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Living in Edinburgh

The historic centre of Scottish politics and culture.

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £372.83
  • Housing £1,287.65
  • Transportation £56.00
  • Sport and leisure £60.86
Total £1,777.34
I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home. - Alan Rickman
The most beautiful of all the capitals of Europe. - Sir John Betjeman

About Edinburgh

The historic city of Edinburgh lies on the coast, in the Lothians region of Scotland. It's the second largest city in Scotland - after Glasgow - with a population of just over half a million.

The Scottish capital has a rich legacy of creativity and political importance. Edinburgh castle, - one of the city’s many landmarks, this ancient castle dates back to the 12th Century. Contemporary Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament, and some of the most famous cultural festivals in the UK: The Edinburgh festival, The Fringe, and Edinburgh

The historic city of Edinburgh lies on the coast, in the Lothians region of Scotland. It's the second largest city in Scotland - after Glasgow - with a population of just over half a million.

The Scottish capital has a rich legacy of creativity and political importance. Edinburgh castle, - one of the city’s many landmarks, this ancient castle dates back to the 12th Century. Contemporary Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament, and some of the most famous cultural festivals in the UK: The Edinburgh festival, The Fringe, and Edinburgh Book Festival, which bring the whole city to life in summer. Every night in August, you can also catch the Military Tattoo performed at Edinburgh Castle.

View of buildings in Edinburgh over trees

Architecturally, Edinburgh is an intricate web of Georgian, and Victorian buildings, interwoven with lots of green space. St. George Square in Southside, and Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park are just two spots that locals love. It is also home to Edinburgh University which opened in 1583 and has 5 main sites across Edinburgh: Central Area, King's Buildings, BioQuarter, Easter Bush, Western General.

It is also widely believed that Hogwarts from Harry Potter was based on George Heriot's School. Most of the early Harry Potter series was written by JK Rowling in Edinburgh in the Elephant House Cafe. You can do plenty of Potter tours around the city, and you can even see her handprint casts infront of the The City Chambers.

Most Expensive Streets

  1. Whitehouse Terrace, Edinburgh EH9
  2. Succoth Place, Edinburgh EH12
  3. Henderland Road, Edinburgh EH12
  4. Ann Street, Edinburgh EH4
  5. Hope Terrace, Edinburgh EH9

Quality of life

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

Is Edinburgh a good place to live?

A high quality of life along with good wages, fair house prices and good schools means Edinburgh is a great place to live. You can't go wrong with any of the local towns, with most places within easy reach of each other.

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  • Avg. monthly salary £2,158
  • Avg. rent £833
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £251,076
  • Avg. council tax £1,636

The local area

Edinburgh is well served by public transport, with most things easily accessible by bus, train, and tram.

Most of Edinburgh’s key tourist spots fall along the ‘Royal Mile’ which runs through the Old

Edinburgh is well served by public transport, with most things easily accessible by bus, train, and tram.

Most of Edinburgh’s key tourist spots fall along the ‘Royal Mile’ which runs through the Old Town from Edinburgh Castle, to the Palace of Holyrood House. And, Portobello beach is a short bus journey away. Edinburgh is a very walkable city with nearly everything within short easy walking distance.

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Local Cafes and Restaurants

11 restaurants in Edinburgh
  1. MORAY HOUSE INSTITUTE OF EDUCA Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Baskin Robbins Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  4. Tolbooth Tavern Pub/bar/nightclub
  5. Slurp Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Streetwork Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. STARBUCKS COFFEE CO Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  9. Canons Gait Pub/bar/nightclub
  10. Holyrood Restaurant & Bar Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  11. Holyrood 9A Pub/bar/nightclub

Cost of living in Edinburgh

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.97£0.79 - £1.25
Bread£1.07£0.80 - £2.00
Eggs£2.17£1.20 - £2.94
Wine£7.00£6.00 - £10.00
Beer£1.66£1.20 - £2.25
Utilities£143.31£157.10 - £523.10
Preschool cost£807£500 - £1,050

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£351K£160K - £775K
Rent: 2 Bed house£1,008 PCM£648 - £2032
Rent HMO£528 PCM£384 - £760

Public Transport costs

Edinburgh has an extensive public transport network, with three main hubs within walking distance of the city centre: Edinburgh Waverley train station, Edinburgh Bus Station, and Edinburgh Tram Terminus. It takes around 40 minutes to travel from Edinburgh to Stirling by train, and 50 minutes to Glasgow.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£2£1.70 - £2.00
Monthly pass£56£50.00 - £60.00
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.20 - £3.00

Leisure

Residents of Edinburgh city are spoilt for choice when it comes to sport and leisure options. The New Town is best for a sophisticated night out. If you’re looking for the best independent eateries he

Residents of Edinburgh city are spoilt for choice when it comes to sport and leisure options. The New Town is best for a sophisticated night out. If you’re looking for the best independent eateries head to Leith - where you can also enjoy a waterfront cocktail.

Year-round entertainment can be found at the wide range of music venues, cinemas, theatres, and world famous museums, including: The National Museum of Scotland, and the Edinburgh Playhouse. If sport is more your thing, take the short trip to Murrayfield Stadium to catch the rugby.

Top 5 things to do in Edinburgh

  1. Climb Arthur’s Seat
  2. Visit Edinburgh Castle
  3. Spend a sunny day at Portobello Beach
  4. Visit Edinburgh Zoo
  5. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden

Top places to eat in Edinburgh

  1. The Kitchin
  2. The Ivy on the Square
  3. Ondine
  4. Cannonball
  5. The Table
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Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£36 pm£20.00 - £55.00
Cinema£10 pp£7.00 - £12.00
Inexpensive restaurant£15 pp£8.00 - £22.00

Moving to Edinburgh

Given its importance as a political and economic hub, the cost of living in Edinburgh is much higher than average for the UK. House prices in Edinburgh are higher than aveage at £351,000 for the average 2-bedroom house, or £1,008 per month in rent. However, you’ll find prices vary significantly across the city. You'll find cheaper, student-friendly accommodation near the University of Edinburgh, in Southside, and larger, more expensive homes in the New Town.

If you’re moving or relocating to Edinburgh for a job you should ask your company to assist you with the relocation and finding a place to stay.

We also recommend that you inform the local council of your move at least a month in advance so you can cancel your council tax.

To make moving house less stressful, remember to book your removals company or van hire far in advance. It can be cheaper to move on a weekday, and to do as much of the packing as you can yourself. If you’re moving into Edinburgh city centre, remember to avoid the first Sunday of the month, as many roads are closed to vehicles on that day.

Moving Costs

The cost of moving to Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh - £1328
  • From Manchester to Edinburgh - £1142
  • From Liverpool to Edinburgh - £1147
  • From Birmingham to Edinburgh - £1217
  • From Sheffield to Edinburgh - £1176
  • From Glasgow to Edinburgh - £972
  • From Cardiff to Edinburgh - £1325
  • From Swansea to Edinburgh - £1311
  • From Bath to Edinburgh - £1312
  • From Bristol to Edinburgh - £1298
  • From Leeds to Edinburgh - £1148

Help and information

Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.
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