Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £4,208
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,460
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 72% of countries in Western Europe (6 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 83% of countries in the World (13 out of 71)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.47
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.95
12 eggs, large £2.99
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.07
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.04
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.78
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.75
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of coca-cola £2.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.92
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £2,077
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,570
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £193
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,287
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,041
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £136
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £25
40” flat screen tv £275
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £91
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £13
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) £73
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £75
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £23,466
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.70
Monthly ticket public transport £95
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.73
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £10
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £83
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £2.70
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.75
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.76
4 rolls of toilet paper £2.04
Tube of toothpaste £1.59
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £15
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £35
2 tickets to the movies £21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £119
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £61
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £5.25
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £470
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.13
1 month of gym membership in business district £39
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £13

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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 193
2nd Brighton and Hove 139
3rd Bristol 139
4th Reading, Berkshire 127
5th Oxford 126
6th Leeds 125
7th Birmingham 125
8th Plymouth 121
9th Portsmouth 116
10th Stoke-on-Trent 114
11th Aberdeen 114
12th Norwich 114
13th Belfast 113
14th Dundee 110
15th Northampton 107

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

  • 6 eggs, large in Aberdeen costs £1.70 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 uk pt of whole fat milk in Aberdeen costs £0.92 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 85m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Aberdeen costs £860 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Cardiff costs £55 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Manchester costs £10 (3 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in London costs £25 (4 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Aberdeen costs £775 (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Nottingham costs £15 (5 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Newcastle upon Tyne costs £22 (6 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Newcastle upon Tyne costs £1.49 (6 days ago)

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