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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 110.41
Rent Index: 85.17
Groceries Index: 95.99
Restaurants Index: 104.68
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 98.10
Local Purchasing Power: 78.69

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 £
8.50
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 £
40.00
60.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 5.00 £
4.69
6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.80 £
3.00
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.70 £
3.00
4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.49 £
2.20
3.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.14 £
0.90
1.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.97 £
0.78
1.20
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.96 £
0.83
1.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.00 £
0.81
1.30
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.52 £
1.00
2.00
Eggs (12) 2.34 £
2.00
2.89
Local Cheese (1kg) 7.11 £
6.00
9.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.84 £
5.00
10.00
Apples (1kg) 1.96 £
1.50
2.50
Oranges (1kg) 1.95 £
1.50
2.50
Tomato (1kg) 2.06 £
1.50
3.00
Potato (1kg) 1.41 £
1.00
2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 0.95 £
0.75
1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.91 £
0.60
1.40
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 £
6.00
9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.62 £
1.00
2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.62 £
1.10
2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.00 £
7.50
8.80
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 £
2.30
4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 130.00 £
116.80
150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 £
2.40
4.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.62 £
1.60
3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.87 £
24.00
35.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.38 £
1.33
1.42
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,285.00 £
15,000.00
18,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 147.14 £
102.00
207.78
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 £
0.10
0.20
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 19.96 £
15.00
25.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 52.78 £
40.00
70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.59 £
8.00
10.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 £
10.00
12.50
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.81 £
50.00
80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.67 £
25.00
40.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 65.38 £
50.00
80.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 71.45 £
50.00
90.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,507.85 £
1,200.00
1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 959.33 £
800.00
1,150.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,802.78 £
2,500.00
3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,738.33 £
1,500.00
2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,086.67 £
7,600.00
10,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,913.00 £
3,850.00
5,700.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,058.52 £
1,500.00
2,818.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.22
3.50
5.00

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Last update: October, 2014

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100 Comments so far

#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 thesalarycalculator.co.uk). 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.

Kinan
#Lorca on Aug 23, 2014 :
Hi!

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?

Thanks!

Cheers
#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.

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

Thanks!
#Doudi on May 03, 2014 :
Hello,

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: http://www.mysociety.org/2007/more-travel-maps/

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 :
@Mohamed:

You can also use www.rentonomy.com. I found the website very useful, easy to navigate and fairly accurate. Once you've shortlisted a few boroughs, you can use www.rightmove.co.uk 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

http://www.net-lettings.co.uk/flats-to-rent-in-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.
#Ahnad on Jan 19, 2014 :
Mohamed I think life for a family is a little more tricky because you have more to worry about ..

The income is good though .. I am sure you would be able to find a small flat in north or south London
that would fall within budget.

Watch your spending and try to have all your meals at home and take your lunch with you to work.

London is a city where you can enjoy many things for free and for small amounts of money..

Main thing is to get your accommodation sorted out.
#Mohamed on Jan 18, 2014 :
Guys, I have been offered a job for 75K£ basic roughly 48k£ Net per annum! would this be suitable for a family with 2 toddlers and I don't mind renting a a furnished 2 bedroom flat 10-20 km from central London. I have done a quick survey and seems like I would be making barely 12k£ net savings.
#Sammy on Jan 16, 2014 :
This is a good place for people to get an idea of the costs of living and things to watch out for .. Many of us ARE happy to answer any questions
(so long as we know the answers) about life and living in London town and the south east of UK.

As another post said .. you can live cheap and you can live like royalty .. the more money you have the more options you can enjoy
and the more luxury lifestyle .. but living cheap can be fun and an adventure ..

If you're single and coming to London then it's a lot easier as you don't have partners or family to worry about ..

My advise to anyone thinking of coming to London .. it's a fabulous city full of great varieties of people and things to do ..
The work opportunities are generally in the big cities.. If you live slightly away from the hub of London then costs come down but
commuting on the train can be a bit expensive.

Or you could think about going to another city/country and trying your luck .. What about Melbourne ..
#beicon on Jan 16, 2014 :
"#Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014 :
i agree with Isabelle and a few others. All these - 'can i live' questions are ridiculous. If you can't spend a few hours on the internet doing your research - you don't deserve to get here.

People, think about it - what are your primary expenses:
- cell phone
- public transport
- rent
- groceries
- Internet / tv / cable
- gas (if you get car)

If you have kids, include
- kindergarten costs (pre-school kids)
- schooling - public / private.

