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Cost of living 2018 in England

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in England.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in England will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in England?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in England?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in England?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in England?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in England?
One bedroom apartment is 1300 pm plus: 1800 bond
200 cleaning after moving out
500 agency fee

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in England?
London 350 000 one bedroom / studio 4-5 zone

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
Tube £30 pw

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
£35 pm

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
£7 a day

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
£5-15

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in England?
Depends where you are in the country.:
1-South West London, zone 6 :
One bedroom apartment is between £1100 and 1400 pm on average + deposit+agency fees
See details of these fees on this link: https://www.zoopla.co.uk/discover/renti … H942LwK.97

2-Rest of the country :
-Much cheaper generally up North – Between £500 and £700 pm in Leeds , West Yorkshire  as an example
-More expensive in some parts of the South but not as expensive as London and Greater London =
Between £650 and £900 pm around Bristol for instance


How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in England?
Again, it really depends where you are in the country!
London/Greater London = 300K to 450K for a one bedroom in South West London Zone 6
Then again there are brand new flats that have been built for First time buyers ONLY, earning a combined income of less than 90K and those 1 bed flats go for about 250K in South West London Zone 6. I saw them advertised recently.
North of the country = In/around Leeds again , 1 bed between 120K and 250K?
South of the Country = Bristol for instance , 1 bed between 210K and 350K ?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
IF in London = Train/Tram from Zone 6 to Zone 3 = Oyster Card (also valid on the tube/buses) = £33.40 I think. It keeps increasing and the service is abysmal!
No idea about the rest of the country. Depends on city and its location

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
£25 pm but I have a 1 year special deal with Sky for internet/phone/TV.  Then the fee will shoot up to probably more than double at the end of my 1 year contract. The trick is to switch back and forth to a different provider every year. Only new customers benefit from special deals with TV/phone/internet  providers. The others are used as cash cows with increasing fees every year.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
£6 to 10.00 a day

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
Between £6 and £14? Then you have offers . Also depends on the cinema and its location..

Thank you for your information.

Hi guys, How does cost of living compare within different cities of England or are they much over muchness?

Specifically the Wolverhampton / Birmingham / Cannock Area compared to the prices stated in all the previous posts.

Thank you Kindly.

Solihull is nice to live and work.

The south is generally the most expensive and the further you go up north the cheaper it gets. The Midlands is a good area as being the centre of England you can travel all over the county by a good road network in roughly the same time.

The places that you have said are large cities, I would personally prefer smaller market towns in the area. Have a look at places in Warwickshire. Like Lemington Spa, Warwick, Rugby and Solihull etc....

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