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Glasgow is located in the Central Belt, along the Clyde river, only 42 kilometres away from Edinburgh. It is the largest and most densely populated Scottish city, with over 608,000 inhabitants. As one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan European cities, Glasgow attracts expats in large numbers every year — the number of non-UK nationals living in Glasgow has risen a 50% from 2001 to 2011. As such, finding accommodation in Glasgow won’t be without its challenges: the city offers a variety of options, but the demand is really high.

Rent prices

Aberdeen may be considered one of the most expensive places to live in Scotland, but lately rent prices in Glasgow are rising enough to match it, even surpass it. This is because the lack of homes in the market combined with a high demand, allows rent prices to skyrocket. Currently, an average one-bedroom apartment in Glasgow costs about £567, whereas an average two-bedroom apartment about £749.

Districts & neighbourhoods in Glasgow

Glasgow is divided geographically into the following areas: City-Centre, North, South, East, and West.

The city centre is vibrant and rich in Victorian architecture, with a bustling retail centre also called ‘the Style Mile’. The Merchant City area dates back to the 1750s and it’s definitely worth a visit. Riverside, which is found in the city centre, is definitely the most popular neighbourhood in Glasgow. Being also a student area, you can probably find some of the most affordable accommodation options in the city in Riverside.

If you are moving to Glasgow with your family, a good idea is to head to Dunbartonshire, a county outside Glasgow to the north of the River Clyde, which is considered safer than some more urban areas and less densely populated.

How to find accommodation in Glasgow

It can be quite difficult to find accommodation in Glasgow from abroad. However, you can still browse offers on the Internet. In all cases, you will have to be on the spot to sign the lease document as owners are generally reluctant to rent their property unless they have met the tenant in person.

Once you are on the spot, you will probably stay temporarily at the hotel or with a friend or family. Consider seeking the help of a real estate agency which can help you find accommodation according to your needs and budget. If you are renting directly from an owner, you should arrange to visit the premises to make an inventory and take some pictures if possible.

 Good to know:

In Glasgow, landlords need to be registered in a Public Register. By accessing the Public Register you can find information about a property, as well as the name of the landlord and any agent they may use. You will also find a contact address to get in touch with them.

You can access the Public Register via the website of Glasgow’s City Council.

 Useful links:

Glasgow City Council
Scottish Borders Council – Council Tax Charges
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