Cost of Living in London

Summary about cost of living in London, United Kingdom:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.00 £ 10.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 67.00 £ 49.95-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.95 £ 6.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 £ 4.00-7.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.00 £ 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.25 £ 2.10-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.60 £ 1.00-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.32 £ 1.00-2.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.12 £ 2.50-6.78
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.99 £ 0.64-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.81 £ 0.45-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.39 £ 1.20-3.96
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.92 £ 1.13-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.01 £ 1.59-4.54
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.92 £ 2.27-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 0.97 £ 0.45-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.58 £ 0.35-1.32
Oranges (1 lb) 0.87 £ 0.45-1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 1.15 £ 0.45-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.52 £ 0.23-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.57 £ 0.29-1.06
Lettuce (1 head) 0.82 £ 0.45-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.16 £ 0.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 6.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.98 £ 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.48 £ 1.50-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 £ 12.00-15.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.80 £ 1.80-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 159.50 £ 130.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.80 £ 3.00-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.74 £ 1.96-3.54
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.80 £ 18.60-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.69 £ 6.20-7.38
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,150.00 £ 20,000.00-35,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,525.69 £ 18,000.00-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 240.53 £ 145.71-425.00
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) 29.85 £ 24.00-42.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 45.09 £ 22.00-88.23
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.97 £ 7.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 £ 9.00-18.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,590.51 £ 1,000.00-2,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,815.79 £ 12,000.00-26,400.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77.10 £ 40.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.58 £ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.59 £ 59.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.44 £ 50.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,857.25 £ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,352.54 £ 1,000.00-1,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,411.94 £ 2,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,247.97 £ 1,800.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,222.95 £ 929.02-1,779.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 645.28 £ 464.51-929.02
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,822.91 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.72 1.85-4.40

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82 Comments so far
Not Anonymous just Private on Aug 26, 2022:
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Anonymous on Jul 23, 2022:
Before Rishi Sunak became chancellor, UK didn't suffer the current out of control inflation.

It means UK only suffer the worst inflation under the leadership of the wrong chancellor Rishi Sunak while China doesn't almost suffer inflation and the inflation rate in China is awesomely 0% since April this year according to the news.

Awkwardly the inflation-terrorist Rishi Sunak is promising now to control his mess-up inflation if were winning the PM race. How can anyone trust this dishonest Rishi Sunak to destroy his own creation of inflation?

If Rishi Sunak were further allowed to mess up UK, UK would certainly suffer the incredibly worst inflation instead of the current out of control Inflation and then 50% of population might be wiped out due to hot inflation as declared by the famous Robert Kiyosaki. If that really happened, not only the inflation-terrorist Rishi Sunak but also the queen who might also be deported to India as a punishment for being so unacceptably ignorant and irresponsible to the inflation grief of UK taxpayer for so long.

Only people with British ancestor should be used for high positions in the government for the interest of the people from now on because only British people would take care of the interest of the British people not the other way around.
Anonymous on Jul 21, 2022:
Turkey's president Erdogan is notorious for causing hyperinflation in Turkey now so Erdogan must be very dishonest and should be untrustworthy all all.

How could the world trust the hyperinflation-criminal Erdogan with the great responsibility of distribution of Ukraine grain worldwide fairly at a time like now while the world is desperately attempting to control and annihilate inflation through fair distribution of Ukraine grain?

Are we tasking the hyperinflation-criminal Erdogan to hyperinflate the price of Ukraine grain through his distribution? If so, the result would be worst than the current inflation.
Anonymous on Jul 19, 2022:
The United States government never asked united states taxpayers if it was alright to save London when the queen called the united states government begging for help from the Germans invading.

And of course London never paid united states taxpayers back either.
That invasion wasn't on united states soil.But London didn't appreciate it at all it was just expected. Europeans talk alot of trash about American citizens even when American citizens spend the most in tourism by far.

Hopefully one day a united states president will throw away the diplomatic play book and let other countries fend for themselves.Nobody globally liked Trump but one things for certain he shook the world when countries had to pay united states taxpayers with interest.

