Relocating to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a vibrant city steeped in history with a great mix of culture, nature, architecture and entertainment to appeal to all tastes. If you're thinking of moving here take a look at our hints and tips below.

For an insight into what Edinburgh has to offer check out our life in Edinburgh page.



Take a look at some of the popular rental search sites citylets, rightmove or lettingweb. If you're looking to rent a room take a look at gumtree or spareroom and if you’re looking to buy we’d head for espc or zoopla.

There are a lot of nice areas in Edinburgh and we couldn’t list them all but we’ve listed some tried and tested areas below;

Close to the Quartermile office

Brunstfield, Morningside, The Meadows, Quartermile, City Centre, Holyrood, West End, Grass Market, Stockbridge, Dean village, Bellevue, Canonmills, Canongate, Comely Bank, Haymarket, Hillside.

A wee bit further away:

The Shore, Duddingston, Meadowbank, Joppa, Trinity, Murrayfield, Ravelston, Craigleith, Cortorphine, Cramond, Blackhall.

If you’re after a park for your kids or your dog Bruntsfield, Morningside, The Meadows and Holyrood all have lovely ones.

Take a look at a map of Edinburgh here.

Lots of rental companies will ask you for proof of employment details, if you need anything prepared please just email who will sort this out for you.

Furniture and homewares
Once you’ve got your flat if you’re looking for some furniture Edinburgh boasts a giant Ikea or lots of other choices in the city centre at places like Debenhams or John Lewis.  The bigger ASDA stores also offer a range of starter furniture.

There’s a lot of banks to choose from in Edinburgh but past relocaters have found Lloyds TSB and Bank Of Scotland particularly relocater friendly if you don’t yet have proof of address documents such as electricity bills or gas statements.

If you need to move some of your old (or brand new) funiture we have used Green Man & Van and Removals Edinburgh.

NI number
Moving to the UK means you’ll need an National Insurance Number, to get this you must have the right to work or study in the UK. The process is handled through Jobcentre Plus who will ask you to attend an interview and confirm you’re identity. Take a look here for more information on the process.  Although you will need this sooner rather than later don’t worry if you don’t have this on your first day.

Doctors and hospitals
In the UK you need to register with a General Practitioner (GP) who covers the area where you live. The NHS (National Health Service) NHS explains the process.  NHS Scotland here you will find more information about the Scottish NHS.

There are also two main hospitals in Edinburgh:
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Western General Hospital

There are two main railway stations in Edinburgh (Waverly and Haymarket), and it also boasts brilliant bus services, Lothian buses and First. The Lothian buses that stop out front of the office are 23, 27, 35, 45 and 47. 

Skyscanner organises various events throught out the year such as a summer BBQ, Christmas party, country lunches and various charity days. We're quite a social bunch that includes keen runners, climbers, cyclists and lego enthusiasts. If none of those are for you you'll always find someone keen to go to the local pub. Edinburgh itself is a very friendly city, to find out some of the goings on in the city take a look here.


Things to bear in mind

Haggis is not actually a wild animal but in fact a popular Scottish meal. Irn Bru is more popular than coke, and juice here means a softdrink (not the healthy alternative made from fruit!).   Lastly, only some of the rumours are true, Scotsmen don't wear anything under their kilts but we're yet to see Nessie! 

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