Sector Insights

It's a Wonderful Weegie Life

There’s more to finding a job than just the role itself. Today we shine a light on what it’s like to live in the vibrant city of Glasgow including all those practicalities you might be concerned about.

Published: 12/03/2018

‘People Make Glasgow’ – never were truer words spoken. Glasgow is a dynamic city to call home, firstly because the people are unlike any others you’ll come across; you’ll find that they’ll always go the extra mile to help you out. Take the Deliveroo delivery driver who didn’t let the Beast from the East stop him carrying out his job: he simply switched his bike for his snow board to ensure hungry customers got their takeaways even in arctic conditions!

If career aspirations lead to Glasgow then the average price of renting a flat is £548 per month, slightly below the Scottish average of £571 per month. To make the most of everything the city has to offer, Glasgow offers a ZoneCard, a flexible season ticket for unlimited travel by ScotRail, Subway and most buses. Prices vary according to the number of zones you wish to travel with the cheapest monthly unlimited travelcard starting at £70.90. The University of Glasgow estimates the cost of living in Glasgow is £950 per month. However, this is a guide for students rather than young professionals so the reality could be a bit more expensive – it’s difficult to put a figure on the cost of living!

Picture of a busy road in Glasgow

It’s a city brimming with culture – home to Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland, there’s always something interesting to watch in the city. Glasgow plays host to a number of festivals such as Celtic Connections, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival and Aye Write meaning you’re never short of the chance to broaden your cultural horizons.

And you can’t talk about the city without mentioning the art. The Gallery of Modern Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and Glasgow School of Art are just a few of the places to spend your free time admiring stunning works of art. And the music scene is second to none with live gigs happening all year round at the SSE Hydro, SWG3, the Barrowland Ballroom and Kings Tuts Wah Wah Hut, to name a few.

Glasgow literally means ‘Dear Green Place’ and there’s many beautiful parks in the city to explore including the Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park, Pollock Country Park and Glasgow Green which contains the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. These open spaces are perfect for walking, running and working out whilst getting a breath of fresh air!

The city’s food and drinks scene is unrivalled with a number of restaurants producing delicious food at bank balance friendly prices. In 2016, The Times ranked Finnieston in Glasgow as the number one hippest place to live in Britain making some hipster Weegies very happy indeed!

Glasgow is full of businesses big and small: it’s a media hub, home to the Scottish headquarters of both the BBC and STV. The city has a booming financial and professional services sector and increasingly we’re seeing a trend whereby many London-based professional services firms are looking to relocate outside of the capital, with Glasgow top of their list.

Some of our current graduates have placements in exciting SMEs in this vibrant city ranging from the arts sector with production company Aconite Productions to distillers Beam Suntory. We’ve placed a graduate in Collagen Solutions which develops medical grade collagen biomaterials for use in research, medical devices and regenerative medicine. These are just a few examples of the variety of careers on offer so no matter which sector interests you, it’s likely Glasgow will be able to offer you it.

Why not check out the ScotGrad placements that are currently available in the city. These can be found here.