Living in Glasgow

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Look no further if you are seeking the UK’s coolest city to live in. Glasgow was recently voted “the friendliest city on the world” in a Rough Guides poll and had been named a must see destination by leading publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveller, the New York Times, the Guardian and Wanderlust. Glasgow’s Finnieston neighbourhood is regularly touted as the hippest place to live in the UK.

The diversity of the city, from its cultural life and its proximity to nature and green spaces and parks to its historical aspects means Glasgow  has something to offer everyone – residents as well as visitors.

Quality of life

  • 3rd highest in UK for quality of life (Mercer 2018 City Rankings)
  • The fDi Intelligence Quality of Life ranks Glasgow higher than Los Angeles and Rome

Sport and leisure

  • You’re never far from green space in Glasgow – the city has more green space per mile than any other UK city
  • 20% of Glasgow’s land area is dedicated to urban greenspace, which also connects along rail and road corridors, parks and cycle routes
  • The great Scottish outdoors is on your doorstep: the archipelago of the Clyde Coast and the Highlands’ stunning scenery are both just 45 minutes away
  • Many of the world’s greatest golf courses are within easy reach of Glasgow
  • Glaswegians love sport and the city is home to world-renowned football and rugby clubs as well as Scotland’s national football team. Glasgow is a powerhouse when it comes to hosting elite sporting events such as the 2018 European Championships

Music and culture

  • Glasgow is a UNESCO City of Music – home to national performing arts organisations and hosting as many as 130 music events each week
  • Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural heart and home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Theatre of Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet
  • Two of the finest civic art collections in Europe can be found in Glasgow, at the Burrell Collection and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Retail and nightlife

  • With more than half a million square metres of retail floor space, Glasgow is one of the UK’s largest and most successful shopping locations outside of London. The city is home to an abundance of luxury outlets, high street staples and independent retailers
  • The retail sector is also bolstered by a vibrant cafe and pub scene
  • Glasgow is one of the best places to head to for culinary experimentation (Rough Guides list of must-see destinations 2017)
  • Glasgow’s food and drink scene is vibrant and firmly part of the city’s unique culture
  • Glasgow’s culinary offering is imaginative and cosmopolitan and the range of choice is breathtaking, with new restaurants and bars popping up on a regular basis


Glasgow is liveable, with affordable and available housing, which includes everything from new developments on the waterfront to older Victorian suburb living. The city has a superb selection of first class housing including modern apartments, generously proportioned Victorian flats and traditional tenements. Leafy suburbs offer a range of family homes and a short commute.

AVERAGE SALE PRICE (Glasgow City, Q2 2018)
Detached £307,465
Semi-detached £177,584
Terraced £151,649
Flat £112,988

UK Price Index December 2018

RENTAL COSTS PER MONTH (Glasgow City, Q1 2019)
Average rental cost £771
1 bed flat £597
2 bed flat £787
3 bed flat £1,112
4 bed flat £1,486

Source: Citylets

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