• CANZUK: The Cost Of Living In Your City

    With our cultural similarities, strong economies and seasonal job opportunities, it is easy for Brits, Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders to dream of relocating within the CANZUK area, either temporarily or permanently.

    Many choose the temporary route, involving working holiday visas, youth mobility programs and seasonal permits. Others relocate permanently, either through spousal sponsorship or work sponsorship, and over 100,000 more around the world hope to relocate (one day) under our free movement proposals, effectively nullifying the need for any of the above.

    However, upon arrival in their new city and CANZUK country of choice, many individuals find difficulty in adapting to the different (and sometimes frustrating) costs of living. A native from Montreal, Canada may find the cost of living surprisingly high in Perth, Australia, while a native from Dunedin, New Zealand may be astonished at the rent prices in London, UK.

    Below, we have accumulated data regarding the most common issues affecting migrants who relocate within the CANZUK area, and an explanation of the data is given below:

    [All data provided by Numbeo and accurate at time of publication (April 2016)]

    The data provided is given as an “index” number, meaning all values are metrically calculated against a centralised value. As standard with world data and global indexes, values are measured against a “baseline city”, which in most cases, is New York, United States. If New York was to be placed within our data above, its values would look like this:

    Because New York has a base value of 100.00, other cities around the world can be compared as a percentage figure. For example:

    • The Cost of Living in Edinburgh, UK is only 74.92% that of New York’s, therefore it is 25.08% cheaper (100% - 74.92% = 25.08%) to live in Edinburgh than New York;
    • Grocery prices in Brisbane, Australia are 72.90% that of New York’s, effectively indicating that groceries are 27.1% (100% - 72.90% = 27.1%) cheaper in Brisbane than New York;
    • Local Purchasing Power in Wellington, New Zealand has an index value of 118.04, meaning that  you can purchase $118.04 worth of goods and commodities in Wellington as you can with $100 in New York (inclusive of exchange rates).

    As a general rule, it is better for the Cost of Living, Rent, Cost of Living Plus Rent and Groceries indexes to be lower, while better for the Local Purchasing Power index to be higher.  

    From this, individuals relocating within the CANZUK area can estimate the price and cost variances between their home city and their relocation city. For example:

    • Rent prices in London, UK (85.48) are 44.93% more expensive than rent prices in Vancouver, Canada (40.55). We reach this conclusion via the sum:  85.48 - 40.55 = 44.93%);
    • Grocery prices in Brisbane, Australia and Adelaide, Australia are very similar;
    • Using $155.62, you can purchase the same amount of goods and commodities in Cardiff, UK as you can with $118.81 in Auckland, New Zealand (inclusive of exchange rates);
    • Cost of living and rent is 41.31% more expensive in London, UK than Dunedin, New Zealand (90.33% - 49.02% = 41.31%).

    Therefore, data accumulated in this way provides useful information regarding cost/price comparison in differing cities throughout the CANZUK area. From the data, we can also conclude the following:

    We will be looking to update these statistics often and provide the latest indexes throughout the CANZUK area as they formulate.

    In the mean time, should you wish to get in touch regarding costs of living in your city, or the costs of living in a potential relocation city, please email us at support@CFMO.org.

    [Image Attributions]: Australian money: U Move Australia