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Cost of Living in Edinburgh

Summary about cost of living in Edinburgh:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 £ 10.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 £ 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.50 £ 4.50-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 £ 3.30-4.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.00 £ 3.30-4.50
Cappuccino (regular) 2.55 £ 2.00-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.20 £ 0.80-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.88 £ 0.50-1.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.36 £ 1.89-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.90 £ 0.62-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.68 £ 0.45-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.04 £ 1.25-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.75 £ 1.36-3.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.92 £ 2.27-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.22 £ 2.72-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.98 £ 0.91-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 £ 0.31-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.93 £ 0.86-1.13
Tomato (1 lb) 0.97 £ 0.68-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.59 £ 0.36-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.29-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.85 £ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.17 £ 0.75-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.50 £ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.60 £ 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.65 £ 1.00-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.65 £ 8.00-10.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.60 £ 1.60-1.60
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 54.00 £ 50.00-60.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 £ 2.60-3.60
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 £ 1.90-4.20
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.60 £ 20.00-25.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.47 £ 4.24-4.62
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 £ 17,500.00-23,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,775.00 £ 18,995.00-22,500.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 96.61 £ 60.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 £ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.24 £ 22.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.70 £ 20.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 8.53 £ 6.80-12.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 £ 8.50-11.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 956.25 £ 850.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,500.00 £ 8,500.00-13,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 57.28 £ 35.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 26.06 £ 20.00-35.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 59.47 £ 30.00-79.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 74.67 £ 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 724.00 £ 600.00-850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 565.43 £ 500.00-650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,297.50 £ 1,000.00-1,750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 958.82 £ 780.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 317.42 £ 195.09-371.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 228.38 £ 162.58-325.16
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,739.89 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 2.73 2.00-4.00

Prices in Edinburgh

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Last update: December 2017
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14 Comments so far

#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.
#sundar on Sep 20, 2014 :
Hi Everyone

I got a job in Edinburgh monthly salary will 2850 pounds, what is the tax percent in uk
#Ajay on Sep 10, 2014 :
Hi, I am planning to move to Northern part of Edinburgh. I will bring my wife and 2 kids (7 and 4). The company offered me GBP 47K annum (before tax). I am planning to purchase a used car. Can I afford to live my life there ?. Thanks.
#A Programmer on Jul 27, 2014 :
Hello everyone,

Just been contacted by a company for a job at edinburgh and I was wondering (considering I would be alone) if a 200£ per week to cover everything (rent, food, council tax, energy(heat/electricity..), broadband ...), or should I be looking at 300 ?
(I saw a lot of 1 bed rooom flats around 400£ pcm that would be 15-20 minutes away from the job in the center of town).

So basically can I live in edinburgh with a bit more than 10000£ a year, or is it more 15000£ ? (I would be paid more but the rest would used otherwise).

Thanks
#Software Engg on Jun 24, 2014 :
Hi Everyone,

I am in discussion with a company for Software Job. I have 7 years of exp. Just wanted to know how much salary I can expect in Edinburgh.
#Edinburgh Student on Jun 02, 2014 :
As I am looking just now, a reasonable 1 bed flat in the city center or near Kings Building's costs from £500-800 depending on size/appearance. Council tax will add a couple of thousand pounds annually depending on the tax band (see Edinburgh city council website). Students are normally exempt and if your other half is the only eligible council tax payer then there is a 25% discount. If you are a student then a monthly bus pass is £40 and the buses are amazing. Alternatively an annual parking permit can vary from £50 to £200-ish. There are plenty of supermarkets and two people could easily live on £100 for weekly food plus treats/take away.
In short, £1500 is easily livable for one person and could likely stretch to cover two. However, might be best for your other half to find employment in the area too if you want to build some savings. Hope this helps!
#Al on Apr 26, 2014 :
Hi everyone,

I am offered a PhD position at University of Edinburgh with salary of about 1500 pounds after tax ... I am married with no children ... Can anyone guide me about living cost for a couple at Edinburgh?