How much it will cost you to live in 11 popular expat cities

Bondi BeachMo Wu/ShutterstockIf you've always fancied a slice of Sydney life, then scroll down for how much it'd cost you to live there as an expat.

  • Many people dream of packing it all in and relocating to warmer climes or simply to discover a new city, culture, or language.
  • UBS has ranked global cities in terms of what it would cost expats to live there as a family for one month.
  • If you can't quite afford the price tag of Geneva, then why not consider Buenos Aires or Santiago, where living costs are a fraction of the price - Spanish lessons included.

Many people dream of packing it all in and relocating to warmer climes or simply to a new city to discover another culture or language. If you're curious as to how much it would cost you to move abroad, then you're in luck, as UBS recently published a ranking of the cost of living in cities around the world.

The report estimated how much a family with kids would spend over a month in each city, taking into account the average cost of local "basic expenses," such as food, household goods, and clothing, and local "expat extras," including rent for a two-bed furnished apartment, international school fees, language lessons, and - in case you're feeling flush - even household help twice a month.

So from Buenos Aires, to Sydney, Dubai, and Amsterdam scroll down to find out the average living cost for an expat in each city, ranked from cheapest to most expensive.

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11. Buenos Aires, Argentina — $3,230.90 (£2,428.07).

11. Buenos Aires, Argentina — $3,230.90 (£2,428.07).

Basic expenses: $1,125.16

Expat extras: $2,105.74

10. Bangkok, Thailand — $3,443.51 (£2,587.85).

10. Bangkok, Thailand — $3,443.51 (£2,587.85).

Basic expenses: $1,480.25

Expat extras: $1,963.26

9. Santiago de Chile, Chile — $3,960.56 (£2,976.42).

9. Santiago de Chile, Chile — $3,960.56 (£2,976.42).

Basic expenses: $1,232.55

Expat extras: $2,728.01

8. Sydney, Australia — $4,779.12 (£3,591.58).

8. Sydney, Australia — $4,779.12 (£3,591.58).

Basic expenses $1,792.15

Expat extras $2,986.97

7. Toronto, Canada — $5,077.28 (£3,815.65).

7. Toronto, Canada — $5,077.28 (£3,815.65).

Basic expenses: $1,443.17

Expat expenses: $3,634.12

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands — $5,185.62 (£3,897.07).

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands — $5,185.62 (£3,897.07).

Basic expenses: $1,302.73

Expat expenses: $3,882.89

5. Hong Kong — $5,306.12 (£3,987.63).

5. Hong Kong — $5,306.12 (£3,987.63).

Basic expenses: $1,451.46

Expat extras: $3,854.66

4. Frankfurt, Germany — $5,315.26 (£3,994.50).

4. Frankfurt, Germany — $5,315.26 (£3,994.50).

Basic expenses: $1,172.95

Expat extras: $4,142.30

3. Dubai, UAE — $5,856.99 (£4,401.62).

3. Dubai, UAE — $5,856.99 (£4,401.62).

Basic expenses: $1,311.10

Expat extras: $4,545.89

2. Brussels, Belgium — $6,159.22 (£4,628.75).

2. Brussels, Belgium  — $6,159.22 (£4,628.75).

Basic expenses: $1,431.18

Expat expenses: $4,728.04

1. Geneva, Switzerland — $6,326.73 (£4,754.63).

1. Geneva, Switzerland — $6,326.73 (£4,754.63).

Basic expenses: $2,099.30

Expat extras: $4,227.43

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