Cost of Living in the UK

Before you decide to come to the UK, it’s important that you have an idea of the cost of living in the UK. Currently, the UK has a high living cost, and although that varies depending on which part of the UK you’re in, be aware that it will be different to Ukraine and many other countries in Europe.

Quick Comparison

It’s impossible to give one singular accurate comparison, as this varies from city to city. Instead, we’ve made comparison of transport, utility bills, rent and average shop for one person from Kyiv, Ukraine, and 5 cities in the UK just to give you an idea.

Pricing Table Kyiv London Belfast Leeds Taunton Cambrige
1 bed apartment
in city center, per month
Basic Utilities
For apartement per month
per month
per week

All costs sourced from: Cost of living (

*Supermarket based on Numbeo price list of; Milk (1 litre), Eggs (12), Rice (1kg), Bread (500g), Local Cheese (1kg), Chicken Fillet (1kg), Beef Ground (1kg), Apples  (1kg), Potatoes (1kg), Onions (1kg)

Price Breakdown

Across the UK

Average Cost of Living

The cost of living varies depending on where you are in the UK. The cost of living generally includes everything to live, apart from rent.

Average Cost of Rent

Rent depends a lot on where you are, how many people you live with and what kind of place you want to live in. Generally, if you live outside of a city the rent will be cheaper, whereas, if you live in the centre of a city, it can be very expensive. You can use rightmove or zoopla, amongst other platforms to find a property for you.

Utility Bills

Utilities are becoming more expensive in the UK, and it’s important to know that most rent prices will not include any utility bills or council tax. The general average of gas, electricity and water is around £97 which is ₴3,537.*

You can use the Bills Calculator at to get an idea of how much your bills may be.

Supermarkets & Daily Item Prices

Buying food in the UK could be double what you normally spend in Ukraine, depending on what you buy and where you buy it. There are many well-known supermarkets across the country – all with different prices which vary from item and location.
We’ve made a simple price guide on daily items for you, using the supermarket Tesco, which is in most cities across the UK.