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1. Posted by madi_girl (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I'm going to Europe in January and will be getting a Visa to work in Britain. I can choose between arriving in London or Edinburgh and I was just wondering which place people would recommend to be the best place to work and live. I can work in all of Britain though, so if you have other suggestions, by all means. Your opinions and help would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by adaziv (Full Member 30 posts) 10y

They are both amazing places in their own right. London is bigger and busier but there is also far more to do (more than in any other European city I've been to, actually). London is also more expensive. On the other hand, Edinburgh gets colder during winter. really depends on what you like. If you tell us a bit more about what you expect from a place we might be able to help.

I , myself live in London and love it to bits. It's amazing place to live and you are never bored. It is also possibly the most beautiful place I've been to (I don't mean prettiest). If I just had a photo of london from London bridge at night you would see what I mean.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Now lm gonna confuse you!!

London is ace lots to do and see and plenty of history too, but for my money l LOVE Edinburgh great people gorgeous city wonderful old buildings great vibe to it! It does get cold but gets less rain than rest of Scotland (now l said LESS rain - even still it does get lots of rain!)

It depends what you are looking for really!

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello madi girl
i have never lived in or visited Edinborough.
I have however lived in and visited London many times. i absolutely loved it there. A bit expensive, but one can find cheaper options for things. I found a cheap place to live. A bit backpackerish hostel style, but it allowed me to live in London. I just loved it there.
Mel

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi,
lived in both (did 2 yrs in London and 7 on and off in Edinburgh).
personally the time I spent in each city reflects my own opinions, however, 'tis up to you.

London's big (8m+ people) and so everything associated with a massive Capital city and it's pro's and Con's go with it. i.e. big, noisy, dirty, expensive however it's also Multicultural, 24hr night life, oodles of culture, diverse etc. etc.
Edinburgh's small (500K+ people) and so conversly, you get most of the benefits of it being a small city, however, without it being too big to get lost in (You can go from one side of Edinburgh to the other on a bus in 45 mins!) i.e. Compact, cheap(er), friendlier, culturural etc. etc.

why not try both. Do the hostel thing for a week in London and then a week in Edinburgh (get a cheap flight from one to the other) and then decide, at least then you'll have a rough idea of each place and which you'd prefer to live in?

Hope this helps
Taffski

6. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 10y

it's a tough choice to make, absolutely (i assume you are going through the BUNAC program?)...from my experiences, having travelled through London numerous times and having spent a great deal of time there, and having lived in Edinburgh for six months, i would have to go with Edinburgh. as others said, it depends on what kind of experience you are shooting for, of course.

for london, you simply cannot beat the museum and art scene. being the most multi-cultural city in Europe, there are of course so many different vibes to be had there. it's fast. it's expensive, but it's also really really wonderful and unlike anywhere else.

edinburgh, on the other hand, is a very managable city. around half a million people, it feels really small, and in terms of job opportunities, there are plenty to be found. i believe i was offered around 6 jobs just in my first few days of searching. museum/art and music scene isn't the best, but glasgow is just a short train ride away(or coach, as it's so cheap)..and glasgow is terrific for shopping as well. to be honest, you might want to also consider glasgow. it's the complete opposite of edinburgh, but in my opinion, equally as great. edinburgh is breathtaking. you really cannot imagine the architecture within one small city. it is affordable, as well, as i was able to live quite comfortably and travel throughout europe during my time there (on a wage that i would have been struggling on if i were living in the states..)

other places to take into consideration: bristol, oxford, cardiff (i overlooked wales during my initial plan on where to live, and really shouldn't have..do take it into consideration) and anywhere in the highlands of scotland is certainly worth a look if you are into nature and smaller atmospheres...scottish people are terrific, too. some of the friendliest people you will meet in your life.

good luck.

7. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 10y

it's a tough choice to make, absolutely (i assume you are going through the BUNAC program?)...from my experiences, having travelled through London numerous times and having spent a great deal of time there, and having lived in Edinburgh for six months, i would have to go with Edinburgh. as others said, it depends on what kind of experience you are shooting for, of course.

for london, you simply cannot beat the museum and art scene. being the most multi-cultural city in Europe, there are of course so many different vibes to be had there. it's fast. it's expensive, but it's also really really wonderful and unlike anywhere else.

edinburgh, on the other hand, is a very managable city. around half a million people, it feels really small, and in terms of job opportunities, there are plenty to be found. i believe i was offered around 6 jobs just in my first few days of searching. museum/art and music scene isn't the best, but glasgow is just a short train ride away(or coach, as it's so cheap)..and glasgow is terrific for shopping as well. to be honest, you might want to also consider glasgow. it's the complete opposite of edinburgh, but in my opinion, equally as great. edinburgh is breathtaking. you really cannot imagine the architecture within one small city. it is affordable, as well, as i was able to live quite comfortably and travel throughout europe during my time there (on a wage that i would have been struggling on if i were living in the states..)

other places to take into consideration: bristol, oxford, cardiff (i overlooked wales during my initial plan on where to live, and really shouldn't have..do take it into consideration) and anywhere in the highlands of scotland is certainly worth a look if you are into nature and smaller atmospheres...scottish people are terrific, too. some of the friendliest people you will meet in your life.

good luck.

8. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 10y

it's a tough choice to make, absolutely (i assume you are going through the BUNAC program?)...from my experiences, having travelled through London numerous times and having spent a great deal of time there, and having lived in Edinburgh for six months, i would have to go with Edinburgh. as others said, it depends on what kind of experience you are shooting for, of course.

for london, you simply cannot beat the museum and art scene. being the most multi-cultural city in Europe, there are of course so many different vibes to be had there. it's fast. it's expensive, but it's also really really wonderful and unlike anywhere else.

edinburgh, on the other hand, is a very managable city. around half a million people, it feels really small, and in terms of job opportunities, there are plenty to be found. i believe i was offered around 6 jobs just in my first few days of searching. museum/art and music scene isn't the best, but glasgow is just a short train ride away(or coach, as it's so cheap)..and glasgow is terrific for shopping as well. to be honest, you might want to also consider glasgow. it's the complete opposite of edinburgh, but in my opinion, equally as great. edinburgh is breathtaking. you really cannot imagine the architecture within one small city. it is affordable, as well, as i was able to live quite comfortably and travel throughout europe during my time there (on a wage that i would have been struggling on if i were living in the states..)

other places to take into consideration: bristol, oxford, cardiff (i overlooked wales during my initial plan on where to live, and really shouldn't have..do take it into consideration) and anywhere in the highlands of scotland is certainly worth a look if you are into nature and smaller atmospheres...scottish people are terrific, too. some of the friendliest people you will meet in your life.

good luck.

9. Posted by madi_girl (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

thanks for your replies so far. You guys make both places sound amazing. I'd have to say one of my main reasons for going to europe is to see all the history and culture. I would like to live in a place and get a job where i can really experience the culture but i also would like to be able to have tons of things to do and meet lots of people also. I'm sure this is a given anywhere you go though in Europe. Either way I plan on traveling while i'm there. 6 months is currently my plan but it's definitly flexible. 3 months working and 3 months travelling is what i'm thinking but I just hope to see everything i possibly can while i'm there. I appreciate all your advice and anything else you'd like to tell me would be great. So far the general advice seems to be leaning towards Edinburgh and I was just wondering what kind of things the city has to offer. Are live in jobs easy to come by, because they sound like they would be an awesome way to save money and have a place to stay and also would most places hire my friend and I so that we could work together? If you guys don't mind answering my questions i'm sure i'll be able to come up with alot more things to ask lol. Thanks alot!!!

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