To help you helpless people who don't know how to do basic research on internet. I will provide my estimate of costs.
I might move to London on work depending on the package my 'wonderful' company will provide. It's going to be me + missus + 2 kids < 3.

What will it cost?

cell phone (2 ppl) 70.00
public transport 200.00
rent 2,000.00
kindergarten 600.00
car insurance 58.33
groceries 250.00
internet /tv/cable 30.00
gas 60.00
other kids cost 100.00
health ins 200.00
misc 100

total per month 3,668.33

Is this a lot. I'm sure some of the costs can be trimmed. However, it's an ESTIMATE based on looking at different sites on the internet.

If you cannot do basic reasoning and search, I am surprised how well you are at your job too."

Asking questions on sites likes this one is part of the research... I agree people should do their research, but coming to a site like numbeo and asking for people to share their own experiences is also valid. If you don't like the questions, don't read them and certainly don't waste your time leaving comments...
#beicon on Jan 16, 2014 :
Is it possible for a couple, a newborn child and a small dog to live in London (between zones 1-3) on 54K pounds a year (after taxes)?
#Live Like-a-King on Jan 15, 2014 :
Egyptian boy take that offer .. on 102,000 UKP per year you will have a glorious life of a luxury apartment down on Southbank,
night clubs, fancy restaurants, dinner parties, theatre, movies, music concerts and on the weekends you can go and play polo,
or participate in fox hunting, clay pigeon shooting or rally car driving .. Maybe get a little houseboat for boating weekends on the inland waterways..
#Anonymous on Jan 15, 2014 :
I've got a job offer of 102000 £ per year, free accommodation , no taxs and I'm single 22 yrs old egyptian guy, should I accept this offer, and what is the monthly expenses of living in London
#ThamesView on Jan 13, 2014 :
Another option is to move to the south east to places like Kent and commute into London. The only downside is the expensive
train fares and some people say over crowding occurs.

Like any city you can live cheaply in London if you're prepared to make some changes to the way you live ..

1. SHARE Housing
If you can be flexible and don't mind sharing your personal space ..
Sleep 2 to a room and that will save a huge amount of money..

2. Don't bother with fancy smart phones and expensive phone and internet plans ..
Just buy outright a simple semi smart phone and go on a pre paid plan that way there's no bill shock
at the end of the month.

3. Don't have a car .. who needs the hassle or expense

4. Don't get into having expensive internet and satellite TV at home .. you don't need it ..

5. Cook and eat your meals at home .. that will save you a fortune

London has so many free places you can enjoy, parks, gardens, lakes, museums, historical sites, just walking the streets
can be fun..

If you're rich you can live in a UKP50 Million mansion in the Belgravia district and have a fabulous life

If you're broke don't let that stop you enjoying your life .. have loads of fun for free .. enjoy in the face that your lifestyle
only costs UKP 15-20 a day to support ..

LOVE YOUR LIFE and remember Happiness comes from inside within..
#Western on Jan 09, 2014 :
In my part rant / estimate below - forgot to add I'm obviously non-UK citizen.
#Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014 :
i agree with Isabelle and a few others. All these - 'can i live' questions are ridiculous. If you can't spend a few hours on the internet doing your research - you don't deserve to get here.

People, think about it - what are your primary expenses:
- cell phone
- public transport
- rent
- groceries
- Internet / tv / cable
- gas (if you get car)

If you have kids, include
- kindergarten costs (pre-school kids)
- schooling - public / private.

To help you helpless people who don't know how to do basic research on internet. I will provide my estimate of costs.
I might move to London on work depending on the package my 'wonderful' company will provide. It's going to be me + missus + 2 kids < 3.

What will it cost?

cell phone (2 ppl) 70.00
public transport 200.00
rent 2,000.00
kindergarten 600.00
car insurance 58.33
groceries 250.00
internet /tv/cable 30.00
gas 60.00
other kids cost 100.00
health ins 200.00
misc 100

total per month 3,668.33

Is this a lot. I'm sure some of the costs can be trimmed. However, it's an ESTIMATE based on looking at different sites on the internet.

