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Family of 4 cost of living in Glasgowl (is 30,000 reasonable?)

Hello,

My husband and I are considering moving to Glasgow in a few months with a salary of just under 30,000 GBP. We will have 2 children- a newborn and a 3 year old (the older one will need to attend preschool/nursery).

I plan to be a stay at home mom for the first 2 years while my husband works at the University, after which I can re-enter the workforce.

I have been doing research and see that 30,000 GBP is a reasonable salary, but I do not know if that is for a single person or a family.

Wondering if anybody can help or give their opinions on how tight our budget will be & if it is doable to live off of that.

We plan to stay on the West End close to the University. We can get estimates of rent and other costs, but I am a bit concerned on cost of living (there are so many variables!).

Thanks in advance for any advice and opinions!

Just another note, we were recommended to stay in the West End which is why that would be our plan. We know it is close to the University. We could potentially live elsewhere if we knew where to look. We also want to take into consideration schools, in particular for our 3 year old.

Hi,

For living in the west end it's not gonna be a lot... This is one of the most expensive area in Glasgow. You can have a look on www.rightmove.co.uk to see some properties.
Remember that you will need to pay the council tax every month wich can be expensive too, depends where you live in Glasgow (there are different "bands").  The electricity is very expensive in UK as well. For the "every day" cost, I would say it's like every country in europe. So I think you could live with this salary but definitly not in the west end...

The southside of Glasgow (Queen's Park area or Cathcart) is a very nice area to move to for a family like yours.

The West end can be quite expensive, but plenty of students stay in the area on much less than £30k. It just depends what kind of accommodation you're looking at.

The subway has a stop just round from the university, so it really opens up the rest of the city if your husband is willing to commute a little. As mentioned above, Cathcart and Queens Park would be ideal, and there are some nice areas around Partick where your money will go a little futher

stuarty987 :

The West end can be quite expensive, but plenty of students stay in the area on much less than £30k. It just depends what kind of accommodation you're looking at.

The subway has a stop just round from the university, so it really opens up the rest of the city if your husband is willing to commute a little. As mentioned above, Cathcart and Queens Park would be ideal, and there are some nice areas around Partick where your money will go a little futher

Students are staying in the west end but they are all in shared flats. Don't think it's an option with a family :/

Actually, if you have the time to look for discounts and reductions in supermarkets you can reduce your expenses considerably *by* living in the West End, since you've so many shops close by. Yesterday I bought 18 pounds worth of food for 3,45, for example. Not having to take public transport is also time saving (and time is money!) and cheaper. Plus in the winter months, being close to shops will make going out easier and thus, all of you less likely to depression.

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