These are the best UK cities to live in, based on cost of living

  • Marie Claire is supported by her audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission on some of the items you choose to purchase.

The cost of living is hard to keep up with – taxes are inflating, everyday food prices are rising and home prices are in flux.

While this may be true of all UK cities, some are definitely better to live in based on cost of living than others.

direct budget launched an extensive survey to identify which cities were best to live in based on the average cost of living in different cities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The study analyzed basic costs, including transportation, utilities and rent, and measured them against average wages in the areas to determine an average cost of living.

Oxford has been identified as the best big city to live in the UK, closely followed by Glasgow and Reading. This was allegedly due to a combination of good salary prospects and low living costs.

Also featured in the top 10 were Bristol, Derby, Coventry, Southampton, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Getty Images

Best UK cities for cost of living

1. Oxford England

Average monthly salary (after taxes): 3,566.67
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £1,300.00
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £143.51
Monthly Transport Pass: £60.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £1,503.51
Cost of living (-) salary: £2,063.16

2. Glasgow, Scotland

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,805.67
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £776.92
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £141.90
Monthly pass transport: £65.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £983.82
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,821.85

3. Reading, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £3,010.76
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £996.51
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £172.72
Monthly pass transport: £60.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £1,229.23
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,781.53

4. Bristol, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,874.21
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £998.33
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £174.53
Monthly pass transport: £73.91
Cost of living (basic costs added): £1,246.77
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,627.44

5. Coventry, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,250.00
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £550.00
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £180.04
Monthly pass transport: £50.90
Cost of living (basic costs added): £780.94
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,469.06

6. Derby, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,225.00
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £500.00
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £209.95
Monthly pass transport: £56.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £765.95
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,459.05

7. Southampton, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,350.00
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £729.00
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £137.16
Monthly pass transport: £55.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £921.16
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,428.84

8. Birmingham, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,285.83
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £709.46
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £159.41
Monthly pass transport: £65.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £933.87
Cost of living (-) salary: £1,351.96

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,312.50
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £869.58
Utilities (electric, heating, water for 85m2 apartment): £146.84
Transport with monthly pass: £60.00
Cost of living (basic costs added): £1,076.42
Cost of Living (-) salary: £1,236.08

10. Manchester, England

Average monthly salary (after tax): £2,324.11
Rent (1 bed in the city centre): £916.36
Utilities (electric, heat, water for 85m2 apartment):£162.30
Monthly pass transport: £71.74
Cost of living (basic costs added): £1,150.40
Cost of Living (-) salary: £1,173.71

Anyone else thinking about moving?

Visit direct budget for more information on the cost of living survey.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.