Is food cheaper in UK than Australia?

Planning to study abroad but confused between UK and Australia? Then, it is necessary to take into account the expenses one of the necessities of life – food.

Both places have several ties, culturally, socially, on the sporting pitch and even family ones. These links were forged through a turbulent history, shared language and deep running alliances. Seeing the number of similarities, it is even difficult to decide where to study, therefore, you need to take a number of aspects into consideration.

A student planning to study abroad with minimum financial resources can find a scholarship for academics as well as living but food is one thing that you need to take care of while living in another country.

The question where food is cheaper – Australia or UK, is a difficult one to answer. Australian food prices can fluctuate with seasons, for example, a lime can be as high as $3 and as low as 0.49c.

Food sales are largely controlled by the duopoly of Coles and Woolworths; they are fairly expensive shops. There is an independent fruit and veg shop near me that is significantly cheaper.

This is one of the big differences between UK and Australia, in the UK, the supermarkets are dirt cheap, ASDA, Tesco, you can’t really beat them on price. Australia is different, the supermarkets aren’t cheap, the independent places are often cheaper.

Australia also needs to import foodstuff from overseas and you should expect to pay a lot more for your day to day grocery.

You can compare the prices in both the places in the table given below:

Groceries (main foods) Australia UK
Milk £0.84 £0.91
Loaf of Bread £1.48 £0.99
Rice £1.47 £0.90
Eggs £2.41 £1.86
Local cheese £5.16 £5.38
Beef £8.46 £7.42
Tomatoes £2.84 £1.71
Potatoes £1.81 £1.13
Meal, inexpensive restaurant £11.12 £11.12
Meal for 2, mid-range restaurant £44.50 £45.00


Looking above, we can see that food is generally cheaper in UK as compared to Australia. Only the price of milk and local cheeses is lower in Australia – all else is more expensive.