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St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews, 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 St Andrews, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know about living in St Andrews?

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

"Before retiring in St Andrews, expats should know that the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of Scotland due to its popularity as a tourist destination and its world-renowned golf courses. They should also be aware that the weather in St Andrews can be quite cold and rainy, especially in the winter months. Expats should familiarise themselves with the UK's healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS), which provides free healthcare for all UK residents. However, private healthcare is also available. St Andrews is a small town with a population of around 17,000, so it may not offer the same level of amenities or entertainment options as a larger city. The town is home to the University of St Andrews, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, which brings a diverse and vibrant student population to the area. Expats should also be aware that Scotland has its own legal system, separate from the rest of the UK, so it's important to understand the differences, particularly in areas such as property law. Public transportation in St Andrews is reliable, but the town is also very walkable. Owning a car may not be necessary, but could be beneficial for exploring the wider region. Finally, expats should know that the people of St Andrews are generally very friendly and welcoming to newcomers. The town has a strong sense of community, with many local events and festivals taking place throughout the year," wrote a member in St Andrews.

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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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