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Nov 5, 2007
Cost of Living in UK
- Maria Theresa S. Samante Email this article


The United Kingdom is another popular destination for Filipinos, practically because of the high exchange rate of pound against peso. But what is more important in working and living in the United Kingdom is your knowledge with the cost of living of the country.


You must consider how much you would spend in your accommodation, food, transportation and some miscellaneous expenses like entertainment after a week of work and communicating with your family (making a call or internet access).


The cost of living here also depends in your location. Of course it is cheaper to live outside the capital. Below is a guide of how much you’ll spend for your apartment, food, transportation, and entertainment.


Average Cost of Accommodation in London

Flat-Share Rental per month

One Bedroom Flat Rental per month

East London

£290 - £390 (single), £430 - £600 (double)

East London

£650 - £750

West London

£280 - £430 (single), £459 - £690 (double)

West London

£700 - £800

South London

£280 - £500 (single), £350 - £650 (double)

South London

£600 - £700

North London

£300 -£400 (single), £430 - £550 (double)

North London

£650 - £750


UK cost of Food & Drink

Average weekly grocery bill (including food, basic laundry and toiletry items for 2 people)


Average pub meal

£6 - £10

Average restaurant meal

£12 - £20

Pint of beer

£2.50 - £3

Average bottle of wine


Average meal for two in mid-priced restaurant



UK cost of Transportation

Weekly Zone 1-6 Travelcard


Monthly Zone 1-2 Travelcard


Train trip to Edinburgh

£110 (standard single)

Train trip to Cambridge / Brighton

£17 - £20 (single)

Avg mid-sized car rental for a weekend


Return budget flight to Spain

£120 - £150 (budget carrier)

Eurostar return ticket to Paris

£125 (standard class)

Return flight to Ireland

£50 - £60 (budget carrier)


UK cost of Entertainment



West End Theatre


Club/Pub Entry

£5 - £20

Live music/concerts


Chart CDs

£8 - £12

New release DVD rental


Internet access

£1 per hour



The Inland Revenue collects 10 percent tax for the first £1,920 and 22 percent for income between £1,920 and £29,900 and 40 percent tax if the income is beyond £29,900.



Employers do not offer health insurance since there is a free National Health Service. When health insurance is offered it is considered a taxable benefit.



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