Cost of Living in London

Summary about cost of living in London, United Kingdom:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 10.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 £ 45.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 £ 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 £ 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 £ 3.61-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.01 £ 2.25-4.35
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.54 £ 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.15 £ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.61 £ 2.27-4.92
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.94 £ 0.57-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.67 £ 0.36-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.14 £ 1.18-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.10 £ 1.59-8.16
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.85 £ 1.56-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.20 £ 2.27-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 0.99 £ 0.34-1.63
Banana (1 lb) 0.55 £ 0.35-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 0.91 £ 0.45-1.59
Tomato (1 lb) 1.10 £ 0.45-2.27
Potato (1 lb) 0.51 £ 0.23-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.51 £ 0.34-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.75 £ 0.45-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.84 £ 0.30-1.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 6.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.99 £ 1.00-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.05 £ 1.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 £ 11.00-16.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 £ 2.40-4.90
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 £ 130.00-240.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 £ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 £ 2.38-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.80 £ 24.60-39.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.78 £ 4.24-5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,317.50 £ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,785.09 £ 20,000.00-25,140.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 172.08 £ 100.00-309.09
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 £ 0.03-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.52 £ 25.00-48.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.82 £ 22.00-84.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.12 £ 6.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 £ 9.00-18.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,442.07 £ 1,000.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,258.33 £ 14,700.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 65.78 £ 40.00-95.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.41 £ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 70.66 £ 40.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.69 £ 55.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,729.58 £ 1,300.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,253.84 £ 1,000.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,191.25 £ 2,200.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,073.23 £ 1,700.00-2,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,079.39 £ 743.22-1,486.44
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 572.43 £ 464.51-836.12
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,806.37 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.96 2.00-5.00

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97 Comments so far
John on Oct 24, 2020:
Can get information about near by places in London (1/2 hour journey ) where house rent can be low, and average cost of living for 2 adults & 2 kids.
Thanks
Mia koujou on Sep 27, 2020:
Hi, I’m moving to the UK next week, will be staying in holland park and my university is in high Holborn. My accommodation is inclusive of electricity and internet bills, but I wanted to know what should I expect my monthly expenses to be in a city like london. I’m talking everything combined, groceries, take out, phone bill, laundry, tube daily, and daily expenses..
I need to know how much money my parents need to send me monthly.. any idea ?
Chandra on Aug 07, 2020:
Iam planning to come in DEC 2020 with my family, wife & 2 kids 10 yrs old, Iam looking for shared accomodation. Pls mail me with details . My mail bhanuck2@gmail.com. Preferably in central london.
Steven on Jun 28, 2020:
Good evening

I'm quite interested in visiting the UK next year for 2 weeks with my wife. We plan to seek new careers in the UK. I'm currently a National CI/BA manager in South Africa, and she is a Creditors manager. Any advice for us. We have both achieved 4 years of diplomas. Mine include Purchasing and Supply chain management, Advanced Logistics and Operations management, Project management, and Business and Systems Analytics. Do we stand a chance?
@Kriss on Jun 25, 2020:
Depends on your job.
If you’re experienced in IT or Finance you should target a 6 figures salary
magicsign on Jun 22, 2020:
Replying to Kriss : you will be perfectly fine with 50k in London, it's almost 20k more than the average salary.
Kriss on Jun 17, 2020:
Hello, I would like to know what it the best salary to live a good life in London. I got a job offer of 50k pound a year is it enough? and how much would they take tax from it?

And what are the expenses in details, if someone could help me. thank you in advance.
Harold.Dolores on Jun 08, 2020:
Old people who rely on the encouragement of others to fight are not strong; those who are encouraged by others to struggle are simply cowards
Jey on Jun 03, 2020:
Transportation fees are wrong, monthly pass costs way over £150 if you aren’t in zones 1-2
Should include majority of London which is zones 1-6
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Tony on May 04, 2020:
I looked at a lot of apartments and the prices are very different from different parameters. How did you get the average price like this, I do not understand (I looked at the prices here: https://1newhomes.com
mr prika on Apr 11, 2020:
hello good evening im writing you because i live now in uk i moved from france to the uk in london zone 3 to search for a better job and a normal salary i moved to the uk 5 months and 15 days agoo but since i came here with my mother which she is disable but since i came here im struggling a lot i have a diploma as an audiovisual operator and now im working in a different sector but im looking for a better salary at least 1600 0r 1800p per month, i earn less than 1300p per month what feedback can you give me what jobs can i do even if i have only experience in the audiovisual sector. thanks.
Arthur on Mar 03, 2020:
I wanna know price of an apartment with specifications that GOlnaz has wrote here. Thanks very much
GOlnaz on Feb 28, 2020:
Hi ,How much does an apartment with these properties cost to buy?
(1 bedroom)
(60 meter)
In a moderately good neighborhood
Your faithfully
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2020:
Benny :
Gross income £7,416.67
Personal allowance £1,041.67
Taxable income £6,375.00
Income tax £1,925.00
National insurance £478.68
Pension (2%) £148.33
Net income per month: £4,864.65

