Surrey is a fantastic place to live in. There’s so much going on that you’ll be spoilt for choice of things to do, but it also has plenty of privacy if you like peace and quiet. Throughout the UK the price of living can variate between different cities and counties, with Surrey being no different.
In this article we’ll look into the cost of living in Surrey, giving you a good idea of what to expect if you are thinking of moving to Surrey. Within this article, we’ll be covering:
• Is Surrey a Nice Place to Live?
• How Much Does it Cost to Live in Surrey?
• Local Transport
• Eating Out
• House Prices
• Utilities & Other Monthly Bills
• What Else Do I Need to Know?
If you’re thinking of moving to Surrey, or you’re purely looking to stay in Surrey for a while, this guide will help give you a good idea of the costs you can expect. When moving to a new city there are many daunting things to take into account, which is why we’ve collated all the information you’ll need to get a good idea of the cost of living and things to know about Surrey.
Is Surrey a Nice Place to Live?
A Happy Place to Live
Surrey has been recognised as a great place to live for many years. It regularly ranks highly as a city with many people sharing it as being one of the happiest places to live. In 2019, 4 boroughs in Surrey were amongst the top 10 happiest places to live in the UK, proving it’s not only popular amongst locals but also it’s recognised by those around the UK.
Surrey has been recognised as having a thriving economy. If you’re considering moving to Surrey and you don’t have a business reason to do so, one of the biggest worries can be finding a job. Fortunately, Surrey is one of the best places for working, with a much lower unemployment rate than compared to the rest of the UK. If you’re thinking of moving to Surrey, your chances of finding a job are higher than the average amongst the rest of the UK.
The income for Surrey is quite high too. On several occasions, the income for those who work in Surrey is on average one of the highest in the UK. So not only is it somewhat easier to come by a job, but there’s also the opportunity to earn a good wage.
Surrey’s Life Expectancy
Surrey has a higher than average life expectancy, with the average being 82 for men. This is higher than the UK national average and shows that Surrey is a safe and healthy place to live. This shows that Surrey is a safe city and offers relevant help and care if you do become ill.
How Much Does it Cost to Live in Surrey?
Surrey is a great city and offers lots of benefits, however, it’s situated near London which means that the cost of living can typically be higher than other parts of the UK. We’ve run through lots of different figures to give you an idea of how much you can expect to spend on common things, such as going out for a meal or doing a food shop.
To help you, we’ve broken this down into the different categories of spend to give you a good idea of what you’ll be needing to spend. So if you’re thinking of moving, or you’re just coming for a weekend, you’ll have a good idea of the costs within the city.
There are lots of different things that fall under this category, so we’ve focused only on the common things that people purchase during a food shop. This will help you to get an idea of how much these items will cost you compared to what you’d spend on a typical food shop, giving you a good idea of the cost of living.
Milk (1 Litre) – £0.97
Milk is the staple of many fridges, being an important part of breakfast and drinks. The cost of a litre of milk (just under two pints) comes in at 97p on average, falling just shy of a pound. Across the UK this is just above average, with the costs of a litre of milk ranging from around 50p up to £1.30.
Loaf of Bread (500g) – £1.04
Bread is another important ingredient in a kitchen. You’ll find that a loaf of bread across the UK can vary from 50p up to £1.50, which sets the average price in Surrey at nearly a direct average.
Eggs (12 regular) – £2.00
To buy 12 eggs in Surrey you’ll typically spend £2. This falls almost in the middle of the UK average, with some of the lower prices being just shy of a pound and the higher costs being around £2.80.
Cheese (1kg) – £4.59
The price of cheese can vary substantially across the UK. Within Surrey, you can expect to spend around £4.59 on a kilo of cheese. If we compare this to the rest of the UK, the price for cheese in Surrey is lower than the typical average in the UK. There are reported prices from as low as £2.18, all the way up to £10.00 for a kilogram of cheese, making Surrey relatively cheap in comparison.
Chicken (1kg of Fillets) – £6.26
For a kilogram of chicken fillets, you can expect to spend around £6 in Surrey. Comparing this to the UK, there are reported prices as low as £2.20 heading up to £11, which puts Surrey right about the UK average.
Beef (1kg) – £8.00
The price of beef is typically high for Surrey, being around £8 for some back leg red meat. Across the UK the typical costs are between £2.76 and £10, putting Surrey quite far towards the higher end of the scale.
