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.

At the same time, the city is liveable, with affordable and available housing, which includes everything from new developments on the waterfront to older Victorian suburb living. As commercial property and business investment continue, Glasgow will become an even more diverse place to live, with numerous job opportunities and always-improving infrastructure to make work and personal life easier to balance.

Initiatives such as Future City | Glasgow and the Glasgow City Region City Deal are working to integrate technology into city developments to ensure that Glasgow is ultimately smarter, safer and sustainable city.

Glasgow Culture

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. An UNESCO City of Music since 2008, Glasgow hosts some 130 gigs per week.

Glasgow is also home to some of the finest museums in Europe including the Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum and the Glasgow Science Centre.

World-class events and concerts that regularly fill the 12,500 seats at the world-renowned SSE Hydro.

Glasgow Retail

Glasgow is the UK’s second retail city, after London. More than half a million square metres of retail space can be found in Glasgow, with prime shopping to be had within one square mile in the city centre, known as the Style Mile. Three major shopping malls can be found on the outskirts of the city. Glasgow’s shopping offer is a mix of designer and high street names along with unique boutiques. The retail sector is also bolstered by a vibrant cafe and pub scene.

Glasgow dining

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 Leisure

Glasgow offers an exceptional array of leisure opportunities. The city has more green space per square 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.

There are 5 city parks, 12 district parks, 74 local parks, 527 outdoor sports pitches, over 170 tennis courts and 160 bowling greens. Extensive golf courses are also available in the city’s municipal courses and many of the world’s greatest links courses are within easy reach of Glasgow.

Other fitness activities are also widely available including gyms, swimming, and much more throughout the city.

Glasgow Sport

Glasgow is a leading destination for major sporting events after hosting the 20th Commonwealth Games, the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships. Along with Berlin, Glasgow will co-host of the inaugural European Sports Championships in 2018. Venues like the SSE Hydro, Tollcross International Swimming Centre and the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome regularly host European and world-class calibre sporting events

Glasgow is home to world renowned football and rugby clubs and Scotland’s national football team.

Glasgow Housing

Glasgow housing offers a variety of property types at much more affordable prices than one would find in a city like London. The city has a selection of quality housing, including apartments on the River Clyde and Victorian homes in the West End of the city. The city’s suburbs offer larger family-style homes with close proximity to good schools.

Glasgow City Council has ambitious plans to build 25,000 new homes in the next decade thus ensuring a supply of sustainable housing stock.

Average residential property prices in Glasgow and suburbs

LocationGlasgow CityEast DunbartonshireEast Renfrewshire

Source: UK House Price Index (February 2017)

Average private rent prices in Glasgow

Number of bedroomsAverage per month

Citylets (Quarter 1, 2017)

Dwellings by type

Type of HousingNumbers%
Flats and others210,34073

National Records of Scotland 2017 

Glasgow education


There are 110 local authority early years nurseries, where 3 year olds and above are entitled to 15 hours free childcare. Many of these nurseries also offer extended hours between 8am and 6pm and are open during school holidays. There are a further 80 nurseries that work in partnership with the local authority also providing such financial support to meet the costs of nursery places for 3 year olds and older.


Glasgow offers good provision of private school education, with nine schools in the city and the close surrounding area. All schools accommodate ages 3 – 18.

Glasgow City Council has heavily invested in major improvement project for city schools, including ICT and recreational facility development. These improvements affect the city’s 37 secondary schools, 149 primary schools in addition to schools and units that make special provision for children and young people with additional support for learning requirements.

Secondary school enrolment in the city is at an all-time high and the number of young people going to university has risen every year for the past 10 years.

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