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Here’s What $1000 A Month In Rent Looks Like In Different Places Around The World

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If you live in a big city, you know that the only thing funnier than “housing prices” jokes is the actual price that good housing goes for. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer (congratulations … I think) or a student just figuring out how to cook boxed mac and cheese in the microwave of their rented apartment, the search can be arduous.

As a Torontonian, I always hear that housing prices here are worse than (almost) anywhere else in Canada, and I was curious about how they compared to prices from all over the world. So, I collected housing prices from 16 places across the globe to see what you could rent for a thousand American dollars a month.

Some of it was surprising, and some of it was very much not (seriously, were you expecting a three-floor house in the middle of Manhattan?). Small-towners can laugh, city folks can cry, and everyone can agree that a balcony makes even the worst space livable!

1. Brooklyn, America — $1,000
Cost in local currency: $1,000
Size: 300-square-foot studio apartment (yes, you read that right)
Pros: There’s really something to be said for a minimalist living!
Cons: Unfortunately, that “something” is “it sucks.”

2. Bali, Indonesia – $1,041
Cost in local currency: 165,000,000IDR per year
Size: Two-bedroom villa
Pros: Not only does your house look like literal earthly paradise, you have a private pool.
Cons: trying not to sound like a total douchebag when you tell your friends you live in a villa

3. Levallois-Perret (Paris-adjacent), France – $1,174
Cost in local currency: €1,000EUR per month
Size: Split-level one-bedroom apartment
Pros: Living in a treehouse was my literal childhood dream, and getting to live in a split-level loft apartment is pretty much as close as you can get as an adult.
Cons: Sleepwalking.

4. Prague, Czech Republic – $990
Cost in local currency: 22,000CZK per month
Size: Studio apartment
Pros: Really, really outrageously pretty.
Cons: I don’t even live here and yet it’s beautiful, gleaming whiteness already mocks my pretensions at cleanliness.

5. Stockholm, Sweden – $990
Cost in local currency: 8,000SEK per month
Size: Two-bedroom house
Pros: Hammock, lovely wooded location, beautiful cozy indoors, and hammock
Cons: …anyway, did I mention there’s a hammock?

6. São Paulo, Brazil – $1,113
Cost in local currency: 3,500BRL per month
Size: Three-bedroom apartment
Pros: The apartment also has three bathrooms, for when you really, really, really can’t wait.
Cons: Honestly, I feel a little bit pixellated even looking at the apartments.

7. Delhi, India – $982
Cost in local currency: 63,000 INR per month
Size: Three-bedroom apartment
Pros: There are three balconies! Three. Balconies.
Amenities: I think I’d feel a bit weird staying in a place that advertises having a “servant room.” Like, I’d just be chilling in bed and I’d have to exorcise Karl Marx’s ghost because he won’t stop moaning about liberating the proletariat.

8. London, England – $948
Cost in local currency: £737GBP per month
Size: Broom Closet (technically, studio)
Pros: Well, if you’re lazy and don’t like having to move a single step to get to anything you need in your apartment, this is definitely the place for you!
Cons: Yes.

9. Tokyo, Japan – $975
Cost in local currency: ¥106,000JPY per month
Size: Studio apartment
Pros: a nice little…bath (?)
Cons: Look, criticizing a Tokyo apartment for being small is like criticizing flavorless yogurt for being bland. You’re probably right, but you look really, really stupid for complaining.

10. Beijing, China – $975
Cost in local currency: ¥6,500CNY per month
Size: Three-bedroom apartment
Pros: It comes fully-furnished, and I genuinely enjoy the cute pink aesthetic.
Cons: Micky Mouse is always. watching.

11. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – $976
Cost in local currency: 43,000AED per year
Size: Studio apartment
Pros: I mean, it’s technically a studio apartment, but when you factor in the fact that the complex has swimming pools, volleyball courts, running trails and even a mosque, I think that kind of upgrades it.
Cons: You’re within breathing distance of possibly the richest people on earth.

12. Mérida, Mexico – $846
Cost in local currency: 15,000MXN per month
Size: Three-bedroom house (with a courtyard!)
Pros: A courtyard, a pool, and an open-concept design. Also, with the way current events are going, you’ll have front-row tickets when President Trump decides to nuke his neighbors in a fit of paranoid rage!
Cons: Open-concept design makes it difficult to defend against the hordes of people escaping from the ravaged, nuclear wasteland where America used to be. Invest in a guard dog, perhaps.

13. Florence, Italy – $945
Cost in local currency: €800EUR per month
Size: Two-bedroom apartment
Pros: I’ve always wanted to live inside an IKEA catalog. Plus, it’s got washing machines, for when your FTIGÅTÅR rug gets DOG SCHÄTT on it.
Cons: It’s for students only, which means that unless you have a baby face like me, you’re going to be S.O.L.

14. Hoi An, Vietnam – $900
Cost in local currency: 20,000,000VND per month
Size: Six-bedroom house
Pros: If I ever die, this is the view I want to see in whatever unspecified afterlife I go to.
Cons: According to Vietnam online, the average monthly salary in Vietnam is $150 US (3.2 million VND). So, working for six months would get you one month of rent here.

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15. Buenos Aires, Argentina – $1,100
Cost in local currency: 18,939ARS per month
Size: Studio apartment
Pros: Charming neighborhood, private balcony, free WiFi.
Cons: The weekly cleaning service means that every week, I would be shoving clothes under my bed to maintain the illusion that I’m a productive adult and not a filthy gremlin who hoards garbage.

16. Greater Toronto Area, Canada – $955
Cost in Local Currency: $1,200CAD per month
Size: Two-bedroom basement (!!!) apartment
Pros: You live in Toronto!
Cons: You live in Toronto.

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