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How Much Does it Cost to Live in Nottingham?


If you’re thinking of moving to Nottingham – whether as a student or otherwise – how much will it cost you to live in Nottingham compared to where you currently live?

In this post we’ll assess the cost of living in Nottingham compared to several other major UK cities.

Please note – All figures are taken from the user data submitted to Expatistan, and are correct as of the time of writing.

Cost of Living in Nottingham Compared to London

First, let’s compare the cost of living in Nottingham to the cost of living in London. Overall, living in Nottingham is 37% cheaper than living in London.

Breaking this down:

  • Food is 14% cheaper in Nottingham than in London.
  • Housing is 51% cheaper.
  • Transportation is 42% cheaper.
  • Personal care (e.g. the cost of medicine and cosmetics) is 19% cheaper.
  • Entertainment is 18% cheaper.

In fact, the only thing that appears to be cheaper in London than in Nottingham is clothing. Apparently, the cost of buying new clothes is, on average, 4% higher in Nottingham than in London.

But of course Nottingham’s cheaper than London! Everywhere is!

Yes, London is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. So how does Nottingham compare to other UK cities?

Cost of Living in Nottingham Compared to Other UK Cities

Let’s take a look at some of the major ones.

Living in Nottingham is cheaper than living in:

  • Manchester (by 20%)
  • Glasgow (by 12%)
  • Edinburgh (by 10%)
  • Bristol (by 14%)
  • Brighton (by 13%)
  • Exeter (by 8%)

Living in Nottingham is more expensive than living in:

  • Liverpool (by 12%)
  • Cardiff (by 6%)
  • Sheffield (by 16%)
  • Leicester (by 10%)
  • Stoke-on-Trent (by 6%)
  • Northampton (by 12%)

We also found that the cost of living in Nottingham is, on the whole, about the same as the cost of living in Birmingham, Leeds, Plymouth and Coventry.

Breaking Down the Cost of Living in Nottingham

If you’re thinking of studying in Nottingham, then it’s worth knowing how much you’ll have to pay, on average, for various things.

This is what we found when we looked for the average price of certain staples of student life:

  • A basic meal in a pub costs about £15.
  • One cinema ticket costs approximately £11.50.
  • A pint of beer will set you back £4.55 on average, whereas a cocktail will cost around £10.
  • A “speciality” coffee (such as a cappuccino) costs about £3.86.
  • 1 litre of milk costs 81p, 12 large eggs cost £2.74, and a loaf of bread costs 77p.
  • Monthly public transport can cost up to £65 a month, and a 5 mile taxi trip can cost about £18.

In terms of rent, it all depends on the size of your property, and whether or not it’s furnished. According to our research, the average monthly rent for a large, furnished property in Nottingham is £751.

Utility bills seem to amount to around £155 per month, per person. Though at the time of writing Britain’s going through a cost of living crisis which is having a dramatic impact on the price of fuel. So this figure in particular could be subject to change.

Making Life in Nottingham as Affordable and Enjoyable as Possible

If you’re thinking of studying in Nottingham, we’re here to help.

You’ll find many guides on our site to help you make the most of your time in Nottingham:

We specialise in high quality affordable student accommodation, and we always include bills in the rental price. Find your perfect student house today.

Posted 16.11.23
Ed Henderson
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