1, get a new girlfriend, travelling back to Turkey (the country, not the bird , if any Americans reading this) might not be a good idea on a long term
2, to much noise in that area, there are nice places in zone 2 , quiet and cheap. You can walk from there to work as well.
3, going out 4 times / month..clashes with no 1 ..or adds up. Your "going out" will also include the 300 £ for travel.
Lon Doner on Jan 04, 2020:
All 1bhk are in the 1300-1800 range
Street food in the 6-10 gbp range
Mid level restaurants courses in the 10-18 range
Transportation is among the most expensive in Europe, expect to pay 13 gbp a day or 130 a month for the tube, Uber are ok for short trips but if you need to go to Stansted are 100 gbp, slow train to Manchester for 50 gbp
To live a very comfy life you need 80k+ gross a year
Nakatomi on Nov 25, 2019:
I need advice. In Japan, heart surgeon. Number one. Steady hand. One day, Yakuza boss need new heart. I do operation. But, mistake! Yakuza boss die! Yakuza very mad. I hide in lorries, come to England. No english, no food, no money. Darryl give me job. Now I make 8£ per hour. How do I live in London? PS. My big secret: I kill yakuza boss on purpose. I good surgeon. The best!
Benny on Oct 08, 2019:
Hi everyone,

I got an offer of 89k GBP (gross, annual). I believe the net comes out at 5k per month.

I am not married but I have a girlfriend (whom I love very dearly) that I need to visit frequently back in Turkey (I believe this would cost me 300 GBP for traveling twice). I also have a fixed monthly cost of 400 GBP back in Turkey.

So, my disposable income is about GBP 4,300 per month. I would appreciate any feedback on the below (see if my math works out).

- I expect to pay 2,000 for rent (want to live alone in a 1br flat around Marylebone, walk to work)
- Utilities/internet/council tax cost 250
- Groceries 300
- Going out 4 times a month (dinner and movies for two, with the girlfriend of course) 300
- Breakfast/lunch or dinner during the week (at work, etc.) 400

So this leaves me with a monthly spend of 3,250, which leaves me with about a thousand pounds to spare each month. Does this math sound about right? Also, do you think I could ask my girlfriend to come with me?

As in, is my salary enough to support us both? She could get work after moving but in the worst case scenario. As you may have realized from my estimates above, I dont want to kill myself to save money, etc. I have been lucky enough to have lead a good life until now (27 years old and counting) and I want to keep the same standard. No vacations until she gets a job too I guess but that's okay :)

Appreciate any help, thanks a lot in advance.
Anonymous on Aug 10, 2019:
True the pound is becoming less valuable especially for retiring elsewhere when the USD,is used predominantly in many countries.
RZ on Jul 02, 2019:
Average Monthly Aftertax Salary should not be that low.
It should be at least 3000pounds for an average position.
Anonymous on May 29, 2019:
Gym - no frills about £20 per month, no spa, pool or sauna but equipment and classes.

Transport. One-way bus ticket is £1:50.

Transport all depends on zones.
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TobyPickles on Apr 30, 2019:
I am in the final round of discussions for an opportunity with a London consulting firm. We are a family of four (two young kids) and live in the Middle East (with its perks like no income tax, cheap fuel, shorter commute, household help etc.). London is an exciting place for both our careers and could open up bigger opportunities. So I am inclined to look favourably at this. I expect that the offer to be about GBP 70-80K which is not great but at the same time not bad for a start. And hopefully my spouse will land up something decent as well, pushing our household income beyond GBP 100K. One of my friends advised against taking up anything south of GBP 80K. Any views on what the lowest package I can agree to?
Anonymous on Apr 27, 2019:
Ex. of London wages/salaries: unskilled worker, 40 hours per week- average gross salaries paid by employers 19K per year, employee will see 17K on payslip with a net pay (after deductions) of 15.5K
Semi-skilled, same as the above with 10-20% more money.
Skilled (ex. electricians)- average gross paid by employer 43K per year, on payslip 39K, net 30K.
Average in financial services- paid by employer 61k per year, on payslip 55K, net 40K.
Average, all salaries, London- paid by employer 39K per year, on payslip 35K, net 30K.
Anonymous on Apr 27, 2019:
@Anonymous on Apr 25, FYI site info, as it is right now, is more reliable than government info. Can be improved. Maybe that geezer trolling us with "Queen owns the Planet" fu.ked up the info :))))
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2019:
Site info is not reliable, average salary is much higher.
Anonymous on Apr 12, 2019:
@Max Willow, 3 million will be more than sufficient to get a 2 bedroom apartment in Canary Wharf area. Usually a 2 bedroom apartment in a decent development costs around 800-900k USD.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2019:
The U S shouldn't have answered the phone when London called begging the U S to save them from the BUZZ BOMBS of Germany especially since London never paid the U S for military help.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2019:
To Anonymous comment on April 1 2019 okay the queen doesn't elect parliament a good thing.I'd just like to see British citizens treated fairly.The queen owns all of the land in 6 countries so the queen gets royalties from all businesses and she owns the diamond mines in Africa amoung the minerals.Hopefully the queen doesn't own the land in Britain too.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
@Max Willow
Go to Rightmove.co.uk (relevant real estate site in UK), you can see what prices are in that area. Check crime stats, employment, ownership etc before you buy. If i were you i would buy a house, most flats are "lease" (ex. for 100 years) and you don't own the property. London has allot of boroughs were you have one or two nice streets surrounded by bad areas (ex. Elephant and Castle).

