Cost of living in Birmingham, United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in Birmingham

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £3,388
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £1,704
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £5.67
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £4.05
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.89
12 eggs, large £2.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.71
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.83
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.51
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of coca-cola £1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.90
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,253
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,019
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £322
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,275
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,029
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £94
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £29
40” flat screen tv £316
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £97
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £9
Hourly rate for cleaning help £11
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £67
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £41
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £77
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £66
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £21,769
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.22
Monthly ticket public transport £70
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £13
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.89
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 £2.89
Tube of toothpaste £2.63
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £14
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £23
2 tickets to the movies £22
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 £65
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £8
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.10
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.24
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £410
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district £26
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £10
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 233 prices entered by 25 different people.
Latest price update: January 16, 2021

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