How to Move to Edinburgh
Moving to Edinburgh but don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Whether it’s moving costs or trying to find the right mover, you can find all you need to know here on Sirelo 😊
Cost of Your Move
The first thing you will want to know is how much your move will cost. Usually, this depends on the size of your move and the distance you are moving. To give you a better idea of how expensive your move may be, check out the table below:
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Disclaimer: the table above is only an estimate. There may be other factors that will affect the final price of your move based on the services you need.
Finding a Moving Company
The only way to get an accurate estimate for your move is to request moving quotes from different moving companies. By comparing moving quotes, you can see who is offering you the best service at a budget friendly price.
You could also let us do the heavy lifting for you. By filling out our quote form below you can receive up to 5 free quotes from trusted movers – all you have to do is pick your favourite one!
Sirelo’s Top 5 Tips for Moving to Edinburgh
Moving can be a stressful process. Regardless of whether you are moving across the UK or just down the street, we have collated our top 5 tips to ensure your move is smooth and stress-free!
- Start planning in advance! The earlier you prepare, the easier your move will be on the day. Check out our moving checklist for a step-by-step guide on what you should be doing and when
- Be sure to check out our cheap removals page to learn how you can have a successful move without hurting your bank account!
- When you start packing, remember to label as you go! You’ll thank us for this tip later.
- Be sure to cancel your utilities and redirect your mail to your new address in Edinburgh – just so you don’t miss any love letters from a secret admirer!
- Follow our 21 tried and tested tips for an easy move to Edinburgh
Fun Fact: The world’s one and only knighted penguin lives in Edinburgh Zoo. If that isn’t a good enough reason to move, we don’t know what is!
Living in Edinburgh
Edinburgh, also known as Auld Reekie, is the beautiful capital of Scotland. It is the second most populous city in Scotland after Glasgow and it’s easy to see why! It boasts impressive architecture, especially Edinburgh’s castle which is a historic fortress that overlooks the city below. Keep reading to learn more about life in Edinburgh.
Average Rent in Edinburgh
Good news! The average rent in Edinburgh is 49.50% lower than in London. A one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is an estimated £817.23 while the same apartment outside of the centre is £653.39.
If you are thinking of buying a house in Edinburgh, you can expect to pay £4,123.21 per square meter in the city. Outside of the city, you will pay an estimated £3,076.78 per square meter.
While Edinburgh is not a cheap city to live in, it is 11.64% less expensive than London without rent – now that’s something to smile about 😊
Where to Live in Edinburgh
The first step to finding accommodation in Edinburgh is exploring the different neighbourhoods. For example, Stockbridge is an area north of the city centre which is popular with families and tourists. Morningside and Bruntsfield are districts that are also popular with families due to the good schools there.
Calton Hill is near a vibrant night life scene and is popular with students, whilst New town; a historic area, is popular with the professionals. Another historic area that is gaining popularity especially, with young people is Leith.
No matter which area you choose to live in Edinburgh, it is important to know the cons and pros of that district before making it your area of residence. Check out these websites to help find you your new home:
What about Schools and Education?
When moving to Edinburgh with your family, it is important to explore the neighbourhoods before committing to one because every household in Edinburgh has a catchment area. Your catchment area decides at which schools you will be given a priority place to apply for. We advise checking your catchment area to make sure the school you want are available and also, in your area. You are allowed to apply for multiple schools in your catchment area!
Edinburgh is renowned for having some of the best primary and secondary schools in the UK – both public and private. Check out SchoolGuide.co.uk to compare and find the right school for your children at both primary and secondary level.
Edinburgh’s Job Market
The city offers many job opportunities and therefore attracts many newcomers. Edinburgh has the second largest Financial services market in the UK and numerous large companies operate there. If you’re looking for employment in this sector, you’re in luck! You will find vacancies from establishments such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Baillie Gifford, Standard Life and Virgin Money.
Edinburgh has also attracted companies such as Dell, Adobe and Amazon to the city. It’s technology sector continues to grow stronger with both foreign and home companies such as Skyscanner and FanDuel. Furthermore, Edinburgh boasts of large and top companies in other sectors. So, whether you are looking for work in finance, tech, renewable energy, tourism or the creative sector, Edinburgh is the city to go to!
People moving to Edinburgh can start their job search online using portals such as:
You can also search for jobs by checking local newspapers or join a recruitment agency. Perhaps you could also join in on career fairs to find available jobs.
Top Tip: Be sure you have updated your CV/Resume and have a cover letter ready! Networking is key these days so ask your friends and family about available job positions that they may know about. You can also network online by making an online profile on a professional network such as LinkedIn.
So What’s the Next Step?
Congratulations! It looks like your move to Edinburgh is on the horizon and we couldn’t be happier for you. This beautiful city is enchanting and captivating in more ways than one. Our advice? Make sure you explore Scotland while you’re there! Check out this guide for travelling Scotland in just 4 days!
Charles Dickens once said, “Coming back to Edinburgh is to me like coming home” – this feeling is something we hope you share in the near future!
Now that you know all the information you need before moving to Edinburgh, why not request quotes or check out the rest of the Sirelo website for any further moving related queries. We’re happy to help! 😊