Accommodation in Edinburgh

Finding accommodation in Edinburgh is a top priority for most newly arrived expats. Those fresh from the plane need not lose too much sleep over the issue though, as there's a wide range of property available with something to suit everyone. 


Types of accommodation in Edinburgh

Expats will quickly find that Edinburgh itself is a fairly compact city, made up of various distinct areas and suburbs, each with its own character.

Edinburgh has a reliable and easy-to-use transportation system, so proximity to work need not be a major concern when choosing where to live. However, an expat family with children that will be attending a state-sponsored school will want to research which areas are associated with the best educational institutions.

Expats should consider whether they would prefer to live in an old or modern flat (apartment), and whether they would prefer to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city centre or the more relaxed atmosphere of the surrounding suburbs.

Most of the accommodation found in the city centre of Edinburgh is in traditional tenements, some dating as far back as the 1700s. Though some are rather densely packed and somewhat small, they can be extremely charming with perks like Victorian-era architecture, wooden shutters and high ceilings.


Finding accommodation in Edinburgh

Generally speaking, it's best for expats to arrange short-term accommodation for their arrival in Edinburgh, to give themselves a place to stay while house-hunting. 

For first-time Edinburgh renters, contacting a real estate agency will likely be the best way to start; agents can advise regarding districts of town that would be most suitable and can provide a more in-depth look at the renting options in Edinburgh. Expats should keep in mind that letting agencies will only show properties they have listed in their portfolio, so be sure to visit several. 

Alternatively, available properties can also be found by perusing the property section of the local paper or online property sites, whereupon the letting agency or private landlord should be contacted directly to view the apartment.


Renting accommodation in Edinburgh 

Flats available for rent are let by agencies or directly by private landlords. The typical long-term lease is for six months or a year. A deposit of the equivalent of up to six weeks' worth of rent will be required.

In Edinburgh, expats will be able to find furnished, unfurnished or partially furnished flats, depending on their needs. Do be aware, however, that “furnished” properties vary significantly, so be sure to confirm what exactly is included in the property and what will need to be added. Rental rates vary according to the size of the property, the location and the level of furnishing.