With the beginning of the war, the most massive wave of internal displacements in almost 32 years of Ukraine's independence began. It is logical that most of the Ukrainians from the megacities moved to the western regions of Ukraine (Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhgorod, Chernivtsi, Transcarpathia). Notably, residents of towns and villages in the border regions of Ukraine (Donetsk, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Dnipro) began to move to the metropolises of Ukraine free from occupation — Kharkiv and Dnipro. This is important to understand in order to catch an interesting feature of the change in the price policy of housing rent: in the western regions, the prices for housing rent jumped, and in Kharkiv and Dnipro, they fell because there was a replacement of the native population with immigrants from the provinces. According to data from the International organization for migration for January 2023, the leader in receiving refugees is Kyiv, followed by Kharkiv (465.000 internally displaced persons) and Dnipro (367.000).
Accordingly, the lowest prices for a 1-room apartment in Ukraine are in the border and occupied regions: Donetsk, Luhansk, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, Crimea. Here you can rent housing from $55.
Previously, the most expensive city to rent was Kyiv, after the war — Lviv, and now — Uzhgorod, a sakura city on the border with Hungary. Here, prices have increased on $137 on average, so the average amount that will have to be paid for a 1-room apartment is $356. And what about Kyiv? Rental prices have fallen, and here you can find housing from $218.