Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £3,631
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,119
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 68% of countries in Western Europe (7 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 86% of countries in the World (14 out of 96)
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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) £5.80
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.31
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.86
12 eggs, large £2.32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.93
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £3.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.82
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.97
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 £1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.96
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,790
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,347
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £132
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,028
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £109
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £23
40” flat screen tv £315
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £85
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £7
Hourly rate for cleaning help £12
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £68
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £30
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £69
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £71
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £20,092
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.27
Monthly ticket public transport £81
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.67
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £83
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £3.03
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.41
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.37
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.72
Tube of toothpaste £1.43
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £12
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £30
2 tickets to the movies £20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £106
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £54
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.94
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.40
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £388
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.11
1 month of gym membership in business district £33
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £11

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:
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 Brighton and Hove 169
3rd Oxford 167
4th Bristol 164
5th Cambridge 164
6th Reading, Berkshire 161
7th Southampton 160
8th Edinburgh 158
9th Manchester 157
10th Portsmouth 154
11th York 154
12th Glasgow 153
13th Birmingham 153
14th Norwich 151
15th Nottingham 151
16th Kingston upon Hull 150
17th Aberdeen 149
18th Stoke-on-Trent 147
19th Leeds 147
20th Ipswich 145
21st Exeter 145
22nd Plymouth 144
23rd Newcastle upon Tyne 144
24th Belfast 144
25th Liverpool 142
26th Leicester 141
27th Cardiff 139
28th Swansea 138
29th Peterborough 137
30th Preston 135
31st Dundee 133
32nd Sheffield 125

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.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pt. beer in neighbourhood pub in Liverpool costs £5.11 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Liverpool costs £3.00 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Liverpool costs £60 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Liverpool costs £60 (about 10 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Liverpool costs £20 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Liverpool costs £25 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Liverpool costs £10 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 45m2 furnished studio in normal area in Liverpool costs £538 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 45m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Liverpool costs £753 (about 10 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, weekly rent - 85m2 in Liverpool costs £753 (about 10 hours ago)