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1. Posted by myrian (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm planning to work and to study in Scotland (Glasgow) from july to november (okay, I know, I'm in advance).

I come from Montreal, so I don't have any idea how much it costs to live in Glasgow... How much does an appartment cost? How much is the average salary? Is it easy to find an available appartment? Do you have any suggestions? :)


2. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For detailed information of your request first of all go to accomodation at top of page and click on 1) Budget 2) hostels 3)hotels and then 4)apartments and check out prices for 2006.
Then go to destinations at top of page and read and go through the history of Glasgow for lots of great info.
Then go to links and tools at top of page for more info for salary etc for jobs etc and maybe do a google for;?????? jobs in Glasgow which will show you todays salaries.
Maybe do a google for apartments in Glasgow!!.
After all that if you want to get in touch with a travel helper FROM GLASGOW go to travel help at top of page.
Sorry its a bit longwinded but hope it helps and enjoy your trip to Glasgow.
al de bes

3. Posted by Wildrover (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

How you doing Mirian?

First of all, you will have an absolutely immense time in Glasgow. The culture is very laid back and bohemian, or energetic and racy - ot really depends what you like. There are so many things to do for such a smallcity that it puts other, bigger venues to shame.

If you are looking for accomodation, then I would suggest searching on and entering "glasgow flats". Make sure to select pages from UK only. There are so many letting agencies in the city, it would take me ages to list them. If you want to budget tho (which you probably will) then look inyo houseshare with some of the letting agencies dealing with students. There is a big student population, and they're always good people to hang out with if you're in the city for the first time.

For jobs, check out, and (a list of other sources) Sometimes the best bet is to cruise the bars and clubs looking for work (if its hospitality work you want) as many places don't advertise, just employ through word of mouth.For a bar job, you're looking at around $10-12 per hour. The national minimum wage is around $10.

The city has two main places for going out at night, The city centre is rampant with bars and clubs spread around a square mile of streets, and you generally won't come across any trouble around here. Sauchiehall St has a lot of good venues, some hidden down little lanes, worthy of discovery tho. Check out The Buff on Bath Lane if you get a chance. If you like hard dance then The Arches has nights on evry Fri and Sat. It is a big, cavernous underground venue bringing in some of the best DJ's in the world. Inside Out is probably the most popular on the last Sat of every month, but Pressure is well worth a visit on the last Friday of the month. Its more house music than trance. Most commercial clubs play standard-issue R'n'b or Hip Hop, but some go for the funky house option, it really depends what night it is. There are tons of people handing out fliers so you will always get free entry to a place, or drinks promotions (v good). If you are studying, then get and international student card ( and the benefits are endless.

The other area of nitelife is in the West-end, where all the students are based. Most will be on summer break,but almost half to two-thirds remain in Glasgow because they like it so much. This will be good for you when you come to looking for accomodation, as amny flats will be available for the summer. You're probably looking at $500-700 per month for rent. If you want a place yourself, expect to pay about $300-500 more. The west-end is a great place for live music, and has produced some of the top UK bands - Travis, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian etc.. - over the last 15 years.

You are also only 30 mins away from Loch Lomond and 2 hrs from the Western Isles or the Highlands, so if you like the great outdoors,you'll love Scotland. We have some of the most breathtaking lands in the world (when it ain't raining!) and they are all accessible.

You will have a good time tho MArtian, I can guarantee it. If you want some contacts or somebody to help you get settled in (ie somebody to go get drunk and party with) I have a lot of mates back home in Glasgow. Sorry for being a bit long-winded in the reply, but I hope this all helps. If you need any more info, just let me know.


4. Posted by myrian (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you guys!

I've planned to work in a laboratory of genetics in the University of Glasgow, so I think I have to ask them what is the salary :P But I'm positively surprised that the minimum salary is 10$/hour, in Canada (euh... in Quebec...) it's only 7.50$CAN (but the life is cheaper too...)

What do you think about the University of Glasgow? The residences of this university? And what about youth hostels?

This place looks really great :)

Neil: I will contact you later to have some contacts "to go get drunk and party with" :P I will try to be accepted for the job (july and august) and then for the trainee work (september-october) first of all... and to fill all the administrative junk (wish me luck )...

5. Posted by Thinehost (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There's a great student area near Glasgow University; you'll find that apartment-sharing is the way to go, I think. It's a very friendly city - with loads of stuff to do.

One site to bookmark would be (not mine!) - which is an online classifieds with some basic details about flat-shares etc.

There are probably plenty of others.

If you get it all set up, we're in Helensburgh, just a short train ride along the north Clyde shore. Be sure to let me know!

Best wishes