Apples (1kg) – £2.07
Within Surrey, the average price for a kilogram of apples is £2.07, which falls around the UK average. A low price within the UK is 88p, with higher prices being reported at £3.
Potatoes (1kg) – £1.50
To purchase a kilogram of potatoes in Surrey you’ll typically spend around £1.50. This put Surrey towards the higher end of the UK average, with the lower prices being reported at 33p and the higher costs being £2.
Lettuce (1 Head) – £0.67
If you’re in Surrey and you’re looking to buy a head of lettuce, you can expect to spend around 67p. Comparing this across the UK, the lower end of the scale comes in at 40p and the higher end is around £1, which puts Surrey just under the UK average.
This list highlights the cost of drinks from a shop rather than going out to a pub or a coffee shop. We’ve covered the cost of eating out and drinks within the ‘Eating Out’ section below if you’re looking for this information! The below information should help give you an idea of how much you’ll need to spend on some common drinks to have in a household.
Water (1.5 Litre Bottle) – £0.74
The cost of a bottle of water in Surrey is relatively high compared to the UK average, being 74p. Across the UK the cost varies from between 30p and £1, making Surrey one of the more expensive places for a bottle of water.
Bottle of Mid-Range Wine – £6.00
To buy a bottle of wine from the supermarket, you’re looking to spend around £6 in Surrey. Across the UK the price can vary from as low as £3.99 up to £9, which makes Surrey just below the UK average.
Domestic Beer (500ml Bottle) – £1.75
To purchase a bottle of beer from a supermarket, you’ll typically spend £1.75. If we compare this figure across the UK, the prices can vary from £1 to £2, putting Surrey on the higher end of the spectrum.
Imported Beer (330ml Bottle) – £2.05
The price of imported beer has more variation than domestic beer, with the cost in the UK ranging from as low as £1 up to £3. Surrey falls almost bang on the middle of the mark at £2.05, making it around the average price within the UK.
Surrey offers a lot of local transport to help you get around the city with ease. We’ve taken the average costs and compared them across the UK to give you a good idea of how much you can expect to be spending to get in and around the city.
One Way Ticket – £3.50
A one-way ticket usually refers to a bus or a local tram. Within Surrey, you can expect to spend around £3.50 on a one-way ticket, which ranks as one of the more expensive tickets in the UK. Low averages range between £1.50 to £4.00, putting Surrey at the higher end of the scale.
Taxi (Call Out Fee) – £3.10
To call a taxi in Surrey, you can expect to spend just over £3 for the taxi to come and pick you up. Comparing this cost amongst the UK, this is around the UK average with lower prices reporting fees of £2.60, all the way up to £3.90.
Taxi (Pence Per KM) – £1.40
Taxi’s charge by the distance that they travel, so it’s a good figure to know to understand what you can expect to spend if you’re planning to use a taxi within Surrey. You can get a rough idea of what the cost will be by checking the distance of where you’d like to go and multiplying the number of kilometres by the above figure, and adding this to the call out fee.
In Surrey, you can expect to spend around £1.40 per kilometre for a taxi. This is about the UK average, with the lowest reported costs being £1.15 and ranging up to £1.70.
Taxi Waiting Charge (Per Hour) – £20.10
If you’re using a taxi and they need to wait for you, there is usually a charge for this. In Surrey, you can expect to spend just over £20 an hour for this, which is just lower than the UK average. The lowest prices came in at £14.40, with the higher costs being nearly £30 per hour.
Petrol (Per Litre) – £1.29
Petrol is essential to anybody who has a car, and there’s no escaping the need for it unless you have an electric car. Within Surrey, you can typically expect to spend around £1.29 per litre of fuel, which weighs quite high compared to the UK. The highest reported costs within the UK is £1.40, with the lowest being 79p.
Clothing is an important cost to factor in. We’ll always need to buy new clothes, so it’s good to know what the cost is in Surrey to have a good idea of how much you’ll need to keep to one side each month on clothing.
Designer Jeans (Such as Levis) – £63.33
To purchase a pair of high-quality jeans, such as Levis, you can expect to spend just over £60 in Surrey. This is a bit more than the typical cost within the UK, with the range spanning from as low as £20 to £90 for a good pair of jeans.
Summer Dress From a Chain Store – £32.50
Everybody likes a new summer dress for when the sun comes out, and it’s important to keep your wardrobe up to date. In Surrey, you can expect to spend around £32.50 on a new dress from a typical high street store, such as Zara or H&M. Comparing this to the UK, you can expect to spend a little over the UK average, with prices ranging from £10 up to £50 for similar purchases.
