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Old 03-15-2006, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I'm moving to Edinburgh in September this year and plan to settle down for the next 6-10 months. I have no idea which area of Edinburgh I should move to, and I don't have any useful resources yet.

Where should I live?
What's the work like out there?
Can anyone recommend some websites for research?
Has anyone lived there as a foreigner on a working visa and do you have advice?
I plan on working in mostly administration and (a little) hospitality. Any advice on how to set up a job?

I'm Australian and have been living abroad for a year to date. I'm hoping to find a home in a shared household with other travellers or like-minded people. Are there more common areas/suburbs for people like me? I'd also like to live close to downtown.

What's the city like?
What are the people like?
How expensive is it, i.e. living costs.
Is the weather really gloomy and depressing, or are people exaggerating?

I've mostly heard of what a great city Edinburgh is, which is why I'm opting to move there than move back to London. I lived and worked in London for a few months last year and I just didn't take to it. Does anyone have any comparisons?

Thanks for your time in reading and hopefully responding to this.
When I was planning my trip abroad over a year ago, I posted on this site for advice and a lot of people helped out. So a big thanks to all of you!

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Old 03-17-2006, 07:29 AM   #2
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Cant help you with places to live or work im afraid but will give you some general advice.

Id say Edinburgh is probably the most expensive place in Scotland to live. Not quite as bad as London yet but prob 2nd in the uk for expenses. Could be wrong on that though but sure I read that somewhere. Flats in or near the centre will cost a small fortune to rent. Prices have sky rocketed since the Parliament was set up due to the influx of government jobs. Im sure there are areas popular with students and the like but I have no idea about that.

It is a beautiful historic city, it still overwhelms me when I come out of the station and look up at the castle. In my opinion it puts London to shame which in my opinion is a dirty, pretty grim and very impersonal place- Edinburgh is the opposite. Sure some people would disagree with that but Iíve never been keen on London.

The weather in Edinburgh isnít that bad, wont be that different from London despite what people think. Not quite as hot in the summer and yes it will rain but nothing that major. Certainly not a reason not to go there.

There are a lot of backpackers there so you wont be short of like minded people to hook up with and maybe find a flat with. I met some aussie guys in Berlin who lived in Edinburgh - and they absolutely loved it. The place is pretty hectic during the festival in the summer but its alot of fun. And of course there are the Hogmanay celebrations to look forward to.
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I've lived in Newcastle, which is only about an hour south of Edinburgh, since September and was worried about the weather situation, but it really hasn't been that bad. I don't mind a few cloudy days, though.

I've only been to Edinburgh once, so I can't be of much help, but I will say that I think you're very lucky to have the opportunity to live there. I found it to be an amazingly lively city; the first thing I said when I arrived was, 'Why didn't I come to do my MA here, rather than Newcastle?'
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I love visiting Edinburgh! I don't really know much about it locally, but I stayed at Brodie's Backpackers, and there were quite a few people there who were either long-term, or just establishing themselves for a working period in the city. Maybe if you stay in a hostel for the first few days or whatever you can get some leads? Good luck!
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