Cost of Living in London

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 95.42
Rent Index: 86.31
Groceries Index: 70.78
Restaurants Index: 101.92
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 91.10
Local Purchasing Power: 88.55
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 £ 40.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 £ 4.79-6.29
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 £ 3.50-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 £ 3.50-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.60 £ 2.30-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.17 £ 0.79-1.80
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.93 £ 0.60-1.20
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.50 £ 2.84-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 £ 0.64-1.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.67 £ 0.45-0.91
Eggs (12) 2.22 £ 1.53-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.73 £ 1.81-4.08
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.13 £ 2.27-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.41 £ 2.72-6.35
Apples (1 lb) 0.87 £ 0.64-1.13
Banana (1 lb) 0.48 £ 0.31-0.77
Oranges (1 lb) 0.90 £ 0.64-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 0.89 £ 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.57 £ 0.39-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.35-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.78 £ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.90 £ 0.60-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.52 £ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.69 £ 1.10-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 £ 7.50-10.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 £ 2.00-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 130.00 £ 120.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 £ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 £ 3.20-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 45.00 £ 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.19 £ 3.90-4.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 £ 16,000.00-20,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 150.78 £ 89.47-230.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 £ 0.10-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 23.86 £ 16.70-30.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 48.24 £ 30.00-68.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.95 £ 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 £ 10.00-15.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.04 £ 50.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.81 £ 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 63.86 £ 50.00-80.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 75.33 £ 50.00-100.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,679.85 £ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,165.50 £ 1,000.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,380.99 £ 2,500.00-4,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,941.89 £ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,713.76 £ 1,114.83-2,136.75
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 813.82 £ 557.41-1,021.92
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,033.35 £ 1,500.00-2,900.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.51 2.70-4.00

Prices in London, United Kingdom

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Last update: May, 2016
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100 Comments so far
#melbourne boy on Apr 21, 2016 :
Hi to Londoner and everyone,

Londoner that was a very good post and knowledge you distributed about getting better deals and how to live more cheaply by being smart and active in finding where the better value is.

Please post more as it is very helpful and encouraging.
#Krzechu on Apr 17, 2016 :
London is close to a juncture since despite the quality of life is falling is still the main destination for new migrants in Europe due to the language and the very active job market.

The cost range is getting wider as the difference between social classes since on one side are flocking to London millionaires from undeveloped countries that whoknowshowtheymadethosemoney and UK is more than happy to welcome them and let em launder the money in the british market; on the other side an army of economic migrants (mostly uneducated but even in some educated jobs like IT) coming from countries with some level of turmoil in wages like Pakistan and Poland, and they contribute to push down the salaries since they're fine with low wages, they come with no family and are ok living in 7 in one flat, sipping a cheap beer in the corner of the street and send what they can save back to the homecountry.
#Londoner on Apr 16, 2016 :
London is a city if extremes. You can live cheaply if you make an effort and smart choices.

People have died whilst cycling in London but usually at busy this usually involves trucks and interesections. I dont feel unsafe but am vary aware of the traffic around me. You can try out cyclingbon the santander bikes available around the city. Theft can be an issue if you have to leave a bike outside overnight.

Buses are cheaper than the tube. Its a lot cheaper if you dont have to travel through zone 1 so try to live and work in the same side of London.

There are lots of genuinely free offers. For example, Waitrose supermarket give you a free hot drink each day, no purchase needed. Google 'free stuff london'. Get an 02 sim card (free online), install the 02 priority app and get free hot drinks, food and other items.

Get a card that gives you half price or 2for1 restaurant meals. or join the mailing list for special discounts at your favourite place.

Over the years I have managed to live near work and walk in 15-20 minutes to mayfair, soho, aldgate, fulham for £500pm for a room in a shared house including bills. Prices are going up but many landlords who have rented out properties for years havent increased prices if they have good tenants. The problem is there is huge competition for people wanting to rent cheap rooms. Try finding rooms on but make sure you know who you hand your deposit to. Scam artists often pretend to be the owner of a property when in fact its a airbnb etc flat they have rented for a few days.

Supermarkets mark down food around 7pm so you can pick up meat/veges for as little as 10p if you are lucky. Supermarkets are very competitive and have lots of specials so shop around. Organic food is more expensive so try ine of the many local markets.

Join quidco and get cashback for signing up to phone/electricity contacts that you need anyway. You can get £100 per contract depending on the offers at the time. Its also good for online shopping. I have received over £800 in cash back so far.

Check for tips on how to save money. There are lots of UK websites that help you save money, compare supermarket prices etc.

The cost of living in London really depends on how much effort you want to put into saving money.
#Karina on Apr 13, 2016 :
Hello everyone. I have a question :) What is the minimum to life in London for a single person in your opinion in 2016? Rent (a room probably ), food (meat, fish, vegetables, fruit etc.- cooking at home and eating out sometimes), tube/bus, phone . Plus things like being able to buy new clothes, shoes, cosmetics when needed , go to the cinema or go on holiday . Would also be great to save a little bit - 20-30% of net income. How much do you have to earn to have that kind of life in London ? Thank you . All the best ;)
#Taaj on Mar 31, 2016 :
@Miguel "Another example is many of my colleagues in IT go for the cheapest option at lunch time, when you get 3K or 4K a month net and you are counting every penny, something must be really wrong."

is not only about counting the pennies because is an expensive city.

If even your colleagues are expats, many of them are economic migrants (even the educated people in IT, I experienced this even in Dubai) that have no plans to stay to live in a city like London, but just to save as much as they can and then go back home and buy their house.

