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PostSubject: Cost of Living in UK   Cost of Living in UK Icon_minitimeFri Sep 12, 2008 11:29 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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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