UK cities ordered by cost of living

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One of the most common questions when choosing which city to move to is about the cost of living: how much it costs to live in that area. Unless you are one of those people who move to London without savings, contacts, English, information, etc…. But that’s a topic for another day.

So I was wondering which the cheapest cities are and had a look at the data from Numbeo’s site, which compares more than 300 cities from around the world using data about accommodation, food, electricity and other expenses.

Lacking a reliable overall ranking, I’ve decided to compare what £1,000 a month in Bristol is equivalent to in other cities. The most obvious example is this: in order to have a similar lifestyle to the one in Bristol, in London you would need £1,338; but if you live in Plymouth, you’d only need £860, so you’d be saving £140 a month.

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This comparison gives us a good idea about cost of living, in case you want to calculate how much you’ve saved or if you are offered a specific salary in another city. Basically, it helps you figure out if you will be better off, the same as, or worse off than where you are now.

These are the results for 20 popular cities:

£ 1,338 – London
£ 1,154 – Bath
£ 1,129 – Reading
£ 1,064 – Oxford
£ 1,017 – Brighton
£ 1,008 – Cambridge
£ 1,000 – Bristol
£ 930 – Manchester
£ 929 – York
£ 918 – Edinburgh
£ 906 – Southampton
£ 904 – Cardiff
£ 885 – Leeds
£ 884 – Glasgow
£ 860 – Plymouth
£ 849 – Birmingham
£ 809 – Nottingham
£ 806 – Newcastle
£ 804 – Liverpool
£ 793 – Belfast

To make a better comparison, I looked for some European cities, also in pounds:

£ 1,061 – Copenhaguen, Denmark
£ 1,030 – Paris, France
£ 934 – Stockholm, Sweden
£ 878 – Munich, Germany
£ 872 – Rome, Italy
£ 783 – Vienna, Austria
£ 740 – Madrid, Spain
£ 726 – Berlin, Germany
£ 713 – Barcelona, Catalonia
£ 570 – Ljubljana, Slovenia
£ 558 – Lisbon, Portugal
£ 494 – Riga, Latvia
£ 485 – Prague, Czech Rep.
£ 437 – Budapest, Hungary
£ 395 – Bucharest, Romania

No need to take this literally – it’s only approximate data that’s compiled by looking at average prices.

If your town is not listed, you can compare the purchasing power of your salary in two cities here:

However, if you want a breakdown of the price comparison between two cities (of water, gas, electricity, restaurants, transports, etc.) this one is better:

What do you think about this list? Feel free to leave a comment!

PD – Update October 20: If this wasn’t clear enough, the values ​​shown are not the price of anything in particular. What NUMBEO’s site does is to compare the standard of living (purchasing power) through their data. In our example we wanted to look at the difference in purchasing power of £1000 in Bristol (we could easily have chosen any other city) to other UK cities. What does this mean? According to the NUMBEO website, someone living in Bristol with £1000 in expenses could save about £200 spending money on the same things if s/he moved to Liverpool. Where do those numbers come from?  Simple – the site compares the average data for things like housing prices, some basic grocery products, electricity, water, transport, etc.

It doesn’t mean that that person is going to save or spend a certain amount, just that with £1000 you can get in Bristol (or spend the same amount in services) what you can get for £800 in Liverpool. I did not try to use London, which has inflated prices, as the baseline city, and instead chose a medium-large city in the UK.

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