Just to give an example, most poles in London used to do this since 2003.
#DingDong on Mar 31, 2016 :
Hi Miguel and everyone,

that was a really good post and makes a very worthwhile point that you can live very cheaply so long as you are flexible, tolerant and willing to co-dwell with others and share in the rent costs.

Housing is the huge expense in every major attractive city whether it's London, San Francisco, Beverley Hills, New York, Melbourne, Sydney.

So by swallowing your pride and being more adaptable by sharing your lodgings with others you can now take the pressure off and live a lot more cheaply and put some money away for a rainy day or a future in the sunshine...

Travel & Transport:

Firstly live without a car and that will save a ton of dough.

Public Transport .. From what I have read you can save a lot if you buy half yearly, full yearly or some other type ticket/pass. Use the internet to work out the best deals on saving money with public transport..

Bicycle, Moped, Walk..

Eat in and cook your own slop, if you eat out choose the cheap and cheerful curry huts and chinese takeaways..

Learn to be cheap.. find the coffee shops that offer the best deals.. always look for a bargain and a great deal.. Most important of all .. smile and enjoy life :)
#Miguel on Mar 27, 2016 :
I am Spanish and I have lived in London for more than 9 years, I am single and one of those fortunates to have a decent well-paid job (in IT). I have managed to spend around 1000 pound a month minimum doing some sacrifices to cover the basics: living further (Zone 2-3), sharing accommodation, cooking at home and cycling to work. This does not include going out or travelling or other purchases like clothes which pretty much cost the same everywhere in the world. So London is expensive but you can manage even with the minimum wage if you really want the London experience.

However lately the rent prices are going mad. If one day I have a family I think I will really struggle, any decent 3 bed apartment in zone 2-3 starts from 2500 pounds a month, then add transportation, food and other expenses for the kids as somebody else mentioned, a good private school and maybe one car. You easily need 5000-6000 to sustain a family and provide a good education, the same standard of living you can easily achieve, let's said in Spain, with a third of income.

There is something really wrong when you are in the high street of a borough and decent houses starts from 1 million and the shops you found are cheap takeways, lidl, poundlands and the street is full of beggars. If you can afford a 1 million house, you would expect really nice and expensive shops. Another example is many of my colleagues in IT go for the cheapest option at lunch time, when you get 3K or 4K a month net and you are counting every penny, something must be really wrong.
#Filipe on Feb 29, 2016 :
Hi all,

And thank you numbeo for give us this informations.

i have a question !

I planning to go to London in september 2016, (some oportunities is waiting for me ),
but i need to finish my last year of university.

And i found a rent for 700 pcm.

maybe my sallary will be 1555 ~ 2500 per month.

it will be enought to live in London ?
#Anonymous on Feb 29, 2016 :
Could someone please tell me whether a single female European college graduate stands any chance in this city to make it on her own? I am used to a very healthy and active lifestyle and I'm not sure whether I'd still be able to maintain it once I relocate. I've still got a bunch of unanswered questions and would be very grateful if anyone could assist. Regarding:


Is organic food affordable for regular folks?


Would it be practical to opt for a bike instead of using public transportation? I've once read it can be pretty unsafe.


I guess renting in the City Centre is out of the question but what if there's no alternative for me as a female on her own? I've got relatives in 3rd zone (Walthamstowe) whom I once visited and I know how unsafe those neighbourhoods can be. Plus, I've also read Zadie Smith's N-W and I highly doubt it's all fiction!


I could probably save from using the parks instead of the gym but again how safe is that going to be? The weather is another disadvantage, very unsuitable for outdoor activities.
#Geoff on Feb 05, 2016 :
A very useful resource. I suggest that Council Tax be added to these figures, as virtually everyone except for students has to pay it. At present the average across London is about £1298 per year, per property (Source: Dept. for Communities & Local Governement.)
#Anonymous on Jan 23, 2016 :
It's the same old story that's happening not only in London but also in Melbourne, Sydney, New York..

Real Estate has become the vehicle where people lay their hopes on getting rich and so it's become
a speculative trading asset and the prices just keep going up while the deep pocketed new arrivals (and many not even arriving) buy up all the stock pushing up the prices sky high and the ordinary wage/salary earning people living locally are left renting space in bedsits and backrooms..
#Doruk on Jan 22, 2016 :
Is it really too expensive to live

And if i go london to study how much money i will need ??
#FrenchInLond on Jan 19, 2016 :
London is great if you are rich ... I mean SUPER rich.
You'll always feel poor.
The real estate's price is crazy thanks to all the super rich people from third world country ( because they can speak english here, laundry their money & it's way easier to have a Visa than for the US)

My husband is a banker - we moved from Paris and with a six figure salary we can't buy a 3 bed flat in North London.
A 3 bed flat costs between 1 to 2 millions pounds in zone 2
It's 2x more expensive than Paris

The free school is generally really bad even in the the best neighborhoods - because there are council flats everywhere in London - you have to pay for a decent international/independent school,
It's 1500 pounds per month per kid.
In Paris, if you live in a good neighborhood, the free schools are great.

The medical system is a shame - it's impossible to see a specialist doctor - my kids never went to free doctor once here - because it's oversubscribed - if you are not in danger of dying or whatever they don't care - so we have to pay for private doctors
It's 100-200 pounds each time.
In Paris it's free.... and the quality of the medical system is great...

London is great, but if you have a family, it's not that good.
#TrueValue on Jan 14, 2016 :
The value of great UK currency has been falling over 15% from 0.588(benchmark) to 0.694 against a US dollar.

However, though the value of China currency has been falling but is still overvalued over 17% from 8(benchmark) to 5.9 against a US dollar.