People globally criticize Americans and blame Americans for everything even after countries beg for our help.

There's a sensible solution stop giving united states taxpayers money away its never been appreciated but yet people globally want to live here.
Anonymous on Jul 15, 2022:
People are suffering inflation badly now because of this inflation-terrorist Rishi Sunak.

Still this most shameless inflation-terrorist Rishi Sunak dares to enter the PM race now in order to further skyrocket the current out of control inflation which he himself created before.

If there were a bit of justice, this inflation-terrorist Rishi Sunak should be locked in jail immediately in order to return justice to all victims of the current out of control inflation in Great Britain.

Only people with British ancestor should be used for high positions in the government for the interest of the people from now on because only British people would take care of the interest of the British people not the other way around.

To annihilate inflation , the interest rate must be immediately raised above the current inflation rate and minimum wage and energy price must be reduced in half.
Anonymous on Jul 07, 2022:
Union is also the devil which is endlessly driving for higher inflation unpredictably so it's time to dismantle union for good in order to destroy inflation.

Not only the higher minimum wage but also the higher energy price is also driving inflation endlessly until so far so the current unacceptably world-highest energy price must also be adjusted fairly according to the lowest international price in order to destroy the current out of control inflation.

The current unacceptably world-highest minimum wage is not a good starting point to compete on the international stage since exiting the European Union so minimum wage should be adjusted much lower for the good of country.

Destroying the current out of control inflation and imposing much lower minimum wage are good together and good for the country.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2022:
Why is China’s inflation rate low (inflation 0% from April) compared to the US, Europe and Britain (where inflation is out of control now, thanks to the unethical thieves colluding among FED, Central Bank of European Union and BOE under the leadership of the greatest thief Jerome Powell ?
Anonymous on Jun 13, 2022:
Terrorist Putin is invading Ukraine and threatened to use Nuclear bomb if Russia were invaded due to the consequences of invading Ukraine.

US weapons are useless until so far as the most wicked terrorist Putin has been occupying more and more territories in Ukraine so it seems Ukraine is following the lead of recent Afghanistan collapse dangerously now under the foolish leadership of the most corrupted inflation king Joe/Hunter Biden.

Since Ukraine is currently being invaded, Ukraine have the right to use Nuclear bomb to protect herself from invasion according to Putin's aforementioned word so it's time to provide Nuclear bomb to Ukraine in order to stop terrorist Putin's unreasonable terrorism and bully in Ukraine immediately.
J Weber on Jun 01, 2022:
For DEEPAK: Expect total taxes, national health, other mandatory deductions to take about 60% of gross, so your net income will run a little over 3000/month. Rent & utilities will take at least 50-60% of that, IF you can find a relatively inexpensive apartment. Housing in outlying areas can be cheaper, but expect transportation costs to eat much of your savings in addition to being very time-consuming. Inflation rates are 9% and rising rapidly, especially for energy, heat. Friend's power bill just rose to over 1000/month. You also need to plan on needing an expensive wardrobe for cold, rainy weather, but if you buy high quality items, they could last you a while. Expect to spend several thousand pounds on arrival for appropriate clothing, shoes, raincoat with wool liner, etc.
Anonymous on May 22, 2022:
Inflation must be fought from the top, not from the bottom or else messing up the bottom sector shall further increase inflation out of control.

The bottom sector includes minimum wage and so on. If the minimum wage were increased, additional increase from the minimum wage shall be simply passed to the price and consequently further increase inflation endlessly. So whoever says to increase the minimum wage to tackle inflation is absolutely not qualified for the job so this kind of dumb people should be removed immediately in order to not further increase trouble for the people who have already suffered enough trouble already now.

