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The Most Expensive Places to Live in the UK

Barnes-of-Lincoln-infographic headerWhen you think of the most expensive cities in the UK to live in, you wouldn’t be penalised for thinking that London, with its thriving commerce and eye-watering housing prices, takes the top spot. This, however, perhaps to your surprise, isn’t the case.

Findings from Lloyds Bank suggest that affordability is “at its worst since 2008”, with the average price of housing eclipsing income many times over.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of those findings, listing the top ten most expensive places to live in the UK.

  • Where are the most expensive places to live in the UK

  • 10. Canterbury

A cathedral city in southeast England, Canterbury is a popular tourist destination and features lots of Romanesque elements and Gothic architecture. Here, house prices are 8.7 times higher than the average salary.

  • 9. Salisbury

Another small cathedral city, Salisbury is situated in the southern county of Wiltshire and features the gorgeous Queen Elizabeth Gardens. Houses here are 9.2 times higher than the average salary.

  • 8. Southampton

A port city on England’s south coast, Southampton is home to the SeaCity museum and Southampton Art Gallery. Houses here are 9.2 times higher than the average salary.

  • 7. Bath

Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs and the honey-coloured stone used extensively in its architecture. Here, houses cost 9.3 times the average salary.

  • 6. Brighton

An English seaside city and popular day-trip destination, Brighton is known for its broad shingle beach, arts scene, shopping and vibrant nightlife. In Brighton, the housing prices are 9.6 times higher than the average salary.

  • 5. Chichester

A cathedral city located in West Sussex, Chichester is the only city in the county. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, and the quaint architecture reflects this. Here, houses are 10 times higher than the average salary.

  • 4. Cambridge

Cambridge is a city on the River Cam in eastern England and home to the prestigious University of Cambridge. Houses here are 10.3 times higher than the average salary.

  • 3. Winchester

Situated in Hampshire on the edge of England’s South Downs National Park, Winchester is known for its impressive cathedral, 17th-century Morley Library and its Norman crypt. Houses here are 10.5 times the average salary.

  • 2. Greater London

Not topping the list, London’s housing prices are 10.5 times the average salary, the same as Winchester.

  • 1. Oxford

Located in central southern England and home to its prestigious university, Oxford is a beautiful city. The housing prices here are a whopping 10.7 times the average salary!


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