Highrises. Apartments.

Highrises. Apartments. Ukrainians live tighter than Europeans. And we are not talking about money but about the living space per person.

In Ukraine, every person has about 20 square meters of living space (215 square feet). In Europe, it’s over 40 M2 per inhabitant (430 square feet).

45% of Ukrainians live in apartments that are considered too crowded

In Europe, only 17% of people reside in overcrowded homes, Finance.ua reported. In Ukraine, 45% of citizens have to put up with too many residents sharing one place.

Igor Kushnir from Kievgorsroj said in Kiev (Kyiv) there is about 0.25 square meters of new buildings per city resident that are being erected annually, despite the talks of oversupply of urban real estate. There is a great necessity in building new homes, the expert concluded.

Not only in the capital and large cities like Odessa or Lviv there is a problem with lack of housing and its affordability, but also in regional towns.

In Kiev alone 68,786 families need larger homes, according to the government’s statistics, to meet the standards of an acceptable living space. We reported previously that Ukrainians are starting to value suburban houses over inner city apartments, contrary to the decades-old trend. It could be simply due to the factors of availability, but as more people move to more spacious suburban homes, the lifestyle of the residents will be changing.

1-room flat, apartment, unit, Russia.

A typical Ukrainian home: 1-room units traditionally have been the most popular type of accommodation among renters and local buyers. It’s not rare for a family of 3 to reside in a unit like this.

Now much apartments in Kiev cost?

Currently the cost of 1 M2 in Kiev apartments remains on the level of 23,000 hryvnia (USD 850). The minimum price per square meter in new buildings is 16,000 hryvnia ($600) per M2.

New apartments in Ukraine are sold by default with no fittings and need to be fully fitted, including floor coverings and wallpaper for the walls. In fact, you are buying an empty concrete cell.

Prices for new properties in Ukraine vary by city. The most expensive units are in Kiev and Odessa.

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Wikky
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Wikky

I think that this problem emerged in recent years, the state does not help young families financially in the acquisition of housing. With an average salary in Kiev to buy their own homes is very difficult, credits are difficult to obtain. Many Ukrainian people today go to Russia. A young family from Ukraine can get a room in a hostel on the territory of the Russian Federation for free. Ukraine requires a raise in wages, only then the housing issue in this country will be solved.

Paul Rose
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Paul Rose

Free? Who is giving a hostel room for free? I’m in Russia now and the very cheapest I have found is 200 rubles per day. This for a bed in a room of 12 beds. This is not an argument with you Wikky, but how could and why would anyone offer living space for free?

zlata
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zlata

Very properly all is said and noticed. Small size of apartments is really a big problem of the country. And the prices for new buildings are very high, the conditions and the purchase of the house does not match the price for which they acquire

Paul Rose
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Paul Rose

Human nature is interesting in that, people who have suffered with poverty for so long, have, as their primary life goal, “the good things of life”. While people who have always had it, are leaving it to have experiences instead. Young professional people in Japan often live in apartments as small as 8 foot by 8 foot. In the U.S., young professionals have left their parents big houses in the suburbs for tiny apartments downtown. The migration of professionals into the city is amazing.