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Moving to St Andrews, Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to St Andrews, Scotland: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to St Andrews.

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What do I need to know before moving to St Andrews?

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

"St Andrews is a small town in Scotland, known for its prestigious university and rich history. It's a popular destination for expats, particularly those involved in academia or golf, as it's home to the oldest golf course in the world. Before moving to St Andrews, it's important to understand that the cost of living can be quite high, especially in comparison to other parts of Scotland. This is largely due to the town's popularity with tourists and students. The weather in St Andrews can be quite unpredictable, with frequent rain and wind, so it's advisable to invest in good quality waterproof clothing. Despite this, the town is known for its beautiful scenery, including stunning beaches and historic buildings. Public transportation in St Andrews is reliable, but the town is small enough to navigate on foot or by bicycle. For trips further afield, there are regular bus and train services to larger cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. The town is very safe, with a low crime rate. However, like any place, it's always important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night. St Andrews has a strong sense of community, with many local events and festivals taking place throughout the year. It's a great place to meet people and make friends, but it's also important to respect the local customs and traditions. The healthcare system in Scotland is excellent, and expats will have access to free healthcare through the National Health Service (NHS), although it's worth noting that there can sometimes be long waiting times for non-emergency treatments. Finally, if you're planning to work in St Andrews, it's important to note that the job market can be quite competitive, particularly within the university. However, there are also opportunities in sectors like tourism, retail, and hospitality," remarked one expat in St Andrews, 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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