Compare agents
Agents by city
Sellers' toolbox
Advice
Menu

Find agents in:

LondonBirminghamBristolLeedsLiverpoolManchesterNottinghamSheffield

Sellers' Toolbox

House valuation

Get a quick, free, estimate of your home's value.

House prices

Check out house price trends across the UK.

,

Estate Agent Fees

Find out more about estate agents’ fees, contracts, and the service you should expect.

EPC Checker

Check whether your home already has a valid EPC - for free.

Tips & Advice

House selling processHouse selling costs
Compare agents
Agents by city
LondonBirminghamBristolLeedsLiverpoolManchesterNottinghamSheffield
Search by area
Sellers' toolbox
Advice
© GetAgent Limited 2021

Living in Edinburgh

The historic centre of Scottish politics and culture.

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 - 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. 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.
..READ MORE
Avg. monthly wage
£2,002
Avg. rent
£817
Pollution
Low
Avg. house price
£240,078
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 Town from Edinburgh Castle, to the Palace of Holyrood House. And, Portobello beach is a short bus journey away.
..READ MORE
Things to do
11 restaurants in Edinburgh
MORAY HOUSE INSTITUTE OF EDUCA
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Baskin Robbins
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
Tolbooth Tavern
Pub/bar/nightclub
Slurp
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Streetwork
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
STARBUCKS COFFEE CO
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
Canons Gait
Pub/bar/nightclub
Holyrood Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
Holyrood 9A
Pub/bar/nightclub

Cost of living

Item name
Avg. price
Price range
Milk
£0.93
£0.70 - £1.15
Bread
£1.05
£0.70 - £2.00
Eggs
£2.18
£1.20 - £3.00
Wine
£7.25
£5.00 - £12.00
Beer
£1.68
£1.25 - £2.20
Utilities
£143.23
£164.37 - £523.10
Preschool cost
£800
£500 - £1,000

Housing

Item name
Avg. price
Price 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

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 name
Avg. price
Price range
One-way ticket
£2
£1.70 - £2.00
Monthly pass
£56
£52.00 - £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 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.
..READ MORE
Item name
Avg. price
Price range
Fitness Club
£36 pm
£20.00 - £50.00
Cinema
£10 pp
£7.00 - £12.00
Inexpensive restaurant
£15 pp
£8.00 - £25.00

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. Expect to pay £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. 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.

Help and information

Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.
GP in Edinburgh
Head to the Edinburgh Council website
Find out which school catchment area you’re in
Costs Summary
Cost of living
£367.89
Housing
£1,287.56
Transportation
£56.00
Sport and leisure
£61.03
Total
£1,772.48
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
Group 3
trustpilot
Rated excellent by over 1000 homeowners.
Company
For agentsAbout usCareersFAQs
Get in touch
Our lines are closed
The Estate Agent comparison site

Copyright © 2021 GetAgent Limited

We are a company registered in England & Wales, company number 09428979.

Privacy policyTerms of use