The problem to rent a good flat for a long term at reasonable prices in Minsk is really hot-burning nowadays. Especially for ordinary Belorussians, whose average salary is nearly 500 USD a month (according to the statistics).
Some people claim that it is not a problem to rent a good flat in Minsk for 200 USD a month. The real estate specialists have calculated that the cost of rent should not be more than 20% of the monthly income of the person. In Minsk this sum is something like $100. But what do we have in reality?
In those flats, which cost less than $200, the living conditions are really poor. The only furniture in such apartments is a wooden bed, a table, a chair and, if you are really lucky, a wardrobe. Not mentioning the location of the apartment which surely will be inconvenient. More or less modern apartments are offered for 350 USD / month or more. It may go up to 2000-3000 USD / month for a luxury long term apartment in the very center.
It turns out, that it is actually possible to rent a flat for $200 a month, but your life in it will turn into survival. So, stories about good and very cheap apartments in Minsk, unfortunately, are just myths.
Check the photo of the apartment for 190 USD / month (water, electricity and other fees are not included of course):