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Quick Facts

Where to Live

Living in Glasgow is much cheaper than in most major cities around the world. Obviously, prices do vary depending on the area you choose, but the figures below will give you an idea of what is available at what price.

Monthly Rental Prices in Glasgow:

  • 1 bedroom flat (apartment) in City Centre: £600+
  • 2 bedroom flat in City Centre: £700+
  • 3 bedroom flat close to City Centre: £750+

Glasgow Home Purchase Prices:

  • Price per square metre (10.7 square feet) to buy in City Centre: £2,000+
  • Price per square metre (10.7 square feet) to buy outside City: £1,100+

Transport - Getting Around

Glasgow's public transport system works well with regular bus, rail, ferry and subway services. Go to SPT to plan your journey and find the best deals for your needs. Here some examples of ticket costs.

  • Adult Single – to any station – £1.40
  • One day ticket for bus, subway and train – £2.70
  • Monthly season ticket for bus, subway and train – £50
  • Yearly season ticket for bus, subway and train – £450

Living Costs Estimate

One of the greatest advantages of Glasgow is the lower cost of living compared to other UK cities. For example, living in Glasgow is on average 20% cheaper than London and 10% cheaper than the rest of UK. The cost of living for a single person is £686 on average (without rent). It is very possible to spend as little as £300 per person and live a decent life.

  • Average rent per month: £686
  • Average utilities (heating, gas, electricity): £104
  • Groceries for one person: £120
  • Regular coffee: £2.00-£3.00
  • Inexpensive restaurant: £8.00-£15.00
  • Cinema: £8
  • Beer in a restaurant: £3.00-£4.00
  • Gym membership: £17-£30
  • Internet: £18-£25 a month.

Entertainment & Lifestyle

Glasgow is a city of many unforgettable and sometimes contrasting characteristics, which together make it a place that is well-worth your time. You'll never be far from a Michelin-recommended restaurant or a trendy bar, but if it's the culture you're after, you’ll be kept entertained by the many museums, galleries, parks and other event spaces all over. Ready to get exploring? Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Glasgow right now.

  • Explore Glasgow Botanic Gardens: It is of the prettiest green spaces you'll spy in Glasgow, filled to the brim with history, botany and fine architecture.
  • Shopping on Buchanan Street: It forms the central stretch of the city’s shopping district, linking you to an array of shops in each direction.
  • Celtic Park Stadium Tour: Football fanatics, young and old, this one is for you! Step out of the stands and follow in the footsteps of legends with a guided Celtic Park Stadium Tour.
  • Waverly Excursions: Take to the seas in grand splendour on a Waverley Excursion. Ride on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, which has been fully restored to bring it back to all its glory.
  • Ryze Glasgow – Xtreme Air Sports: The best premier indoor trampoline park in Glasgow, and have fun bouncing as a family. That’s right: fun-loving kids, parents and even grandparents can jump together with trampolining available for anyone between 2 and 102!
  • The University of Glasgow - If you are a Harry Potter fan, you must visit the gothic building that inspired Hogwarts! It's also the most ‘Instagrammed’ University in Scotland.
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