Cost of Living in Edinburgh

Summary of cost of living in Edinburgh, United Kingdom:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 12.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 74.00 £ 54.00-95.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.90 £ 7.00-8.79
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 £ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.62 £ 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.41 £ 2.75-4.25
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.69 £ 1.00-2.75
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.19 £ 1.00-2.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.52 £ 3.03-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.26 £ 0.85-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.64 £ 0.27-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.96 £ 1.44-4.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.00 £ 1.59-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.31 £ 1.47-5.24
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.03 £ 4.08-13.61
Apples (1 lb) 0.98 £ 0.45-1.59
Banana (1 lb) 0.47 £ 0.33-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 1.22 £ 0.36-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 1.92 £ 0.79-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 0.61 £ 0.25-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.49 £ 0.25-0.79
Lettuce (1 head) 0.79 £ 0.55-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.24 £ 0.60-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 6.50-11.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.71 £ 1.25-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.27 £ 1.00-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 14.00 £ 11.00-15.99
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 £ 2.00-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 62.00 £ 60.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 £ 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.26 £ 1.77-6.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 £ 28.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.64 £ 5.38-6.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,285.00 £ 25,000.00-28,285.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 £ 19,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 259.15 £ 150.00-425.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 11.53 £ 10.00-27.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.24 £ 25.00-45.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.04 £ 20.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 £ 5.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 £ 7.99-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,270.67 £ 1,060.00-1,450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,650.00 £ 9,600.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 87.39 £ 55.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.75 £ 30.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.90 £ 55.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.89 £ 40.00-120.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,257.14 £ 1,100.00-1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 900.00 £ 600.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,247.50 £ 1,800.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,597.22 £ 1,200.00-2,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 475.57 £ 371.61-522.11
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 327.48 £ 278.71-371.61
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,671.31 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.06 5.00-7.00

Prices in Edinburgh

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Last update: May 2024
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9 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 02, 2023:
Of course that with 5k you can live a comfortable life (everywhere in Europe I would say!), but it’s not a common salary. With a net salary of 2.2k, that’s the average net here on numbeo and that’s the real average for what I can see, it’s really hard to live. You can do it, but other than paying rent/bills/taxes/groceries you cannot save more than 200£ for other activities - I’ve not considered the price for using and paying for a car. In fact, as part of the aforementioned expenses, you have to consider also the council taxes that are not mentioned here (up to 200£/month depending on the area). Inflation is incredibly high at the moment, and the housing market is insane. It is nearly impossible to find a flat for rent, I would say surprisingly considering the prices. Just to give you an idea, now that I’m leaving my small 1 bedroom flat it will be rented at 950£ in a area that is 1 hour walk distance from the city centre. The announce for the flat was up for a few hours on their website and the day after there were 20 people viewing it.
Louie Perez on Jun 27, 2023:
I would like more information on the cost of living and renting a two-bedroom home or apartment in that area of Glasgow
Gabi on Apr 29, 2023:
Hi,can someone help me with Information about City Pass for 3 or 6 day în Edinburg and also all Information for my trip în this Town for 7 day în August!
Thank you!!!
Lona Sarkar Lona Sarkar on Mar 24, 2023:
I am joining as a PhD in University of Edinburgh, can someone help me with the information regarding average cost of living, transportation, groceries etc. all the essentials and miscellaneous
Wuto on Dec 20, 2022:
Caleb, if you want to live a comfortable life I'd imagine something around £4k net income per month for a household would do.

I think it's doable with £3k as well, though you'd need to be quite careful with spending.

£5k would be really comfortable though. Ofcourse it all depends on the lifestyle in the end.
Caleb on Sep 22, 2022:
Moving from the US to Edinburgh. Want to make sure my budget is doable for Edinburgh. Any suggestions on a monthly target income for a family of 5?
Kevin on Dec 22, 2021:
Dear Guys
I live in the centre of Edinburgh. I'm 44 and pathetic. Let me know if you want: 07754 953333
robina fowler on Mar 13, 2021:
Would like to know how much is rental of a small 2 bedroom house outside of Edinburgh
Anonymous on Oct 17, 2020:
For Edinburgh, I wouldn’t say it’s more expensive than London, you just need to know where to go. The independent bars can serve you a good pint for under £3 still without having to venture into a Spoons or Nicholson’s.

Similarly food wise, you can’t go wrong with Wings, hidden down a side ally on the Royal mile.