Cost of Living in Manchester

Summary about cost of living in Manchester:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.00 £ 8.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 £ 40.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.00 £ 4.99-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 £ 3.25-4.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.80 £ 3.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.67 £ 2.20-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.21 £ 1.00-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.91 £ 0.60-1.40
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.37 £ 2.27-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 £ 0.68-1.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.57 £ 0.45-0.91
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.78 £ 1.00-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.29 £ 1.13-3.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.69 £ 1.59-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.12 £ 1.81-5.22
Apples (1 lb) 0.80 £ 0.45-1.18
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 £ 0.32-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.75 £ 0.45-1.13
Tomato (1 lb) 0.77 £ 0.45-1.36
Potato (1 lb) 0.63 £ 0.45-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.67 £ 0.36-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.74 £ 0.50-1.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.21 £ 0.90-1.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 7.00 £ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.77 £ 1.00-2.90
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.24 £ 1.50-3.40
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 £ 8.00-10.57
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 £ 2.40-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.11 £ 49.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.10 £ 1.70-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 £ 1.93-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 £ 15.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.56 £ 4.35-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,230.00 £ 15,000.00-21,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,362.08 £ 15,000.00-26,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 143.96 £ 85.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 £ 0.03-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 28.64 £ 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 26.41 £ 18.00-40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.37 £ 5.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 £ 7.00-10.40
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 705.13 £ 320.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,750.00 £ 13,000.00-16,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 59.35 £ 40.00-80.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.23 £ 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 58.38 £ 45.00-70.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 62.67 £ 45.00-80.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 748.12 £ 600.00-850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 537.67 £ 400.00-600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,300.00 £ 900.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 823.15 £ 600.00-1,100.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 238.83 £ 139.35-400.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 202.71 £ 78.97-290.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,790.79 £
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.37 2.50-4.50

Prices in Manchester

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Last update: July 2018
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15 Comments so far

#relativechaos1 on Jul 08, 2016 :
I agree with other comments about food prices given here that they way over estimate the cost of a regular weekly food shop in the UK. For example I have noticed that unlike places where I have lived in the rest of Europe virtually all the big supermarkets offer terrific BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) deals. And, even in a "posh" local supermarket chain, Booths, you can get deals where for £10 you can buy three 500g packs of chicken fillet or for £15 for 5 packs or you can mix them eg chicken fillet, mince steak, pork fillet etc. You just don't see this type of deal in Germany, France, Belgium ever. Go to Aldi or Lidl or even the huge Tesco's or Sainsbury's & they are even cheaper. (I should add that this is being written before the effects of Brexit filter through: so nobody can tell us what our weekly shop will cost in a couple of years. In all likelihood it'll probably be about 20% more though. More like Oslo or Zurich prices. But as I say no one knows).
#R on Apr 25, 2016 :
I currently live in Manchester, TN but I have a craving to relocate to England. Is it more expensive where I currently live or is it cheaper to live in England?
#Arav on Nov 03, 2015 :
I have off job £200 per day IT, can I buy house and wife for this money?
#Anonymous on Oct 22, 2015 :
I don't know whether I've missed something but in looking at a comparison of Manchester and London the final figures given for take-home pay after tax left the person in London with about £1,000 more than the person in Manchester but if you deduct his rent he would have virtually nothing left at the end of the month
#DrJay DrJay on Jun 06, 2015 :
I don't understand people's questions "is this enough/is that enough?" - ALL THE DATA IS ABOVE. You are ON the webpage that has the answers; they're ABOVE! Add the rent + utilities + phone + food + whatever-you-buy data = monthly cost for you in that city. How can you people be clever enough to make it to this website & then so stupid as to not be able to USE the data you're staring at?!?
#saroj kumar Mahakuda on Jan 14, 2015 :
Is 3150 GBP a good salary for smooth living in manchester.
#Saroj on Jan 14, 2015 :
Is 3150 GBP a good salary to work in manchester with family. What should be the ideal salary for a smooth living in manchester
#chris on Jan 03, 2015 :
What is city council tax? If a person is not UK citizen and on student visa, what kind of budget am I looking at? Got accommodations already arranged.
Any help is appreciated.
#Carl Kewley on Dec 07, 2014 :
Practically all them prices are way over inflated especially food costs . They have taken the most expensive prices a 800gr loaf of bread is £1 or less depending on make 2 ltr milk is £1 you can get a 5 pack of apples for 99p 4 oranges 99p 5 medium banannas 55p loose . Stick to big supermarkets or the likes of aldi and lidl who are cheaper again and good quality fresh meat is also cheaper in their shops . So prices are really not that high at all . Cigarettes on the other hand are so expensive and rise monthly
#ssohin on Dec 03, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what taxes that I need to pay every month and how much they are?
Thanks. :)
#Anonynnoyed on Nov 12, 2014 :
Seriously?! "I'm earning 25-30k and wondering if I can live here" WTF are you spending your money on? Gold loo roll or something?! I mean it's fair if you have kids, they're expensive, or maybe even a car (although they don't cost THAT much) I get mebbe 7k a year, if that, and yeah it's a struggle but I get by on it okay (i'm an awful budget-er)

You people need to look at your budgets if you're asking questions like that, or y'know just look for yourself at flats and houses, don't just look at this and ask questions you're too lazy to research
#amanda on Oct 13, 2014 :
Hi, my fiance got a job offer in Manchester for 26k pre tax. Would it be enough for the two of us (before I find a job) to pay rent (we'ld need a 1bd house as we have a dog - small breed) and live a 'decent life' i.e. pay all the monthly expenditures (no car) and also manage to go out sometimes and save a bit as well. Thanx in advance for yr help! :)
#sandy on Aug 25, 2014 :
What is the present cost of living incl. one bed rented apartment fr one bachelor with decent living. incl food and gen exp incl commutation etc.
#Em on Aug 22, 2014 :
Also, south Manchester is considerably more expensive than the north. However this is probably because there is just more going on in the south with regards to culture, entertainment, community life etc so it is more sought after.

The universities in Manchester stretch to the south of the centre and the surrounding area tends to be where students and post-graduates end up living.

I have lived in Manchester for all of my life apart from one year where I lived in the south of the country. I am from north Manchester and currently live about 2.5 miles south of the city centre.
#Em on Aug 22, 2014 :
I would say that a comfortable salary for living alone in a one bedroom apartment just outside the city centre would be around 20k, however I have done this on 13-14k, I am just very good at managing my budgets.