Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £4,363
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,451
  • United Kingdom is the 4th most expensive country in Western Europe (4 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 86% of countries in the World (10 out of 66)
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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) £8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £4.27
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £1.19
12 eggs, large £3.76
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.35
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £5.39
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.90
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £2.28
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £10
2 liters of coca-cola £2.41
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.06
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,914
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,579
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £231
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,534
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £888
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £195
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £28
40” flat screen tv £374
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £102
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £7
Hourly rate for cleaning help £16
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £78
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £34
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £88
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £74
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £27,350
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.47
Monthly ticket public transport £84
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.69
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £8
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £92
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £4.42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.97
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £4.14
4 rolls of toilet paper £2.48
Tube of toothpaste £1.80
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £14
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £43
2 tickets to the movies £19
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £131
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.75
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £5.66
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £603
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.29
1 month of gym membership in business district £38
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 224
2nd Newcastle upon Tyne 139
3rd Manchester 138
4th Edinburgh 137
5th Brighton and Hove 137
6th York 128
7th Glasgow 124
8th Plymouth 123
9th Portsmouth 119
10th Stoke-on-Trent 119
11th Norwich 116
12th Swansea 116
13th Dundee 113

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

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Coventry costs £3.50 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Coventry costs £50 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Coventry costs £25 (1 day ago)
  • 33 cl domestic beer in the supermarket in Coventry costs £2.88 (1 day ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Coventry costs £6.00 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Stoke-on-Trent costs £120 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Luton costs £5.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Edinburgh costs £1.70 (2 days ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Gloucester costs £2.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Belfast costs £20 (3 days ago)

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