Now more than ever, people work and live abroad, with many major international cities being made up of a high number of expats and foreign workers. At Movinga
, we believe that relocating is exciting: a new city, a new job, a new way of experiencing life. But much too often, the idea of moving can be a stressful one, mainly due to uncertainty over costs and affordability.
We created the Relocation Price Index to give people a clearer understanding of the cost of a move. For 75 cities across the globe, including cosmopolitan epicenters like Tokyo and fast-growing startup hubs like Berlin, we researched the four main factors contributing to the total cost of an expat’s first month in a new home: the rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center, the cost of mobile phone set up and data plan, the price of a monthly public transportation pass, as well as food and drink for thirty days. Our list was then ranked based on the total average cost for each city.
We also calculated the average cost of a move for each city, as a guide to those thinking of relocating. The figure is accurate for a 155 miles move of one person (the average distance for a move worldwide). Although the overall expense will differ depending for each unique move, the costs can be used as an indicator as to which locations are more or less expensive for utilising moving services.
, Dublin and Amsterdam; these are all cities that may be preparing for an influx of banking industry workers due to Brexit,” stated Movinga's Managing Director Finn Hänsel. “Among the factors that the directors of the banks will have to take into consideration for relocating will be the cost of relocating for employees. Therefore, studies like this will be very important in years to come.”
With a greater understanding of the costs associated with relocation, we hope that people will feel empowered to confidently plan their next adventures.