It is best to always stick to the fair benchmark value to gain the utmost trust on currency value from all international holders
#Igor on Jan 14, 2016 :
Thanks #JoBoy ,I am coming from Croatia,here pay is like 500 euros and that isnt enough even for surivive..My gf will move in London a year after me so we will live together,she will have a job in bank for like 1500 pounds per month..So first year Ill be saving and when she come things will get better,and I am 19 years old..
#JoBoy on Jan 11, 2016 :

u can make it but living really like a student and with no whatsoever opportunity to both enjoy ur leisure time and save money.

Wherever u come from Igor think 2 times before making the move to a city like London that, despite the incredible cultural offer it has, it's every year more and more difficult to live a quality life.

If you're very young is a great choice mostly to grow up in a multicultural environment or to kickstart your career in a qualified job, otherwise I would check for a smaller and nicer city.
#JoBoy on Jan 05, 2016 :

a full flat 40-60 sqm you cannot find nothing for less than 1200-1500 GBP till zone 2-3.

The biggest problem is indeed real estate, and the transportation is quite expensive (130 GBP month), for the rest prices are ok, but it depends a lot on your salary ...

all the experienced IT specialists I know in London they all bank at least 3000 GBP a month net, and that's enough to live well
#igor on Dec 26, 2015 :
Hello,I am moving to London(alone),so whats the price of the flat per month?And how much money should I have for all other things(food,bills..) thanks :)
#If I were Rich... on Dec 16, 2015 :
I would buy a large manor house situated down a lonely leafy laneway deep in the English countryside surrounded by rolling green hills and woodlands...

In my driveway would be a late model Range Rover and my recreation activities would included playing Bridge on Friday nights with the local well healed town folk and Fox Hunting on horseback on Sunday mornings..

(even though I have no idea how to play Bridge let alone ride a horse... but it seems to be such a "country life" thing to do...)
#Jumbo The Elephant on Dec 16, 2015 :
London has changed so much over the years .. yet funnily enough some things remain much the same ..

I guess the biggest change has been house/property ownership and cost ..

Same thing is happening all over the world where very wealthy foreigners buy up property as a way of stock piling wealth in a safe asset .. or as someone said.. bullions in the sky...

One way to avoid this issue of un-affordable housing is to step back and move to the provenances or the countryside.. This is generally better suited to the self employed as jobs away from the big cities are less available.
#Italian on Dec 06, 2015 :
Mr. Administrator, please ban users who write offensive comments like the one posted by the user #Krzechu on Dec 02,2015. Thanks.
#Krzechu on Dec 02, 2015 :
Poles, Italians, Pakis and Indians that complain about how London is a barely livable place ...

if people from everywhere could stop to flock there maybe it eill become a better city
#r on Nov 24, 2015 :
Dear admins, please remove the transit prices link I added by mistake.
#Denis on Nov 05, 2015 :
Guys listen this city is anything but normal
Too expensive, overcrowded, shit weather, shit houses + overpriced, racist people ( even the migrants) and the salaries for sure you don't take that easy 1900£ after tax a month you have to be a very good specialist with a lot of years of experience in a job and not any job.
In a few words in this place you can't have a normal life you can't enjoy life that much is everything about business.
In my opinion I would rather be happy with less in a smaller city out or in UK than still poor and in London cause believe is not that easy to make money in this overpriced city that doesn't offer anything special
All the best to all expats
#L. Don on Oct 30, 2015 :
Everything has changed... I remember when London was like a community where we all clicked and felt like we had similar aspirations, circumstance, cultural connections and all in it together..

Now London is all about the top one per cent who have ruined the London I used to know ..

They greed and the money has pushed normal working people out of London and into the outskirts of civilization and often into the treadmill of keeping their heads above water..

Give me 1966 again .. swinging London was fun, cheap and we were all in it together..
A great time for music, pirate radio, movies, TV and the High Street Experience...
#Snappy Tom on Sep 29, 2015 :
here's my response to the post by yank..


The UK economy and more targeted the LONDON economy is doing fine .. the rich are getting richer than ever before ..

There is billions and billions of pounds/dollars floating around London, mega super mansions,
million dollar fancy sports cars and lifestyle of fun and fantasy.

Then there are the servants that make London tick over .. it's almost like the days of Dickens..


Same situation as in Aus as well .. higher weekend penalty rates which make it very difficult for small business, particularly small service and hospitality business (cafes, shops, restaurants)
when the rate is around $30 to $40 per hour on Sundays and public holidays.

Countries can't just loosen wages and awards because the unions all gang up and hold the government to ransom and you end up with no change ..

The only way around it is with higher inflation and devaluation of the local currency.


We're in the age of "create your own job" and "be your own service provider"
because all the old manufacturing jobs are shifted offshore and more and more retail
has shifted to the internet.

This isn't just a UK thing, this is the same in Aus and US/CA and all over..
#Hack London on Sep 22, 2015 :
"how to hack London and live well on a shoestring"

You can have a cheap and fun life in London if you know how to hack the system and compromise on a few things ..

Number 1 way to save a fortune:

First key to living cheaply is to share your accommodation - get some roommates in and split the rent & bills 3 or 4 ways ...

Second is to find all the cheap places where you can eat well for Indian curries and Chinese food ..

Learn to cook for you and your roommates

Find the best prices and tickets for using public transport - or if you can, get a bicycle and ride around London town for free..


1. nightclubs, pubs & fancy restaurants .. (it's the fastest way to make your money disappear)
2. expensive and demanding girl/boy friends
3. smoking (bad for your health and expensive)
4. lottery tickets (really they are a waste of money except for the 0.0000000001% who actually win)
5. owning a car (unless you need a car or van for your work) (the cost of running and maintaining a car is very expensive)

Please post your "how to hack London and live well on a shoestring" posts here for us to read..
#Circle of Fifths on Sep 18, 2015 :
London has tons of space .. lot's of green parks, lakes and sprawling mansions set on acres of private manicured gardens set behind secure 12 foot high brick walls..

