The official Life In The UK AppLife In The UK app.
Although there is currently no expiry of a LITUK Certificate, you should apply for ILR as soon as you pass your LITUK test because of future questions becoming more difficult and/or of an expiry date.
The Just Eat AppJust Eat app allows you to order from your local take-aways online.
On this web page you will find information about the cost of living in England (UK) in relation to Food, Drink, Transport and Housing and Lifestyle costs/expenses, taken from Tünde's, friends and my own costs/expenses and experiences of living in England (UK). The cost/expenses below should be used as guidance only, in terms of getting an idea of how cheap/expensive it would be to live in England (UK) in 2018.
Although the examples below are based around London (UK) house rents and transport costs for example, they also include nationwide costs relating to utility bills, the post office, supermarkets, vehicle ownership, transport and childcare; among other things.
|Service / Product||Price||Time||Comments|
|1st Class Letter (UK)||65p||1 Day||Envelope - Max: 24cm (L) x 16.5cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) - Up to 100g|
|2nd Class Letter (UK)||56p||3 Days||Envelope - Max: 24cm (L) x 16.5cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) - Up to 100g|
|1st Class Letter (UK)||£1.75||1 Day||Signed-For / Proof of Delivery / Up to 100g|
|2nd Class Letter (UK)||£1.66||3 Days||Signed-For / Proof of Delivery / Up to 100g|
|1st Class Letter (UK)||£6.45||Next Day||Guaranteed 1pm / Signed-For / Special Delivery / Up to 100g|
|1st Class Parcel (UK)||£3.40||1 Day||Envelope - Max: 45cm (L) x 35cm (W) x 16cm (D) - Up to 1Kg|
|1st Class Letter (Hungary)||£1.17||3-5 Days||Envelope - Max: 24cm (L) x 16.5cm (W) x 0.5cm (D) - Up to 100g|
|More Information||Post Office - UK Price FinderP.O - UK Price Finder / Post Office EU Price FinderP.O - EU Price Finder|
|City/Town||Type Of Travel Pass||Payment||Price||Comments|
|London||Bus & Tram Pass||Weekly||£21.20 (P.A.Y.G)||Zones 1 to 6|
|Nottingham||Bus Pass||Weekly||£16 (P.A.Y.G)||Nottingham Bus Pass Website'Everyday' Easy Rider|
|Liverpool||Bus Pass||Weekly||£18.60 (P.A.Y.G)||Liverpool Bus Pass WebsiteSolo (Zone C only)|
|Hull||Bus Pass||Weekly||£13 (P.A.Y.G)||Hull Bus Pass WebsiteHull Card|
|Sheffield||Bus & Tram Pass||Weekly||£16 (P.A.Y.G)||Sheffield Bus Pass WebsiteCityWide|
|Brighton & Hove||Bus Pass||Weekly||£19 (P.A.Y.G)||Brighton Bus Pass Website'7-Day' Saver|
|Car||First Driving Licence||One-Off Fee||£34 online||£43 by post|
|Car||Insurance||Yearly||£700-£800||Considerations: Age Of Car, Accidents, Etc|
|Car||M.O.T||Yearly||£54.85||This is the maximum a garage can charge|
|Car||Tax||Yearly||£160-£200 (Example)||Considerations: CO2/Engine Size/Fuel Type|
|Car||Driving Lessons||Hourly||£24-£25||Look for 10 Lesson discounts|
|Car||Theory Test||One-Off Fee||£23|
|Car||Driving Test||One-Off Fee||£62||£62 Weekdays / £75 Other Times|
|Car||Petrol||Weekly||£1.17 Per Litre|
|Car||Second-Hand||One-Off Fee||£1,500||£1,500 should get you a reliable car|
|Bicycle||New||One-Off Fee||£109||£109 to £150 should get you a reliable bicycle|
|Bicycle||Plastic Pedals||One-Off Fee||£7.99||Metal Pedals tend to be around £15 upwards|
|Bicycle||1 Tyre||One-Off Fee||£15||Soft Rubber - Hard Rubber £10|
|Service / Amenity||Payment||Price||Comments|
|Public Liability Insurance||Yearly||£70-£80||Up To £1 Million Policy|
|Self-Employment N.I||Yearly||£148.20||£2.85 Per Week (Class 2 National Insurance)|
|Travel Card (Zones 1-2)||Yearly||£1,320||£25.38 Per Week|
|Leaflets/Flyers||Bi-Monthly||£180||10,000 Colour Both Sides, Luxury Matt, 170 gsm|
|Custom Receipts||Yearly||£60||8 receipt books with 100 duplicated, numbered, pages each.|
|Domain (www) Name||Yearly||£9.99||Namecheap WebsiteNamecheap|
|Web Hosting||Yearly||£40||Fits Basic Needs. Pay no more than £60.|
|Basic Website Creation||Once||£70-£150||Additional Maintenance Fee: £20 Per Hour.|
|Accountant||Yearly||£180-£220||Annual Tax Return / Self-Assessment.|
Utility bills vary in price, depending on your particular household usage of course, but here is an example of what Tünde and her family of three pay per month in their one-bedroom flat.