Running Shoes (Nike) – £66.67
To purchase a new pair of running shoes from a highly known brand, such as Nike, you can expect to spend nearly £70 in Surrey. Other parts of the UK offer varying prices, ranging as low as £25 up to £95, pushing Surrey towards the higher side of the average.
Leather Business Shoes – £75.00
For a pair of designer business shoes, you’re looking to spend around £75 in Surrey. Other places in the UK offer various prices, ranging from as low as £20 to £120. This puts Surrey just above the typical UK average for a pair of leather business shoes.
Getting out for a meal is a fantastic way to spend some quality time with friends or family. In Surrey there are plenty of different places for you to visit to eat, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. To get an idea of some pricing you can expect, see the averages below.
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) – £15.00
To head for a quick meal in a relatively cheap restaurant, you’re looking to spend around £15. This can be anything from a small restaurant to a chain restaurant that you’ll find on the high street. Comparing this against the UK, the average cost can vary from as low as £5 up to £30, putting Surrey at round about the UK average.
Meal for 2 (Nicer Restaurant, Three Courses) – £47.50
If you’re looking to treat a loved one to a meal out one evening, you can expect to spend about £50 within Surrey. This price varies across the UK from as low as £24 up to £70, making Surrey sit just above the UK average.
Meal at McDonald’s (Standard Medium Meal) – £5.90
Everybody knows of McDonald’s, and due to it being situated everywhere in the UK you can expect to find it on a high street somewhere. In Surrey, you can expect to spend just under £6 for a meal in the famous fast food joint. Elsewhere in the UK, you can expect to spend as low as £3 up to as high as £7, which puts Surrey towards the more expensive place in the UK for a McDonalds.
Domestic Beer (500ml) – £3.40
To head out and purchase a pint of beer or so, you can expect to spend around £3.40 in Surrey. If you’re someone who enjoys the nightlife, this is something you’ll want to bear in mind. If we compare this price across the UK, the price ranges from as low as £1.79 up to £6, putting Surrey somewhat in the middle of the scale.
Imported Beer (330ml) – £3.30
To buy a bottle of imported beer in Surrey, you can expect to spend anywhere around £3.30. Elsewhere in the UK the price drops as low as £1.60 and can rise as high as £5, which puts Surrey about the UK average.
Cappuccino (Regular) – £2.74
If you’re someone who enjoys going for a coffee on a Saturday morning, it’s good to know the cost of a cappuccino as this is a common purchase from coffee shops across the UK. In Surrey, you’ll be paying just under £3 for a cuppa, whereas others in the UK are paying as low as 99p up to £3.50. This means that Surrey is towards the higher end of the scale for its cafes.
It’s important to get out and enjoy your new city. There is plenty to do in Surrey, but it’s good to get an idea of the average cost that you’ll be spending on various things. Below outlines a few different activities that you’ll be able to get stuck into when you’re in Surrey!
Tennis Court Hire (1 Hour) – £13.33
To hire a tennis court on a weekend, you can expect to spend around £13 in Surrey. Other places in the UK will offer prices as low as £10 for the hour, ranging up to £15 typically. This puts Surrey towards the more expensive side of the range to hire a court from your local sports centre.
Cinema (Single Standard Seat) – £12.00
If you’re a fan of the latest blockbusters, there’s plenty of choice in Surrey to get you out and about and see the latest movies. You can expect to spend £12 on average for a ticket to see a movie. Compared to the UK average, this puts Surrey towards the higher end of the scale, with the lowest prices in the UK being reported at £5 and the highest cost for a ticket being around £16.
Surrey is known for being quite expensive for its homes, and it’s situated near to London which is why. If you’re looking to purchase a property in Surrey, there are a lot of different things to take into account. Some things you’ll want to take into account are:
• What size house do you need?
• What requirements do you have for your new home?
• Do you need to be near the city?
• Do you know where you’ll be working? If so, what is the commute like?
There are many questions to help you find the right property in the right place for you. Once you know whereabouts you’ll want to be, you can then start looking for your new home.
Flats – £307,716
Over the last twelve months, the average price paid for a flat has been just over £300,000 in Surrey. This is typically much higher the average for the UK, with the average price for a flat selling at £245,217. Because Surrey is further down south, it’s more sought after and therefore more expensive to purchase a property. It’s near to London too, which is another reason why the property prices are higher.