London is now more of a rich person's playground.. multi million pound mansions, bomb proof secure apartments and million dollar sports cars...
#Krzechu on Aug 26, 2015 :
Everybody whine about the cost of real estate in London, but if all the pakis in the world both brown and white (poles) wanna relocate in London I cannot c why the prices should fall ...
there's no space anymore in London
#Lulzim Hasani on Aug 16, 2015 :
Hello everyone

I'm Lulzim Hasani from Kosovo, also student, I'm very interested for seasonal job at London like international student. Can somebody to tell me for job. Thank you very much.
#An Idiot on Jul 21, 2015 :
#mike on Jul 13, 2015 :
Wow.. everyone here sounds rich..I earn roughly 32k a year before tax and that is more than sufficient. I live on the border on london and takes me only 45 minutes to get to the center my rent is roughly 500 per month.

I know people who earn 24k per year and live comfortably... what on earth do you guys spend your money on?!

anyone who earns 25k or more and cant survive in london is either:-
A. A idiot
B. Needs to ditch the gold digging girlfriend
C. Is a drug addict.

Dear Mike,

Would you be so kind to enlighten us as to where I could find myself a place to live, only 45 minutes from London, for only 500 GBP per month? I am currently paying GBP 1095 outside London, plus around GBP 400 in train fares... Not much left for a comfortable lifestile obviously..
#mike on Jul 13, 2015 :
Wow.. everyone here sounds rich..I earn roughly 32k a year before tax and that is more than sufficient. I live on the border on london and takes me only 45 minutes to get to the center my rent is roughly 500 per month.

I know people who earn 24k per year and live comfortably... what on earth do you guys spend your money on?!

anyone who earns 25k or more and cant survive in london is either:-
A. A idiot
B. Needs to ditch the gold digging girlfriend
C. Is a drug addict.
#Ashfaq on Jul 09, 2015 :
Dear All,

Please anyone can guide me that how much GBP will be need approximately for two weeks tourism in London.

Many thanks.
#Elizabeth on Jul 01, 2015 :
I question some of the averages - where can you find a 1br flat for £1,600 in central London? Seems impossible!
#DrJay DrJay on Jun 06, 2015 :
I don't understand people's questions "is this enough to live on/is that enough salary?" - ALL THE DATA IS ABOVE IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE!!! You are ON the webpage that has the answers; they're ABOVE!All those data tables you were looking at before you arrived at the comments section! Those ARE the answers!

Add the rent + utilities + phone + food + whatever-you-personally-buy data = monthly cost for you in that city. Consider using the ranges to the right in lieu of the point estimates to the left & you will have a very good statistical range...

How can you people be clever enough to make it to this website & then so stupid as to not be able to USE the data you're staring at?!?
#Kathanika David on May 31, 2015 :
Hi, my dad is in London right now. I am worried if he will be safe
#NILESH SINGH on May 30, 2015 :
hello i got a job in london and my monthly salary is 4550 pounds it's enough to live comfortably in london. pls suugest me as sson as.
#penihas on May 18, 2015 :
HI... im 18 years old planning to study in London and im a middle class person
my question is... how much money do i require for my studies and for my living?
#Kasia on May 14, 2015 :
I live in London, i think if you earn in Pounds everything is easier ,food is noting if you buy in tesco, you can pay your rent for one weeks wage, some more comments on my blog
#pp on Mar 27, 2015 :
i work in London and have done so for the last 10 years, there are far more places to live and work in London than London itself, if you are happy to commute upto a hour and half. if you book travel in advance or find a place were regular coaches run from, Aylesbury, Stevenage to name just two, other cities have lots to offer without the expece, avoid Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool and look at Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham, Sheffield, York and Leeds and same there look at commuting in
#adimay24 on Mar 18, 2015 :
I have got a job offer for 243000 per annum at london. should i go for it ?
#Adi on Jan 29, 2015 :

I need your help to know that is it possible to have an average life in London for 2 person with $5000/month?
#Sam on Jan 21, 2015 :
Dear Friend,

I am working in Software Development field & need your advise on my job offer 43K pound before tax at Heathrow airport. Is it enough for living descent life with family of 3 (me+wife+kid_4years)? I am the only bread earner of my family. Can you also help to guide on tax part as well? Detailed expense info will be really helpful.

Thanks & Regards,
#Sandwich Box on Jan 18, 2015 :
UK pound dropping isn't the only currency going down... The Aussie dollar AUD was worth over one US dollar a few months ago.. not it's 0.82
and predictions are that it will drop even lower to around USD$0.70

Anyway, be glad you haven't got Russian rubbles !!!
#NoPoundFailure on Jan 08, 2015 :
UK Pound value dropping is terrible so contemplating to dump all my pound very soon unless the value is recovered to 1.7 against US dollar

Thought the failure of Scotland independence would strengthen the pound value, my mistake.

the problem seem to be due to the current incapable prime minister of Britain who seems to fail to guard the welfare of the British people as well as currency.
#Motorbike Charlie on Jan 08, 2015 :
The Tube / Trains (Metro) system is incredibly expensive and way over priced... buy yourself a moped and buzz into the city that way...
much cheaper..
#Beck on Jan 05, 2015 :
Hi I am single, 21 year boy and have got the offer of 60000/ annum. will it be sufficient to live in UK?
#Salvador Tarantino on Dec 27, 2014 :
I am Thinking about going to London by myself, study and get graduated. Is it possible for me? as a student
#Sandy Beach on Dec 26, 2014 :
Or maybe consider an entirely different city like Melbourne in Australia.
London was the best in the 60s 70s 80s but now the super rich and largely foreign origin people
have made it so expensive for ordinary people to enjoy.