If you cannot do basic reasoning and search, I am surprised how well you are at your job too.
#mitx on Jan 08, 2014 :
@noha- to get a flat in canary wharf we r talking about 1400 for a studio.
#bob2001 on Jan 02, 2014 :
I earn 41k before tax and I am a singleton. I struggle to live in London living in zone 4 and in a house share. I am counting the days until I leave in the summer for Dubai. If anyone is thinking of coming to London earning under 1.5k Net, I would think again or be prepared to substitute your current quality of life to a very low standard.
#GreekinLondon on Jan 02, 2014 :
I've been living in London for over 12 years and I can tell you for a fact that you need approximately GBP 3000 per month (after taxes) to live without counting the pennies. Personally, I was able to start living much more comfortably once I broke the GBP 4000 per month mark (after taxes)
#Anonymous on Dec 31, 2013 :
Wow! I can not believe that, the expenses are the same as US, and the salaries 1/2 that...
#Noha on Dec 19, 2013 :
hi all;

i have a job offer in london for 6 to 7 months and i will be provided with a place to live in canary wharf...how much do i need per month to live decently in this area (not including the rental fees) and how much do i need (including the rental fees)...plz help me with your advise cause i need to make up my mind
#Elsie on Dec 19, 2013 :
Hi guys. I just have a job offer, working at the Draycott Hotel in London. I'm not British so is it a good place to work in with tha salary is 2,250GBP per month? According to what yu guys have discussed about, i start being afraid that It's not enough to live in London right?
#L-architect on Dec 06, 2013 :
I am an architect. Is it easy to find a job in London like an architect? I want to come there with my husband. But he isn't very good in spoken English. So, I'm wondering if it would be easy to him to find a job...any kind of job...
#Lilly on Dec 05, 2013 :
@Someone - I can't even imagine how to live in London when you earn 6.31 per hour...
#Adi on Dec 05, 2013 :
@Ivona - these days £3000-4000 after tax per month and I'm not joking...
#Someone on Dec 05, 2013 :
Is it possible to live in London if you would earn £6.31/h ?
#Someone on Dec 05, 2013 :
Is it possible to live in London if you would earn £6.35/h ???
#Ivona on Dec 05, 2013 :
How much do you think a couple (2 adults) should earn per month if they want to live comfortable in London? I mean: rent a nice one bedroom flat with a garden (f.e. zone 3), bills (gas, water, electricity, council tax, tv license, broadband, 2 mobile phones, cable tv), food and grocery shopping, travel for work, car as well so petrol, insurance, toiletries, going out, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, being able to go on holiday once a year and saving some money too.
#Anonymous on Dec 02, 2013 :
Dear Sasa
Don't mean to burst your bubble - congratulations on landing that job but just be aware that with that kind of money it will be extremely difficult to make ends meet.
It would be even if you're single..
The transport alone would eat up 20% of your disposable income..
It's true that in the suburbs life and housing is much cheaper but don't move to the UK for that kind of money. Trust me !
#Nathan on Dec 01, 2013 :
@Mary. Well as tax is 17.5% currently you would be looking at 40,000 * 0.825 = 33,000 per annum. Which is good
##mary on Nov 28, 2013 :
Hi, I was wondering if with 40.000pounds it is possible to have an average way of living in london? Im not from there, how I will really earn after taxes?
#SaSa on Nov 22, 2013 :
Thanks Marco!
I've heard some other people with same opinion as your in the last couple of days, unfortunately :(
I talked with my current employer UK HR and she says: "you can exist but you will struggle with going out, see football games (I am big Champions league fan), nice vacations etc."

Anyone with different opinion than Marco or the HR department?
I am talking about 35K before taxes in London, see my previous post just below.

Thanks all!
#Marco on Nov 21, 2013 :
SaSa for that money leave it go! you would really struggle especially if you have to feed a wife and child - London was a great place 5 or 6 years ago when almost everyone was able to make a decent life and having some fun around .. unfortunately at the moment London become a playground for global billionaires with crazy prices everywhere especially for renting or going out to restaurants..
In other words i completely agree with the other saying that if you are not making at least 55k or 60k at year is better to live somewhere else ..I would say even more if you have a family and you like enjoying a bit the life..
#SaSa on Nov 20, 2013 :
Dear All,

I am IT specialist and after a couple of interviews I just received a job offer. It is Civil Service IT job in Millbank, SW1 London, 35 200 pounds per year. So now I don't know what to do. I have 5 years old child and wife. She also work as IT but at least at the beginning until she find something will be one pay check only family.
PLEASE HELP ME!! Can we make it with 35K before taxes? We are not looking for something great, just normal life, going out to cinema or football game once a week, two vacations a year and regular 18K car. Any answers are highly appreciated! I need to say yes/no by Dec 3rd, COB.

