Moving to Scotland

There are many reasons why living in Scotland is wonderful. As well as excellent study and work opportunities, you will find friendly people, beautiful scenery, good travel links and a great quality of life. That’s why, for centuries, people from all over the world have been choosing to live in Scotland.

You can help make that move go as smoothly as possible by taking the time to research beforehand what matters to you most.

TalentScotland provide a handy ‘Moving to Scotland’ checklist, with tips on such things as organising a visa, arranging removals and storage and registering with a doctor or dentist.

Here is some key information on aspects of life in Scotland:


Many people have been drawn to Scotland by the career opportunities but also by the appeal of enhancing their quality of life. House prices can be cheaper, the commuting is easier and the countryside offers a wide range of activities from skiing to mountain biking and walking in some of the most spectacular scenery you will find anywhere in the world. And, of course, there is the golf!

All the major Scottish cities have good public transport links, such as train lines and bus routes, reducing your need to use a car.

If you like to live in the countryside, there are many towns and villages that are within an hour’s commute of many of Scotland's business centres.

Another great thing about Scotland is the extra daylight in summer. It can remain quite light up to 11 pm – leaving plenty of time to get out and about . You could be walking in the hills or take a stroll on one of Scotland's many beaches - some of which are within 40 minutes of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and some of which are right on your doorstep.

The cost of living in Scotland is generally less expensive than other places in the UK and the further away you live from the city centre, the cheaper it gets. As for day-to-day living, Scotland has great schools, a good healthcare system and excellent transport links.


Scotland has a temperate climate, which means there are no real extremes. There can be a lot of rain throughout the year but it is rarely very hot or cold.


Most parts of Scotland have access to high speed internet and there is signal coverage for mobile phones that reaches more than 90% of Scottish homes and businesses. The Scottish Government is dedicated to improving access to the internet across Scotland.

Starting your life somewhere new can be pretty daunting but it’s also very exciting.

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