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Living in Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 07, 2024

Summary: People often describe life in Scotland as vibrant, diverse, and full of culture. Expats love the stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and the fact that Scotland is a safe and welcoming place to live. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. The population of Scotland is estimated to be around 5.5 million people, with the largest cities being Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee. The cons of living in Scotland include the weather, which can be unpredictable and cold, and the cost of living, which is higher than in some other parts of the UK. Additionally, the job market can be competitive, and the cost of housing can be high in some areas.

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What do I need to know about living in Scotland?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Scotland, they said:

"In the UK there is a television permit fee that must be paid if you have a TV in your home. I thought it was a scam when I received the notice in the mail. Luckily I had a neighbor that I was able to ask about the legitimacy. If you don't have a TV, they will make an appointment to come out to your residence to verify. Also, before you move, change your address to reflect your new Scotland address on at least one of your credit card statements. When you arrive, you will need to provide a statement with your Scotland address on it in order to open a bank account. If your spouse will also be on the account, he/she will need to have a statement that reflects the new address too. It took about a month after we arrived to open an account because we did not know this small detail," said one expat in Banchory.

"Before retiring in Scotland, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs. They should also research the cost of living in the area they plan to move to, as well as the availability of healthcare and other services. Additionally, expats should consider the climate and weather conditions in Scotland, as well as the local transportation options. It is also important to research the visa and residency requirements for expats in Scotland. Finally, expats should consider the language barrier, as English is the primary language spoken in Scotland," said one expat who made the move to Scotland.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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