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Make the most of living and working in Edinburgh

Expat living in Edinburgh raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from British authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺWhich diseases do I need to have my pet checked for before bringing it along to the UK?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend expat insurance providers in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Edinburgh takes a lot of time. Our Edinburgh expat guide is there to make your relocation to Edinburgh as easy as possible. Starting with culture and sights to information about local organisations & companies, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Edinburgh.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Edinburgh. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in London to moving to Paris.

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Top Articles in the Edinburgh Expat Guide

  • Moving to Edinburgh

    By moving to Edinburgh, you’ll be relocating to a place steeped in history. It has been the capital of Scotland since the 1300s; in 1999, it became the seat of a Scottish Parliament again. But if you’re looking for practical info rather than historical details, this expat guide is the right resource for you!
  • Living in Edinburgh

    Welcome to "Auld Reekie", as residents of the Scottish capital affectionately call their city. Life in Edinburgh has a lot to offer – not only for tourists and attendees of the local arts festivals. Our expat guide provides useful information on leisure, education, healthcare, and transport.
  • Working in Edinburgh

    Moving to Edinburgh for work will bring you to the UK’s strongest local economies. In our guide to working in Edinburgh, we’ll provide you with an overview of the Scottish capital region. Find essential information on the job market, visa options, self-employment, and social security below!
  • Jobs in the UK for Foreigners

    Many expats dream of finding a job in the UK. Are you curious about which sectors have the most jobs for foreigners? Read our InterNations Guide on jobs in the UK for foreigners for information on this plus tips on how to find work and how to get your international qualifications recognized in the UK.
  • UK Facts and Figures

    The UK in numbers: find an overview of the most relevant statistics and figures below!
  • Safety and Crime in the UK

    Much to the relief of the nation’s residents, crime in the UK is usually low key. As long as you adhere to a number of standard precautions, chances are you won’t see much in the way of crime in the UK. Still, crime and terrorism are frequent worries there. Our article tells you why.
  • UK Dentists

    UK dentists enjoy a good reputation, but you better not be on a budget. As we have already mentioned in other articles on the topic of healthcare in the UK, dentists do not offer their services free of charge. Instead, you have the choice between going to a private dentist and an NHS dentist.
  • Banks in the UK

    There are lots of different banks in the UK offering lots of different services. Yet, opening an account in the UK can be challenging for expats. We provide you with an overview of the most popular banks, the services they offer, as well as tips on how to open a bank account.
  • Advice for Car Owners in the UK

    For expats, owning or buying a car in the UK can pose new challenges, such as import restrictions, paperwork to register the car, or vehicle taxes. We have compiled a quick introduction to these topics, including some advice on buying, renting, and leasing a car in the UK.
  • UK Visas and Work Permits

    This overview of UK visa regulations offers a clear introduction to UK visa requirements, along with details of the relevant authorities to contact for detailed information. It’ll help you kick off your expat life in the UK!
  • British Cuisine

    For a long time, British cuisine wasn’t romanticized like the food cultures in France or Italy. But thanks to the popularity of curry, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and an obsession with local ingredients, any mention of the new British food scene will now whet your appetite!
  • Social Security in the UK

    If you are planning to relocate to the UK, it will affect your personal finances. Don’t just think about short-term costs! It’s never too early to consider financial cushions or retirement planning. Our in-depth guide explains how social security, pensions, and other government benefits work in the UK.
  • Schools in the UK

    Are you relocating to the United Kingdom with your children? Then you’ll probably need plenty of information on schools in the UK. Our detailed expatriate guide introduces you to the system of state education throughout the country, from primary schools to A-level exams.
  • UK: Expat Destinations & Neighborhoods

    Where you settle in the UK obviously depends on your reason for relocating. Most foreign residents, though, move to a handful of cities. We introduce some of these popular destinations and their neighborhoods below: from Greater London, over Manchester, and Leeds to Edinburgh.

Information on the Expat Life in Edinburgh

Are you looking specifically for telecommunication providers in town or a doctor speaking your native language in the UK? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Edinburgh provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Edinburgh. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Edinburgh expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Edinburgh and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly Hello among our expats living and working in Edinburgh.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Edinburgh? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Houston or living in Sydney!