@Anonymous on Mar 19, 2019
Queen does not elect Parliament, does not control the executive, etc. Most of tax is spend on wealfare paid by those who produce (ie. not the people on "free stuff"). For example, 75% of budget is paid in by 20% of active individuals, so they are outvote every time because people on "free" healthcare, schools, housing etc have more votes at any election.
Max Willow on Mar 31, 2019:
I am interested in 1) buying a 3 bedroom flat in a nicer part of the East London, close to the Olympic Park where West Han plays,and/or@) how much would it cost ($US dollars) to buy a 2 bedroom apartment in or around Canary Warf. How far would 3 million US go in London?
Thank you,
Best wishes,
Dr Max Willow
Paddington NSW 2021
Australia
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2019:
London will always be very expensive as long as the queen reins supreme over everything.Very high unemployment, can't drive my car to work gasoline too high.Need I say more? Prices here should be doubled on everything.
Dave on Feb 17, 2019:
For people coming from 3rd world Indian subcontinent, London is heaven. So make sure you talk to the right people because perceptions can be different. If you live in a slum, every other place will seem like heaven. For most of us London is a battle between keeping up with bills and trying to make ends meet. Housing is unaffordable and crime is skyrocketing.
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urmother on Feb 04, 2019:
Well many ppl talking about how good London because they get 4-5k net monthly. Well of course lifestyle everywhere good with that kind of money but ppl in London roughly 50% earn under 2k net. For them much more difficult to live a good life in London.I lived in Croydon for 3 years worked as a welder for 1500 pounds monthly rent single room, share flat with 6-8 others spent for food like 100-150 pounds room rent 400-500, oyster mounhtly 50-60 pounds. So yes if u live like this (slave style) u can save money even from 1500 i saved monthly 1k but this life was really bad. I lose 10-15 kg after 3 years. Then I moved to Switzerland here the welder salary after tax like 6-8k CHF what is like 5-6k pounds as a welder!!! So i jsut wanna say London isnt as good as many people say. At least for people who get under 3k net pounds monthly. So in my opinion (my experiences) Switzerland 10x better than ENgland/London. In switzerland apartment rent is similar as in London. Food bit moore expensieve like 50%+, health care like 300 pounds monthly(mandatory) but at the end of the month here as a welder i can easily save 4k-5k pounds compare with London 1k.
sam shah on Jan 16, 2019:
Aditya Halarnakar

Yes you can make lots of money in london , but you have to be very smart
I had a friend who moved from Delhi 7 years ago and has his own house in Lonon and drives a 50K pound car.
He's only 29

anyway
good luck
London is a beuatiful city i would say similar to delhi but much cleaner, organised and full of wealthy people
ondrej on Jan 14, 2019:
@Laz basically western part of London is better than eastern. Probably the best locations (and most expensive of course) suitable for life are close to the Hyde park or river which means - Kensington, Paddington, Chelsea etc. In any case I strongly recommend you to find apartment close to your work - ideally to be able to get there without car or public transport.
Laz on Dec 18, 2018:
Hi All,

I recently got a good offer to move to London from Amsterdam. Gross pay of £170k and I am looking to live in Central London where I work. I am in my mid 20's and single.
Any suggestions on the locations to live near Buckingham street is appreciated.

Warm Regards,
Laz
Razasajjad on Dec 08, 2018:
Hello, I am being offered £46k gross package for work in London. Calculated my net take home salary will be around 2800 or 2850/month approximately.
Need some suggestions for managing my money.
Anonymous on Oct 28, 2018:
@Davide

Hi Davide - Thanks so much for your detailed response. Helps a lot. Lends perspective as well. I do have a few more questions. Hope that's okay.
(1) My office is in Canary Wharf. Where do you think i should stay? I would prefer a shared accommodation (not more than 2 or 3 ppl max). I am willing to spend 1K for rent and utilities
(2) In your apartment, do you have a kitchen (where you can cook), refrigerator, washing machine, etc? Or do you need to purchase them separately?
(3) On an average how much will other expenses groceries, food (i will have lunch and dinner outside), phone bill, wifi, gym (average gym), cost per month, metro rail? Will 1K suffice for all this?