Many thanks
Sasa
#Yaya on Nov 20, 2013 :
Well, If you are single, to live in Uk (London Area), the minimum you have to spend is 1000 pound.(you can not live below this value).My son is studying in london, and I have to pay monthly the followig: 1000 tuition approximately, 650 Accomodation for 1 bedroom in the university compus, 1000 pound just for food and minimum personal needs such as transportation and lundary and mobile cards . You canot live in london as student without having at least 30,000.0 pound yearly. Thisis the least minimum.
#BigBOSS on Nov 19, 2013 :
Is 23000 pounds per annum enough to live at Oxfordshire county
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 :
Guys,
again - it all depends on one's lifestyle. English/American people are more frugal.. they spend a lot less on food, clothes, restaurants etc and more on alcohol..
I'm english but have been living in Milan (Italy) for the past 10 years.. Italy changed my spending habits completely..
If I lived in London like i do here probably £100,000 wouldn't be enough.. English people tend to avoid central London.. even if they work in London, they tend to live in the suburbs.
That's unthinkable for an Italian, a Frenchman or a Spaniard. Quality of life comes first.
If you want to live in a decent flat in central London (ZOne 1-2), if go out 2-3 times a week, if you like eating out etc don't even consider moving to London if they offer you less than £70,000 before tax. That's my piece of advice.
This is aimed at Italians mostly as i know how spoilt they are.
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 :
Tough Question : it depends on your life style.
I'm English, but I've been living in Milan for the past 10 years. Salaries in Milan on average are lower than in London but life is slightly cheaper..
The problem with London is the appalling quality of life if you don't have enough money.. London is full of temptations but distances can be a nightmare..
As i said previously, if you're European (French/Italian/Spanish), you'd be much better off in terms of quality of life if you made the same amount of money in your country of origin.

I make €65.000 a year before tax in Milan - it's a good salary for Milan (not great but good).. if i moved to London i could ask for maybe £70.000-£75.000 (pounds) not more.. but i'm not going to move back to the UK. Life in Europe is soo much better. Especially Milan.

AGAIN this comes from an Englishman
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 :
Dear Madam
How much is the current scenerio of p.m. sal required in London, how much we can save, what is the tax factor for NRIs (for Indians)
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 :
I was born and raised in the UK but thankfully i live abroad.
For starters, any salary figure for the UK is totally skewed.. by skewed I mean that it's a mere 'average' between Lodnon and the rest..
In London, it's virtually impossible to live decently unless you make at least £55,000-£60,000 a year. With that kind of money, you'd be much better off in any other European country.
However, £60,000 is a lot if you live outside of London (and the South East)..

Most people in Europe think that salaries in the UK are amazing - it's not true. They used to be better about 10 years ago before the current financial crisis.

Right now, unless you get a very good job, i'd much rather move to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands or any other Northern European country.

This comes from an Englishman.
#titty on Nov 06, 2013 :
vorrei imparare l'inglese..quale città andare se no londra??ma la domanda è:mi daranno lavoro cmq?!!almeno cm cameriera!?
#Sara on Nov 06, 2013 :
I got an offer for 23,000 pounds a year before tax deduction. Should i take it? i am not looking to save money but just to live comfortably and gain work experience since the position is something i was looking for in the Media field. Any recommendation is appreciated.
#JackIT on Nov 01, 2013 :
I have an offer or 70,000 £ per year in London (IT job). How much is the take-home salary, per month, after all the taxes? According to http://www.netsalarycalculator.co.uk/ it should be £3,948, but that sounds too good to be true for me. Is it correct?
#pearl on Oct 29, 2013 :
United kingdom is costly place in-terms of living and other expenses #ESTHER. so if you tell me where you wanna live in united kingdom. I can help you accordingly way.
#ESTHER on Oct 23, 2013 :
I need advice in two month come my am going to move in unitet kingdom,bt I don't knw if am going to cope or wat wen comes to cost of living. Pls I wl appreciate advice from a people who stay there.thank u.ESTHER
#anonymous on Oct 22, 2013 :
Hi , i have been offered a job in london for pre tax 55K gbp / year. post tax is this sufficient to live with a family of 3 (2 adults + 1 infant) ?
#shaun on Oct 13, 2013 :
Good day.

I am thinking of immigrating to London from South Africa.

I am still trying to find work in London and am shooting for jobs that pays £30000 per annum.

