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Where to Live

Newington is also a popular area near the University of Edinburgh and is considered one of Edinburgh’s best places to live. This neighbourhood is perfect for single young professionals, families, and young couples. Other popular neighbourhoods include New Town, Prestonfield, Portobello and Leith. Prices vary from area to area but the figures below will give you an indication of what’s available at what price.

Monthly Rental Prices in Edinburgh:

  • 1 bedroom flat (apartment) close to the City Centre: £700+
  • 2 bedroom flat close to the City Centre: £850+
  • 3 bedroom flat close to the City Centre: £1200+

Transport - Getting Around

Edinburgh’s transport system is managed by Transport for Edinburgh and is serviced by trams and buses. The upgraded tram service is excellent and even takes you to the airport. Lothian buses run 70 different services in Edinburgh, reaching every corner. Here are some example ticket costs.

  • Adult Single – City Zone (excludes airport) – £1.60
  • One day ticket for bus and train – £4.00
  • Monthly season ticket for bus and tram – £45
  • Yearly season ticket for bus and tram – £630

Living Costs Estimate

Edinburgh is quite an expensive city to live in by UK standards but not as expensive as London. Comparing it with major cities worldwide, it is quite a reasonably priced city.

  • Inexpensive restaurant: £10-£15
  • Takeout latte: £2.20-£3.00
  • Pint at a pub/restaurant: £3.00-£4.00
  • Internet: £18.99-£30.00 depending on broadband
  • Gym membership: £20-£30
  • Cinema ticket: £8-£11

Entertainment & Lifestyle

  • Local Experiences: Joining the fun in festivals is the best way to get to know the local culture in Edinburgh. ****Some of the most famous local dishes include haggis, stornoway black pudding, smoked salmon, arbroath smokies and Cranachan.
  • Arthur’s seat: It is situated within Holyrood Park, as well as its rich cultural heritage, the park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled vistas of the city from its many vantage points.
  • City sightseeing Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour: An Edinburgh city sightseeing bus tour means you can enjoy all the benefits of a guided tour—including hassle-free transport and onboard audio commentary—but still explore the sights at your own pace.
  • Edinburgh sky to sea bike tour by manual or E-bike: Even if you’ve only got limited time in Edinburgh, it’s still possible to see the breadth of the city’s natural landscapes. Cover more sights in less time during a 3-hour bike ride which takes you from Arthur’s Seat to the beaches of Portobello and the Port of Leith. Plus, you’ll be able to choose between an electric or manual bike depending on your fitness level.
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