Finding a place to live in Scotland

Whether you’re bound for the city or off to the calm of the countryside, choosing where you’ll live is an important decision. Fortunately, there’s ample advice about renting or buying a property in Scotland so you make the best choice for you and your family.

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Renting in Scotland

Estate and letting agents can help you in your search for the perfect place to rent. They can show you available flats and houses, provide advice and guide you through the rental process. 


Costs vary depending on the size, type and location of the property you rent. For example, a room in a shared flat or a boarding house will cost less than if you rent a flat or house on your own. You can compare rental prices for areas in Scotland via your Local Authority’s website and on rental sites.

The average monthly rent is £537.

Buying a property in Scotland

Scotland’s properties are as diverse as its scenery. City flats, family homes, cottages in the country and more are all available. In recent times house prices have dropped in Scotland, making it a buyers market. 

While most properties are sold through estate agents or solicitors (lawyers), you can also buy privately from the owner – though you will still need a solicitor to do the legal work.

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House prices

House prices in Scotland vary according to what city or town you live and in what area. Property prices are £200,000 on average, compared to the UK average of £274,000. 

Council Tax

When you rent or buy a property in Scotland you must legally pay Council Tax. It pays for public services like maintaining the roads, collecting household waste and water charges. The cost varies and is based on the value of the property you rent or buy.