Will that be enough for rentals and living expenses per month?

Please can you assist me? You can email me: sherion01@gmail.com
#mosho on Oct 02, 2013 :
Isabelle, thanks for your help, i read the big commento of yours..it was interesting... and when i be in london, i will search for the girl with the bambi tatoo...hahaha
#Prabhas Das on Sep 17, 2013 :
One job offer for me in london , please tell me live in london single expense per month how much earn.
#Cristina on Sep 14, 2013 :
would be nice if these contained some basic prices on healthcare too.
#Andini on Sep 14, 2013 :

I'm from Asia. Where is the cheapest place/city in uk to study. Because I don't know how to get a scholarship. I want to study graphic design. Can anyone help to give me any advice? Please if you got time email me at sandcastleblocks@gmail.com
#Isabelle on Sep 04, 2013 :
Why don't people read what others have written before asking the same silly question again and again?
#rita on Sep 03, 2013 :
Hello everyone, I have a question for people how live in London. How money have I earn per month to live decently? I heard a lot of stories about London, I'm not here but I want to move next year, and sincerly I'm afraid about money and job and language, and all. I'm waiting some advices.
#Debojit on Aug 23, 2013 :
Hi i would be staying in harmondsworth for quite a few days.
Can you tell me what would be fooding budget if i make meals by my own at amy residence
#rajesh on Aug 20, 2013 :
hellow...is east london in city centre or outside of city centre....
#sam on Aug 08, 2013 :
Hello,
I'll be moving to London soon and wondering if my salary will be enough to live comfortably. I won't be paying any tax on my salary as it is paid through a company that's based outside of the uk. Will 8k monthly be enough live in central london or will I need to move a bit further out from the centre?
#Isabelle on Aug 02, 2013 :
@Alf Do you still have to pay your accommodation out of that 1200 UKP?? In which case, it's not very much to be honest, and if you find somewhere cheap to stay (sharing a room in an rowdy run-down area in Zone 4) you will probably be too distracted to complete your PhD and will end up giving up. I did five years of a part-time PhD and gave it up in the end, so join the club. You will probably need to find some bar work or something to top up your stipend and by then you'll be too exhausted to concentrate on the PhD. Consider this: unless your alma mater happens to be already in a poor area, you will need to live quite some way out to spend less than £500 pcm on your accommodation, in which case you'll need to spend £200 pcm on your transport. That leaves £500 pcm on everything else, ie a little over £100 per week. I spend that on cigarettes alone.
#Isabelle on Aug 02, 2013 :
@rafeal Why don't you read the other comments before posting? As you can see, you can comfortably live off 2500K pcm -- especially if that is on top of your food and accommodation (you would be earning more than I am and I'm happy).
#Alf on Aug 02, 2013 :
Hi everyone! I am moving to London for my PhD on a scholarship, and my monthly stipend comes to about 1200 GBP. I am not looking to save anything, but is that figure enough for me to survive?

Would appreciate your thoughts, and thank you in advance!
#rafeal on Jul 23, 2013 :
I will get a new opportunity in london and my plan is hav to go to london my salary is GBP 2500/M without food and accommodation i am a single person only is it possible to me pls just help me any one and replyy mee
#Isabelle on Jul 22, 2013 :
@Sara22, I appreciate what you're saying -- to be honest, the stuff about stripping was only a little bit out of quite a lot of advice I gave, including free furniture on Freecyle, clothes from charity shops, etc. As for the stripping advice, I did urge extreme care and also for her to set herself up as her own company, paying taxes herself, ie completely legit. I also said that it was not for the naïve! But ultimately I wanted to show what I can afford to do given the amount of money I earn, which is what the point of this forum is! Oh, and your view of the strip trade is a bit outdated, no always means no, I can't remember the last time anyone dared to try anything on (there was one stag party about three years ago, but the bouncers sorted them out in like one second). It's not like it used to be in the 90s, when it was a lot more in your face -- literally and figuratively.
#G.G. on Jul 19, 2013 :
Interesting. As per the Bar chart London is roughly three times costlier than Delhi which may be due to proportionately higher employment potential. However, it is all the more interesting to note that while as per the comments of the readers, we can live with 2500L p.m.at London, we can't live without a minimum of INR 10000/- in Delhi.
#Sara22 on Jul 18, 2013 :
Dear stripper
Don't turn your nose up?