|Utility / Amenity||Payment||Price||Comments|
|Rent - 1 Bedroom||Monthly||£1,200||Plus additional £1,200 for 1 Month Deposit|
|Electricity & Gas (EDF)||Monthly||£120|
|Water Rates (Thames Water)||Monthly||£25|
|Internet And Landline||Monthly||£30||£50 with Mobile Phone contract|
A single person might pay £40 for Gas, £30 for Electricity and £72 for Council Tax. Utility bills will vary purely because of radiator type, heating usage and thermostat levels, condition of boiler, the amount of water used (bath and/or shower), water temperature and so on.
Although launderettes vary in price because there is not really any competition between them, usually because there is only one laundrette in your local high street, the difference in price is normally due to whether or not you want self service (you do your own laundry) or a service wash (the laundrette worker does your washing, drying and ironing).
The prices below are based on one black bag (dustbin bag) of clothes that need washing, spinning and drying by you (a self-service wash). Prices will be determined by the washing machine and dryer drum sizes, which vary between laundrettes.
|Small Washing Machine||£3.80-£4.40|
|Medium Washing Machine||£5.40-£6|
|Large Washing Machine||£6.40-£8|
|Extra Large Washing Machine||£8.40|
|Spin Dryer||20p per 3 Minutes||£1 - 15 Minutes / Cost depends on spinning time|
|Tumble Dryer||£2-£4||Cost depends on dryer size and time|
|Washing Powder||40p-80p per cup||Boxes also sold / Bring your own powder|
NOTE: A service wash fee normally ranges from between £1.40 and £2, but can be double the self-service price. This depends to some degree on the town/neighbourhood you visit and how new the machines are. If they are brand new, you are normally paying for those machines too!
Putting the quality and speciality of certain food and drink products aside, all of the major high street supermarkets in England (UK) sell the same basic food and drink products (i.e. milk, bread, sugar, coffee, biscuits, meat and so on) at roughly the same prices due to the fierce competition between them.
The minimum spend for a single adult on a low-income in England (UK) in 2016 was between £14 and £21 per week, which is £1 to £3 per day, depending on which national statistic you read. An average paid worker spent an average of £56.80 per week, which is £8.11 per day. So on average a low paid worker will have roughly £100 per month to spend on food shopping whereas an average paid worker will have £240 per month.
In terms of food quality, prices and shoppers - Waitrose WebsiteWaitrose and Sainsbury WebsiteSainsbury are seen as "for the upper-class", Tesco WebsiteTesco, Morrisons WebsiteMorrisons and Asda WebsiteAsda are seen as "for the middlle-class" and Lidl WebsiteLidl, Iceland WebsiteIceland and Aldi WebsiteAldi are seen as "for the lower-class". Yes, even with shopping there is a class system in England!
Below I have used Morrisons as the example and given prices in Hungarian Forints too (exchange rate: 321 to £1) to serve as a comparison between England (UK) and Hungary.
