When choosing a place to study English, the cost of the course isn’t the only thing to consider. Finding out about the cost of living in a certain city can help you to figure out your budget and pick the best place to suit your needs.

Edinburgh is one of the most affluent cities in the UK, meaning that some things may cost a little more than other destinations (although the cost of living here is still around 25% cheaper than in London!).

Of course, a lot of your costs will depend on your own preferences: if you have a higher budget, there are plenty of luxurious options to cater to your tastes and, thanks to Edinburgh’s vibrant student population, there are lots of budget-friendly options if you prefer to save money.

Whichever end of the scale you are, here’s a rough guide of how much things cost in Edinburgh:

Going out

Glass of beer (pint) £3-£5
Glass of wine (175ml) £3-£5
Sprit (25ml) + mixer £2-£4
Soft drink (e.g. cola, lemonade, orange juice) £1-£2
Coffee in a café £2-4
Two-course evening meal at a restaurant £15-£30
Lunch at a restaurant £8-£15
Entrance to nightclub £5-£10
Cinema ticket £8-£12
Theatre tickets £10-50 (depending on seats)

Food & drink

Take-away lunch £3-£5
Meal in fast food restaurant £4-6
Domestic beer (from supermarket) £1.50
Bottle of wine (from supermarket) £8-10
Weekly food shop (from supermarket) £30-50
Take-away coffee £1.50-£3.50

Transport

Single bus/tram journey in Edinburgh £1.60
Weekly bus pass £18
Taxi in Edinburgh Around £10/ 15 minute journey

Personal Care

Cold medicine for 1 week £5
Box of Paracetamol/Ibruprofen 20-50p
Deodorant £2-3
Shampoo/conditioner £3-4
Toothpaste £1-2
Haircut £10-15 (men) £20-35 (women)

Phone*

Sim card with 100MB data, 125 UK minutes and 500 UK texts £5/month

*You will receive a free giffgaff sim card with £5 pre-loaded credit when you arrive at inlingua!