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Cost of Living in England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 04, 2023

Summary: The cost of living in the UK varies depending on the city and area. Generally, the cost of living is higher than in many other countries. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in the UK can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost from $1,500 to $3,000 per month. The cost of dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in the UK is usually around $20 to $30 per person.

Is the cost of living in England high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in England, they wrote:

"The cost of living in England is relatively high compared to other countries. Price levels for many everyday expenses such as food, housing, and transportation can be more expensive than in many countries," said another person in UK.

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Will I save money living in England?

"It depends on your lifestyle and the location in England. Generally speaking, the cost of living is relatively high in England compared to other locations in the world but, depending on where you choose to live, wages are also typically high which may offset the cost of living. Additionally, the pound sterling is currently weak in comparison to other currencies so living in England could help you to save money," said one expat in UK.

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What is the average cost of housing in England?

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

"The average cost of housing in England varies by region and type of housing, but typically falls in the range of £100,000 to £400,000," said one expat in UK.

"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 in Sheffield.

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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 an expat 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," remarked another expat in Sheffield.

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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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