Thanks,
Sashank
Davide on Oct 25, 2018:
Hi Sashank, sure, happy to help you.
As I said, I’m paying £850 for the rent in a shared house: it’s an ensuite room, which means I have my own bathroom in my bedroom.
Usually in shared houses all the bills are included (water, electricity, internet, council tax) so you just have to pay for the rent.
Tv licence is usually excluded. Also to note, it’s true that the bills are included, but usually in the contract with your landlord it’s specified a fair threshold of usage, which means that if you spend really a lot, the landlord can ask you to pay for the excess (eg. for me the threshold was around £60/70 per month, which means in a house of 4ppl = £300, you will never get even close to that, so don’t worry about this).
My house is in zone 2 (finsbury park, chek on google maps), so quite central: it takes me 30/40 min to go to work in zone 1(shoreditch) with the bus, but this really depends on where you find your place/where you work. It can be faster (and a bit more expensive) with the underground.
As a general rule I think it’s not worth searching for a place further outside the town to get it cheaper, but to have to spend more on the commute (both money and time): this is true especially if you don’t have a family, so you are more flexible. With a family it can be slightly different though, so it depends on you.
The room is a good size for me:big closet, double bed, a decent desk. The bathroom is ok for me, sink/toilet/shower, I don’t need more than that :)

If you are searching for a room in a shared house (which I suggest you if you are moving to London/Uk for the first time, as you will get to know more ppl which can help you), you can easily find something decent starting from £650/700, especially now that schools already started for the new year, and so the demand for houses has gone down a bit (after the summer is the highest peak of requests, so rents can increase a bit, that’s when I found my room at that price).
For a house on your own instead you would probably spend at least £1300/1500 per month, maybe more.In this case it may be worth going a bit out of the really central places, depending on the quality of the house you are searching.

I’m quite good at managing my money, and I do not waste them, but even with quite some more expenses I could be easily stay above £2k savings per month.

Just ask if you need something else :)
Anonymous on Oct 24, 2018:
@Davide

Hi Davide - I went through your comment below and i am really interested. I might move to London soon and my take home salary will be the more or less what you have mentioned (4.3K). I am given to understand by my friends in London that i can probably end up saving 10-15% of my salary. However, you have mentioned that you are saving 3K!! Now i would really like to know the break up of 850 pounds for rent and utilties. What is your room size, how far is it from citi center and what is the rent you are paying? Could you please help me with this? Thanks.

Sashank
Davide on Oct 19, 2018:
@kumal

I strongly disagree with what you say.
£78k net per year means £6.5k per month, which is a LOOOOT for a single person!

Considering a 1bedroom flat of 50sqm @ £1.
5-2k per month, you are left with still more than £4k.
Even eating in restaurants every day at lunch and dinner, you would spend no more than £1.
5k.

And if you go out and get drunk each night od the week in clubs, you would spend around 100£ per night for 10gin tonics!!

Only then, doing this kind of life every single day of the month you would be able to spend all your salary.

But you would also do NOT need the flat, as you would eat and live all the time outside!

Also, an adsl doesn't cost 50£ per month, plans start at 20£.

The same for mobile plans, starting at 10£ with really good offers (I'm paying 7£ actually, and it's more than enough with unlimited calls and enough data).

From what you said you are either never been in London, or simply accepting the first offer you are proposed without really looking and getting some real info from other retailers/agencies/markets/etc.. Or you are basically blind.

A single person can easily live with a lot less than that.

My salary is £4300 net per month.
I spend £850 (all bills included) in a nice ensuite room in zone 2, residential area (Finsbury park), with nice people in a shared flat (4 in total, me + 3 other).
I spend less than £50 per month to go to work (Shoreditch, zone 1) with bus - I'm lucky in this case, but in the worst case you could spend up to 100/150£.
For lunch I sometimes bring food from home, sometimes go out (£5 to £15 per lunch).
I spend £7 for mobile plan (unlimited calls/messages, 3GB data).
I don't smoke.
Once a month I go to the cinema.
Twice a week go out with friends in pubs, drinking like average people.
I spend probably £150/200 per month on food (asda, tesco).

I buy normal food, go out to restaurants sometimes and more frequently to pubs, and at the end of the month I easily save at least £3k.

Even going out more often and with more expensive lifestyles (expensive gym, lot of cinemas, lot of expensive shopping, travelling to another country once a month, etc), I would hardly go below £2k savings per month, which would still be ok.
Abdur Rehman on Oct 12, 2018:
Hi

