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Cost of Living in England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in UK? Hear what expats, digital nomads and retirees living in UK have to say about the cost of housing, health insurance and general living costs.

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What is the average cost of housing in England?

If you live in England, newcomers to England would love to hear your answer to this question.

If your answer relates to a specific city or town in England, please include the name of the city/town below:


If you are thinking about moving to England, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"So far, accommodation in England is more expensive than any other country I've lived in thus far. I pay 400 Pounds for my house," remarked another expat in Sheffield.

"Housing costs are definitely higher here, significantly so. To rent a 2-bed apartment in a central location, you have to count with at least £400 per week," explained one expat living in London.

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What are typical rental prices for expats in England?

"If one rents a house for 500 Pounds, they should earn about 1200 Pounds to be able to afford it. Cost of living is high," said one expat living in Sheffield.

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What appliances are typically included in a rental?

We asked foreigners in England what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included:

"Properties come with a cooker and most rentals provide a fridge and washing machine," said another expat.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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