A sprinkling of familiar city names - London, for example - figure in the top twenty most expensive cities to rent property in a Telegraph survey. Top of the pile is Monaco. For a decent city centre property in this tax haven, prepare to cough up almost £6,000 for an average 1291 sq ft apartment (120 sq.m). But there are surprising bargains elsewhere - with fantastic culture, climate and architecture thrown in. Let's take a look.
London remains still close to the top at number two at £5,683, with Bermuda and New York not far behind. Geneva, surprisingly, appears more of a bargain at number 10 where it will cost you around £3,000 a month for a generous-sized apartment.
City pads - for how much?
1. Monaco - £5,931
2 UK, London - £5,683
3 Bermuda - £4,182
4 US, New York - £4,057
5 Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island - £4,013
6 Japan, Tokyo - £3,856
7 France, Paris - £3,787
8 Russia, Moscow - £3,749
9 Singapore - £3,159
10 Switzerland, Geneva - £3,050
However - see below - you can rent an attractive city centre property in Rome for £2,548 per month. That's less than half the cost of what a similar property in London might cost you.
If you can stand the chill, Helsinki is even better value for money at £2,085 a month. But Amsterdam - £1,972 a month - stands out as best value. A full £3,711 cheaper a month than London.
11 Italy, Rome - £2,548
12 Bahamas - £2,404
13 India, Mumbai - £2,295
14 BVI, Tortola - £2,260
15 Ukraine, Kiev - £2,218
16 Barbados, St James - £2,202
17 Canada, Toronto - £2,129
18 Finland, Helsinki - £2,085
19 Cayman Is., Grand Cayman - £2,055
20 Netherlands, Amsterdam - £1,972 for a 1291 sq ft apartment (120 sq.m) per month
Figures sourced from the Daily Telegraph/Global Property Guide