Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Glasgow, Scotland: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What are the pros and cons of living in Glasgow?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Glasgow responded:
"Some of our fondest memories are from the time we lived in Glasgow. Flights from the east coast of the States are plentiful with nonstop more expensive but cheaper flights to Edinburgh(then a 45 min train) or to Manchester or Liverpool with a short in-country flight to Glasgow. It was easy to travel to mainland Europe with two Glasgow airports. The city is grittier than Edinburgh but also more interesting in my opinion. The Kelvingrove Museum is a mash up of natural history and art and outdoor sculpture. The nearby park has trails that will lead you up for a wonderful view of the city, through to the University of Glasgow campus, or the Great Western Rd with shops, restaurants and the Botanical Gardens. I love the park near the River Clyde with the People's Palace and Winter Gardens.The enormous greenhouse-like Winter Gardens are a great place to spend time with a book and tea in the colder months. Americans will feel at ease in Glasgow with familiar shops like Gap, Urban Outfitters, and of course, Starbucks. And, find a tea room for breakfast lunch, or snack and get scones with clotted cream and jam. Please. The ones in Glasgow are casual and welcoming, not the least bit pretentious. A 25-minute drive north of the city and you are at Loch Lomond. From there the country stretches out with immense mystic beauty and history. Please rent a car once a month and drive to a different small town or island. Just driving past crumbling castles and fields of the greenest green, there is so much to experience. And you must get a photo of a highland cow aka "Heeland Coo"," said another expat in Glasgow.
What type of social life can someone expect in Glasgow?
When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Glasgow, they replied:
"These Glaswegians are the loveliest people we've met on our travels throughout Europe. We enjoy the pub atmosphere, especially the smaller ones. There are larger music and dance clubs that can get a bit dodgy late at night due to alcohol consumption. The music scene towards the West End and University is tops," said another expat in Glasgow.
"We easily found American and UK friends through work, local rowing club and joining a book club," said another expat in Glasgow.
What advice to expats in Glasgow have about housing?
"There are letting agencies however, we found our flat through Gumtree which is like Craig's list," explained one expat in Glasgow.
What are medical services in Glasgow like?
When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Glasgow, they replied:
"As an RN in the USA, I know that an ER visit is timely and expensive. My only A&E visit in Glasgow was short(45 minutes on a Friday evening from walk-in to walk out) and complete( I was worked up by a nurse, lab tests run immediately, Dr assessed my condition and sent me home with a full 7 days supply of medication). No insurance cards to show, no pre-authorization, no prescription to fill or trying to find a late night pharmacy, just complete and efficient care," explained one expat living in Glasgow.
How do I meet people in Glasgow?
When we asked people living in Glasgow about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"There are various websites http://scotlandistheplace.com is a good one and for jobs there are a couple http://www.S1Jobs.com and http://www.scottishjobsonthe.net," explained one expat living in Glasgow.
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 Glasgow?
- How do I find a place to live in Glasgow?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Glasgow?
- What is the average cost of housing in Glasgow?
- Should I buy or rent a home in Glasgow?
- What should I pack when moving to Glasgow?
- What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Glasgow?
- What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Glasgow?
- What are healthcare services like in Glasgow?
- Is the cost of living in Glasgow high?
- Will I save money living in Glasgow?
- Why do people move to Glasgow?
- How are healthcare services Glasgow?
- What are medical services in Glasgow like?