Terraced – £437,423
To purchase a terraced house in Surrey, the average price paid over the past 12 months was just shy of £440,000. This is a much higher figure than the UK average, which stands at £238,434. Surrey is a great place to live and is a highly desirable place to live, which is a contributing factor to raising the house prices higher.
Semi-Detached – £494,120
To purchase a semi-detached home in Surrey the average price paid over the past 12 months was just shy of £500,000. Comparing this to the UK average, this is nearly double, with the UK average being £255,996. There are many reasons why this is a much higher cost for purchase, one being that Surrey is a nice city situated down near London.
Detached – £859,729
If you’re looking to purchase a detached home in Surrey, you’ll be looking to spend around £850,000. This is a very high figure, but there are several reasons that this is the case. Surrey is a highly desired place to live, which only increases house prices. It’s also a city situated near to London which makes it more expensive to purchase a property.
The UK average for a detached house is less than half of the cost of a home in Surrey, coming in at £398,781.
Cost of Renting
Many people choose to rent properties to give them the freedom to move and traverse around the UK and the world. The cost of renting varies amongst several different reasons, such as the size of the property you’re renting, the place you’re situated in and if you’re in the city centre.
1 Bedroom Apartment (Within City Centre) – £1,381.25
If you’re looking to move into a single bedroom apartment in the city centre, you can expect a monthly rent bill of just under £1,400. This figure can vary based on exactly where you’re situated, however, this is a good idea of what you can expect to be spending. Within the rest of the UK, this figure can be as low as £950 up to £2,000 per month, putting Surrey around the UK average.
1 Bedroom Apartment (Outside City Centre) – £975.00
For the same size and style of the apartment above, you can expect to spend much less per month if your apartment is outside of the city centre. Whilst in Surrey you’ll be typically paying around the £1,000 mark, elsewhere in the UK the rent can fall anywhere between £750 to £1,250, putting Surrey right on the national average.
3 Bedroom Apartment (Within City Centre) – £ 1,928.33
If you’re looking for a bit more space, a three-bedroom apartment may give you all the space you need. You can expect to pay just shy of £2,000 each month in rent, which sits nearer the higher section of the UK average range. The lowest in the range comes in at around £1,785, with the higher costs being at around £2,000. This puts Surrey right near the more expensive end of the spectrum.
3 Bedroom Apartment (Outside City Centre) – £1,587.50
If you need extra space but you’re not looking to stay right in the city centre itself then this may be a great way to save a few hundred pounds a month. You should expect to spend around £1,600 per month on rent, with the UK averaging between £1,200 to £2,000. This puts Surrey about midway on the UK average.
Utilities & Other Monthly Bills
Utilities are an important part of any household. You’ll have to pay them wherever you’re living, so it’s important to factor them in and understand roughly what you’ll be spending before moving to a new city.
Basic Utilities (Per Month) – £140.78
You can expect to spend around £140 per month on basic utilities for a small-medium sized apartment. The basic utilities include:
For larger properties, this figure will be higher so do bear this in mind. Within the UK the basic cost for utilities ranks Surrey quite low in comparison, with the lowest reports being just over £75 and the highest costs being over £277.
Internet – £31.83
The cost of your internet can vary based on your chosen plan. The figure we’ve used is for the typical household internet line of 60 Mbps or higher. Within Surrey, you can expect to spend over £31 per month, which is just under the UK average. There are reports of people paying as low as £20 per month up to £50 per month for their internet.
Gym Membership – £38.00
If you’re a fan of heading to the gym, you’ll want to keep your membership going and keep active. In Surrey, you can expect to spend just under £40 on your monthly membership, which is quite high compared to the rest of the UK. The different costs that people pay ranges between £20 and £45 per month, so it’s quite high compared to the rest of the country.
Surrey isn’t the most expensive place to live, but it isn’t cheap. A lot of different things that you can and will need to buy in Surrey are often higher than the UK average, which means you’ll need to spend a little more on produce and essential items.
The house prices in Surrey are a lot more expensive than houses outside of Surrey. If you’re looking to move to Surrey, to be mindful that these costs will be required to make sure you move into the right place to live for you. The important thing is to not settle for a home that isn’t right for you, so if now isn’t the right time for the move then contemplate what options you do have.
Your monthly bills shouldn’t be too much different to what you’re used to, but do expect a slight fluctuation in what you’re paying currently. The cost of utilities will vary depending on several reasons, such as the size of your new home, the area you’re in and more.
