Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £3,842
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,262
  • 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 87% of countries in the World (12 out of 85)
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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) £5.84
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.88
12 eggs, large £2.44
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.04
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.95
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.73
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of coca-cola £1.87
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.01
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,979
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,377
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £141
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,227
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,020
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £108
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £23
40” flat screen tv £334
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £84
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £7
Hourly rate for cleaning help £12
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £69
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £31
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £71
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £76
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £19,731
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.26
Monthly ticket public transport £94
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.01
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £81
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £3.45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.66
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.93
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.81
Tube of toothpaste £1.50
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £12
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £29
2 tickets to the movies £20
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £108
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £57
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.61
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £414
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 £11

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 220
2nd Luton 167
3rd Oxford 166
4th Brighton and Hove 162
5th Bristol 161
6th Manchester 158
7th Reading, Berkshire 158
8th Edinburgh 155
9th York 149
10th Portsmouth 149
11th Aberdeen 147
12th Norwich 146
13th Kingston upon Hull 146
14th Leeds 143
15th Stoke-on-Trent 143
16th Southampton 143
17th Ipswich 141
18th Exeter 141
19th Plymouth 141
20th Belfast 138
21st Swansea 136
22nd Peterborough 133
23rd Preston 132
24th Dundee 129

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

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Leicester costs £675 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Leicester costs £3.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Leicester costs £0.15 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 pt. beer in neighbourhood pub in Leicester costs £3.41 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Leicester costs £1.00 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Leicester costs £50 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Leicester costs £1.11 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Leicester costs £30 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Leicester costs £9 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Leicester costs £20 (about 16 hours ago)