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Your 1st month in London would cost $3,207—here's what you'd need to try life in the world's 15 priciest cities

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Moving expenses can add up, especially if you're headed overseas. The cost of a visa alone will run you over $2,000 in Auckland, New Zealand, according to apartment website Nestpick, which compared relocation costs for 80 bustling cities around the globe.

Nestpick analyzed how much the first month in each location would run a single person, taking into account visa fees, rent for a one-bedroom furnished apartment, transportation and the price of food, internet and a phone plan. It's worth noting  that the analysis focuses mostly on the first month's worth of expenses in the new location and doesn't include the costs related to the physical move, such as shipping boxes, hiring movers or plane tickets to your destination. 

Out of the top 10 most expensive cities, two are located in the United States: San Francisco and New York. In both places, the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom is over $2,000. Los Angeles and Seattle also make the top 15.

Below, check out how much it takes to relocate to 15 of the most expensive cities in the world.

Singapore

  • First month total: $2,295.40
  • Visa fees: $69.96
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,390.70
  • Estimated food costs: $691.80
  • Transportation: $76.69
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Melbourne, Australia

  • First month total: $2,469.62
  • Visa fees: $534.57
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,033.36
  • Estimated food costs: $686.07
  • Transportation: $109.35
Melbourne, Australia
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Los Angeles

  • First month total: $2,508.31
  • Visa fees: $188.75
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,654.31
  • Estimated food costs: $694.53
  • Transportation: $105.78
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Hong Kong

  • First month total: $2,515.25
  • Visa fees: $24.19
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,654.31
  • Estimated food costs: $713.72
  • Transportation: $61.30
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Seattle

  • First month total: $2,568.78
  • Visa fees: $188.75
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,330.95
  • Estimated food costs: $827.83
  • Transportation: $104.78
Seattle, Washington.
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • First month total: $2,729.51
  • Visa fees: $680.22
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,265.34
  • Estimated food costs: $593.97
  • Transportation: $102.62
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Tel Aviv, Israel

  • First month total: $2,891.85
  • Visa fees: $1,081.37
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,079.05
  • Estimated food costs: $613.82
  • Transportation: $66.85
Israel, Tel Aviv, Jaffa the old part of the city, overlooking the city center, the Mahmoudiya Mosque
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Zurich, Switzerland

  • First month total: $2,899.98
  • Visa fees: $70.13
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,383.67
  • Estimated food costs: $1,193.96
  • Transportation: $92.16
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Oslo, Norway

  • First month total: $2,921.90
  • Visa fees: $659.98
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,184.50
  • Estimated food costs: $908.73
  • Transportation: $89.52
The Norway city of Oslo topped JLL's Investment Intensity Index for commercial real estate.
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Sydney, Australia

  • First month total: $3,000.27
  • Visa fees: $534.57
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,505.52
  • Estimated food costs: $723.69
  • Transportation: $127.71
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London, United Kingdom

  • First month total: $3,207.41
  • Visa fees: $810.13
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,596.90
  • Estimated food costs: $559.82
  • Transportation: $168.71
Morning aerial view on London skyline from One Canada Square Tower aka Canary Wharf.
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New York City

  • First month total: $3,374.21
  • Visa fees: $188.75
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $2,004.62
  • Estimated food costs: $940.72
  • Transportation: $123.23
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San Francisco

  • First month total: $3,768.68
  • Visa fees: $188.75
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $2,379.54
  • Estimated food costs: $1,013.53
  • Transportation: $74.04
San Francisco, California
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Auckland, New Zealand

  • First month total: $4,002.76
  • Visa fees: $2,159.46
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $924.72
  • Estimated food costs: $694.34
  • Transportation: $104.66
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • First month total: $4,251.68
  • Visa fees: $2,125.72
  • Median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,341.49
  • Estimated food costs: $531.51
  • Transportation: $69.14
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