How expensive is the cost of living in the UK?

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The United Kingdom is a very expensive country. Immigrating to the United Kingdom costs an extraordinary price, and at the same time accepts the local cost of living. Today I will introduce you to the cost of living in various cities in the UK.

No one will doubt that London is the most expensive city in the UK! As the political and economic center of the UK, the cost of living in London is higher than that of other cities, generally requiring 12,000 pounds per year.

There are also popular cities as we know, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow and other big cities in the UK, the consumption level is not low, close to London, it can be said that it is 8000–9000 pounds per year.

In small cities such as Liverpool, Belfast, York, Northampton and Lincoln, the consumption level can be said to be very low, generally between 5000–7000 pounds per year.

Living expenses include: accommodation, food, entertainment, clothing, social networking, and study expenses. But, to be honest, apart from the relatively fixed cost of accommodation, other expenses vary from person to person, but basically the cost of living in the UK is around 10,000 pounds per year.

Consumption in London, UK

London area: about 10,000 to 12,000 pounds per year

The cost of living in London is 1,000 pounds per month, and the cheapest university accommodation in London is 100–150 pounds per week.

School representatives London School of Economics, University of London, London Business School, University of Westminster, University of the Arts London, etc.

Non-London area: about 0.8–10,000 GBP/year

Medium-sized consumer cities in the UK


There are many universities in Birmingham. As the second largest city in the UK, the cost of living is generally £800/month, on-campus accommodation is generally £154/week, and off-campus accommodation is generally £80/week.

School representatives: University of Birmingham, Aston University, Birmingham City University, etc.


As an industrial city, the level of economic development is also among the highest in the UK.

The cost of living in Manchester is 800 pounds per month.

Take accommodation as an example

Self-catering single room with shared facilities for £99/week; self-catering suite (with independent sanitation) for £125/week;

Single rooms sharing Catered Hall facilities are £130/week; single-sex apartments are £130/week.

School representatives: University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, etc.


Bristol is the largest city in southwestern England and the second city to appear on the land of the British Isles in history, so it is also the city with the most traditional buildings and the oldest port in the UK. It has a rich history and culture.The cost of living is generally £800/month.

Example of accommodation costs

Accommodation, cooking-style student dormitory is about 2500 pounds per year; caters to the hall for 6360 pounds;

Private residence from £3,380 to £4,420 a year, (private rental contract usually lasts for 52 weeks or one year, and in some cases does not include heating, electricity, water, etc.).

School representatives: University of Bristol, University of the West of England.


Known as one of the best shopping paradise in the UK, second only to London, which shows its spending power~

The whole city is full of art and culture. It also has some of the best clubs and pubs in the UK. The streets are full of bars, and there are many cultural pubs. It can be said to be a very desirable city.The cost of living is generally around £900/month.

Take accommodation as an example

The monthly accommodation fee is £450.

School representatives: University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow Caledonia, University of Western Scotland.


Speaking of Cambridge, Cambridge University is ready to come out~ It is the capital of Cambridgeshire in England, located in north London.

The minimum expenditure (not including tuition and college fees) required at the University of Cambridge is about 9400 pounds per year.

School Representative: University of Cambridge


A famous cultural city in Britain, the cost of living is about 800 pounds per month.

Take accommodation as an example

Shared room or single room £166–243/week; self-catering room £84–141/week; private apartment £85–100/week.

School representatives: University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, University of Rombiya, Queen Margaret College of Edinburgh.

Cities with low consumption and high levels of colleges


A very literary and artistic city with a lot of high-quality culture, whether it is music, painting or architecture, it is very successful.

The annual cost of living at the University of Liverpool is about 6,000–8,000 pounds, including clothing, food, housing and transportation.

Accommodation cost: 75–135 GBP/week.

School representatives: Liverpool University, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, etc.


The largest seaport in Northern Ireland, the cost of living is generally around 5,500–7,500 pounds per year. It can be said to be one of the cheapest cities in the UK.

School representatives: Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University.


In cities with very developed tourism, the cost of living is not very high

Living expenses are generally 6000–7000 GBP/year

School representatives: York University, York St. John’s University.


Located in the middle of England, although it is quite close to London and Birmingham, the standard of living is much lower than them.

The cost of living at the University of Northampton is around £6,000–8,000 per academic year.

School Representative: University of Northampton


Located in the east of England, one of the most beautiful and comfortable cities in the UK.

The annual cost of living at Lincoln University is around £6,000–8,000.

School Representative: Lincoln University

UK immigration route

1. The UK Chief Representative Visa

The main applicant can bring their children to live in the UK and enjoy free education + free medical care in local public schools.

The application requirements are simple, no language requirements, no capital certification requirements;

Processing cycle: 6 months

Transfer to the UK for permanent residence after 5 years: 3 years + 2 years, permanent residence in the UK after five years of residence (183 days/year)

2. Passports of EU member states + UK permanent residence card

Get a British green card in one step, you can bring your children to live in the UK and enjoy the same treatment as local citizens, including free education, medical care and other social benefits.

Processing cycle: 6–8 months

After 5 years, you can apply for naturalization in the UK: have lived for five years

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