Cost of Living in Manchester

Summary of cost of living in Manchester, United Kingdom:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 £ 10.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 £ 44.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 £ 6.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 £ 3.50-6.17
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.50 £ 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.56 £ 2.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.96 £ 1.20-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.37 £ 1.00-2.50
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.54 £ 2.65-6.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.03 £ 0.57-1.81
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.75 £ 0.36-1.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.04 £ 1.80-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.59 £ 1.81-6.80
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.85 £ 1.59-4.45
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.25 £ 2.72-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.21 £ 0.45-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 0.60 £ 0.41-0.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.29 £ 0.45-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.52 £ 0.45-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.84 £ 0.29-1.40
Onion (1 lb) 0.60 £ 0.40-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.86 £ 0.69-1.40
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.97 £ 0.50-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 £ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.20 £ 1.20-3.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.29 £ 1.20-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.25 £ 12.00-14.80
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 £ 2.00-3.60
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 £ 70.00-125.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.40 £ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.70 £ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.60 £ 18.00-18.60
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.54 £ 5.30-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,285.00 £ 28,285.00-29,510.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,048.00 £ 30,000.00-32,192.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 235.99 £ 150.00-472.22
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 14.23 £ 10.00-35.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.81 £ 22.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28.30 £ 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.25 £ 5.00-17.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.95 £ 7.00-11.50
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,309.56 £ 1,100.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,750.00 £ 9,000.00-17,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 57.86 £ 25.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.67 £ 12.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 72.19 £ 40.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 61.67 £ 45.00-100.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,169.74 £ 1,000.00-1,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 883.33 £ 750.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,902.32 £ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,311.11 £ 900.00-1,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 372.91 £ 325.16-899.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 250.84 £ 213.68-378.39
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,289.43 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.21 5.29-7.50

Prices in Manchester

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Last update: July 2024
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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 29, 2024:
Average price for one bed apartment in city centre with management charges if any but without council tax, gas electric water etc is now £1725 a month. Cheapest one bed apartment advertised is £965 a month. If you don’t mind living a 30 min bus/train journey from the centre then a 2/3 bed house is the best value with an average rental of £825 each month.

Commodity prices on numbeo are fairly accurate for food, clothing, gym etc….. with the exception being the cinema which is around £15 a ticket although vue have cheaper tickets available.

Manchesters yearly interest rate for housing is the highest in the uk and in 2024 it’s currently at 14.7 % this is due in part to many business such as tv networks and banks moving their headquarters to Manchester or Salford from London which has inflated housing costs and made renting in the city centre and surrounding 5 mile radius unaffordable for the average Mancunian.
Anonymous on Mar 26, 2024:
For what it's worth the stats here look fairly accurate, rent on average is a bit higher now, but within 100 or 200 gbp still
Precious on Aug 26, 2023:
May I know if the cost/price of commodities and every other items stated here are real. Are they not understated and deceitful? Are they reliable? Please I wanted a very objective answer.
Virginia on Aug 29, 2022:
I’m getting married to British citizens end of this year. I’m planning to move and retire in Manchester, England. I am US citizen and I will be receiving social security monthly around $2,200.09 and my future husband still working. How long it will take to be eligible for universal health insurance.

Thank you,
Tony on Mar 02, 2022:
Council tax always goes up , for social fund , now to help fire brigade , electric gone up £340 a year , gas has gone up , petrol rents road tax insurance , we feel like we are being robbed . Nothing goes down , no pay rises in 6 years , councillors. Getting 12%pay rises , in my opinion it’s better just to pack my job in And go on long term sick . I would be a lot better off , you are robbing us all
BR Recovery on Dec 21, 2021:
It is a nice post. It is very helpful for me. Thanks for sharing such a great information.
MR Graham Reid on Dec 02, 2021:

Important to define these
As they are significant.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2021:
Also, I live in Manchester and I get money from the PIP and Income Support since I have autism, I earn around 1280 pounds a month, I can manage great with the money because I only have to pay 50 pounds for the house rent in Heaton Mersey, Stockport (Which others in my area pay around 400-600 pounds). Including a little money off gas and electricity bills. I also don't have to pay 50 pounds a week for the Council Tax. Even a few people around my area fake disability, and they're living great lives (Some even have jobs and avoid paying 50 pounds). Exploiting Capitalist Governments are great, unlike in the countries where my friends live they don't need to do this because them countries are really cheap to pay for them since they eradicated poverty amongst the working class.
Anonymous on Jun 18, 2021:
Most people in Manchester earn 1280 pounds a month (Pretty much the same as every other city except London which earn more), and most people I know who earn that amount of money live in poverty (Some people earn the lowest wage of 400 pounds, which one would be in debt since the bills and transport here are expensive and way above 600 pounds), that's why people fake a disability in the UK, so they don't have to pay a council tax of 50 pounds of a week of work. I know people who earn 300-400-500 pounds in other countries such as Egypt, Vietnam, Cuba, Angola, Laos and many more which they don't live in poverty despite the fact that they earn less, and they're able to obtain a better lifestyle than to people who live in the UK.
Jennifer Graham on Dec 21, 2020:
Manchester is not as pricey as the USA, mnthly income not bad, you can live comfortable if you are careful with your monthly income.
Luganwa on Oct 13, 2020:
I want to move to U.K. next month, Manchester and Glasgow which one is more cheaper to live in? I mean in renting apartments and other commodities.