Individual quality of life can be measured in a number of factors such as; free time, disposable income, access to the country side or the sea, education, health, exposure to stress, access to family and friends. Quality of life is heavily influenced by the country and city we live in, many surveys have found Scotland to have the highest quality of life in the U.K.
Best Place to Live
In 2015 uSwitch announced Edinburgh to be the best place to live in the U.K, uSwitch found that Edinburgh had low rates of crime, high salaries and affordable living costs. On the other side of Scotland, just one hours drive from Edinburgh is Glasgow. Glasgow is on the west coast of Scotland, the city once had a bad name and was considered to be rough with high unemployment and high rise council estates.
Times Have Changed
In 2017 Glasgow is said to have an amazing ‘vibe’, especially in the evenings. The city is considered by some to have best shopping in Scotland, the city has plenty of green space with more than 70 parks, two national parks are within a short drive, the coast and mountains are all nearby.
Many cities are happy with just one university Glasgow has four, Strathclyde university claims to have the only business school in Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University has been named Centre of Excellence by the Securities and Investment Institute.
If getting out in the country side is your thing Clyde Muirshiel national park is on the west coast of Scotland and a 29 mile drive from the centre of Glasgow, the park is a haven for walkers, mountain bikers and lovers of wildlife. To the north is Queen Elizabeth forest park and Loch Lomond, the largest inland stretch of water in Britain.
Cost of Living
As with any city the cost of housing varies depending on area, the west end of Glasgow seems to be the most expensive with rents up to £600 pcm for a 1 bedroom flat, in the east end 1 bedroom properties can be found for around £400 pcm. You maybe able to find cheaper rents by going to the South of Glasgow, areas like Motherwell, East Kilbride and Hamilton are all within a short commute of the City centre. See Central Letting Services to get a better idea of living costs in the city.
If you are thinking about moving to Glasgow, you maybe wondering what you will do for a job. Glasgow is home to many large companies who are attracted by the highly educated local talent, Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Three, Capita, Barclays, Hewlett Packard and IBM all have a presence in Glasgow. See Glassdoor to find employers and see what their employees think of them.
Salary will obviously vary depending on what you do for a living, qualifications and age but you will find a wide range of employment opportunities in Glasgow. The city has a wide range of opportunities for software developers, engineers, sales people and salaries seem to be in line with the rest of the country.
This post was written and supplied on behlf of CLS, specialist Glasgow lettings agent. Follow CLS on Twitter to find a rental property in Glasgow.
February 13, 2017