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) £5.62
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.67
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.86
12 eggs, large £2.69
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.94
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.49
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.98
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.78
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £9
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.89
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £1,805
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 £157
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,084
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £749
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £150
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £21
40” flat screen TV £333
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £83
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £11
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) £65
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) £69
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £74
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £18,350
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.21
Monthly ticket public transport £98
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £70
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £3.28
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.60
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.22
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.76
Tube of toothpaste £1.53
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) £121
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £55
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £2.96
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.38
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB £409
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.14
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 227
2nd Bristol 175
3rd Oxford 174
4th Cambridge 167
5th Portsmouth 165
6th Brighton and Hove 162
7th Reading, Berkshire 160
8th Edinburgh 159
9th Aberdeen 156
10th Birmingham 153
11th York 151
12th Leicester 150
13th Exeter 150
14th Manchester 149
15th Southampton 148
16th Ipswich 146
17th Leeds 145
18th Belfast 142
19th Nottingham 142
20th Glasgow 141
21st Kingston upon Hull 140
22nd Newcastle upon Tyne 140
23rd Plymouth 139
24th Peterborough 137
25th Cardiff 134
26th Liverpool 133
27th Sheffield 133

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

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in London costs £1,118 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in London costs £90 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pt. beer in neighbourhood pub in London costs £4.55 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in London costs £3.50 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in London costs £8 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for one in London costs £40 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in London costs £35 (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in London costs £2.00 (1 day ago)
  • 250 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in London costs £3.20 (1 day ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in London costs £2.00 (1 day ago)