|Free Range Eggs||6 Large||Half Dozen||£1.27||407||Morrisons' own brand|
|Free Range Eggs||12 Large||Half Dozen||£2.31||741||Morrisons' own brand|
|Milk||1 Carton||4 Pints (2L)||£1||321|
|White Bread||1 Thick Loaf||800g||£1||321||Hovis|
|Brown Bread||1 Thick Loaf||800g||£1.44||462||Burgen - Soya & Linseed - Healthy Option|
|Sugar (Silverspoon)||1 Packet||1Kg||60p||192||2Kg = 88p|
|Baked Beans||4 Tins||4 x 415g||£2.58||828||Heinz - Family Pack £3|
|Baked Beans||4 Tins||4 x 410g||£1.65||529||Branston|
|Coffee (Nescafe Instant)||1 Big Jar||300g||£7.98||2,561||Asda Price: £5|
|Tea (PG Tips)||1 Box||80 Tea Bags||£2.40||770||160 Bags: £4.68 - 240 Bags: £5.98|
|Butter||1 Block||250g||£1.70||545||Lurpak Unsalted|
|Marmalade (Jam)||1 Jar||375g||£1.57||503||La Vieja Fabrica|
|Blackcurrent Jam||1 Jar||340g||£1.58||507||Hartleys|
|Tomatoes||1 Packet||6 Tomatoes||60p||192||Salad Tomatoes|
|Vine Tomatoes||1 Packet||420g||£1.50||481||These are always expensive|
|Cheddar Cheese (Canadian)||1||200g||£2||642||Better cheeses at Sainsbury|
|Rice (Basmati)||1 Bag||2Kg||£7||2,247||Expensive - Cheaper In A Market|
|Pasta (Fusilli)||1 Bag||500Kg||61p||195||Morrisons' Own Brand|
|Potatoes (Wonky)||1 Bag||2.5Kg||£1||321||Morrisons' Own Brand|
|Onions (Wonky)||1 Bag||1Kg||42p||134||Morrisons' Own Brand|
|Carrots (Wonky)||1 Bag||1Kg||35p||112||Morrisons' Own Brand|
|Runner Beans||1 Packet||180g||87p||279|
|Lemons||1 Bag||5 In 1 Bag||£1.43||459|
|Apples||1 Pack||6 In 1 Pack||£1.60||513||Golden Delicious|
|Oranges||1 Bag||5 In 1 Bag||£1.48||475||Large Oranges|
|Porridge||1 Box||1Kg||£2||642||Scott's Porage Oats|
|Corn Flakes (Kellogg's)||1 Box||790g||£2||642|
|All Bran (Kellogg's)||1 Box||390g||£2.84||911||Healthy cereals always expensive|
|Hellmann's Mayonnaise||1 Jar||400g||£2.22||712|
|Colman's English Mustard||1 Jar||170g||£1.56||500|
|HP Brown Sauce||1 Bottle||600g||£2.50||802|
|Heinz Tomato Ketchup||1 Bottle||700g||£2.16||693||Also called Red Sauce in the UK|
|Whole Black Pepper||1 Bottle||50g||£2||642||Bottle is also a Pepper Grinder|
|Sea/Rock Salt||1 Bottle||100g||£1.20||385||Bottle is also a Salt Grinder|
|Saxa Table Salt||1 Pot||750g||90p||288||Cheaper salts sold, but vile taste!|
|Cooking Oil||1 Bottle||5 Litres||£5.74||1,842||Other sizes available - Roughly £1 per litre|
|Extra Virgin Oil||1 Bottle||500ml||£4.20||1,348||£2.65 to £7.98 depending on brand|
You might be able to save a little money by shopping for the basics at one particular supermarket, your meat at a butcher's and your fruit in a street market, but with the supermarkets selling fresh meat, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables you wouldn't really save that much.
If you live in London, Chinatown has a nice restaurant called Mr WU where you can eat as much as you like for £7.95. It is very popular with tourists and Londoners alike, at most times of the day. There is also a branch in Leicester Square.
|Chinese||Large||Special Fried Rice||£4.20-£4.90|
|Chinese||Regular||10 Sweet & Chicken Balls||£4.50-£4.90|
|Dominos Pizza||Personal 7 Inch||Cheese & Tomato||£4.99|
|McDonalds||Large||Big Mac Meal||£4.69|
|Kebab||Small / Large||Chicken Doner||£4.50 / £5.50|
|Fried Chicken Shop||Regular Meal||2 Pieces Of Chicken, Fries & Drink||£3|
|Fish & Chip Shop||Small / Large||Chips||£1.60 / £2.20|
|Fish & Chip Shop||Savaloy||Sausage||£1.20|
A Take-Away meal (i.e. McDonalds, Chinese or Kebab) for a single person tends to cost between £4.50 and £6.50 these days, depending on portion/size of course. As a family, you can find bigger portions/sizes that work out much better value. And sometimes it works out better value for a single person too if they order a bigger sized meal simply because it will be more filling.
|Cobbler||Key Cut||Yale Key / Chubb Key||£2.50-£3.50|
|Cobbler||Key Cut||Fobb Key||£8-£10|
|Hairdresser||Haircut||Man Haircut||£6.50-£8 plus a £1-£2 tip|
|Tattooist||Tattoo||Bare Minimum||5 Letters £50 / Small Tattoo £120|
|Petrol Station||Petrol||Unleaded Petrol / Diesel||£119.9 / £122.9|
|Petrol Station||Car Wash||Outside Car Only / Inside & Outside Car||£5 / £10|