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This is not the first time we write about Bristol as one of the best cities to live in the United Kingdom. Its vibrance and strong maritime history are the most obvious reasons for the success of this town, but there’s so much more to highlight: it has a thriving economy, high employment, and a great arts and culture scene.


Inspired by, we’ve decided to bring you this article. Are you considering a new life in Bristol? Here we are to make the long story short.


What you need to know:

Population: near 1 million within the metropolitan area

Official language: English (more than 20 different languages are spoken in schools)

Currency: £ GBP



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Housing costs:

If you are considering renting a house, you can count on a monthly investment of £750+ for a 1 bedroom apartment in the city center. Outside the city center, you’ll be able to save about £250. For a 3 bedroom apartment, the prices will double. The truth is, you would pay +91% to rent a house in London (and you’ll be less than 2 hours away by train).


On the other hand, if you’re willing to buy a home, the prices are around £3.833 per square metre in the city center and £2.766 per square metre outside the city center.


But you have some options in order to save some money. You can share a house, flat, or even a room with a friend or someone you trust, for instance. Remember that a house on the outskirts will be cheaper.



Bristol Food, Grocery, and Restaurant Costs:

Bristolians – as Bristol’s natives are called – love their food and they are lucky enough to be in the west of England, where fresh produce is always available.

Bristol also has a good selection of fresh food markets, including farmer’s markets in the surrounding villages.


Here you have an example of the restaurant/grocery costs, for you to have an idea:

1. Inexpensive Restaurant: £10.00 – £15.00

2. Takeout Coffee: £2.00 – £00

3. Bottle of Coke: £0.80 – £2.00

4. 1L of milk: £0.50 – £1.00

5. Loaf of Bread: £0.53 – £1.30

6. 12 Eggs: £1.10 – £2.50

7. 1kg Chicken: £5.00 – £8.00

8. 1kg Beef: £8.40 – £10.78

9. 1kg Apples: £1.00 – £2.80

10.1kg White Rice: £0.45 – £1.79



Transportation fares:

Bristol is perfectly situated in the heart of the United Kingdom, being at the centre of the UK’s road and rail network. Getting around the city by bus, train and even ferry is simple and not too expensive.


Ticket costs:

·   Adult Single 3 stops – £1.00

·   One day ticket for bus – £4.00

·   Monthly season ticket for bus, tram, and train – £66

·   Yearly season ticket for bus – £480


It is possible to save some money on public transports if you follow these simple tips:

·   Use First Bus mTicket – one week anywhere – £17

·   Severn Express 10 Journey ticket – £27

·   Buy a bike. Bristol is known as the bike-friendly city of Europe

·   Walk as much as you can: you’ll save money and do the exercise of the day



Taxes in Bristol:

You will pay the same rate of sales and income tax within all England and Wales.


Sales Tax, or VAT (Value Added Tax) is 20% in the UK and is added to most goods and services throughout the country. Unlike some countries, it is always included in the marked price.


Whether you own or rent your home, you will be subject to council tax based on the area in which you live and the size of the property you live in. But you can find more information here: Bristol Council Tax.



Bristol important Relocation Tips:

Although salaries in Bristol are not as high as in other major cities, the cost of living is lower, which balances all out.


The majority of people arriving in the city have moved for a job or are looking for one. Obviously, the first option is safer. Our advice is: look for a job first, move later. The main areas of employment in Bristol are in defence, aeronautics, import and export, the finance and service industries, and health. If you’re looking for a new career opportunity in Bristol in the health care sector, visit our website:


Moving with family

Bristol is a wonderful place to live with your family. The city itself is full of history, arts, culture and fun activities. There’s plenty to do with the kids. If you travel a little way outside the city, you will find the countryside and the seaside. Isn’t it perfect?


Are you willing to give Bristol a chance?

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