Even in Melbourne house prices have risen 800 - 900 per cent in the past 20 years I have been there.
Some places as much as 1200 per cent increases.
#PJ on Dec 25, 2014 :
@Salvador, "Since you guys are saying that london is for the wealthy...then which city do you guys recommend to me? for a student!"
London is not only for the wealthy but it sure helps to have money if you want a proper place to live. Young people are paying in the order of 600 pounds per month for a room. Other cities like Manchester and Liverpool have a lot to offer, including decent universities, at a much lower cost. At if you look beyond the bigger cities, there are plenty of universities in the UK.

@Andy, "2. Do you require a car to live in London or is public transport sufficient? I ask this especially because in Mumbai u cannot survive without car - is it the same in London?"
Absolutely not. Public transport is faster in most cases. Driving in the city is really not an option.
#Salvador Tarantino on Dec 24, 2014 :
Please answer me!!!!!!!!!! Hi. I Have 19 Years old and I am from Venezuela. I am looking for a City to study and I have been thinking about going to london. It seems pretty nice to me since the governments pays for your studies, as you may know venezuela is in a huge crysis and everyone who can is going out of it! I am Italian, but Italy is in a very bad situation too. Since you guys are saying that london is for the wealthy...then which city do you guys recommend to me? for a student!
#Davide on Dec 17, 2014 :
What can I say, I have been working here for 1year and half as a software developer, I am still living in a flatshare because I want to save money. London is great because it offers a lot of job opportunities but apart that, forget it. The quality of life is really low compared to other european countries unless you don't earn at least 50k per year so you can have a decent life in a decent flat surrounded by other thousands of people most of them living on benefits and council houses. You will find yourself everyday pushed and almost breathless in very crowded buses and tube trains. Even you can afford it London takes you away also the pleasure to have a car : the density of population is so high that you can spend 2 hours just to get to your nearest supermarket. London is good if you are young and if you want to build your CV with great experiences but choose another city if you are looking to spend your life in the right way.
#Your Wildest Dream on Dec 04, 2014 :
London is the most fabulous city in the world and is situated in the most beautiful and interesting country on the planet.

Yes there are slums and crooks and shady types .. but that's also the case world over..

Is London expensive ... Yes it is because so many of the worlds elite and wealthy want to live there..

If you don't have your own house and you're only making basic money then you'll find life in London is tough..
But if you get lucky and make a packet .. then London can be amazing...

A gothic mansion in Hampstead Heath or Belgravia 8 - 20 million pounds
A fleet of exotic and expensive cars and four wheel drives 2-3 million pounds
A country estate in Sussex 10 - 50 million pounds
A rock and roll lifestyle of parties, travel and nonchalant idle enjoyment of life 5 - 10 million pounds a year
#consumerRight on Dec 04, 2014 :
UK wants to challenge the whole world by considering of implementing of banning the carry-on luggage to prevent terror from the troublesome Muslim terrorists who strictly follow Koran which poison mind and soul whoever in touch with Koran.

If this deed were implemented, UK would be targeted as the enemy of the whole world consumers because this would help the greedy airlines to extort money for the carry-on luggage from customers who would otherwise no need to spend a cent on the carry-on luggage.

UK must stop harming and burdening the consumers or else the consequence UK would reap would be unrepairable as travelers and entrepreneurs would stop visiting and doing business with UK.

Instead, UK should target uprooting the source of fund for terrorists at all cost that comes from oil by stopping nations from buying oil from countries that fund terrorists.
#Linda on Nov 21, 2014 :
London is hugely expensive. Even “broom cupboards” have been sold at exorbitant prices, for use as extra storage space to residents of one London gated residence. When looking for a place to live, it is worth keeping the amount of space you need to a minimum. One way this can be achieved it to use self storage which can be a very cost effective solution. Attic Self Storage limited, has an entertaining blog which provides some interesting articles about the lack of space in London!
#Andy on Nov 14, 2014 :
Hi I am looking to relocate to London - had some specific queries.

1. For miscellaneous illness like fever, cough-cold, minor cuts, digestion problems etc. - do you have to pay doctor fees and medicine expenses? Or they are covered by National Insurance. Does National Insurance only cover hospitalization expenses, doctor expenses, miscellaneous medical expenses as well?
2. Do you require a car to live in London or is public transport sufficient? I ask this especially because in Mumbai u cannot survive without car - is it the same in London?
3. What are the child care costs in London - I saw that it is about 800-1000 pounds monthly. Is it okay as per you?
#Biju on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hello All,

I have got an offer from a Pune Based company for 2500 per month.
Do you think this amount is good enough to survive in London.
#Rajshekhar on Nov 07, 2014 :
I have an offer of 4500 GBP per month + 200 GBP Weekly allowance alongwith free accommodation and food is it worth to settle there, please guide
#Maria Salib on Nov 06, 2014 :
Hi am deciding to study there is it good...........plz tell me. Thank you. :)
#Ranjeet on Nov 03, 2014 :
Any idea, how much it cost to send kids to 7th class and 2nd class?
#The Baron on Oct 22, 2014 :
LONDON LONDON LONDON - Swinging 60s, Glam 70s and S/A/W Pop 80s

Now it's about money and status...

It's the city for the money people .. big fancy houses ... exotic million dollar sports cars and super expensive
lifestyles of the mega rich.

