Cost of living in the United Kingdom, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at October 2023. What is it like to live in the United Kingdom? Climate: The climate is temperate, moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current. More than one-half of the days are overcast. Language: The official language is English. There are areas (such as north-western Wales and remote parts of Scotland) where it is the second language. French is the most commonly taught second language. Religion: Christianity. Economy: The economy of the United Kingdom is a highly developed social market and market-orientated economy. The UK is one of the most globalised economies, and comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service sector dominates, contributing around 80% of GDP; the financial services industry is particularly important, and London is the second-largest financial centre in the world. Britain's aerospace industry is the second-largest national aerospace industry. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 after 47 years of membership. Inflation: 6.7% for the United Kingdom as at August 2023. Money: The currency of UK is the British Pound (GBP). Banking is on a par with Western Europe and North America. Tax: In United Kingdom is based on the current personal income tax rates for England, Wales and Northern Ireland which are progressive up to 45%. Scotland's top rate is approximately 2% higher. Population: 67.8 Million (2022 est.) Expat Life: Expatriate dress code is generally formal, comprising suits and ties for men and suits for women, although this may differ by industry and geographic area. If in doubt, it is best to be more formal than informal. The safety risk for expatriates in the United Kingdom is low. Risks include opportunistic street crime (such as pickpocketing, bag-snatching, mugging and vehicle theft), violent crime in some areas of larger cities, and terrorism. Health Care: Health care facilities are good, and hospital treatment is free to people classed as ordinarily resident in the UK. Non-residents should make sure their health insurance plan provides cover while in the UK.
the United Kingdom covers all areas within the country other than
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Isle of Wight, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northampton, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, and Wolverhampton.
Cost Of Living
What is the cost of living in UK?
The cost of living for expatriates in UK as at October 2023 is average in comparison to other places in the world, with an overall Cost of Living Index (COLI), for all 13 basket groups, of 72.01 (New York =100). We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in UK is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: Cost is high for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$830. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.67, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$7.50, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.50 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$20.42. 2) Clothing: Cost is high for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$960. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$79, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$85, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$85 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$39. 3) Communication: Cost is low for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$118. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$39, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$14.90 per minute. 4) Education: Cost is average for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30,000 in New York costs USD$25200. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$16,439 for Primary School, and USD$18,293 for High School. 5) Furniture & Appliances: Cost is average for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2,500 in New York costs USD$1675. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$637, and USD$547 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV. 6) Groceries: Cost is average for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$620. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$1.47, 1 kg oranges USD$1.37, 1 head lettuce USD$1.20, 1 kg potatos USD$0.82, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$4.41, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$4.59, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.68, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.60, 1 L full cream milk USD$6.53, and 1.5 L water USD$1.68. 7) Healthcare: Cost is average for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$600. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$49, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,502. 8) Household Accommodation: Cost is high for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5,000 in New York costs USD$2950. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,463 in a central location, and USD$2,731 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities. 9) Miscellaneous: Cost is high for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$525. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$10.20, while an international newspaper is USD$3.14. 10) Personal Care: Cost is high for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$420. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$33, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$167. 11) Recreation & Culture: Cost is average for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$335. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$16.68, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$53 per month. 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Cost is average for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$690. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.98, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.51, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$10.01, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$100.05. 13) Transport: Cost is high for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1,000 in New York costs USD$950. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$7.55, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$28,217. How does the cost of living in UK compare?
UK is -21.7% cheaper than USA for groceries, 5.4% more expensive for household costs than Australia, and 88% more expensive for transport costs than India.
What is the quality of life / hardship in UK?
UK is ranked as a minimal hardship location.The hardship premium for UK for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (the United Kingdom) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.
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