The Idiot's Guide to Moving to Edinburgh

Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by Idris2002, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    I might - and I stress might - have a chance of a job in Edinburgh sometime in the near future. I don't want to say any more than that, as I don't want to jinx it, and anyway it's not strictly germane to this thread.

    This is a city I've never been to in my life. I'm wondering now what the major issues are in relation to relocating to the Scottish capital.

    How hard, and how expensive, is it to find somewhere decent to live?

    I'm used to harsh weather conditions from living in Mayo, but I understand that Schottland is something else again. What say you, urban?

    What's Nicola Sturgeon really like?

    Enquiring minds want to know.
     
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  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Nicolas Sturgeon's really nice, and often invites people she meets to take afternoon tea with her at a plush hotel she frequents.
     
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  3. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Edinburgh's quite cold and much less rainy than Glasgow. Easy to walk around the centre, good bus service, rents are not bad and tenement flats tend to be generous in size. :thumbs:
     
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  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    The only way to survive the incessant rain which afflicts Scotland is to live, as the locals do, on a diet of haggis and neeps, augmented by kippers and Dundee cake or deep-fried Mars bar, washed down with irn-bru, buckfast, tennants super or whiskey which even the youngest Scot drinks.
     
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  5. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    Oh Pickman's model :(
     
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  6. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  7. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

  8. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Very nice light Edinburgh, think even famous artists have said the same.
     
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  9. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Scum with no integrity, apparently.

    weepiper might have some advice but not sure she'll care much for any idiots moving her way.
     
  10. Casually Red

    Casually Red tomorrow belongs to me

    And heroin
     
  11. souljacker

    souljacker Those tapas loving FUCKS

    You've not been to Edinburgh recently then? It's like a cold shoreditch these days. Hipsters and fancy restaurants everywhere. Even Leith has got an M&S!
     
  12. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Joking aside pretty much all the bits of Edinburgh I've seen have been very nice, it is quite cool but has all the amenities you might hope for.
     
  13. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    You'll need to toughen up if you want to move here. As Cassius Dio said of the natives:

    "They can endure hunger and cold and any kind of hardship; for they plunge into the swamps and exist there for many days with only their heads above water."

    I myself am neck-deep in a cold, inhospitable swamp at this very minute.
     
  14. Idris2002

    Idris2002 the liberation forces make movies of their own

    I did kind of pick that up from her posts, aye.
     
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  15. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Whereabouts?
     
  16. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    :( at the loss of wetlands in Britain. Nowhere to put all the quarrelsome Picts.
     
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  17. 2hats

    2hats

    Freezing haar in June or July for a few days. Or weeks.
     
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  18. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

  19. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Where will the job be based? The answer to that might make a difference as to housing options/expense thereof.

    It *is* expensive, btw. Renting, buying, cost of living. Not London silly, but shit none the less.
     
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  20. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    With the exception of the peartree, danny la rouge 's list is a half decent start.

    Bit pizza heavy, mind. There are a few other places I'll add later so you don't have to live on only expensive cheesy bread.
     
  21. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    I find this point of view puzzling.
     
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  22. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Also, it's important to know, Idris2002, that the thing people say in chip shops before handing you your chips is:

    "Saltnsos?"

    It happens at the juncture you may be expecting them to say "salt and vinegar?"

    If you aren't paying attention this will mean you get salt and a version of brown sauce on your supper. (In Edinburgh they will not expect you to ask for no brown sauce. They will probably think you're a hipster if you want vinegar instead, but they will happily give you vinegar as well, if they can find it in the back room).
     
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  23. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Not pizzling?
     
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  24. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    In common with all Scottish chip shops, "supper" means "with chips". If you want no chips you ask for a "single".

    So, supposing you wanted sausage without chips you'd say "a single sausage, please". This might actually be two sausages.
     
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  25. Sue

    Sue Well-Known Member

    I think I've maybe been living in London too long. Just had a quick look on Rightmove to see how much rents are these days and one bed flats in okay locations are about half of what they are round here :oops: :(.
     
  26. The Boy

    The Boy danny la rouge is probably wrong.

    Thing is, a similar thing happens if youve been living in Edinburgh and look at other cities (London obviously excluded).
     
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  27. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    It's expensive but it's not London expensive. The winters are pretty bleak but it doesn't really get dark for about 6 weeks in the summer which is cool. If you hit a couple of days t-shirt weather at that time of year it's probably the nicest weather in the world.

    And my maw lives there. Going to see her in a few weeks.
     
  28. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Yeah renting is pretty expensive here tbh. Depends what you're happy with as a commute distance. Where's the job (roughly) and how do you intend getting there (bus/car/bike?) On the other hand flats are generally quite big. It's a compact city so you can get from a to b pretty easily (except during August :mad: ). It's surrounded by really nice countryside - I can ride my bike for half an hour and be in the middle of the Pentland Hills feeling like I'm miles away from civilization. The weather's not that bad really - it's quite windy most of the time but it rains less than Glasgow.
     
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  29. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    It's a cool place to live really. I like it a lot and have no desire to leave :)
     
  30. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    My younger daughter is flitting to Edinburgh in a couple of weeks, to go to Napier Uni.

    The list of links was compiled for her. (And the pub was one I thought she'd like. Though actually my experience of it is pretty ancient. I stand by all the other choices. And I regret the fact I can no longer add Avalanche records to the list).
     

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