Plus London has a million new arrivals from parts of Europe, North Africa, the Indian sub continent and elsewhere who
have no wealth, no homes and no prospects and are either living on the streets and begging or robbing to survive
or living in clandestine dorm accommodation run by shady types doing casual cash jobs that barely get them by.

If you're cash poor then London is not the paradise for you ...

If you're a super rich from the Middle East, Russia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and you have truck loads of cash then London
is gonna be amazing and HUGE FUN !!!

Buy a house in the leafy tree lined streets (Mayfair, Chelsea, Belgravia district, Hampstead etc..), of London,
get yourself a couple of Range Rovers, an exotic sports car, a holiday house in Spain and on the west coast
of the UK and a large manor house / estate set discreetly away from prying eyes and tucked away
deep in the Sussex countryside..

Fifty to One Hundred Million Pounds will get you the lifestyle you're after... but hey, it will be living the dream....
#Hillbilly on Oct 19, 2014 :
Gabriel: "I was offered a job for 70k per anum in zone 2. What would be the monthy net of this?"

Answer: £3,978.44 (according to Be prepared to shell out about £1,250 - £1,750 pcm on a one-bedroom flat, as long as you plan to live in Zone 2 as well.

Ivona: "Is it possible to survive/live in London if your salary is just £190 per week???"

Answer: It is probably possible to survive for some time, but it is not going to be easy: I can barely think of any accommodation that would be cheaper than £100 per week (and even this will probably buy you a bed in a shared room), plus factor in about £30 on transport (weekly travelcard for zones 1-2). Given that UK minimum wage is £6.50 per hour (and a cleaner in London probably makes around £8.50), £190 per week does not sound too generous.
#Ivona on Oct 11, 2014 :
Is it possible to survive/live in London if your salary is just £190 per week ???
#Gabriel on Oct 09, 2014 :
I was offered a job for 70k per anum in zone 2. What would be the monthy net of this ?
#alexander on Sep 29, 2014 :
A hospital offered me from 23k to 29k per year like staff nurse in berkshire my wife she can also work like nurse aid but payed a little less than me.consider that i have a 3 years old child what can i espect for the future in london? Thanks
#christine on Sep 26, 2014 :
as my friend used to say living in London is "daylight f**king robbery"
#Raj on Sep 15, 2014 :
I am moving from India(Pune) to London, I have been offered £40000 yearly by a company.
Is this amount sufficient to live in London with my wife? We are not regular drinkers or pub visitors.
Will I be able to save any amount monthly?
How much is tax in London?
Approximately how much amount will I be getting in hand if yearly package is £40000
Any other precautions that I need to take to negotiate with company.

Thanks in advance guys... please do reply.
#Kinan on Aug 28, 2014 :
Hi there, I am planning to visit London with my wife in 2nd week of October for 6 days & 5 nights. I wanna know the minimum expenses for two persons; accommodation in cheapest hotel or motel, food expense, travelling expense using London bus service and preferable sights to visit.

Thanks for your help.

#Lorca on Aug 23, 2014 :

I have been offerted a position in Basildon and am now wondering if it is a good offer.
I have been aiming at living around the area of Dagenham. The offer is 30.000 GPB per year.
Is this realistic to live a "mid class" life?
How high are usually the admin fees when renting an appartment? I have calculated for utilities for a studio appartment around 120 GBP.Is this too low?


#Boy from Belgravia on Aug 23, 2014 :
Hey there #anonymous and Nath,

Question: Hi, I'm a student with scholarship of £1250 per month. I was assigned to a non catered student hall at £208 per week, including bills and wifi. Will I have enough money to survive?

Answer: It may be a bit of a struggle, see if you can get some casual work in a restaurant or cafe to supplement your livelihood.
I would aim for an extra 400 pounds a month on top of your 1250.

Question: I'm currently in Perth, Australia and I have been offered a position in Reading. 95,000 GBP year with a 6,500 GBP annual car allowance with 10,000 GBP relocation package. I was wondering what people think of this and if its a decent wage to be earning for the area. I'd be looking at renting a 3 bedroom place, happy within a 10 mile radius of Reading.

Answer: Well Nath your's in a completely different scenario, basically you're on the gravy train and can afford to live a comfortable life on 95K is tons of cash plus you've got the car and the re-location allowance. You should be able to look forward to a charmed lifestyle.
#anonymous on Aug 22, 2014 :
Hi, I'm a student with scholarship of £1250 per month. I was assigned to a non catered student hall at £208 per week, including bills and wifi. Will I have enough money to survive?
#Nath on Aug 20, 2014 :
HI All

I'm currently in Perth, Australia and I have been offered a position in Reading. 95,000 GBP year with a 6,500 GBP annual car allowance with 10,000 GBP relocation package. I was wondering what people think of this and if its a decent wage to be earning for the area. I'd be looking at renting a 3 bedroom place, happy within a 10 mile radius of Reading.

Any feed back would be great.

#Anonymous on Jul 29, 2014 :
Jeff you're gonna need good cash flow .. a well paid job or profitable business.

London is amazing but it sure as hell ain't cheap/....
#JeffLloyd on Jul 28, 2014 :
Hi...What salary do I need in London to be able to live in a one bedroom apartment, buy a new BMW Serie 3 every 2 years, travel outside Europe every year?
#TomTom on Jul 01, 2014 :
Hi to Abdul Mohamed from India re msg on Jun 27, 2014 :

I'm planning to move from india to london.
Abdul you may find it's harder than life in India.

I'm from middle class family. I got the offer 29000€ / annum. Which area in london is very chepest to rent the rooms.
Don't go to where the rent is cheapest because it will most likely be full of crooks, robbers and dysfunctional people
and dangerous too.