The top sector includes the essential food such as wheat, chicken, vegetable, etc, international shipping, oil, gas,  raw materials such as gold, aluminum, copper, etc. The current undutiful government has been ignoring its essential duty to tackle the top sector for so long already so the mess-up we see today is 100% due to the current ignorant government. The best course of action is indeed sacking all of the undutiful, ignorant, unqualified and irresponsible people in the government immediately for good from creating further trouble and immediately replace with dutiful, qualified, responsible and capable people who shall rigorously follow up all the issues of the top sector until being resolved to return price of the top sector to this pre-pandemic period and consequently shall return justice to the taxpayer.
Anonymous on May 18, 2022:
The queen is so irresponsible for skyrocketing inflation, 9% inflation, the highest inflation in the western world while collecting the highest tax in the world including the additional burdensome counsel tax.

The real culprits for skyrocketing inflation are indeed the American Boris Johnson and the Indian Rishi Sunak but since these culprits are still working irresponsibly for the queen so consequently the queen may not be able to reject her responsibility anymore.

The best course of actions are to fire these 2 culprits immediately and deport them to their respective ancestor country as the least punishment they deserve and then immediately increase the interest rate by 20% to eliminate inflation ounce and for all or else playing with fire like the foolish FED from US with insignificant increment of interest rate for many times like a moron by FED chief Jerome Powell would instead backfire and further increase inflation out of control as it's happening in US now.

Only people with British ancestor should be used for high positions in the government for the interest of the people from now on because only British people would take care of the interest of the British people not the other way around.

People are paying tax so the queen should be at least responsible to eliminate inflation at all cost for the sake of her benefactors, the taxpayer.
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2022:
Justice is dead under the most foolish Joe Biden.

Afghanistan is gone and inflation is out of control now.

And Russia is heading Europe for invasion starting with Ukraine but European countries are quiet like chicken because the most foolish Joe Biden said to do so.

Very soon, European countries would regret listening the most foolish Joe Biden but then Ukraine would be gone and Russia would approach Poland again.

Before it's too late, European countries should enter into Ukraine war immediately just like China entered into Korean war before in order to liberate not only Ukraine but also to liberate energy price permanently from being mercilessly manipulated by Russia.
DEEPAK on Feb 18, 2022:
Hi! i am planning to take a role in UK for an MNC firm, the annual package offered is 100K pounds. I will be moving alone in the beginning, so wanted to check if this package is good and how much taxes are there. I want to target 40% as savings too.
Viktar on Feb 17, 2022:
Hello! Your information is very good. Can I have information about hotels prices in London? (2* and 3*)
Loli on Feb 14, 2022:
It really is becoming hard to survive in London these days. In two weeks time the TFL prices are going up. In April the cost of gas and electricity is going up by eye watering 54%, water, council tax, broadband, national insurance contributions are also going up. Food has become more expensive too. House prices are ma.
It is crazy
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Anonymous on Oct 08, 2021:
For the sake of independence and survival, Europe and United Kingdom must immediately ban gas throughout Europe and United Kingdom and the gas must be immediately replaced with other cheaper alternatives coming from such as hydropower plant, Nuclear energy, wood, coal, etc which can be independently produced in Europe and United Kingdom without requiring dependence from untrustworthy source.

It's time to build Nuclear power plant as much as necessary in order to provide sufficient power for Europe and United Kingdom as well as to provide the free city transportation including bus and train powered by electricity in order to discourage the public from using the oil fueled cars as the first step to permanently remove oil dependence from Russia and Russia's manipulated OPEC.
Anonymous on Oct 03, 2021:
The central bank in Europe and United Kingdom is responsible to cause the recent skyrocketing of the house price because the central bank is overprinting money and spending hundreds of billions monthly in purchasing assets and consequently the house price has skyrocketed unacceptably now in Europe.

The central bank is undeniably accountable to the current suffering of all people regarding the house price skyrocketing.

So the government in Europe and United Kingdom have to bring lawsuit against the traitor central bank immediately for its unethical treason of violating the people's trust unacceptably.

Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen from US are also highly suspected of misleading the central bank in Europe and United Kingdom since March last year to end up the central bank in Europe and United Kingdom betraying its own people's trust with the current skyrocketing house price in Europe and United Kingdom so the government in Europe and United Kingdom have to request the US government to immediately extradite the criminals Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen from US to face the unpardonable criminal charge in Europe and United Kingdom.

