Cost of Living in Manchester

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 77.72
Rent Index: 33.93
Groceries Index: 62.72
Restaurants Index: 86.60
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 56.93
Local Purchasing Power: 111.57
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.00 £ 8.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 £ 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 £ 4.50-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 £ 3.00-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 £ 3.00-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.57 £ 2.30-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.25 £ 0.99-1.60
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.90 £ 0.60-1.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.08 £ 2.27-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.76 £ 0.57-0.95
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.20-0.68
Eggs (12) 1.81 £ 1.40-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.57 £ 1.81-3.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.92 £ 2.04-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.04 £ 3.40-4.54
Apples (1 lb) 0.75 £ 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.42 £ 0.31-0.68
Oranges (1 lb) 0.60 £ 0.45-0.82
Tomato (1 lb) 0.65 £ 0.34-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.49 £ 0.36-0.62
Onion (1 lb) 0.34 £ 0.31-0.36
Lettuce (1 head) 0.56 £ 0.40-0.90
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.89 £ 0.50-1.30
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.50 £ 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.15 £ 1.00-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.44 £ 1.00-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.16 £ 8.00-9.89
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.60 £ 2.00-3.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 52.00 £ 46.00-67.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.70 £ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.51 £ 1.80-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.19 £ 12.00-24.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.09 £ 3.79-4.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,975.00 £ 15,000.00-19,395.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 153.21 £ 102.56-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 £ 0.05-0.20
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 20.30 £ 15.00-25.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 24.22 £ 18.00-35.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.30 £ 7.60-12.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 8.50 £ 7.50-10.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.35 £ 45.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.22 £ 20.00-38.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59.78 £ 50.00-70.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 55.24 £ 40.00-80.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 703.62 £ 600.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 501.38 £ 435.01-600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,179.41 £ 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 803.41 £ 650.00-950.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 252.28 £ 176.51-300.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 183.88 £ 111.48-250.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 1,580.58 £ 1,200.00-2,100.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.62 2.50-4.20

Prices in Manchester, United Kingdom

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Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Manchester is 22.28% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 855.42$ (583.48£) and for four person family at 2,976.62$ (2,030.35£) (without rent).
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25 Comments so far
#R on Apr 25, 2016 :
I currently live in Manchester, TN but I have a craving to relocate to England. Is it more expensive where I currently live or is it cheaper to live in England?
#Arav on Nov 03, 2015 :
I have off job £200 per day IT, can I buy house and wife for this money?
#Anonymous on Oct 22, 2015 :
I don't know whether I've missed something but in looking at a comparison of Manchester and London the final figures given for take-home pay after tax left the person in London with about £1,000 more than the person in Manchester but if you deduct his rent he would have virtually nothing left at the end of the month
#DrJay DrJay on Jun 06, 2015 :
I don't understand people's questions "is this enough/is that enough?" - ALL THE DATA IS ABOVE. You are ON the webpage that has the answers; they're ABOVE! Add the rent + utilities + phone + food + whatever-you-buy data = monthly cost for you in that city. 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?!?
#saroj kumar Mahakuda on Jan 14, 2015 :
Is 3150 GBP a good salary for smooth living in manchester.
#Saroj on Jan 14, 2015 :
Is 3150 GBP a good salary to work in manchester with family. What should be the ideal salary for a smooth living in manchester
#chris on Jan 03, 2015 :
What is city council tax? If a person is not UK citizen and on student visa, what kind of budget am I looking at? Got accommodations already arranged.
Any help is appreciated.
#Carl Kewley on Dec 07, 2014 :
Practically all them prices are way over inflated especially food costs . They have taken the most expensive prices a 800gr loaf of bread is £1 or less depending on make 2 ltr milk is £1 you can get a 5 pack of apples for 99p 4 oranges 99p 5 medium banannas 55p loose . Stick to big supermarkets or the likes of aldi and lidl who are cheaper again and good quality fresh meat is also cheaper in their shops . So prices are really not that high at all . Cigarettes on the other hand are so expensive and rise monthly
#ssohin on Dec 03, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what taxes that I need to pay every month and how much they are?
Thanks. :)
#Anonynnoyed on Nov 12, 2014 :
Seriously?! "I'm earning 25-30k and wondering if I can live here" WTF are you spending your money on? Gold loo roll or something?! I mean it's fair if you have kids, they're expensive, or maybe even a car (although they don't cost THAT much) I get mebbe 7k a year, if that, and yeah it's a struggle but I get by on it okay (i'm an awful budget-er)

You people need to look at your budgets if you're asking questions like that, or y'know just look for yourself at flats and houses, don't just look at this and ask questions you're too lazy to research
#amanda on Oct 13, 2014 :
Hi, my fiance got a job offer in Manchester for 26k pre tax. Would it be enough for the two of us (before I find a job) to pay rent (we'ld need a 1bd house as we have a dog - small breed) and live a 'decent life' i.e. pay all the monthly expenditures (no car) and also manage to go out sometimes and save a bit as well. Thanx in advance for yr help! :)
#sandy on Aug 25, 2014 :
What is the present cost of living incl. one bed rented apartment fr one bachelor with decent living. incl food and gen exp incl commutation etc.
#Em on Aug 22, 2014 :
Also, south Manchester is considerably more expensive than the north. However this is probably because there is just more going on in the south with regards to culture, entertainment, community life etc so it is more sought after.

The universities in Manchester stretch to the south of the centre and the surrounding area tends to be where students and post-graduates end up living.

I have lived in Manchester for all of my life apart from one year where I lived in the south of the country. I am from north Manchester and currently live about 2.5 miles south of the city centre.
#Em on Aug 22, 2014 :
I would say that a comfortable salary for living alone in a one bedroom apartment just outside the city centre would be around 20k, however I have done this on 13-14k, I am just very good at managing my budgets.
#Chris on Jun 26, 2014 :
£1500 a month in Manchester will easily pay for a happy bachelors lifestyle.
#Umerali on May 27, 2014 :
I want to apply for a research assistantship in University of Manchester.It offers a salary of £25,013 per annuam.Will this amount be sufficient for me to live a good bachelor life in Manchester?Will I be able to save some amount?Somebody please reply soon..
#Umerai on May 27, 2014 :
I wanna apply for a research assistantship in Uiversity of Manchester.The salary offered for this temporary position is £25,013 per annuam.Will it be sufficient to cover my expenses?Can I save some amount?Any one please let me kow
#david on Dec 03, 2013 :
bopanna minimum i would think for 2 people around the wilmslow area including rent, council tax, utilities, grocery shopping etc would be £1100 per month. However, this does not include travelling costs for work etc...
#Bopanna on Dec 02, 2013 :
Hi.. is GBP 1500 (after tax) good enough to live for a couple ( one person earning) in South Manchester ( e.g., Wilmslow )? I am also looking to save some amount after the monthly expenditure. Kindly assist..
Thanks in advance.
#SG on Nov 26, 2013 :
Is 25k enough before taxes to live comforatbly in manchester?
#DATHU on Oct 09, 2013 :
Suppose my salary is 1500euro.IS THAT ENOUGH TO LEAVE A COMFORTABLE BACHELOR LIFE.Also can you please tell a reasonable salary to leave in manchester.
#Garry on Sep 29, 2013 :
Lisa - about £100 a month.
#Lisa on Sep 10, 2013 :
What would be the average council tax in city center ?
#marcus wilson on Aug 03, 2013 :
can you let us to full I the forms let me know west view 4 wood hall st failsworth Manchester m35odd
#Salah on Jun 07, 2013 :
What's price of kind of meat?

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