I'm living in London for the past some time. Please feel free to ring me up on 07774646958 if you have any queries. I'll be happy to help with what information I have. I'm a bachelor here, so have got all the time in the world to clarify your queries.
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2018:
Question to Numbeo owner: what is the definition of City Centre and Outside City Centre? Any list available for each country? Thanks!
Anonymous on Aug 23, 2018:
@Ed Hoar
You are the ignorant and ill informed. If a employer pays a gross of 39k wile employee gets (on payslip you see 35k) a net of 22k and he needs to share rent, go out as little as possible, use public transport, don't buy "expensive" stuff (ex. nice holidays) and not saving half of his net income what is the point of moving to a new country/city. To do all that gross income needs to be 50k.
@All
"Central London" it's big, most of it (except posh areas) are council estates with allot of dodgy people who live on benefits. Public transport is overcrowded (literally), especially at peak times, wile most infrastructure is old, some of it really old (ex. Bakerloo line), comfort it's out of the question wile prices are not cheap. Roads are full of potholes and insufficient for number of cars, most of tax in UK is spend on "vulnerable people" who have the right to vote (talk about conflict of interest), etc etc
Safety not a priority to our Socialist Muslim mayor (religious terrorism is normal according to him), we are not as bad as "gun free zones" Venezuela but it is not as safe (or clean) as other big cities (ex Tokyo).
If you need to share a flat/house (some share a room), eat fast-food like chicken & chips and use a bicycle (better to walk if possible) you are probably better off were you live now.
PS: for couples with children it's even worse
sa tish on Aug 20, 2018:
Hi all i have been offered a package of 60K pounds per year. I am planning to come there with my 5 year old kid and wife. Planning to stay in decent apartment not very rich off course in London. We are vegetarians, will not be freaking out too much and usually lead simple life. With this basis how much approximate expenses would occur. Can any one give me some range usually what range it may fall
Aditya Halarnakar on Aug 10, 2018:
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Sat on Aug 07, 2018:
Hi all i have been offered a package of 80K pounds per year. I am planning to come there with my 5 year old kid and wife. Planning to stay in decent apartment not very rich off course in London. We are vegetarians, will not be freaking out too much and usually lead simple life. With this basis how much approximate expenses would occur. Can any one give me some range usually what range it may fall
Ed Hoar on Jul 13, 2018:
Hi, I have lived in London for 15 years so ignore most of the comments below as they are very ill informed.
I earn £2100 after tax.
Often you will find rooms to rent that include all bills, such as council tax/ water/ internet etc. I’m the centre of London ( just south of oxford street), I pay £800 a month inclusive of all bills to share a flat with one other person. Admittedly this is a very good deal and whilst you could of course pay more, generally bargain on between £600 and £1000 per month for a double room in a flat/ house share, including bills, zone 1-2. A friend and his partner live in Belsize Park ( Zone 1/2 border, upmarket area) and pay £1850 per month for a one bedroom flat, including all bills.
Transport- the underground system is expensive but actually very easy to navigate and contrary to other comments infinitely better than say New York’s subway. Zone 1-2 monthly pass; £ 131.
But: I cycle everywhere and many people do, we have a good cycle network currently being built at huge cost. Remember, London is a flat city so cycling is a great and free way to commute.
Food: Londoners in an average wage generally will only eat out max a couple of nights a weeek, the culture is more drinks related which probably is a reason why the casual restaurant scene isn’t so great. A pint ( half litre approx ) of beer will cost £3.50-5 generally.
To summarise, You can definitely live in London as a single person on approx £35k a year ( before tax) if you are happy to share a flat and go out a few nights a week. To live alone and centrally ( zone 1/2), eat out 5 times a week, good gym/ personal trainer etc bargain on 75k onwards.
Now, on the minimum wage ( currently £6.70 per hour) you will have a very hard time unless you work 60 + hours a week. You will live far out, have long commutes to work and find life more difficult. At this bracket working in central London restaurants with high customer turnover and regular tips would be your best option; you would be paid minimum wage plus if your lucky the same again in tips ( Londoners will tip 10 percent generally for good service) bringing your hourly wage to approx £12. If you are fluent in English and well presented, try your luck getting work as a lettings negotiator ( real estate) and you should be looking at £20k to £25k starting salary per year, including commission. With a driven work ethic, qualifications and even experience are often not required, plus this will rise depending on how good you are to potentially £50k.
Good luck and make the city work for you!
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2018:
London is not a place to live unless you are rich or have a very good job (IT, finance)
Rent is ridiculously high as well as everything else
I am on London Living Wage and still find it hard to make ends meet ( I earn approximately 1200 per month after tax) ...
Anonymous on May 22, 2018:
Myanmar is tremendously daring and shameless to the extent of fabricating the following made-up news which is clearly against the weakest and helpless Rohingya currently being genocided by culprit Myanmar.

Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus, says Amnesty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44206372

It is absolutely unlogical even just to think the most helpless, almost annihilated Rohingya carrying out a massacre upon Hindu on top of themself almost being wiped out by Myanmar.

Myanmar should not be fooling around with other nation spreading fake and made-up news because other nations are not foolish neither to be easily cheated by the made-up news of culprit Myanmar.

Everyone should take a moment to feel in the shoe of Rohingya currently suffering helplessly who have clearly no future, thanks to the inhumane atrocities carried out by culprit Myanmar.

Time to unleash immediate punishment actions upon the greatest Evildoer Myanmar by showering it with the first punishment step of comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar.

Thousands of Rohingya rape victims expected to give birth
https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/world/thousands-of-rohingya-rape-victims-expected-to-give-birth-1.3939466
Anonymous on May 15, 2018:
Suu Kyi is the greatest humanity criminal responsible for the inhumane atrocities currently happening in Myanmar.
The atrocities happens only under the Suu Kyi government, not under the previous government so Suu Kyi should be prosecuted under the international criminal court for crimes against humanity.

While Rohingya are suffering inhumanely, shameless Suu Kyi's ministers are busy attempting to expand citis across the country including Yangon as well as places where Rohingya's land and houses were confiscated illegally to accommodate to more probably but not certain foreign investments, mostly coming from like-minded Communist China.

It is time to undo Obama's greatest history mistake and impose comprehensive sanctions on Myanmar immediately again.
And this time China must be punished to the extent of being imposed comprehensive sanctions if China violated sanctions on Myanmar.

