Accommodation in Glasgow What are the top factors to keep in mind when searching for a place to live in Glasgow? Consider proximity to work, schools, facilities for kids such as parks and leisure centres, parking restrictions, local transport facilities and traffic congestion. What are the most popular neighborhoods in Glasgow for expats? Kilmacolm, which is approximately 20 miles from the city centre, is a popular location for families relocating to Glasgow and is well known for its private schooling. Kilmacolm is great for finding family homes, but not so great for flats (apartments). Newtom Mearns, which is approximately five miles from the city centre, is more popular for families with teenage children -- again for schooling, etc. It is close to the city centre and has great choices of family homes. The south side of Glasgow City is ideal for young expats, due to close proximity to city centre – along with great pubs and clubs. This is also true of the West end of Glasgow. Do expats tend to buy or rent their homes? Most tend to rent, especially in the first year or two to get a feel of what different areas are like to live in. Typically, will I be required to pay additional money up front (such as a deposit) before moving into leased housing? If so, how much is common? Usually, you will need to pay one month's rent plus a security deposit -- which is normally four to six weeks' rent. You may also have to pay an administration fee which varies depending on the agency, and stamp duty (the amount depending on the amount of annual rent you are paying). Note that you are required to pay for a TV license if you have a television at home. Are utilities generally included in the price of rent, or are they extra? Gas, electric, water, telephone, council tax and resident parking permit fees are payable in addition to rent. Are there special security concerns I should be aware of in regards to my home or choice of neighborhood? This depends on the location and suburb in Glasgow but you should always take sensible precautions as with any big city. I’m not sure if I should bring my appliances. What is the electric current, Hz and plug shape in Glasgow? Current is 220 volts. The plug is three pin. Most unfurnished properties will still have white goods (for example, fridge and washing machine) available for tenants. Do you have any other accommodation information that might help me? Contact Crown for further information on renting or purchasing property. Temporary accommodation can also be arranged. IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.