Yes I turn my nose up at waving my body at men who fear and hate women so much they can only cope with naked ones, and who AlWAYS try to escalate it

What terrible advice for a young woman
Love from a girl with big boobs who used to get this shit all the time.
If you want to suck up to men and play the sex trade do so, but don't promote it
#moos on Jul 12, 2013 :
Hi .. im going to london for 45 days , I've planned for 65 pounds a day for transportation & food .. will it be enough ?? Plus I wanna know where to find a job & is it easy to get a work permit for egyptian? ?
#Isabelle on Jul 08, 2013 :
I know people here in London who are earning minimum wage of £8.30 per hour and can still afford to live in London and commute, albeit three to a room. Questions like "Can I afford this" or "Can I afford that" are really silly. In London, what you earn you spend. If you earn better, you spend more and go out more. I take home £2250 after tax for my main job and for that can afford monthly rent in Zone 3, Yearly travelcard 1-3 and enough money to go to the pub once a day, smoke a packet of cigarettes a day, buy food, and drink maybe 2 bottles of wine and 2 bottles of vodka a week, plus save money for an annual holiday in Europe. If you make more than that, you will still spend it, but you will perhaps live in Zone 2, and go out to gigs more often. You spend what you earn, and if you are on minimum wage you learn to live frugally but you will still survive because London is the best city in the world and you will scrimp and scrape to ensure you have enough to pay the bills just to stay here, even if it means having to take the bus instead of the tube to work, or going to the pub less often (heaven forbid!). If you are a 'normal' person like me, who doesn't mind sharing a bedroom, likes a drink and a smoke and the occasional meal out and to live not more than 45 minutes from work, then £2,000 (after tax) would be more than enough (and anyone saying otherwise here is winding you up). If you enjoy good quality cocaine and Michelin-starred restaurants and getting taxis and going to the cinema or insist on Chateauneuf du Pape instead of Tesco's own plonk then of course, you will need more (£3000+ after tax minimum). It's all relevant. Some tips though to save money: buy your cigarettes abroad (£8 a packet is the norm here) and bring in as many cartons as you can legally carry, and when you run out, take a cheap flight to another cheap country and buy more (you'll make the money back from the flight after a carton or two). If you need furniture, look at places like Freecycle for free things people no longer work. Use charity shops for your clothes, you would be amazed at what some people throw away, you can pick up designer clothes barely worn for peanuts. And if you are female, and relatively good looking, and still are finding it hard to make ends meet, do not completely turn your nose up at doing the odd bit of poledancing/stripping, many pubs in London particularly East Central have strip nights and there isn't such a negative connotation to it as there may be in your own countries, £250 a night would not be unusual per night though do be careful, this is not for the naïve and don't do anything that could put you in danger, don't agree do anything more than lapdancing. Just don't make it your entire earner even if you're making more money at that than at your main 9-to-5 job, or else you get sucked into the lifestyle. I've seen it happen to girls I work with. Use it as a top-up if you are finding it hard making ends meet. Be professional about it, set yourself up as your own limited company if possible and ask for full pay without deductions, and pay your own taxes (and yes, pay tax on it, you may find you're the only one doing it but stay legit and you will always feel in control and never looking over your shoulder). You can occasionally find pole-dancing classes on Groupon deals, they can be a great investment if you have no experience. But anyhow, I digress. Hopefully, you won't need to do any of this and you will be able to make ends meet on your normal salary. But if not, you at least know you have this to fall back onto. Enjoy London. It's dirty, it's an eye-opener, and it can be very very expensive, and you will probably never save any money, but you will have a ball, an you will never, ever, ever leave. Nor want to. I've been here 25 years and was only going to be visiting for three. I work in the City by day as a campaign manager, make £41,000 a year which means after tax and National Insurance I take home £2250 per month roughly, and on top of that maybe strip four or five times *a month*, bringing my monthly salary after tax to well over £3000, sometimes £3,500. And, with that, I have a very nice life and can afford to go out quite a lot, clubbing at least once a week. And I don't even have a rich boyfriend! (I don't even have a poor one, so boys, if you're looking and have plenty of money, look for the stripper in Old Street with the Bambi tattoo on her thigh and the pierced clit, haha....only joking, I'm happy as I am)
#sunny on Jul 02, 2013 :
I will be moving to Bressenden Pl,London for job in next 3 months
they are providing me 10000 GBP as my monthly salary , is it sufficient for a bachelor to survive & save up to 5000 to 6000 GBP monthly.
want a better life .they are providing me the free accomodation.

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