The greatest virtue is to save a human race such as Rohingya from almost being wiped out.
This is exactly where the leadership role of UN must be amplified that fairness and justice prevail internationally under UN.
whereas China questionable, unworthy role of the permanent membership of UN, especially standing behind inhumane Myanmar upon Rohingya genocide is hopeless for the international communities so the permanent membership of China must be reconsidered whether or not sick China is worthy or fitting of the role.

Gang-raped while pregnant, watching their sons be beheaded and burned and beaten by soldiers – brave Rohinga women tell their horrific stories after escaping the Burma purge
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5082256/pregnant-rohingya-woman-gang-raped-by-soldiers-after-they-beheaded-her-son-among-the-brave-survivors-who-escaped-the-burma-purge/

‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres
https://www.wsj.com/articles/burn-the-houses-rohingya-survivors-recount-the-day-soldiers-killed-hundreds-1526048545
Mukesh Sharma on May 14, 2018:
Hi this is Mukesh from India,i just want to move in London,i m a single person,can u advice me that how much money is require to survive in London.
Arjhan Esfahani on Apr 26, 2018:
for staying there for at least 3 months any advice you can give to me?
Andrew on Apr 26, 2018:
hey everyone i am a student in the US going to go study abroad in the UK and was wondering how much money will i need to stay there i was thinking at least having $25,000 or do you think this is too much or too little?
Stievano on Apr 18, 2018:
Hey everyone.

I'm living in Brazil, and I'm planing to relocate to London with my wife. I'll receive a package of approx 40k.

My wife most probably will find work when we settle.

But for start, is 40k /year ok for living well (£2,548.41 monthly)?

thanks!
Anonymous on Apr 17, 2018:
A note to anyone planning to come to London: please don't, we are full. Thank you.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2018:
Hello Sir, I am planning to relocate to Reading,UK with my wife to grab an opportunity there,I am offered 110K (gross salary).Is this sufficient for to lead a normal life with decent savings.

Thanks in advance
@sid on Apr 01, 2018:
If your wife will not find a job those are peanuts. 65k would be a fair package
Sid on Mar 19, 2018:
Hey I am planning to relocate to London from India (Mumbai)
I am receving a package of approx 45K.
I plan to come with my wife and a 2 year old child.
Is it worth to relocate?
Would I be able to sustain a conformable life and save decently?
samuel tekle isaias on Mar 08, 2018:
im living in lubango and here there is no crime its peacefull place
Josiah on Feb 13, 2018:
Hello All,

I leave a message here to all foreigners moving to the wonderful city of London.
Please note that as a foreigner, you will have to pay a premium on rent!!

Make sure to have a guarantor, or at least be ready to pay +6-8 months in advance worth of rent!

Do NOT forget about the council tax! The Borough of Westminster charges GBP150 per month! Even the cheap Boroughs like Camden, Tower Hamlets charge GBP 125 per month!
Kumal on Feb 11, 2018:
@adam

Also, make sure you try to arrange with your landlord a fixed price for 2 years as typically landlords will increase the rent after one year.

I have been living in london for the past 20 years and rented for about half of that time, and it happens every single time.

It is a nice way to save money if you know you will be staying for more than a year!
Kumal on Feb 11, 2018:
Hello @adam,

For a flat larger than 50sqm , you will almost certainly will have to search outside the city. Therefore, Zone 2,3. This is for your budget.

With 50k net of taxes, you would most likely have to live outside the city, in the outskirts if you want to live unworried.

You can also look at places which they call ''up and coming'' like Angel, Islington, Shoreditch. It has a more alternative vibe and some homeless people, but if you choose the right places, you can find a good street. And/or live with other 3-4 flatmates which can be a lot of fun.

To live in london by yourself in a one bed flat you would need to make approx 75-78k net = 130k GBP per year gross.

Also take into account you will have to pay 1,400 on council tax a year! so add that to your calculations as well. Plus utilities of 200 per month more for electricity and water. Plus other 50 for internet. Plus your mobile phone plan for another 50 pounds if you choose a cheap plan.

This website is very misleading as it suggest a flat in the city costs 1,700 per month which is hardly true for a decent place and not a studio.
Adam on Feb 09, 2018:
Hi!

Can you advise on what kind of life a net (after taxes) 50k per year buys in London? What are the tradeoffs of a bigger flat in terms of distance from zone 1? Where should one look for a bigger (50sqm+), cheaper accomodation? Is it a viable option to live a bit farther but pay less for the flat? Thanks in advance!
Sam on Jan 30, 2018:
Also, @Dev
I encourage you to check for prep school scholarships if you are coming from abroad for your children.

I myself know quite a bit as I have been living here for the last 15 years
Sam on Jan 30, 2018:
@#Dev, I do not want to sound pessimistic.... but if you are the only income-bearer in you family of 4 with 2 kids, it looks like 135k gbp will not be enough. Remember that taxation on income in the UK is 40%. You would have to live in the outskirts very far away from London city. The good part of that is that you will probably get a 60sqm flat for the same amount that you would get a 40sqm flat in London.