If the US government lawlessly denied to extradite both criminals Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen to Europe and United Kingdom to face the unpardonable criminal charge, the government in Europe and United Kingdom have to stop using US dollar on the international trading immediately.
Anonymous on Oct 01, 2021:
Russia is the common enemy of the whole world for skyrocketing the price of all natural resources inhumanely even during this pandemic period.

The parasite Russia simply survives by selling its natural resource to the international markets but the problem is that this parasite Russia is extremely greedy now and even dares to attack the whole world shamelessly by skyrocketing the price of its natural resource relentlessly now.

Germany is also to be blamed for helping Russia with a gas pipeline to hack into Europe so the Russia's gas pipeline should be suspended immediately until the normal price of gas is restored and everyone has to work together for this common interest even if needed for sacrifice because it's a worthy cause or else Europe might not be able to escape from the trap of Russia forever and this is not acceptable and shouldn't happen in Europe.

If Russia were imposed sanction earlier, the problem of resources being skyrocketed wouldn't happen right now.

So the world should remember to stay away from the parasite Russia as well as from Russia's manipulated OPEC to be safe so all natural resources from the parasite Russia should be banned immediately in order to restore the normal price of the natural resources and if needed, the parasite Russia must be imposed sanctioned once and for all through the support of worldwide cooperation.
Investor on Sep 30, 2021:
London is expensive!
James Smith :
Gross income £6,916.62
Personal allowance £1,001.65
Taxable income £5,175.00
Income tax £1,325.01
National insurance £378.68
Pension (2%) £118.33
Net income per month: £3,864.65
What's good is that I save a lot and I like investing DIY online.
Most of the things I've learned about investing were on website or similar resources.
Working is fine, but investing is beautiful.
Anonymous on Sep 16, 2021:
Nation destroyer Biden who has proved his trustworthiness by completely destroying the Afghanistan earlier has earned 2 more naive preys now to be able to slaughter soon and they are UK and Australia.

It should be a good show for the whole world to watch again after the recent Afghanistan destruction where Biden's next destruction heads this time either US directly or the other 2 unfortunate preys.

UK is much more smarter than the cunning fox Biden so shouldn't follow Biden's footsteps for self destruction and instead prepare to take over the superpower status from the US by showing the world that UK can be the hope of the world where there is no inflation and the money is trustworthy as much as gold unlike the US where Biden has been mercilessly robbing people's money through inflation tax corruptly even under the current pandemic period unlike never seen before throughout history so that the whole world shall dump all US dollar consequently very soon until US is completely ruined financially and then purchase UK pound to substitute the US dollar if the UK pound were trustworthy. The biggest opportunity in a lifetime is coming soon and the winner takes all.

As for US, there is no remedy as long as being manipulated by the communist tyrant Biden and consequently US is going to be destroyed by the freeloader Biden eventually just like what he did with the Afghanistan destruction irresponsibly.
Anonymous on Aug 17, 2021:
The most terrible wage-grown led inflation is out of control across UK is absolutely not acceptable and unfair to all of the innocent people in UK while the billionaire queen seems so happy wearing her priceless jeweleries recently seemingly without thinking of all of her people suffering inflation badly under the torment of her wicked Indian finance minister.

So the culprit, the Indian Rishi Sunak should be deported immediately to where he's coming from originally through his forefathers in order to return justice to all of the victims suffering inflation badly due to the recent wage grown manipulated by the wicked Rishi Sunak in UK even during this epidemic period inhumanely, absolutely beyond belief!

All inflation must be removed at all cost just like the Imperial Japan, etc even if the recent wage grown were needed to be removed in order to achieve the result.
Anonymous on Aug 08, 2021:
Among the kingdoms, Japan imperial system, etc have done a good job to their own people by preventing inflation across their countries until recently so there is no inflation in Japan, etc unlike other corrupt countries led by the current untrustworthy US thief.