I have international driving license too.
That's good, car ownership, running and maintenance is expensive in the UK.
The UK has a very good public transport system .. train travel into London can be expensive..

Please give me some tips regarding the london expenses and living cost.
Damn Expensive...
#Abdul Mohamed on Jun 27, 2014 :
Hi Dear,

I'm planning to move from india to london. I'm from middle class family. I got the offer 29000€ / annum. Which area in london is very chepest to rent the rooms. I have international driving license too.

Please give me some tips regarding the london expenses and living cost.

Many thanks in advance....
#Jake on Jun 22, 2014 :
Living in London sucks or not depending on what kind of person you are.

If you come from a country with a decent standard of living, but are middle class, basically you will live like crap in London. Like other posters said, its a town for the wealthy.

However I mentioned "what kind of person you are" because most middle class and lower class who choose to live in London still like it. Living in London even if you are in some lousy flat hole, is a lifestyle in itself. The partying, the multiculturalism, etc...

But again not for most Europeans or Canadians/Australians used to a normal standard of life.
#Anonymous on Jun 09, 2014 :
It's a tricky situation, what's happening in London is also happening in Sydney and Melbourne.

The high and ever increasing cost of housing is really causing a huge divide between those that already have property whether
still living in their parents home or inherited property or a large cash settlement from their family estate.

I would say if you're not already wealthy then maybe consider moving to a different part of the UK
whether it's up north or down in the south east.

Of course, a lot of the jobs are in London and if you move further away you'll end up paying a lot for commuting.

Maybe riding into work on a motorbike (if you're game) would circumvent that to a large degree..

See the real issue is that in today's world we have more millionaires, multi-millionaires and billionaires who are the 1%
that can have whatever they want, whatever the price, whenever they want.

So, what to do?
#Anonymous on Jun 06, 2014 :
I live in in a rented 2 bed flat in Enfield for about 14 years the rent started at £650 PCM then over the years it has jumped up I know that everywhere in London is going up now the landlord want me and my family out in under two months so that she can rent it out for more she rise the rent by £100 which would have made my rent £1,000 PCM then she decided she wanted more and the only way she could rise the rent to a eye popping £1,400 PCM is to destroy a family life and kick them out thing have got to change because in the end people will no longer want to live in London it dirty expensive unless you have won or been left a property then you just might just be able to live the way things are going at the moment even cardboard box will go up in price so living on the streets will get hard as well Estate agents don't care the only thing they care about is money money make more homes that people can afford to live in end this high rents once and for all
#adel on May 27, 2014 :
Hi everyone. Recently I got an offer from a Hotel at shoreditch. At first I was overwhelmed because I don't that it will email me on the next day. Please have patience on me re my inquiries as this is my first time to work outside asia. I am currently working here in Singapore also. My questions are as follows:

Re the job offered:
1. How do I know or how to check if the company is legit and that there is a real hiring on their company? scam, hoax etc.. ?
2. I received an appointment letter from the company and here's the summary :
Salary offered - £.2,750 pounds per month (is this the minimum or range salary for admin positions)?
Housing Facility - Suitable & comfortable accommodation will be given to you
Mobile allowance will be given
Medical Allowance - Medical reimbursement will be given as per the company
rules and regulations.
Transport -Outside the city the transport allowance will be given to you for
official purpose.
Settlement Allowance - £2000 Pounds & two months upfront salary on joining will
be given.
Joining expense - economy class air ticket for family
Working hours - mon to fri 40 hours per week
Annual leave of one calendar month for 1 year completed. leave passage airfare ticket.
Contract - 2 years, for extension
3. WHat to expect? weather condition. Common rules and laws?
4. Lastly, re the visa application. Is it common that I will shoulder my visa including my parents? WHo will process my visa?Can you suggest a website where I can ask directly re visa processing?any more you wan to suggest please free to email me or reply here.

I hope you could help me on this. thank you so much...

CHeers to everyone.

Adel from Singapore (Filipino Citizen)
#Sansmi on May 15, 2014 :
Hi Guys,

I got offer from my company to relocate India to London. and they offering me 2500/- GBP for month, I am not getting how I calculcate the exapenses and earings. can you please help or suggest me?

Thanks in advance
#The Chad on May 04, 2014 :
Can someone post source for recreation price?

#Doudi on May 03, 2014 :

I would like to know if a basic salary of 4500GBP is enough to in London for 2 married adults and 2 kids?!!
I am very confused to accept the offer or not..
Please need your help.
#CoCo on Apr 12, 2014 :
London London London - it's probably the best city in the world .. but you gotta be pretty wealthy to enjoy city life.

London is full of the super rich (and I mean RICH !!!) People living in One Hundred Million Pound Houses with fleets
of exotic million dollar cars and able to buy whatever they please whenever they like..

Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Mayfair .. It's super money and it's causing the cost of housing all over greater London to rise.

The super wealthy from the Middle East, Russia and China are able to buy massive mansions and country estates
and enjoy an amazing lifestyle.

The Investment Bankers, Private Equity managers, Media tycoons, Motor Racing and rich footballers all love London.

So, what's the average Joe to do when the city becomes the playground of the super rich ... probably get out of town ..
You won't be able to compete with the super rich and you'll most likely stay broke because of the high cost of living
when you're just a regular person.
#Alsandro on Apr 08, 2014 :
Hi Isabelle (see post on Mar 05, 2014)

Thanks Isabelle for your generous and thoughtful advise and information. After discovering the high costs
of renting space and transport costs I decided to research other developed western countries.

