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Can anyone give me an idea of the cost for living in Greece. I am a single girl aged 43 thinking of leaving the UK and living in Greece. I have no dependants so the world is my oyster and I am fed up of getting up in the dark, commuting an hour and a half to London every morning, getting home in the dark after another hour and a half on the train and hibernating in the winter just longing for some light evenings again.

I used to work in Crete as a holiday rep in my twenties so I have some idea of the weather and lifestyle even in the winter as I went out to visit friends living there for Christmas and New Year.

I could rent out my house and I also have a flat I currently rent out and would have to rent in Greece until I could find a job and live on the money I make from renting.

Just toying with ideas as I know I have to do something soon as I'm not really 'living my life to the full' at the moment.

Could I live cheaply, I don't drink or smoke, I'm happy to drive a moped, I love greek food, or am I deluding myself?

Any ideas welcome.

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Can anyone give me an idea of the cost for living in Greece. I am a single girl aged 43 thinking of leaving the UK and living in Greece. I have no dependants so the world is my oyster and I am fed up of getting up in the dark, commuting an hour and a half to London every morning, getting home in the dark after another hour and a half on the train and hibernating in the winter just longing for some light evenings again.

I used to work in Crete as a holiday rep in my twenties so I have some idea of the weather and lifestyle even in the winter as I went out to visit friends living there for Christmas and New Year.

I could rent out my house and I also have a flat I currently rent out and would have to rent in Greece until I could find a job and live on the money I make from renting.

Just toying with ideas as I know I have to do something soon as I'm not really 'living my life to the full' at the moment.

Could I live cheaply, I don't drink or smoke, I'm happy to drive a moped, I love greek food, or am I deluding myself?

Any ideas welcome.

Hi Leah
If you have rental income from your home and flat I really don't think you have anything to lose.
As a single person I am sure you will be able to make enough to make ends meet and you will always have your properties in the Uk to go back to if you find it dosn't work out.
You are still young enough to make a new life for yourself if you treat it as an adventure and don't expect to make big bucks.
The only thing that I would say you need to ask yourself is if it dosnt work and you end up returning to the Uk, how easy will it be for you to get another job?
Other than that one question if I was in your shoes with no dependants and rental income from two properties I would take the plunge.
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Hi Leah. We left the UK in May last year.As pensioners we simply could not afford to stay there without working. Who wants to work by choice beyond 65.So here we are in Rhodes, in a 100 year old house in a fantastic village. Paying 280 euros a month in rent. Our phone/ broadband for 2 months is 70 euros. Our electric bills in summer were around 40 euros for 2 months. A monthly shop @ Carrefour is between 110 & 150 euros. With small top ups in the village in between.We dont have need of a car full time so we just rent for one or 2 days a month. Two days in winter costs 30 euros.In Summer its 50 euros.So here are living the good life. In the UK we were working to live. Here we are working @ living.
The crime rate here is low. We go to bed at night & leave our doors open.The weather even in winter is fantastic.
So go for it. You wont regret moving to Greece

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Further to my post yesterday, I have looked at our bank statements. To get some idea on our monthly spending regarding our cash withdrawls. We have a bank card & pay cash for everything.In September we spent 1533, October 1392 & November 1091.Our monthly spend includes food/ drink, rent, eating out / drinking!!! Car hire [ 2 days a month ] electric & water. Plus Phone / Broadband / Vodafone Pay as you go top ups.I should add that our bill from DEH is not just for electric. It includes charges for national / local taxes & TV / Radio
I think we are managing very well

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Hi Leah
If you can afford to live in the UK you can afford to live in Greece. Some things can be the same price or more expensive such as shampoo, soap powder etc but on the whole it's the same or a lot cheaper. Utilities are definitely cheaper and rent etc.
You only have yourself to worry about and you only have one life .. I say do it!!! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
I do have a son so it was a different decision for me, but I still made the right one for all of us!
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I dont agree about the cost of soapowder. We bought a very large box in Carrefour [ own brand ] for 90 euros.
We bought it in June , & still have about a 3rd of the box left.

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True .. I was talking about the local stores here that's all

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Can anyone give me an idea of the cost for living i

Could I live cheaply, I don't drink or smoke, I'm happy to drive a moped, I love greek food, or am I deluding myself?

Any ideas welcome.
If you are going to stay in one place for any length of time, rental is the best option. Depending on your tastes and available cash, you should be looking at around 300 Euro (for a small "Garconiere, a living room, bedroom and kitchen all in one. Normally separate small kitchen and toilet) Small. Or you could go for around 450-500 per month for a nice small apartment in a reasonable area. It all depends on the area you want to live in. I am *sorry) Talking Athens.
Normal day to day living isnt far from that of the UK,, although as some have said certain things are cheaper. And the sales in the Major stores are something else!
Eating out can be as cheap or as expensive as you want.

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Thanks everyone. Sounds like some of the villages in Rhodes are popular so I would start looking around there, maybe book a holiday to Rhodes for a few weeks and see what the areas are like, accommodation and possible work prospects.

Renting out 2 properties would allow me enough to rent for around 400 euros and still have enough for food and bills by the sound of it.

I have been to Rhodes couple of times but only the usual tourist places, Rhodes Town, Faliraki, Lindos and Afandou.

I do have a cat as my only dependant so would have to wait until she is no longer part of the family as I couldn't bear to leave her with anyone and she wouldn't like to travel.

Better get saving!:

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You cannot be serious. You started this thread by saying you had no dependants. Now you are here stating you are prepared to sacrifice everything for A CAT
Get a life

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