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Cost of living in London?

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1. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y


My husband got a job offer in London. We are currently calculating how much we will need to spend there and how much we can save from the salary offer, compared to our current situation here.

Can anyone help me with cost of living in London? I got some ideas from but still no clue about monthly cost for electricity, water, telephone... Or are they in one package with flat rental cost?


2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

better than flat get a 3 bedroom house for some 1000 pounds per month and let the rooms out.

less than 1 pound per day for each (gas, electricity, water, phone) in a 3 bedroom house - but council tax around 100 pounds per month.

on top of your husband wages you can work here youself - even part-time

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

forgot - public transport expensive (100 pounds per month), bicycling adviceable

4. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Thanks for the info.
What is council tax?
What about living in the suburb, I read that it could reduce the cost by a third. Advise please? :)

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

council (local authority) tax replaced infamous poll tax (introduced by monster thatcher).

Check or for prices - all of them there are prive lettings, requiring less paperwork for the landlord then those from the letting agencies.

Generally the further you go from the centre - the cheaper. But find out first where exactly your husband will be working - cummuting for hours everyday is not a fun.

6. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

Are you both going to or able to work, how many people will you have to feed, are their any kids. I guess if it's the two of you with just one salery then if it's £20,000 you will struggle. If it's £40,000 it wont be so bad. If it's higher then great.

7. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

If we are going, there will only be both of us, but we will have dependants back home (2 persons in 1 household) and will have to continue paying a monthly house installment. Of course we expect to save some too.

How much actually the salary for a fresh graduate? Because so far I've been researching and I found that the living cost is so expensive there. How much salary do you think is appropriate for a professional with 7 years+ of experience?


8. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

from 12 000 to 120 000

9. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Thanks for the links!

If we are going we will live in the suburb and work in East London, so I guess transportation cost can be reduced, am I correct?


from 12 000 to 120 000

The salary range you gave is so big. What is the average? From researching now I know that London is very expensive. What is the normal/average expense for 2 persons per month, especially for food/groceries?


10. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

the average in London is 15 000.

food 20 pounds per week per person - cook yourself.

the biggest expense can be accomodation - but you can actually live for free if you get 3 bedroom house and sublet some rooms out.