• by the LIU team

What you need to know about moving to Glasgow

Moving to a new city is a daunting prospect, especially if you’re not already familiar with it. On top of having to find new service providers and leisure amenities, it’s often difficult to source the right information about the optimal places to start house-hunting. After all, your circumstances might not be the same as anyone else’s. You might prioritise good schools and high-quality housing, where other people look for strong road links or direct train services to several cities. You may regard a thriving high street as essential, while other househunters are more interested in architectural character and period properties.

Moving to Glasgow is a particularly challenging process, since the greater Glasgow metropolitan area has a population of 1.2 million people. Glasgow is synonymous with historic tenement flats rather than the suburban housing preferred by working families. Many of the city’s northern and eastern districts have endured deprivation and poverty for over a hundred years. In common with many cities across Britain, much of the most sought-after housing stock is situated in the surrounding commuter belt outside Glasgow City Council’s boundaries.

A different option when moving to Glasgow

Uddingston hasn’t historically been one of the most high-profile commuter-belt towns attracting the attention of people moving to Glasgow. Yet in many respects, it offers more for people moving to Glasgow than traditional choices like Newton Mearns and Bearsden. House prices are lower, transport links are far superior, and local amenities are more comprehensive. While Newton Mearns has a good shopping centre, Uddingston has a high street lined with boutique stores and popular restaurants. Bearsden is up to 37 minutes from central Glasgow by train, whereas Uddingston’s train services take as little as 13 minutes.

People moving to Glasgow for work purposes might be surprised to learn that Uddingston’s train station provides faster and more regular services into the centre of Glasgow than many suburban lines within the city’s boundaries. They might also be interested to know three separate motorways converge on Uddingston – the M74 to Carlisle, the M73 to Stirling, and the M8 linking Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh alternative

Speaking of Scotland’s capital, recent M8 improvements place Uddingston within 35 minutes of Hermiston Gait and the employment hubs around Edinburgh Park and South Gyle. That’s worth knowing if you’re considering moving to Edinburgh, but worry about the city’s average house prices of £280,063. Many people moving to Edinburgh find themselves priced out of the market, and end up looking in unremarkable satellite towns like Bathgate and Broxburn almost by default.

Whether you’re among the thousands of Barclays staff relocating to Glasgow, or moving to Edinburgh for a career change, Uddingston deserves consideration as a residential location. With a unique blend of affordability, accessibility and amenities, Uddingston’s housing stock ranges from ornate Victorian houses in the village to new-build semi-villas in Tannochside and an impressive stock of bungalows in Calderbraes.

For more information on Uddingston’s property market, check out our recent story about the local housing stock, or get your bearings with our county and suburb map. And if you’d like to know anything more specific, send us an email – we’ll be glad to assist.

Moving to Glasgow / moving to Edinburgh / moving to Scotland / moving to Lanarkshire / moving to central Scotland

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