Cost of Living in Edinburgh

Summary about cost of living in Edinburgh, United Kingdom:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.01 € 13.61-28.35
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 68.04 € 45.36-130.40
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.80 € 6.24-10.21
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.67 € 3.40-6.24
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.10 € 3.40-6.80
Cappuccino (regular) 3.54 € 2.83-4.82
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.90 € 1.13-3.18
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.31 € 0.91-2.27
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.15 € 2.53-6.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.10 € 0.74-2.06
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.31-1.03
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.27 € 1.36-2.72
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.20 € 1.03-6.17
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.93 € 1.80-4.11
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.31 € 2.57-6.17
Apples (1 lb) 1.00 € 0.46-1.39
Banana (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.34-1.03
Oranges (1 lb) 0.99 € 0.62-1.54
Tomato (1 lb) 1.05 € 0.51-2.06
Potato (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.26-1.03
Onion (1 lb) 0.42 € 0.26-0.77
Lettuce (1 head) 0.81 € 0.49-1.13
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.22 € 0.57-1.84
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.94 € 6.80-10.21
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.78 € 1.36-2.55
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.13 € 1.13-2.83
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.61 € 13.61-17.01
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.04 € 2.04-2.15
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 68.04 € 62.37-68.04
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.05 € 3.18-5.67
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.59 € 2.17-2.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 27.21 € 20.41-27.89
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.90 € 6.25-7.73
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,245.80 € 22,678.83-27,214.60
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,656.01 € 20,410.95-27,764.56
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 212.86 € 111.21-340.18
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 € 0.03-0.17
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.00 € 28.35-39.69
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.23 € 22.68-56.70
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.99 € 5.67-28.35
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.34 € 6.80-13.61
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,207.38 € 1,077.24-1,523.26
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,456.11 € 10,885.84-15,875.18
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.12 € 45.36-90.72
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.11 € 22.68-51.03
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.64 € 56.70-100.92
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.20 € 66.90-136.07
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,142.33 € 907.15-1,700.91
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 856.38 € 680.36-1,077.24
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,292.69 € 1,360.73-3,401.82
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,347.50 € 1,077.24-2,211.19
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 483.01 € 368.71-592.04
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 346.98 € 316.04-379.24
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,597.50 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.57 2.00-3.00

Prices in Edinburgh

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Last update: March 2023
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12 Comments so far
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:
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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.
George on Mar 04, 2020:
Honestly, purely based on having lived in both, compared to London Edinburgh is a far more expensive to be in. Obviously rent aside, but as a matter of course, walking around London (even central places and the city) will tend to result in finding variations in the price of things like meals from the absurdly high to the actually quite cheap. Not so in Edinburgh, where everything is far more compact and, thus, within the tourist path, so all restaurants have a relatively high price with little variation. The figure here that really attests to this on this page is that it is the 20th highest price for an inexpensive restaurant in the world - that does not surprise me at all. Places which look cheap and cheerful are often quite expensive, and, contra the case elsewhere, unlikely to have as many things thrown in (tea is often sold separately in breakfasts, for instance, unlike the norm everywhere else in the UK). This is clearly a more minor concern than the rental situation, but it is important bear in mind if you are here causally or trying to save money on minor expenses.
Steve on Jan 30, 2020:
When I was over last year for two days the average price for a big standard lager was £5 going up to £7 some places. Eating out for two with two drinks each at Spatch cost £90 and that was one course each.
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