5 Reasons to Move to Glasgow

Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
4 min read

Glasgow has well and truly shrugged off its reputation as a rough city and assumed the mantle of a genteel and cultured place to live. Here, we look at 5 good reasons why you should consider calling this famous old city home.

glasgow city image



Glasgow’s economy is booming once again. The glory days of the Industrial Revolution, when Glasgow supplied the British Empire with ships built on the banks of the great Clyde, may be in the past, but Glasgow’s resurgence as an economic force to be reckoned with is quite remarkable. The Glasgow City Region is the powerhouse of the Scottish economy, generating a staggering £42 billion GVA in 2018. Glasgow is doing its utmost to actively attract businesses to the city, including initiatives such as the Glasgow City Region City Deal, which will fund major infrastructure projects; create thousands of new jobs and assist thousands of unemployed people back to work; improve public transport and connectivity; drive business innovation and growth and generate billions of pounds of private sector investment. As set-out by the Glasgow Economic Strategy, the city is building on this success with the ambition to make Glasgow the most productive major city economy in the UK by 2023. Alongside this, the strategy has set an ambitious new jobs target of 50,000 by 2023. So the economic future is certainly looking bright for Glasgow.


Cost of Living

Another good reason to consider Glasgow as a place to call home is its affordability. The fact that it’s around 25% cheaper to live in Glasgow than London will come as no great surprise, with London being one of the priciest cities in the world these days, but what may shock you is how affordable it is compared to its neighbour Edinburgh.



Glasgow city statisticSource: numbeo.com

Add to these figures the fact that the average salary in Glasgow is a considerable £28,000 a year, comparable with much more expensive cities, like Brighton or Bristol, and you have a very attractive destination for those wishing to make their pound go that little further.


Property prices in Glasgow, although steadily increasing in recent years, remain lower than in comparable cities. A two bedroom flat in the city centre could cost you as little as £120,000 and a 4 bedroom semi-detached house a little further out a remarkable £240,000… or less!



Glasgow’s unique architecture is a major feature of the city. Its mix of Edwardian and Art Nouveau alongside the famously colourful, and these days very fashionable, tenement buildings give the city a startling look. As well as the city itself, there are many other fascinating and beautiful sights to see, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a grand old building housing artefacts from around the world and exhibits showcasing local and global natural history; the Riverside Museum, which has many modern interactive activities for kids and adults alike; the Museum of Modern Art, an iconic building which is also home to an impressive public library; and, of course, Glasgow Cathedral, with its ornate edifices and incredible stained glass windows. The arts scene itself is thriving, with shows to suit any palate on every night of the week, from ballet and opera, to dance clubs, comedy nights and pub rock bands. Whatever your taste, you are bound to find something to satisfy your cultural needs and fancies.



Scotland is famous for its rugged Highlands, picturesque lochs and stunning coastline and islands. The countryside around Glasgow is truly breathtaking. Just 30 minutes by car or direct train from Glasgow is the fabulous Stirling Castle. On the way, you can stop in at one of the many beautiful villages in the Trossachs range of hills and even say hello to William Wallace himself as he has a statue near the castle, the site of his famous victory over the British at the Battle of Stirling. If you are into castles set in stunning scenery, then Scotland is definitely the place for you, others in the vicinity of Glasgow include Doune Castle, used as a location in the series Outlander; the 15th Century mansion, Newark castle, just 25 miles west of Glasgow; and, a little further away, the incredible Dumbarton Castle, a star of Game of Thrones.


If true nature is what you're after, then head up to Loch Ness, now famous for its legendary monster, the loch is an incredibly beautiful sight, a deep gorge carved in green hills and craggy mountains, it is certainly not to be missed. Also not too far from the city is the coast and the Western Isles, where the sunsets have to be seen to be believed and the beaches stretch for miles without a sole on them.



Last, but maybe not least if you love a mall, is Glasgow’s growing reputation as a retail hub. If you are looking for a memorable retail experience Glasgow is the place to go. The city has often been ranked as the best shopping place in the UK outside London, and with many malls, boutiques and retailers all conveniently located in the city centre this does not come as a surprise.


So whatever you’re looking for - a great place to live and work, the peace and quiet of the countryside, cultural events coming out of your ears or a city where you can buy whatever you want, Glasgow is the answer.

Discover more about Glasgow

Recent Articles

Sign up to receive the Propeterra's newsletter and exclusive property news and updates. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe links in our emails.



posts by tag

See all

Market Cover_Emerging Markets-1


Market Cover_Frontier Markets-1


Market Cover_Special Situations-1-1


Market Cover_Developed Markets-1


Recent Articles

2 minutes read

It’s Ski Season! Four Resorts to Invest In Now

The swish of skis, the powder on the slopes and the crisp mountain air… With Covid restrictions easing, many holidaymakers’ thoughts are turning to travel - and with the winter sports season in full flow, what better time to look at the resorts that offer the most bang for your investment bucks? Read on for Propeterra’s rundown of our favourite ski destinations - including some you’d never have expected!

Niseko, Japan

Japan might not seem like an obvious skiing destination, but the snow at Niseko is hard to beat. Located in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the annual snowfall is a staggering 15 metres - so unlike some less fortunate resorts in warming parts of Europe, your good skiing is practically guaranteed. Niseko is also renowned for its beautiful scenery and luxury accommodations - and with New Chitose International Airport a short two hour drive away, as well as the Hokkaido Shinkansen connection coming in 2030, it’s never been easier to travel there.

Prime investment opportunities available now include the Pavilions Resort Villas and the Ginto Residences - and for more information on the area, Propeterra’s Niseko Report is available for download now.

3 minutes read

Affordable Housing - the ADB and Lessons from the UK

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently released a briefing paper attempting to
learn lessons from the UK as to successes and failures of affordable housing policy. It is
justifiable to critique the UK’s faltering policy of delivery over a number of decades, but
this is precisely why it is a fruitful area of enquiry from analysts considering other parts
of the world. The UK has benefitted from significant resources, and policymakers have
been under considerable pressure from the electorate to ensure adequate housing across tenures. This is why the Chief of the Urban Sector Group at the ADB, Manoj Sharma, saw fit to commission this work, and report on its conclusions.

3 minutes read

Back to desks and back to the city!