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Perth, Scotland

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Perth, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Perth?

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

"Perth, is a small city located in the heart of Scotland, known for its rich history and stunning natural beauty. Before moving to Perth, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively lower compared to other major cities in the UK, but it still offers a high standard of living. The city is known for its friendly and welcoming locals, so expats can expect a warm reception. English is the primary language spoken in Perth, but the Scottish accent can be quite strong and may take some time to get used to. Perth has a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers and cool winters. Rain is common throughout the year, so it's advisable to always carry an umbrella. The city is well-connected by public transport, with regular bus and train services to other parts of Scotland and the UK. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding countryside. Perth offers a range of housing options, from modern apartments in the city center to traditional houses in the suburbs. Renting is a common practice, and it's advisable to secure a place to live before moving. The city has a strong education system, with a number of good schools and colleges. For healthcare, the National Health Service (NHS) provides free healthcare to all residents, but it's advisable to have private health insurance for more comprehensive coverage. Perth has a vibrant food scene, with a focus on locally sourced produce. Scottish cuisine can be quite different from other cuisines, so be prepared to try new foods. Finally, Perth is a safe city with a low crime rate. However, like any other place, it's important to take basic safety precautions, especially at night," explained one expat living in Perth, 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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