A Brief Outline of Living in Edinburgh. Being a capital and tourism city, Edinburgh has a lively vibe to live. There are less than 600.000 Edinburghers who enjoy their daily life in this city. Though they have different lifestyles, these are some aspects that mostly apply to the life of Edinburgh citizens.
The living cost of every single person can be different. It depends on the lifestyle, properties owned, jobs, residence location, and more. Based on some surveys, for a month the cost of living of a family with four people ranges between 2,361.95£ – 3,400£ and single person ranges between 673.09£ – 1,899£. Those numbers include food, clothes, transportation, entertainment, personal care, and housing.
The wetter season lasts longer than the drier season. The average high temperature is 19° C and the average low one is 1° C. The warmest and brightest weather usually occurs starting May until September. Yet, the rest is mostly dark and rainy. Even in summer, rains often fall. For sunshine lovers, do not hope too much on Edinburgh weather. Therefore, investing in waterproof jackets, raincoats, and umbrellas are a good thing.
Healthcare in Edinburgh is firstly started by meeting a general practitioner. The GP enrolls the patients in the NHS. It is easy to find the GP using NHS24.com as there are plenty of them. Though there may be some queues, their service is satisfying. As important as health, education in this city could suit every student’s needs. Starting from nursery up to university, public or private, and even special education, Edinburgh has varied options in this field.
In terms of public transportation, this walkable city provides city buses that run from 4:00 am till midnight. There are night buses which operate after midnight, but they are more expensive. It costs £1.7 per ticket but using Ridacard that costs £57/month gives unlimited access. There are also trams with fewer routes than buses.
Edinburghers love drinking. They usually drink on weekends or after work, so pubs, bars, and cafes can be a good place to make friends. Another way is by volunteering. The city has an abundance of tourist attractions and events throughout the year. Sometimes they need more help in certain seasons like the holiday season. Besides adding numbers to a bank account, volunteering makes a wider connection.
Also, Edinburgh is more multi-racial than other cities in Scotland and has social clubs and groups. Joining groups or clubs that suit our passion could add more friendship. Although Edinburgh is a cosmopolitan, Ediburghers are quite friendly and open.
For shops, Edinburgh has a lot and complete to offer. From merchandise for tourism to daily needs, markets in the city will fill the need. Fresh foodstuffs, crafts, flowers, clothing, others can be found at Stockbridge Market, Leith Market, Greater Grassmarket, The Pitt Market, Edinburgh Farmers Market, and Old Tolbooth Market.
Those are weekly markets to visit other than department stores like Ocean Terminal, The Gyle, Waverley Mall, and St. James Shopping Center. The international brands are easy to spot at The West End, George Street, Princess Street, and Multrees Walk.