Located in the East Midlands of England, Northampton is the perfect base for new arrivals looking to enjoy living in a more rural area while being a short drive or train ride away from key commercial centres. Despite the high quality of life newcomers can enjoy here, the cost of living in Northampton is fairly reasonable.

Cost of accommodation in Northampton

Accommodation in Northampton is much more affordable than in the likes of London and Birmingham, but new arrivals should still be prepared to spend a significant chunk of their earnings on housing. The town’s popularity has led to an increased demand for housing, so property prices in Northampton continue to rise and are currently above the national UK average.

Cost of entertainment in Northampton

Voted the second-best town in the UK for a night out, Northampton offers plenty of lifestyle options. Thanks to Northampton's status as a university town, new arrivals will have access to a plethora of budget-friendly student watering holes.

With 170 parks spanning 1180 acres as well as the nearby River Nene, there's plenty of free outdoor entertainment in the form of leisurely strolls, picnics, cycling and swimming. 

Northampton boasts a thriving culinary scene, with local and international fare to suit any budget or palate. Still, eating out in the town can be costly and is slightly pricier than in Birmingham. 

Cost of groceries in Northampton

While the general cost of food items has gone up in the UK, newcomers can stretch their budgets by shopping around. Price-conscious newcomers should look no further than discount supermarkets such as Aldi and the local Northampton markets for fresh produce and grocery staples. Those with a few quid to spare will find a range of speciality and imported products at stores, including Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

Cost of transport in Northampton

Getting around in Northampton is painless and affordable, owing to the town’s reliable and efficient transport links. Newcomers moving to Northampton’s countryside will generally need a car to make travelling convenient, which may be costly, considering petrol and maintenance fees. Those who live closer to the town centre will have access to Northampton’s bus and rail network, this may be the more economical choice as purchasing multi-journey and season tickets will allow commuters to stretch their bucks.

Expats can get further savings by navigating Northampton’s streets on two wheels. The town offers dedicated cycle paths and racks.

Cost of education in Northampton

Northampton and the surrounding areas have a fair few public and independent (private) schools, some with ‘outstanding’ rankings from the UK’s Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). While independent schools are more often than not eye-wateringly expensive, they usually offer smaller class sizes, modern facilities and a wider range of activities. The town is also home to the renowned University of Northampton and several colleges.

Cost of living in Northampton chart

These are the average prices for Northampton in December 2022. Prices may vary depending on product and service provider.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in town centre

GBP 1,300

Three-bedroom apartment outside of town centre

GBP 970

One-bedroom apartment in town centre

GBP 850

One-bedroom apartment outside of town centre

GBP 640


Milk (1 litre)

GBP 1.25

Dozen eggs

GBP 4.20

Loaf of white bread 

GBP 1.40

Rice (1kg)

GBP 1.75

Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro)

GBP 12.75


Town centre bus/train fare


Taxi rate per km


Petrol/gasoline per litre

GBP 1.54

Eating out

Big Mac Meal


Coca-Cola (330ml)   

GBP 1.42


GBP 3.12

Local beer (pint)

GBP 4.50 

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

GBP 50


Internet (uncapped ADSL per month)

GBP 30

Mobile call rate (mobile-to-mobile per minute)

GBP 0.35

Utilities (average per month for standard household)

GBP 188

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