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Living in Plymouth

Breathtaking views and fresh sea air

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £358.21
  • Housing £880.30
  • Transportation £55.00
  • Sport and leisure £46.50
Total £1,340.01

About Plymouth

Plymouth is the largest city in Devon, in the Southwest of England. Lying on the coast, this port city has a long legacy of maritime importance, with a population of over 262,000.

Walking around you’ll see maritime history infused into the soul of the city: from Royal William Yard - which has the largest collection of Grade-I listed military buildings in the UK - to the 17th century Royal Citadel at the Eastern end of the Hoe - now home to the 29 Commando Royal Artillery. Plymouth really is a historic city, with Sir Francis Drake being appointed mayor of Plymouth in 1581.

The 'Mayflower 400' celebrations, which took place in 2020, led to significant injection of investment for regeneration in the city. Royal William Yard, for example, is now a hub of leisure facilities and employment for Plymouth residents. The city is also increasingly popular with students, who come from across the UK to attend the top-ranking University of Plymouth. You also are really nearby Cornwall if you want to visit, taking around 1.5 hours to drive or by train.

There are plenty of good schools in Plymouth with many achieving average or above average ratings. While house prices are above average, there is plenty of access to affordable housing. Overall it isn’t expensive to live in Plymouth, offering slightly higher living costs and property prices but higher than average wages.

Highest value streets

  1. Court Wood, Plymouth PL8
  2. Riverside Road West, Plymouth PL8
  3. Lower Court Road, Plymouth PL8
  4. New George Street, Plymouth PL1
  5. Membland, Plymouth PL8

Best places to live in Plymouth

  1. Peverell
  2. Mount Gould/Lipson
  3. Durnford Street/Millbay

Source: devonherald.co.uk

Quality of life

  • Salaries are higher than average
  • Rent is higher than average
  • House prices are higher than average
  • Living costs are slightly higher than average
  • Life expectancy is slightly lower than average for men and women

Average Salary in Plymouth

The average salary in Edinburgh in 2022 is: £26,000 The average unemployment rate is 4.7%

Source: payscale.com

Job TypeAverage Salary in Plymouth
Mechanical Engineer£30,393
Operations Manager£38,654
Teaching Assistant (TA)£12,000
Software Developer£27,495
Business Development Manager£26,201
Support Technician, Information Technology (IT)£20,978
Office Manager£21,315

Weather in Plymouth

Plymouth's has a temperate climate but also has a decent amount of rain through the year. Across the year the temperature in Plymouth averages to 10.9 °C

  • July is the warmest month of the year
  • December is the wettest month
  • January is the coldest month

How expensive is living in Plymouth?

Living in Plymouth is only slightly higher than the rest of the UK but you will end up paying more nearer the coast. The cost of living is balanced by the salaries and house prices.

*Sources checked January 11th 2022

  • Avg. monthly salary £1,500
  • Avg. rent £800
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £152,500
  • Avg. council tax £1,925

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 30.3%
  • Age 20 to 29 29.3%
  • Age 30 to 39 11.8%
  • Age 40 to 49 8.4%
  • Age 50 to 59 6.9%
  • Age 60+ 13.4%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 6.2%
  • Lower middle class 30.5%
  • Skilled working class 18.5%
  • Working class / Pensioners 44.9%

Politics

  • Labour and Co-operative 48%
  • Conservative 39%
  • Brexit Party 5%
  • Liberal Democrat 5%
  • Green 3%
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Crime rate in Plymouth

Every city has its share of crime, and Plymouth is no different. The majority of crime in the area tends to be anti-social behaviour, rather than burgulary, or weapons-based crime. In general Plymouth is a safe city to live in, but it’s crime rating is higher than other areas in Devon.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 3865
  • Crimes per thousand 386

The local area

The city of Plymouth is divided into several areas, each with their own distinct personalities. Barbican & Sutton Harbour is the place to go for quiet cobbled streets and independent shopping. If you’re looking for breathtaking views, head to Plymouth Hoe which is a lovely developed seaside promenade. You have access to over 70 shops at the Drake Circus Shopping Centre if you’re looking for a great day out shopping. Outside of Bristol, in the South West, Plymouth town center offers the largest area for shopping.

