Cost of living in United Kingdom

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) £5.52
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.78
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.83
12 eggs, large £2.64
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.05
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.85
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.70
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of Coca-Cola £1.78
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.86
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area £1,888
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area £1,353
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £174
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area £1,152
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area £878
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio £135
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) £21
40” flat screen TV £322
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) £76
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 £77
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new £18,347
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.18
Monthly ticket public transport £110
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) £69
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) £2.80
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.65
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.23
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.71
Tube of toothpaste £1.62
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £13
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £30
2 tickets to the movies £20
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 £3.00
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.35
iPad Air 2, 64GB £411
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.14
1 month of gym membership in business district £46
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes £9

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 228
2nd Bristol 184
3rd Coventry 182
4th Birmingham 182
5th Portsmouth 180
6th Oxford 178
7th Cambridge 176
8th Reading, Berkshire 173
9th Aberdeen 169
10th Brighton and Hove 167
11th Edinburgh 164
12th Leeds 160
13th Newcastle upon Tyne 159
14th Manchester 156
15th Belfast 155
16th Leicester 152
17th York 150
18th Cardiff 149
19th Glasgow 146
20th Southampton 145
21st Nottingham 140
22nd Liverpool 138
23rd Sheffield 133
24th Kingston upon Hull 130

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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in London costs £45 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 pt. beer in neighbourhood pub in London costs £3.41 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in London costs £55 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in London costs £25 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in London costs £40 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in London costs £15 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Public transport in London costs £127 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in London costs £1.00 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in London costs £3.41 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 6 eggs, large in London costs £4.00 (about 20 hours ago)