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
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.
Things to do
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Cost of living
£164.37 - £523.10
£500 - £1,000
Buy: 2 Bed house
£160K - £775K
Rent: 2 Bed house
£648 - £2032
£384 - £760
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.
£1.70 - £2.00
£52.00 - £60.00
Taxi starting tariff
£2.20 - £3.00
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
£20.00 - £50.00
£7.00 - £12.00
£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.
Head to the Edinburgh Council website
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