Hello everyone. I want to know if living in Scotland is expensive or cheap. Take into account the fact that I may be hired there. How are the salaries?
Any related piece of information would be appreciated.
Not an easy question to take on but I'll give it a small try.
First, keep in mind that the US$ is worth less than the Scottish Pound (tied to the English Pound but Scotland is allowed to print their own money) and so that means it will cost you more in US money to obtain Pounds. The cost differential is something to always keep in mind, even if one is just traveling.
Second, you say it is likely you will work. Are you allowed to legally work in the EU? You should be sure of this before you up and move. It's not as easy as one might think to simply move and obtain a job in an EU country for an American Citizen. But hey, you may be Scottish for all I know so the point could be moot.
Third, it depends upon where you wish to live. If you are planning to get a flat in Glasgow or Edinburgh, it might cost a bit for rent but maybe renting a room in someone's flat would be good enough or, perhaps you could live outside the city and commute in. Hard to say without knowing more details of your plans. For all I know you could be heading to Aberdeen, Inverness or the Orkney Islands!
Whatever you are hoping to do, I wish you good luck. Scotland is beautiful and I loved my visit there. I can't wait to go back and see what I didn't get to see on my first trip. It's unlike any other country I've seen before.
I lived in Scotland for about nine months in 2002 - 2003. The exchange rate was pretty lousy then, so it was definitely pricey for me as an American, but the general cost of living in Glasgow (where I was) was definitely cheaper than in, say, London.
Can't comment too much on salary -- I was waitressing, so I was paid hourly. The rate was better than American waitresses would make, but Brits don't really tip, so it all evened out...
"I haven't been everywhere yet, but it's on my list." -- Susan Sontag
Expenses depends upon the living style of a person and also depends upon where that person is living. I mean expensive increases if the person is living in a flat and if the person living in a room than it is less expensive.
It's cheaper than London, although Edinburgh is a capital city, so fairly pricey. London wages are higher, to cover the higher prices. If you're living outside the city, it will be cheaper. I take it from your name, that you may be in Europe, so working should be legal, although you'll still have to fill in forms....If you're outside the EU, it will be very difficult, unless you're doing a job which no-one else can cover (brain surgeon, specialised work of that sort.)
Well, it also depends on the area....I'm on the edge of the Lake District, which can be very expensive, but the house next door to us offers en-suite rooms for £200 per month, to workers.....in the same street, there's non ensuite for £40 per week.....you could easily pay £200 per night in a top hotel. It's the same in Scotland....stay in a motel for £60 per room, not per person, or stay on Princess Street in Edinburgh for £200..... For someone who needs to live and work in an area, there's always bargains to be found.
I did not find Scotland to be expensive at all. It was a delightful trip and I found everything, including my hotel, to be quite reasonable. By the way, I found my hotel at the tourism office in the train station at Edinburgh! They got me a great deal at a wonderfully located and lovely hotel. My activities and meals were also not expensive.
I think the only thing that might make Scotland (or anywhere in the UK) is the fact that the dollar is weak against the Pound so the currency can be what makes things *seem* more costly and that is a REAL concern but I think once you get outside of London, thinks get more affordable in England, Scotland & Wales.
Likewise, as with any place one visits, there are always ways to save money and still have a very nice trip. I've traveled on a budget quite often and had the time of my life, never really feeling like I was on a budget, just figuring out ways to save when I travel.
I've had amazing experiences, met great people and so it's not just always about HOW much money but what you DO with it.
Perhaps what I left out in my previous reply as it relates to whether or not Scotland or other destinations is that lots of people have different feelings as to what is expensive and what is not. I think many people may make this determination differently just as some travelers might have a slightly different experience than other travelers. There are personal choices that can change costs, just as costs can be affected by what time of year one travels, currency fluctuations and whether or not some travelers can seek out better rates than what is advertised/listed as prices. Market demand, i.e. volume of travelers is also a variable since one might likely stumble across a sale if not enough people are traveling somewhere and overall, the economy of one's home country & globally can affect whether or not people are even traveling internationally at all.
Costs may rise and fall due to many, many, reasons but that does not mean that any one destination can be deemed completely expensive or a bargain. What is expensive to one person might not be to another............it's all relative and opinions/experiences will vary.
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