Cost of living in United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in United Kingdom

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £3,830
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,238
  • 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 88% of countries in the World (11 out of 82)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £5.84
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.40
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.90
12 eggs, large £2.42
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.08
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £1.86
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £1.69
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of coca-cola £1.88
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.99
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £1,969
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,330
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,249
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,037
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £108
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £22
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) £71
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) £73
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £77
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £19,845
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.25
Monthly ticket public transport £97
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £4.04
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £86
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £3.45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.61
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £3.89
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.84
Tube of toothpaste £1.51
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) £105
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £56
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.13
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £4.67
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £415
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.13
1 month of gym membership in business district £40
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 217
2nd Luton 165
3rd Oxford 163
4th Brighton and Hove 162
5th Bristol 158
6th Reading, Berkshire 155
7th Manchester 155
8th Edinburgh 153
9th York 150
10th Portsmouth 146
11th Aberdeen 144
12th Leeds 144
13th Norwich 144
14th Kingston upon Hull 143
15th Southampton 141
16th Stoke-on-Trent 141
17th Ipswich 139
18th Exeter 139
19th Plymouth 138
20th Belfast 137
21st Swansea 133
22nd Peterborough 131
23rd Preston 130
24th Dundee 127

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 - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Newcastle upon Tyne costs £870 (about 22 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 480 sqft furnished studio in expensive area in Manchester costs £1,211 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in London costs £20 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Leicester costs £20 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Oxford costs £10 (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Newcastle upon Tyne costs £900 (3 days ago)
  • Weekly rent - 45m2 furnished studio in normal area in Reading, Berkshire costs £5,160 (3 days ago)
  • Public transport in London costs £50 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in London costs £22 (4 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Norwich costs £90 (5 days ago)

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