So it's very important to strictly deploy only our own race to monitor especially our most important central bank for the benefit of our own people just like Japan or else deploying other races such as middle eastern, Indian, Chinese, etc in our own central bank is like allowing probable terrorists and thieves to condemn our own beloved people which shouldn't happen for the greatest kingdom on earth.
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Anonymous on Jun 19, 2021:
London is so expensive and people there are living in poverty even though they earn a typical amount of 2000 pounds a month, London is awful, homeless people everywhere because the Gov is corrupt.

Best to move out and then pretend to be disabled, so you can earn money without ever having to work again.
Anonymous on Jun 19, 2021:
"China and Russia still deliberately support the genocide criminal Myanmar again during the recent UN assembly."

do u are have stopid?
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Luisa Sequiro on Feb 12, 2021:
Renting in London has its challenges. This is something all newcomers, or even long term residents experience. Price, location, size...these are all very important factors to consider. London is in demand, as a place to live and it makes it a very competitive city for flat hunting. It is also a large city, and a diverse one and choosing the right location for you is something that can take time. Personally I think the move towards flats and communities based around coliving are the next new thing in London. It takes away a lot of the stress involved with flat hunting- there are some great coliving companies with some great inventory and some great apartments. Generally rents include all bills, wifi; a lot of the complexes have co working spaces, community spaces, events and workshops. You don't have to deal with individual landlords, you don't have to deal with a lot of paperwork. It takes all the stress out of finding an apartment. There are so many coliving options in London- this one is one example,
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2021:
Some of us like terrorists afterall,some people need terrorists to guide them through life.
Anonymous on Jan 22, 2021:
Nicholas Mountbatten's corruption allowed to the current terrorist Myanmar military to seize the control of the whole Myanmar after WW2.

Japan fascist not only founded the terrorist Myanmar military but also looted together with the support of the terrorist Myanmar military to all the riches of Myanmar which was nurtured for decades to become the richest country in Asia under the great British rule.

Instead of destroying the terrorist Myanmar military easily after WW2, the traitor Nicholas Mountbatten sided with the terrorist Myanmar military probably due to being handsomely bribed by the terrorist Myanmar military to the extent of handing over the sovereignty right to the leader of the terrorist Myanmar military.

If Winston Churchill were still in power after WW2, the terrorist Myanmar military would certainly be destroyed completely for the treason and the fate of Myanmar would be completely different now for good under the British rule unlike the current fake democracy system implemented by the terrorist Myanmar military.
Anonymous on Jan 06, 2021:
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Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
Instead of using an app to find supermarket prices find an app that offers discount creations due to covid19.
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2021:
China and Russia still deliberately support the genocide criminal Myanmar again during the recent UN assembly.

China communist party is the most inhumane organizations, not considering the suffering of the genocide victims of Rohingya though China itself suffered the most terrible atrocities as great as genocide under Japan empire during WW2.

Though India's relationship with Myanmar is much better than China's relationship with Myanmar, India abstained from voting at the Myanmar case against genocide crime in UN assembly recently, at least India didn't support the genocide criminal Myanmar.
India have a sense of humane dignity unlike inhumane China which deliberately supporting Myanmar for its genocide crime in the name of not interfering in its internal affairs.

Whatever China's supporting is non of the business of the world community as long as China is not the head of UN but the problem is that China is the head of UN so the world community is stuck with the untrustworthy China and no whatsoever justice and humane dignity would be rendered by the very inhumane China and Russia.

So without justice and humane dignity being place at the top agenda of China and Russia in its handling of UN matters, both should be kicked out of UN immediately by the world community or else UN is no longer relevant to the world community.
Anonymous on Dec 30, 2020:
I made an app for iPhone, and it may be helpful, or not, I don’t know. The app allows you to compare the prices of supermarkets in the UK.
As it searches directly in their websites, you can save a list and update the prices in a different day.

Here is the link:

It’s free.

Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
I'm happy the UK finally came to their senses and adopted Brexit,especially since the euro was a failure from the beginning, long live the queen.
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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.
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 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:
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
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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 (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,
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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.
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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

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,
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:

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?

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:

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.

Davide on Oct 19, 2018:

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.

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.
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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!