Cost of living in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in Birmingham

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £3,535
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £1,870
  • Birmingham is the 3rd cheapest city in UK (6 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Birmingham is more expensive than in 67% of cities in Western Europe (29 out of 86)
  • Cost of living in Birmingham is more expensive than in 66% of cities in the World (92 out of 269)
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List of prices in Birmingham
Current as of Jun 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £5.39
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.11
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.96
12 eggs, large £2.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £3.01
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £1.03
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.74
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £10
2 liters of coca-cola £1.95
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.99
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,636
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,037
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £289
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £809
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £790
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £84
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £26
40” flat screen tv £337
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £88
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £7
Hourly rate for cleaning help £12
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £62
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £27
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £72
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £63
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £24,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.58
Monthly ticket public transport £55
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £12
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £7
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £100
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £2.65
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.98
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.40
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.99
Tube of toothpaste £2.63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £13
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £23
2 tickets to the movies £20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £93
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £49
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.98
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.03
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £410
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.19
1 month of gym membership in business district £25
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 114 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: June 30, 2022

Birmingham position in our World Ranking

the world
92nd
out of 269
western europe
29th
out of 86
uk
6th
out of 8

Cheapest and most expensive products in Birmingham compared to other cities:

the world
4th
western europe
1st
western europe
1st
western europe
4th
western europe
4th

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