I am looking at moving to Melbourne Australia because it offers a really good lifestyle and a good music business
scene plus I can still reach the world through iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Beatport etc without having to
be in London, Los Angeles, New York.

Thank you again.
#mocalina on Mar 20, 2014 :
I am planning on moving from Paris to London to work and I want to thank all those nice people for SHARING their different views on the cost of living in London. It does help. I keep doing my own research and didn't expect to find authentic and actual feedback like a forum here. I read through, appreciate it alot, thank you.
#victor on Mar 10, 2014 :
So my questions from all those who currently lives in London are:
Q1: How is London to live when its about lifestyle and environment?
Q2: Which is the better and most cost-effective area near Central London (but not central London)?
Q3: What's the scope for Computer Engineers in London?
#victor on Mar 10, 2014 :
The blessings of ACCA:
At least I know how would my income and other taxes be calculated. Therefore, those who have studied ACCA or ICAEW in some country other than UK then at least they must not be asking "how much money will they need to live in London". Because by doing a little web search regarding 'expenses on basic needs', you will not get tired.
#Isabelle on Mar 05, 2014 :
Hi #Alsandro - yes, London is the pop/dance capital. Obviously there are other great nucleii around the world in the US, in Germany, etc, but London really is the bees' knees.

To answer your question, the creative hub is all around Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Hoxton. However, there are already music studios there (I have used the Abbey Music Studios in Dalston to record some dubstep tracks I put together for my dance routines -- I'm an erotic dancer, see my comments during July 2013!). All in all I paid £80 for about four hours recording time, with an engineer, which is not bad at all!

You are in a tricky position because you don't really want to move too far away from where it's all "happening" but you don't want to be another recording studio in an area where they don't need another one. You also don't want to be in too trendy an area that you have to charge too much in order to pay the rents, because musicians tend to be pretty broke.

You could perhaps have a look around New Cross. It's near the tube, it has a lot of music pubs and a lot of musicians living locally. Peckham could also be an option. Even through the trendy dance areas tend to be East-Central, and the best clubs are there also, a lot of the music was first created in the less trendy parts of south London... from dubstep a few years ago, right back to acid house back at the tail-end of the 1980s!
#Alsandro on Feb 20, 2014 :
Hi, I need some advise. I am a pop/dance music songwriter and producer looking to move to the UK to become a music Hitmaker and
need advise on where to live in London and build a small recording studio. Also, do you believe London is the pop/dance music capital
of the world... Any advise welcome..
#Chris on Feb 12, 2014 :
Weird... I'm so used to these prices living in California. They all look normal to me. In fact, if you travel to Sacramento or San Francisco, the prices keep going up. I don't even want to consider Los Angeles or San Diego. Capitola is highway robbery. And while all these prices are normal to me, I looked at the rent in London. No friggen way! My mortgage for a 3bd. remodel home on a 1/4 acre lot is slightly less than the cost of London's 1 bd. apt. *Choke!
#Iwona on Feb 07, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me how to live, survive(?!) in London if you earn £6.31/h before tax ????
#Anonymous on Feb 05, 2014 :
Thank you guys and gals your helpful feedback is pricesless.

Final bit of information needed since I might be located in West Sussex so I guess some minor savings can be achieved in the rental part,
Can you please advice about an economy sedan options: long term lease, lease to buy, monthly rental ? Any idea lets say a Ford focus or Mazda 3.
#Ryan on Feb 02, 2014 :
hi Guys,

I am being offered 43000(before tax) gbp annually in consulting job .
I will have to rent a separate 1 bedroom flat as I am with my wifr.

Is this salary sufficient as per current times.

Please advise ...
#nikki nost on Jan 23, 2014 :
I think London living is not good unless you are wealthy or already own a house there.

Train travel is VERY expensive .. especially if you're commuting for greater London our further out..

Rent prices are just mad and over the top.

If you're self employed then you may be better off moving completely out of London and living in
a town like Maidstone or Gillingham in the south east..
#Daniel Michalski on Jan 20, 2014 :
That is a very interesting concept:

And almost exactly what I was looking for - 'Cost of living vs. cost of commuting' heat map (clearly dependand on your company's office)
#UKUKUK on Jan 20, 2014 :

You can also use I found the website very useful, easy to navigate and fairly accurate. Once you've shortlisted a few boroughs, you can use to browse some available properties in the area.

Regarding nurseries, that's rather expensive in London... The more central, the more expensive. I'd say about 1000 pounds/month for a under 5 child (5 days a week, full time). You may consider only 2 or 3 days a week to begin with. That's probably going to bring you down to 500 to 800 pounds a month. If your child is at least 3 years of age, I think you are entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free nursery under the EYFS (38 weeks/year).

Regarding schools, if you're legal in the UK, your children (over 5) are entitled to free education in a state school.
#Ahnad on Jan 19, 2014 :
Here is a web site that will give you an idea on flat to rent in and around London

The further away from central London you go the cheaper it becomes.

You may have to live in a small space to begin with until you find your feet and have a better grasp and instinct
of London boroughs and places that fit your needs and circumstance.
#Eugeniastrazzolini on Jan 19, 2014 :
I'm considering studying at the London Met U, and I need to know how much money will I need for living in London (or greater London) with my husband, and two children (a 3-year old and a newborn. Can you guide me and give me some advice? Thank you!! Also, my husband is am IT professional and have European nationality. Would he find a job fairly easily?
#Mohamed on Jan 19, 2014 :
Ahnad, thank you for your positive reply and your advice very much appreciated.
Would it be possible to give me some figures for nurseries and schooling fees ?
My contract most likely will be one local hire hence I have to account for schooling and I hope I get family medical insurance included.
I have done a lot of research but can't get to this important piece of information.

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