Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £4,449
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,670
  • United Kingdom is the 3rd most expensive country in Western Europe (3 out of 20)
  • Cost of living in United Kingdom is more expensive than in 93% of countries in the World (8 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £5.95
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.89
12 eggs, large £2.81
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £3.85
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.82
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £9
2 liters of coca-cola £1.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.02
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £2,233
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,760
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £177
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,589
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,227
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £140
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £26
40” flat screen tv £294
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £101
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £13
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £67
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) £74
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £85
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £22,731
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.56
Monthly ticket public transport £113
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £90
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £2.50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.57
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.42
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.89
Tube of toothpaste £1.29
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £14
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £36
2 tickets to the movies £24
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £140
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 £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.18
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £5.32
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £533
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district £40
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £12

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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 245
2nd Brighton and Hove 169
3rd Bristol 167
4th Manchester 164
5th Oxford 159
6th Edinburgh 159
7th Reading, Berkshire 154
8th Leeds 151
9th Aberdeen 141
10th Stoke-on-Trent 140
11th Portsmouth 140
12th Belfast 137
13th Dundee 127
14th Plymouth 124

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

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Bristol costs £1,200 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bristol costs £1,800 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Bristol costs £1.35 (1 day ago)
  • 600 g of bread in Bristol costs £0.42 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Bristol costs £1.80 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bristol costs £8 (1 day ago)
  • 440 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bristol costs £1.14 (1 day ago)
  • 2.5 kg bag of potatoes in Bristol costs £0.80 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Bristol costs £2.00 (1 day ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Bristol costs £4.00 (1 day ago)

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