St. Andrews, Scotland
Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in St. Andrews, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
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 beautiful golf courses. It's a popular destination for expats, particularly those from the US and other English-speaking countries. 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. However, it's also known for its beautiful, sunny days, particularly in the summer months. St. Andrews is a very walkable town, and many residents choose to get around on foot or by bicycle. However, there's also a reliable bus service that connects the town with other parts of Scotland. The town is home to a large number of students, which means that it can be quite busy during term time. However, it also means that there's a vibrant social scene, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and events to enjoy. St. Andrews is known for its friendly and welcoming community. However, it's also a very traditional town, and newcomers are expected to respect local customs and traditions. The town is home to a number of excellent schools, making it a popular choice for families. However, competition for places can be fierce, so it's important to apply as early as possible. Healthcare in St. Andrews is of a high standard, with a number of medical practices and a hospital in the town. However, it's important to register with a GP as soon as you arrive. Finally, it's worth noting that St. Andrews is a popular tourist destination, which means that it can be quite busy during the summer months. However, this also means that there's always plenty to see and do, from exploring the town's historic buildings to enjoying its beautiful beaches," wrote one member in St. Andrews.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in St. Andrews?
About the Author
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.
- What do I need to know before moving to St. Andrews?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in St. Andrews?
- What is the average cost of housing in St. Andrews?
- How do I meet people in St. Andrews?
- What do I need to know before retiring in St. Andrews?
- What should I pack when moving to St. Andrews?
- Where should I setup a bank account in St. Andrews?
- Will I be able to find a job in St. Andrews?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about St. Andrews?
- What type of social life can someone expect in St. Andrews?
- What is the social scene like in St. Andrews?
- What advice to expats in St. Andrews have about housing?
- What are medical services in St. Andrews like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in St. Andrews?
- Is the cost of living in St. Andrews high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in St. Andrews?
- Why do people move to St. Andrews?