Cost of living in United Kingdom

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £11
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) £5.61
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.87
12 eggs, large £2.70
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.50
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.81
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £9
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.92
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £1,839
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £1,197
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £151
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,117
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £771
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £153
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £21
40” flat screen TV £335
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £84
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) £64
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) £70
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £71
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £18,212
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.23
Monthly ticket public transport £95
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £71
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £3.42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.52
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.24
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.76
Tube of toothpaste £1.52
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £13
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £31
2 tickets to the movies £21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £115
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.95
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.35
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB £402
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.15
1 month of gym membership in business district £43
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 219
2nd Oxford 167
3rd Cambridge 163
4th Portsmouth 158
5th Brighton and Hove 158
6th Reading, Berkshire 155
7th Bristol 155
8th Edinburgh 147
9th York 146
10th Aberdeen 145
11th Exeter 144
12th Southampton 143
13th Manchester 142
14th Birmingham 142
15th Leeds 141
16th Leicester 141
17th Ipswich 139
18th Belfast 138
19th Kingston upon Hull 138
20th Glasgow 136
21st Nottingham 136
22nd Newcastle upon Tyne 134
23rd Plymouth 133
24th Peterborough 132
25th Liverpool 132
26th Swansea 132
27th Cardiff 131
28th Sheffield 131

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

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Edinburgh costs £42 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for one in Edinburgh costs £51 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Edinburgh costs £65 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Edinburgh costs £20 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for one in Edinburgh costs £108 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Edinburgh costs £1.52 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Edinburgh costs £1.97 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 250 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Edinburgh costs £4.37 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Edinburgh costs £1.81 (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Edinburgh costs £2.94 (about 22 hours ago)