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) £5.59
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.62
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.87
12 eggs, large £2.67
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.84
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.76
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 £1,859
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £1,203
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £159
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,151
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £789
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £145
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £22
40” flat screen TV £337
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £85
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) £70
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £72
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £18,384
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.25
Monthly ticket public transport £94
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.38
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £74
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £3.48
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.52
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.22
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.80
Tube of toothpaste £1.54
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 £54
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.97
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.36
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB £401
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 226
2nd Oxford 171
3rd Cambridge 167
4th Bristol 163
5th Brighton and Hove 162
6th York 158
7th Reading, Berkshire 158
8th Portsmouth 156
9th Edinburgh 153
10th Norwich 150
11th Aberdeen 149
12th Exeter 147
13th Leeds 147
14th Manchester 147
15th Southampton 146
16th Birmingham 145
17th Ipswich 143
18th Nottingham 142
19th Glasgow 141
20th Belfast 141
21st Kingston upon Hull 141
22nd Leicester 140
23rd Newcastle upon Tyne 138
24th Swansea 138
25th Plymouth 136
26th Liverpool 136
27th Peterborough 136
28th Sheffield 135
29th Cardiff 135
30th Preston 132

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

  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Northampton costs £10 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Northampton costs £12 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Northampton costs £1.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Northampton costs £1.60 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 250 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Northampton costs £2.70 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Northampton costs £0.60 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for babysitter services in Liverpool costs £8 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in London costs £24 (1 day ago)
  • 1 year rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in London costs £1,254 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in London costs £30 (2 days ago)