Cost of living in United Kingdom

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) £5.54
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.63
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.85
12 eggs, large £2.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.98
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.34
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.87
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.77
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.79
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.87
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £1,744
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £1,240
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £163
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,011
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £751
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £147
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £21
40” flat screen TV £329
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £77
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) £63
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) £32
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) £67
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £71
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £17,750
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.18
Monthly ticket public transport £101
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £67
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £2.93
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.64
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.45
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.71
Tube of toothpaste £1.61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £13
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £30
2 tickets to the movies £20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £114
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £53
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.94
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.27
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB £403
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district £45
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes £10

Map of Cost of Living in United Kingdom

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This map shows only the top cities in United Kingdom. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in United Kingdom

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st London 223
2nd Cambridge 174
3rd Coventry 174
4th Bristol 173
5th Portsmouth 172
6th Oxford 171
7th Birmingham 168
8th Brighton and Hove 163
9th Reading, Berkshire 162
10th Aberdeen 161
11th Edinburgh 160
12th Newcastle upon Tyne 151
13th Manchester 150
14th York 146
15th Belfast 145
16th Southampton 144
17th Leeds 143
18th Leicester 141
19th Sheffield 140
20th Plymouth 139
21st Liverpool 138
22nd Glasgow 138
23rd Cardiff 135
24th Nottingham 132
25th Kingston upon Hull 127

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to United Kingdom? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in UK of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in London costs £1,935 (about 9 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Southampton costs £25 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Southampton costs £450 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Southampton costs £4.00 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Southampton costs £50 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Southampton costs £85 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Southampton costs £25 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Southampton costs £12 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Southampton costs £8 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Southampton costs £1.00 (about 22 hours ago)