quite good and it is very cheap as you can pay about £2 per month. The network provider provides free SIM and you just need to top up the SIM at the varieties of machines around the city. The WiFi is quite good in most of the apartments in the city and in public spaces, it has a mixed reception.
Social life and the expat scene
Kiev has a growing expat and digital nomad scene. You are going to find a variety of expat or meetup groups for foreigners in Kiev. The expats in the country sometimes organize events which you can attend.
As a digital nomad or remote worker, you will want to work while exploring the city. Although you can easily work from your hotel or apartment you may want to get out to co-working spaces and other locations where you can potentially meet up with varieties of remote workers and also to have a change of scenery. Some of the best working spots in the city are listed below.
Ziferblat near Zoloti Vorota Metro
In this place, you are going to pick up a selection of fancy old clocks which you will present it to the receptionist and will then register it to your name. this will then count for how long you have spent and you will then have to pay at the end. After you have used 4 hours then you can work for free. The price here also includes coffee, tea, toast, biscuits and also WiFi, comfy chairs and tables. The co-working space also features games, piano, and blankets, they also hold events here also.
Chasopys near Lva Tolstogo Metro
This is another modern and comfortable workplace located in a central area. The workplace has a wide array of price plans and a day pass will cost you about £4.80 or a month for around £100. You are going to get free tea, coffee, and some snacks included in the plan.
Kiev is also filled with varieties of cafes that you can also work from. Some of the good choices to go are listed below.
This is a trendy café located on the 6th floor of the Pinchuk Art Center in a central area of Basserabsky. It features good free WiFi and great cakes, coffee, and food to try out. It is also a perfect place to go in Kiev if you want to take Instagram-worthy pictures.
This is a cozy and hip café located close to Olimpiska metro and it offers a wide space with comfy sofas, Wi-Fi, power sockets, and spacious tables which makes it a perfect choice for working. The food is also very good but they are not as cheap as some café located in the city.
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