Hope it helps!

Remember you also have to pay bills, council tax, medical insurance, retirement plan, school, etc.

For one person living alone, gbp 135 gross = 81 net of taxes would be OK ish.... without any savings.
Dev on Dec 03, 2017:
From comments below it seems London needs major improvements. Outer lying towns like Watford, are they the same, and are costs far lower here. Can a gross salary of 135k GBP be suitable for a family of 4 with 2 kids in private schooling, and family used to a western style living. What would be a comfortable salary with savings. Comments appeciated
Stan on Nov 15, 2017:
@ #Andrew on Nov 10, 2017
People on minimum wage live in "housing estates" and rely on "benefits" (like child tax credits, working tax credits etc) + the "free stuff" like dental treatment :)

With the right to vote one can "outvote" the creative & hard working, tax them to death and make them pay "their fair share" to support the "democratic majority"...LOL.

UK it's socialist(Frankfurt School/Fabian) with some capitalist niche areas , now you know the truth.

PS: 6 million people (UK) age between 18-60 never worked yet they have free housing, free health, free school, etc + trillions of unfunded liabilities like state pensions (Ponzi scheme)...HEDGE accordingly.
Andrew on Nov 10, 2017:
Guys, how do people in London survive on minimum wage or a bit above that? 7-8 pounds per hour before tax????! It seems impossible
Sabby on Nov 07, 2017:
Hey I am planning to relocate to London from India (gurgaon)
I am receving a package of 85K all inclusive of bonus, insurance, pension etc.
I plan to come with my wife and a 4 month old child.
Is it worth to relocate?
Would I be able to sustain a conformtable life and save?
Kadiric on Nov 03, 2017:
London is by far the worst city to try and live in. Your pay if based on average figures is non existent. You can forget any savings as most will go towards rent, followed quickly by commuting to work, and then utilities and food. Even if you earn in excess of £6k a month, a lot of tax is drawn from your pay and still your quality of life is deemed borderline "poverty". A city plagued by unreliable transport systems, depraved healthcare systems, criminal statistics through the roof (where moped gangs target even the affluent of postcodes), anybody seeking to come to London for work would be well advised to stay away. Economically it is not viable! Not to mention the spikes in stress and depression one will amass. For an equally skilled job in another European country, you will be far better off than living and working in this dump.
KK on Oct 20, 2017:
Hello guys,

I need advice from you people.

I have offer from one company in Gatwick, can you please let me know what is average cost of living there in Gatwick, i m single but i have to support my family from there. What will be my minimum cost per month?
anonymous on Oct 04, 2017:
@Dominik

Do not come to London for 30k. This will be a struggle. London has very low quality of life, high stress and logn commutes.

As a person said below, you don't want to be in 30s and share rooms... or 40s even. If you want to eat Tesco meals, live in tiny dirty room, you can survive with 30k. In reality, anythign remotely close to normal life needs over 50k, likely over 70k.

For those who come from continental Europe, and are used to eg 50m flat, this is luxury in London.

I advise people to think this through... I found much better paid jobs in Germany big flat being 5-10x less expensive, food 50% price etc. Indeed, in some place you can live well for less than room price in London. Not to mention, it's clean, things run on time, less stress, savings possible at high rate.

@Moira, there is very little car idnustry in UK... go to Germany, Stuttgart area is very good.
Stan on Sep 29, 2017:
#Anonymous on Sep 25, 2017
In a nice area (usually it's NOT city center) with clean streets, no crime, good schools and live alone in a house(not flat) with your family (quality of life) you need to travel around 50-80 minutes away from job (unless working from home). A revenue of 4k a month after tax if you are employed (self employed is different) it's what you need. Employer needs to pay around 6.5k before tax (700 pounds not on the pay slip because tax man says it's "employer national insurance", LOL)...you need to be a high skilled productive employee to have that kind of wage/salary.
Our current socialist Muslim mayor wants to ban Uber and says that religious terrorism is "a normal thing in a big city" so the future is not good.

Long story short NO (2270), it is not enough , unless you want to share rent and live in a "shitty" area^

^From a "western" quality of life perspective, not 3rd world (witch we can have on most of the "planet").
Anonymous on Sep 25, 2017:
Hi Guys,

I have been offered a job with T2 visa in London with annual salary 35K. Is it a good amount as I will be moving with Family. ( me + wife + 1Yr child). As I saw from many websites, my take home salary would be around 2270 after tax. Will it be too tight ?

Thanks in advance.

Akshay
Akshay on Sep 20, 2017:
Hi Guys,

I have been offered a job with T2 visa in London with annual salary 35K. Is it a good amount as I will be moving with Family. ( me + wife + 1Yr child). As I saw from many websites, my take home salary would be around 2270 after tax. Will it be too tight ?

Thanks in advance.

