Cost of Living in Edinburgh

Summary about cost of living in Edinburgh:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 9.50-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 £ 40.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.49 £ 4.50-6.20
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 £ 3.20-4.80
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 £ 3.50-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.66 £ 2.20-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.32 £ 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.90 £ 0.60-1.20
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.44 £ 2.27-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.82 £ 0.54-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.45 £ 0.20-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.83 £ 1.20-2.90
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.63 £ 1.59-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.35 £ 2.27-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.44 £ 1.81-4.17
Apples (1 lb) 0.72 £ 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 £ 0.34-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.77 £ 0.45-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.87 £ 0.45-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.58 £ 0.36-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.47 £ 0.32-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 0.65 £ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.05 £ 0.80-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.42 £ 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.36 £ 1.00-2.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 £ 10.00-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.70 £ 1.70-1.70
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55.00 £ 52.00-57.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 £ 2.30-3.60
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.19 £ 1.50-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.60 £ 21.40-25.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.82 £ 4.54-5.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,045.00 £ 15,000.00-21,705.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,200.00 £ 16,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 138.88 £ 68.00-212.50
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.06 £ 0.03-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.43 £ 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 32.39 £ 20.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.71 £ 5.80-16.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 £ 7.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 968.33 £ 800.00-1,130.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,250.00 £ 12,000.00-24,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 56.88 £ 40.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.04 £ 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 63.97 £ 45.00-80.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 62.61 £ 45.00-90.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 787.38 £ 600.00-900.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 625.00 £ 500.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,396.67 £ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,031.73 £ 800.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 369.93 £ 325.16-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 234.91 £ 200.00-278.71
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,883.89 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.84 2.00-3.99

Prices in Edinburgh

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Last update: October 2019
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15 Comments so far

#Edinbuger on Jun 28, 2019 :
I live in a rough area of Edinburgh, Muirhouse. However, 25mins into city centre by bus, even in this rough area to rent a two bedroom flat is 700 pounds a month plus council tax seems to be left off this price index, add at least 100 pounds on to that even for a poor and bad area. The bus system used to be good, but if you are in the north area of Edinburgh be prepared to have a bus system, missed and delayed buses. Edinburgh is the worst place in the UK to drive a car. The roads are the worst, potholes everywhere and high car parking charges with council actively going after parked cars, I was 6 minutes late and they charged me 60 pounds for being 6 minutes over the parking time. Average car parking car per hour ranges from 2.50 to 4 pounds or higher.

Any families above 3 should be highly aware that this is a very expensive city, outside London I would say this is the most expensive in the mainland UK (except Dublin). Edinburgh is a beautiful city only if you live in the good areas and city centre. Basically, avoid at all costs the Northwest (Pilton, Muirhouse etc.) not safe as a woman to walk alone even during the day at times, such as garden paths out of sight. Even in Silverknowes is a great and rich area but in terms of facilities is very poor for a capital city. But if you are used to a convenient culture of 24hr cities of Asia or the Middle East, avoid. Eating out is the highest cost I have come across, even for a basic pub meal in the city center is around 12-15 pounds. If you are going out round 9pm to eat be prepared to eat at limited establishments if any at all. Other than eating and drinking no nightlife other than that. Services are strictly 9-5pm for most places. If you are into coffee late night culture, studying or late night working, only in downtown city centre New town and Old town.

For singles, there are better conveniencies and cheaper cities in the UK to live and work. Expensive to live here without packing yourself into a small, damp flat with other people. I also find the old flats here in Edinburgh are poor quality with 4 flights of stairs on average.
#Mmasinachi on May 10, 2019 :
For a family of 6, is it really advisable to choose Edinburgh as a place of relocation?
#Lavender on May 05, 2019 :
If you own a house or flat(have enough to buy outright so no mortgage), is approximately 80K in living expenses per year enough for 2 people to live in Edinburgh? I am in US, California, my husband is from Scotland and would like to retire in Edinburgh.
#Annonymous on Mar 04, 2019 :
Hi there, how much would be sufficient per month for a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids, one school going age) to live in Edinburgh or Glasgow? And to rent in a decent safe area?

Thank you in advance for any assistance
#Zineb on Feb 12, 2019 :
I want to work in Edinburgh the salary that image going to get is 1500 £ a month does this cover rent and food and other expenses for me only
#TheTruth on Jul 21, 2018 :
@LazyTurtle: 70K should be enough for a family with two kids as long as they are not enrolled into a International Primary School. If they are than you would not be able to save much for holidays.
#LazyTurtle on Jun 27, 2018 :
I'm planning to go to Edinburgh for professional reasons and would like to know if £70k is enough for a family with two kids...
#Robert McLaughlin on Nov 24, 2017 :
Average income does not mean adequate income. I am trying to determine what I need to move to Edinburgh for income. £2,400 a month? More? Less?
#martin on Sep 14, 2017 :
"Cost of living index in Edinburgh is 11.37% lower than in London."

Utter bollox. More like 50%.

This site itself says a 1-bedroom outside centre flat is £500 more in London than in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: "Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 563.79 £ "
London: "Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,179.26 £ "
#ulliee on Mar 10, 2017 :
If you cook the meals at home everyday that will be enough.
2br city flat 650-800 depend on location
Internet 30
Electricity/gas 50 in summer 100 in winter
Children older than 3yo get free place in public nursery
Children younger than that will have to pay around 15-25 per day.
Source: own experience living 1 year in Edinburgh 2015-2016 as a student family
#munir on Jan 22, 2017 :
I am a Ph.D. student and the monthly income about 1200 GBP

Is it enough for a family of 2adults and 2 children (3years old and 1 year)?

I am mainly concern about renting 2 bed room apartment, public transportation, food, utilities, GYM, and we may need a neursury or a school for my kids.
#Raman_B on Nov 11, 2016 :
what will be the cost of living in total for family of two with 1 baby..?

how much to pay for taxes ?

considering the minimum salary package of 30k.
#Anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 :
Husband makes £45k, current rent is £1275 in the west end and council band F. No car but bills and it's just enough for a family of 3 and a dog to pay bills and have a small amount left over each month.

If that is your situation (2 adults, a toddler, a dog) and income range I would suggest rent around £1000.
#Jose on Feb 26, 2016 :
These values are not accurate. I came to Edinburgh and now feeling the pain of trusting this information here and others around. People who move from another city or country will always get into more expenses, and knowing the right places takes time and money. The house market is really high, and for the average of £650 for a 1 bed room flat you get a very bad and old place. I dont go to restaurants because the prices are too high as well. They forget to mention here that an inexpensive meal to these guys means a soup + sandwich + chips. For this you better cook home. Minimum salary to have decent life is around 30K for one person. If you are a couple 40K in total is the minimum. Otherwise you just work to pay bills..
#Dandalf on Oct 26, 2015 :
Hi Software guy. If you are permanent you should be looking around 30K and for contract anything from 300/day (depending on experience). I would say that the area in the town is important for Edinburgh. For example, low income areas exist but can be pretty rough, to be in a nicer area (or near the town) can be pretty expensive. I would say for a couple an income of 20K is probably as low as you want to go.