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Find, in this article, an overview of Edinburgh's rental market and some tips to help you find accommodation.

As a dynamic capital city, Edinburgh attracts expatriates in large numbers every year. Despite being the second biggest and densely populated city in Scotland after Glasgow, it has a particularly attractive labor market, specializing in financial services.

Located in the Southeast of Scotland, on the Southern bank of the Firth of Forth, it less than an hour away from Glasgow by train and four hours away from London. The city-center holds a great historical heritage as described by the Castle Rock, for example.

Despite being a modern city, Edinburgh has chosen to preserve its green spaces along pedestrian streets and paved paths. By moving there, you will be able to explore several places of interest. The city also hosts the Scottish Parliament House, the University of Edinburgh, the famous Bank of Scotland, head offices of major companies, as well as financial, political, education and law organizations.


Did you know that Edinburgh has been designated as the best city for quality living in the United Kingdom? According to uSwitch report, the Scottish capital city stands out in terms of wages, employment, education, housing, rents, low crime rate, etc.

Edinburgh is divided into several neighborhoods, namely the City-center, Leith, Morningside and Bruntsfield.

Leith is the capital city's port and historical area. Young and dynamic, it is ideal for expat families. You are likely to find not only environment friendly apartments in Leith but also many bars and restaurants.

The City-center is a blend of history with modernity. You will be amazed by its pleasant environment and its inhabitants' vibrant lifestyle.

Morningside and Bruntsfield, for their part, are more quiet and family neighborhoods, just a few minutes away from the city-center. These are particularly popular with students and expat families thanks to the presence of schools.

Types of accommodation

You are more likely to find furnished housing units in Edinburgh. In case you would prefer to rent an unfurnished housing unit, you will still find an oven, a fridge and a washing machine.

When looking for accommodation in Edinburgh, make sure to distinguish between owners and real estate agencies. Never make any payment prior to verifying the owner's registration number. Find more relevant information on the Landlord Registration website in the useful links provided below.

Note that Edinburgh's residential buildings are rarely equipped with a lift. Moreover, several criteria are taken into account by owners and real estate agencies when it comes to letting a property. You will thus be asked whether you are a smoker and if you are planning to move with your pets. In case you are moving in with pets, you could have to pay a higher deposit amount.

 Good to know:

For a cheaper electricity bill, it is best to choose double-glazed housing units. In fact, old housing units are known for heat loss and thus rising electricity bills.

Find accommodation

When it comes to finding accommodation, a remote search will only give you an idea about the types of accommodation available in Edinburgh and rent prices. Note that it is best to be on the spot to look for accommodation and sign your lease contract. But you can still browse offers on the Internet and in local newspapers, whether you are on the spot or not.

A real estate agency may help you find the ideal housing unit according to your preferences and budget. Expats in Edinburgh claim that you can find accommodation within 5 working days. If you have friends, relatives or contacts in the city, word of mouth may also help.

Find more information in the article Accommodation in Scotland.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Housing in Edinburgh 
Expat.com – Accommodation in Edinburgh Forum 
Landlord Registration www.landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk
Zoopla www.zoopla.co.uk
Citylets www.citylets.co.uk
Lettingweb www.lettingweb.com
Rightmove www.rightmove.co.uk
Espc www.espc.com
Gumtree www.gumtree.com
Spare Room www.spareroom.co.uk

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