Akshay
Mostafa on Sep 15, 2017:
Hello,

am planning to study PhD in London and i want to ask if 1,000€ is enough for me?
(we can escape the cost of accommodation)

Thank you :)
Anonymous on Sep 03, 2017:
Thanks Sam!
I would be moving alone - so no family involved. Would you say that 35k for a young professional (26 y.o.) should be enough to start with?
Sam on Sep 03, 2017:
Hi Dominik
Yes 30K is way too less if you are moving with your family. You will live a goof life but won't be able to save much rather none. If your salary is 40K plus then you can save some.
Dominik on Sep 02, 2017:
Hi there!
I was offered a job as a structural engineer in the outskirts of London. I have 3 years experience in other EU country but no UK experience. The salary is about 30k. Isn't that to low? I mean where I live now, I get +40% than national average and keep 35-40% in savings.

Every comment is appreciated :)
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Anonymous on Aug 25, 2017:
Hi Roby,

I would not take the offer especially now with a worthless pound. I am making 75K + bonus (single and no kids) and I am struggling to make any saving (all I save is for my vacations).
People saying 50K is enough are people sharing flats, commuting for long time and counting the pennies(I see my colleagues eating Tesco sandwiches everyday trying to save few quids a day), if this is the life you are looking for, then 50K is going to be enough.
Good luck.
Moira on Jul 26, 2017:
I am 16 rn and I want to move to London when I turn 25. I live in Canada and am a female going into the automotive industry. Also I would like to visit London for a summer to see if it is "for me". Would being an automotive service technician in 10 years in London provide me with enough money to have a decent life. Just me likely would live on my own ideally would want a studio or one bedroom flat. Does not need to be large. And I would like it to be somewhere upon Thames. Mostly I am asking where the automotive industry would be in ten years in London. Thanks!
josh on Jul 05, 2017:
i want to know the price of a ps4 game please
anonymous on Apr 25, 2017:
Many posters below are right... you can't save anything in dump called London... a manual worker in say Germany will be living decently in a big flat + saving, while you with a professional job in London, will struggle to rent even a decent flat with whole salary, forget savings.

The city is very dirty, public services in UK are a joke, tube is a joke...the place is full of yobs, badly behabvioured youth etc.

Unless you come from a third world country, and are desperate, do not come.

If you have any skills, you will live far better even in poorer European countries, where rents are 20x lower, and you have some quality of life. You will save more money as well.
anonymous on Apr 25, 2017:
Do not come to this city. It's absurdly expensive, very dirty, and depressing... people are unfriendly, crime is rife.

I've lived in London for years...never again. Unless you can earn at least 100k, forget life. Many spend 80% on just rent in tiny tin can, often in crime infested neighbourhoods.

Forget buying house etc. Just about any other place is better, choose any rich continental country...London is truly a dump.

Work hours are very long, pay is low, and worker security terrible. Do not come here and waste your life like some of us did. It's a disgusting city.

Learn another language and go to a proper country, with far higher purchaisng power. Or be stuck in poverty here where bathroom can cost 1m, and you can't get a decent broadband quite often.
EU on Apr 12, 2017:
Hi, i think that data are not up to date. London is far more expensive than shown. I agree when most people say that cost of living there depends on your standards but again, if you move there you either do that because you have no alternatives (and in this case 80k with a family is the minimum you can survive with) or because you want something better from your life. If the latter is your case, i really think that 250/300k is the amount of money you can live a good life style in London with a 2 kids family: you can afford renting a nice flat in a nice area ( non glamorous), send your kids to good schools, clothes, have a decent car,holidays twice a year and save a bit for the future. If as a total family compensation you are below that amount, i really think you are better off elsewhere.
Abdelhai Hussien on Mar 06, 2017:
Dears ,

am looking for job in London , IT Field . Anyone can help me to get work visa . and i will buy the cost
REGGIE ANDREWS on Feb 23, 2017:
i wish like living in London very much but I feel bit difficult with financially because I maybe too Expensive rental really so I still like Returns appointed about I still like returns to London again but I never give up so perhaps too many house really never mind I hope one day to be lucky but wait see later hope touch soon I do like living in Camden town only thanks
ivan on Feb 20, 2017:
Hello guys I would like to know how much for a cheap studio near London,cause am coming there in summer
Gayathri Chavan on Jan 29, 2017:
hi, i want to know is it affordable to stay in london with a monthly salary of 10500 GBP with accommodation & education for kids, transportation offered from the company. is this a good offer, please can anyone suggest me on this. As im moving alone with my family along with kids.
Tati on Jan 20, 2017:
I would like to mention that if you are moving to London with a kid <6 yes old you need to consider that the nursery will cost you round 1500 pound a month!
I would say that you won't get a proper living in London with less than 50K/year.
Milan on Dec 22, 2016:
Hello i just want to ask, is 1500 pounds per month enough for living in london? im just a student 18yo and i reallly really want to leave my country and go to london after school.
Addi on Nov 04, 2016:
Hello All... I have an offer for a job in London paying GBP 80K.... my family consists of me, my wife and 3 kids (aged 10 to 17). Do you think GBP 80K is decent enough?
Naymath on Oct 04, 2016:
I have got a Job offer on London Pay is 4500GBP.Am currently working in UAE
Will it be wise to move to London with Partner and 2 kids ? Will the salary be enough for a decent life with a car one 2 bedroom apartment ?