Cost of Living in Glasgow

Summary of cost of living in Glasgow, United Kingdom:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 10.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 £ 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 £ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.50 £ 3.00-5.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.00 £ 3.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.24 £ 2.50-4.75
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.75 £ 1.20-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.22 £ 1.00-2.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.61 £ 2.65-5.87
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.06 £ 0.54-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.70 £ 0.23-1.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.86 £ 2.00-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.29 £ 2.01-9.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.07 £ 1.32-4.08
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.75 £ 1.81-7.56
Apples (1 lb) 1.03 £ 0.36-2.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.35-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.95 £ 0.54-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.73 £ 0.32-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.46 £ 0.18-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.42 £ 0.29-0.86
Lettuce (1 head) 0.76 £ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.91 £ 0.45-1.75
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.50 £ 5.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.73 £ 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.96 £ 1.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 £ 11.00-15.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 £ 1.85-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 £ 56.00-86.96
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 £ 2.20-4.80
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.21 £ 1.21-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.80 £ 15.00-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.74 £ 5.38-7.30
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,285.00 £ 24,000.00-28,285.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,142.86 £ 24,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 281.60 £ 200.00-392.31
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 12.83 £ 10.00-20.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.33 £ 25.00-50.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.32 £ 17.99-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.67 £ 10.00-16.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.50 £ 8.00-15.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 866.67 £ 500.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,750.00 £ 8,000.00-12,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 75.62 £ 30.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.00 £ 22.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.62 £ 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 70.42 £ 40.00-100.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,102.67 £ 925.00-1,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 772.50 £ 650.00-900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,750.71 £ 1,500.00-2,150.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,222.00 £ 900.00-1,695.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 324.46 £ 269.42-464.51
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 224.51 £ 148.64-340.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,453.78 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.72 2.09-5.90

Prices in Glasgow

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Last update: February 2024
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15 Comments so far
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Anonymous on Jan 04, 2024:
Give my update as well!

Rent: £1200 (2 Bed, 1 bathroom, fully furnished, new building, West End so it’s full of pubs, coffeeshops and close to the city centre) sharing with a flatmate so £600 per month
Council tax: £170 sharing with flatmate so £85
Utilities: £160 sharing with flatmate so £80 per person but we keep the heating all the time and it’s about 20C in the apartment even at night. Would be a lot cheaper in summer
Internet: £38, sharing so £19
Mobile: £13.5
Groceries: £200
Public transport: £20 (don’t really use it often as I wfh)
Leisure and restaurants: £250 (I do lots of takeaways and have too much coffee)
Clothes: like about £100
Gym: £33

So it’s roughly £1320 per month.

Earning £2170 after tax as a junior programmer

This leaves me with about £850 per month to save up or travel (which I do a lot)
al on Dec 31, 2023:
Updated cost of living 2024

Rent: £1400 (2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Nice and Cosy, 10 mins away from the city center) sharing with flatmate so £700 per person
Council Tax: £140 sharing with flatmate so £70 per person
Elec & Gas: £100 sharing with flatmate so £50 per person
Internet: £30 sharing with flatmate so £15 per person
Mobile: £12
Kitchen: £200 per person
Public Transport: £100
Leisure, restaurants, etc once a week, £200
Clothes £100

Earning £2100 after tax as professional with master degree
Expenditure £1450
Francesco Ci on Feb 02, 2023:
Average monthly salary £2420?? No way, just jump on Indeed and the 90% of jobs are about minimum wage.
Tammas on Nov 29, 2022:
Hmmm, inflation running amok, but £4 a pint of beer? You can drink in a pub and pay £3, don't go trendy lol. Supermarkets it's under £1 for 1/2 litre. A decent bottle of wine = £5.

Art Galleries and Museums = free entry. I wouldn't argue about the other prices.
cam on Sep 12, 2022:
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Edgar on Jul 01, 2021:
Along the same lines. Got offered £45k for a family of 3. Is that doable for a decent standard of living? Our fun includes a lot of nature, museums and festivals. We don't really eat out much (once or twice a month). Thanks!
Harlequin on Jan 03, 2021:
We've been living in Glasgow for 1 year. Our monthly expenses:

Rent: £600 (2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Nice and Cosy, 20 mins away from the city center)
Council Tax: £140
Elec & Gas: £75
Internet: £21.5 (Talktalk 30 Mbps)
Mobile: £12 x 2 = £24 (giffgaff 11 GB data, unlimited call)
Kitchen: £300 (Using ALDI to save money. ALDI Rocks!)
Public Transport: £90
Social: What was that? I hate Covid!

People are kind and friendly in Glasgow. We have great neighbors. The weather is kinda "shiet" but we love Glasgow.
Mukesh on Dec 06, 2020:
I got an offer to work in Glasgow. My monthly salary they offered is 2500 pound. I would like relocate from india to Scotland. In my family me ,my wife and a7 year child with me. What will be my monthly expense in Glasgow. How much I can save in a month after my complete expense?
Tina on Sep 26, 2020:
Is Glasgow a good place for an American to retire? Is it better to rent a place or buy a home. I would be moving by myself so I wouldn't need much space
Anonymous on Jun 29, 2020:
we are a four person faily if you would like two know 3 kids 2 parents but one kid did not live with us
Anonymous on Jun 29, 2020:
maybe it was because we lived in a different area and a different financial situation.
Rowan on Jun 29, 2020:
sorry for the last comment might have come of harsh i did not mean any offence and did not know that you have lived in glasgow for the past six years.
although i do not think you are correct having lived in Glasgow myself and never had to pay that much money and the salary was no where near as high
Rowan on Jun 29, 2020:
your website is incorrect my family has lived in Glasgow and the prices of the cost of living and other stuff are totally incorrect you need to take reality check and actually go to Glasgow and see for your self how much lower the prices actually are so don't go posting stuff on the internet without the proper information.

kind regards,
Rowan