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Living in Glasgow

The dear green place

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £362.23
  • Housing £962.83
  • Transportation £85.20
  • Sport and leisure £49.43
Total £1,459.69
It’s very important for cities all around the world to reinvent themselves, and Glasgow is a good example of that. - Zaha Hadid

About Glasgow

Since the turn of the 20th century, the City of Glasgow has changed and reinvented itself in more ways than one. Where its smoking dockyards were once crucial to the Industrial Revolution, the city now leads in digital and tech innovation. Thirty years ago, Glasgow had a reputation for violent crime, but today, in keeping with its slogan, the ‘people make Glasgow’, the city is regarded as one of the friendliest in Europe. Its iconic red tenement houses, once deemed an eyesore, are now the only tenements in Britain protected by conservation efforts.

One thing that hasn’t changed about Glasgow, is its wealth of cultural activities. In 2008, Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music, an achievement that reflects its booming music scene, which hosts over 130 events a week. The acclaimed Theatre Royal is the longest running theatre in Scotland and caters for opera-lovers and mainstream music fans alike.

Glasgow at night

The city contains a broad range of green spaces. Located on the East End’s north bank of the River Clyde, is Glasgow Green. The Green is the city’s oldest park and host of a variety of music festivals throughout the year. If you’re after a more introspective walk, the West End’s Botanic Gardens are sure to dazzle you with its array of exotic plants.

  • Avg. monthly salary £2,575
  • Avg. rent £776
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £280,727
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

The local area

For the usual high street shops, Sauchiehall Street, located in the city centre, has everything you may need. If you’re a fan of independents, Byres Road and Great Western Road - both located in Glasgow’s West End - contain some of the best cafes and bakeries that Glasgow has to offer.

There’s a smattering of grocery stores and supermarkets across the city, so there’s never a need to journey into the centre for essentials.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

10 restaurants in Glasgow
  1. Greggs Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Comforter In The City Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  3. Aga Mezze Palace Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Street Food BG Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Burger King Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. John Lewis Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. John Lewis The Place To Eat Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Bibble Milkshake Bar Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. MacTassos Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Costa Coffee Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Glasgow

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.93£0.53 - £1.20
Bread£1.03£0.69 - £1.35
Eggs£2.11£1.20 - £2.60
Wine£7.00£5.00 - £9.00
Beer£1.73£1.05 - £3.00
Utilities£158.83£118.00 - £250.00
Preschool cost£650£500 - £1,000

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£173K£80K - £275K
Rent: 2 Bed house£804 PCM£640 - £1316
Rent HMO£456 PCM£372 - £692

Public Transport costs

The easiest way to get around Glasgow city centre is the SPT subway, which offers trains every 6-8 minutes in off-peak periods. Glasgow Central railway station is easy to reach using the subway (just get off at St. Enoch) and offers regular trains to London Euston, Liverpool and Edinburgh. Getting around by bicycle is also a popular choice. The city has a range of cycle hire facilities and a high number of segregated cycle lanes. If you’re looking for more weatherproof travel, the ‘First’ bus group offers an extensive range of routes across Glasgow.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.00 - £3.75
Monthly pass£85£60.00 - £120.00
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.20 - £4.80


Residents of Glasgow are lucky to have such a diverse space for cultural activities. Fans of history should visit the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, one of the only public museums in the world completely devoted to the subject. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the Gothic atmosphere, you can’t do much better than the Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis.

Famous for its divergent football teams, the Rangers and Celtics, Glasgow is home to two fantastic football stadiums, the Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park. If you’re after an evening of live music, you’ll never have to walk far to find a venue - Glasgow is a city of music after all.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£25 pm£15.00 - £40.00
Cinema£10 pp£8.00 - £13.00
Inexpensive restaurant£14 pp£8.00 - £30.00

Moving to Glasgow

When you make the move to Glasgow, remember that your drinking water will be among some of the cleanest in the world! That’s because the city gets its water fresh from the source, a freshwater lake called Loch Katrine.

Glasgow is one of the cheaper UK cities, with lower costs of living than Manchester and Birmingham. On average, the city is 20% cheaper than London. Expect to pay around £170,000 for a 2-bedroom house or £800 rent for a 2-bedroom apartment.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Glasgow will change based on when you book including factors like, 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 Glasgow to Leeds - £1148
  • From Glasgow to London - £1338
  • From Glasgow to Liverpool - £1143
  • From Glasgow to Manchester - £1140
  • From Glasgow to Birmingham - £1213
  • From Glasgow to Sheffield - £1177
  • From Glasgow to Edinburgh - £972
  • From Glasgow to Cardiff - £1315
  • From Glasgow to Swansea - £1351
  • From Glasgow to Bath - £1307
  • From Glasgow to Bristol - £1295
  • From Glasgow to Telford - £1200

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