If you enjoy going out for social interactions, Surrey is a great place for this. You can expect to spend a little less than the UK average if you’re going out for the nightlife, but if you’re eager to go for a coffee then expect to spend more than others in the UK.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
If you’re thinking about moving to Surrey, there’s plenty that you’ll need to know before you take the plunge and move. As great as Surrey is, you’ll need to know if it’s the right place for you. We’ve collated some great information below to make sure you know whether Surrey is the right place for you.
Surrey is a historical city with lots to offer. It boasts some incredible stories throughout British history to allow you to live and breathe some fascinating stories over the past few hundred years. For example, Hampton Court was the home of Henry VIII, which is situated on the bank of the River Thames. This makes for a great day out to learn more about history but also enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.
There are plenty of museums available which showcase some great displays throughout history. An example of this is the Guildford Museum, which holds many stories of the history of Surrey.
You’ll be Close to London
If you like London, or you have reason to visit frequently and want to live nearby, Surrey is a great choice. Surrey offers a commute of less than an hour to get into London, making the journey easy whilst keeping you out of the way from the hustle and bustle. You’ll be able to get in and out of London easily, allowing you to build a career in the heart of London without the higher costs associated with living there.
You’ll be at One With Nature
Surrey, although is down south and near London, is a nature-filled county. You’ll find an easy commute to the busy concrete jungle of London, whilst residing in the greenery that is Surrey.
Surrey is the most wooded county in England, offering many beautiful areas to go for a walk and enjoy nature. A famous area is Richmond Park, a park that joins both London and Surrey together. It’s a historic area dating back hundreds of years which makes it even more special to visit and enjoy. You’ll even find a deer park from the 17th Century!
It’s a Student City
Surrey is becoming a student city, offering a range of things for students to do and enjoy when they come to study. There are lots of great places to visit outside of the University campus itself to help keep the inspiration flowing. There’s also a great nightlife for those who are looking to unwind and have a great time.
With this said however, this doesn’t mean that it’s solely for students however, and people from all ages have the opportunity to enjoy the city for what it is today. There’s lots to do for people of all ages and it doesn’t feel like it’s solely for students, so if you’re planning to move to Surrey, this shouldn’t be a problem.
There’s Plenty of Shopping Opportunities
There’s a great market in Guildford offering a lot of different shopping opportunities for all your needs and wants, as well as offering a great city centre for shopping. You’ll find lots of typical high street shops on High Street, with North Street offering several more unusual shops, such as a traditional market.
Great Transport Links
Surrey offers some great transport links. You’ll find many railway lines that connect Surrey to the rest of the UK, such as South West Trains, Anglia Railways and South Central. There’s also a train line that heads straight to Gatwick airport for those who are frequent flyers or enjoy a lovely holiday.
The main way to get into Surrey is by the M25, which heads south into Surrey. There is also the M3 and the M23 which link Surrey with the surrounding counties, such as London. There are other ways of getting into Surrey, however, with lots of B roads available and other main roads to allow you easy access into the county.
There’s Plenty to do!
Surrey offers lots to do to keep busy. Whether you’re looking for things to do on the weekends or you’re just eager to keep busy, you won’t struggle with plenty to keep busy with. Surrey offers a good mix of both rural and urban settings to give you both the feeling of escape from the city, as well as giving you plenty to do whilst you’re there.
There’s the nature side, which includes Box Hill. This is a beautiful spot of nature, preserved to keep the greenery looking just like it should. It’s an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ which sums up what you can expect from the natural areas of Surrey.
The history is something to behold, too. There’s plenty of old structures that have stood the test of time for hundreds of years to add the beauty of Surrey today. If you’re into your history, or you like a historical city, Surrey is a fantastic choice for you.
Thorpe Park isn’t far from Surrey which allows for easy access to the park. If you’re a fan of roller coasters and you’d like to live nearer to a theme park, then Surrey could be the place for you. With Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures in the near vicinity, you’ll have no problems getting to or from the theme parks.
Surrey has the right stuff for those who love motorsports too. Although the Brooklands Race Track isn’t used anymore, it’s a great place to visit. There’s the Brooklands museum which holds lots of motoring and aviation displays to please all the race car and plane fans out there.
Last of All
If you’re looking to move to Surrey, it’s a great city and there’s plenty to do. You’ll need to be mindful of the cost of living, especially the property prices, but if these are things you can afford and you’re happy to do so, you’ll have a lovely time and be happy. It’s a lovely city to live in and offers plenty to keep you busy.
If you’re moving soon, we wish you all the best for the move and hope you make many happy memories!