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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited KingdomLondon · 2 months ago

Is other parts of England inexpensive once you leave London proper?

I live in the USA, Hawaii to be exact and the cost of things varies from state to state. I always grew up thinking that England and the UK in general was much more expensive because of the pound sterling having a higher value than the U.S. dollar only to learn later that nominal exchange rates do not reflect the actual purchasing power of the country or region, the euro would be a good example since it is used in different countries with different economies where one euro in Vienna, Austria will probably get you much less than what you can buy with one euro in Slovakia. I know London is a very expensive city overall but are other parts of England that are decent much more affordable? How significant are the price difference?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Other areas of the UK are significantly cheaper to live in as far as property goes.

    The basic price of things however (eg a pint of milk) stays pretty much the same; it differs more by shop (corner shops / metro supermarkets are more expensive than large supermarkets) than location. 

    The cost of other things like transport varies - it's much cheaper to get a bus in London than pretty much anywhere else, but train travel depends on the operator.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If you know where to shop London is as cheap as the rest of the UK

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Compared to London, most of the rest of the country is much cheaper.   A pint of beer which would cost you £6 or more in London might cost you £2 in a provincial city like Cardiff.  

  • Zapata
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Generally, it is true that the cost of living is cheaper the further from London you live,  but that is due only to cheaper property prices. Food prices are very similar all over the UK, nor do essential amenity prices (gas, water, electricity) vary much from one area to another.

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  • TSK
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    London proper? Rest of whole UK..not just dear OLDE England, is generally cheaper...

  • F
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Really only property. For a large flat in the best parts of London , you could by half of Scotland.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Unless you are buying or renting property, a lot of prices are consistent regardless of location. But generally it is cheaper to live outside London which is why the pay is lower. You will also find it is cheaper to travel to London than to travel away from it. Other cities are catching up with London, though so the contrast is not as marked as it has been.

  • 2 months ago

    Most of them are cheaper than London. https://www.zoopla.co.uk/heatmaps/

  • ..
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Very true. Housing is much cheaper away from central London in general, although there are other desirable parts of the country that are expensive. Wages /salary is higher in London, though, so it kind of balances itself out. You can also include the rest of the UK in this.

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