Not only do residents of Plymouth enjoy nearly 10 miles of historic urban waterfront, they also have easy access to neighbouring Dartmoor National Park: 368 square miles of beautiful countryside.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

10 restaurants in Plymouth
  1. 50 Degrees North Brasserie and Bar Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  2. Yummy Palace Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Positano Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Oggy Oggy Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Canadian Muffin Co Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Foodie PL Ltd Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. Lanterns Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Bamo Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. Barista Brothers Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Jack n Mols Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Plymouth

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.88£0.60 - £1.00
Bread£1.02£0.63 - £1.33
Eggs£2.19£1.20 - £2.60
Wine£7.00£4.00 - £8.00
Beer£1.78£1.20 - £2.30
Utilities£175.90£187.49 - £537.70
Preschool cost£613£350 - £800

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£114K£38K - £263K
Rent: 2 Bed house£544 PCM£312 - £1012
Rent HMO£492 PCM£240 - £560

Public Transport costs

As a seafront city, it comes as no surprise that one of the best ways to get around Plymouth is by boat. There are waterlinks connecting: Barbican, Mount Batten, Royal William Yard & Cornwall, as well as regular ferries to Mount Edgcumbe and Cawsand. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, there's a regular bus service that operates throughout the city. A ‘Skipper’ ticket, will let you hop on and off different services. If you’re looking to head further afield, Plymouth train station is a 15 minute walk from the city centre. It takes just 1 hour by train to get to Exeter - the nearest airport, in general Plymouth has excellent transport links.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.20 - £4.00
Monthly pass£55£30.00 - £80.00
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.80 - £3.50

Leisure

Plymouth is the ideal city for water sports lovers. You’ll find lots of options for sailing, kayaking, and even windsurfing from the Mount Batten Centre. The city is also well located for a day trip to the beach too. Bovisands and Wembury, are just two of the lovely Devonshire beaches nearby.

There are also plenty of options for weekend fun on land. Catch a film at the outdoor cinema in Royal William Yard, head to Drake Circus for some retail therapy, or explore the cobbled streets of the Barbican.

Top 5 things do in Plymouth

Our top 5 things to do in Plymouth are:

  1. Visit the Mayflower Steps
  2. Visit ‘The Box’ - Plymouth’s museum
  3. Visit the National Marine Aquarium
  4. Visit Dartmoor Zoo
  5. Walk along the South West Coast Path

Top places to eat in Plymouth

Our top places in eat in Plymouth are:

  1. Cosmic Kitchen
  2. No Whey
  3. Fletcher’s Restaurant
  4. Cornwall Street Fish Bar
  5. The Tudor Rose Tea Rooms and Garden
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£27 pm£15.00 - £45.00
Cinema£9 pp£6.50 - £11.00
Inexpensive restaurant£11 pp£5.50 - £20.00

Moving to Plymouth

Plymouth is popular with its residents for its beautiful housing options and lovely views. You'll find a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture on the streets rising from Plymouth Hoe to the city centre. The best sea views can be found on the Hoe or at Sutton Harbour.

House prices in Plymouth are slightly higher than average for the UK. However, while you might expect to pay a premium for a property with a sea view, there remain many affordable options available. Whimple Street, for example, is popular with students, and Stoke Damerel conservation area is a particularly popular area for families.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Plymouth will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From London to Plymouth - £1390
  • From Manchester to Plymouth - £1457
  • From Liverpool to Plymouth - £1468
  • From Birmingham to Plymouth - £1377
  • From Sheffield to Plymouth - £1469
  • From Edinburgh to Plymouth - £1661
  • From Glasgow to Plymouth - £1659
  • From Cardiff to Plymouth - £1326
  • From Swansea to Plymouth - £1363
  • From Bath to Plymouth - £1318
  • From Bristol to Plymouth - £1295

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