Moving to Scotland

When you move to Scotland, one thing you will be guaranteed is a friendly welcome. You can help make that move go as smoothly as possible by taking the time to research beforehand what matters to you most.

Priorities are likely to include: finding a home, starting work, opening a bank account, registering with a doctor and researching schools. You can find advice on all of these matters and more on the TalentScotland website.

TalentScotland also provides a handy ‘Moving to Scotland’ checklist, with tips on such things as organising a visa, arranging removals and storage, and making travel plans for any pets.

Here is some key information on aspects of life in Scotland:

Emigration

Emigrating to Scotland can be a painless process if you take the time to research and prepare for your application. There are many ways you can go about emigrating to Scotland and it's important that you choose the correct one for your situation. Can you move to Scotland? Find out more about organising visas and the emigration process.

Healthcare

People living in Scotland can take advantage of a full and diverse range of healthcare, with the National Health Service (NHS) and both private and complementary medicine practices available.

The majority of NHS provision is free and any care which is accessed privately is paid for directly or, more usually, through one of several private healthcare insurance schemes. Newcomers to the UK are eligible for free NHS care, provided they have valid permits. Find out more about healthcare in Scotland.

Education

Scotland has an outstanding world-wide reputation in education. Scotland has a comprehensive state education system and all children attend school from age 5-16 years, with the option of continuing until the age of 18. All children are provided with free nursery education for two years prior to beginning school. Scotland also offers further and higher education through a network of world-class universities and colleges. Find out more about the Scottish education system.

Finding a home

Finding a place to live is of course one of the most important considerations when thinking about moving to Scotland. Depending on how long you’re going to be here, you can either buy or rent a home. Whichever you decide to do, you can look forward to a huge range of housing options, both in town – where you can choose between everything from waterfront apartments and large Victorian homes to more modern houses – and in the country, within easy commuting distance of the city. More on finding a place to live in Scotland.

Would you relocate to Scotland?

We're interested in finding out what matters to you when it comes to relocating. What matters to you when choosing a place to live and work? What do you think of Scotland?

Why not take our five minute survey and let us know what matters most to you:

TalentScotland relocation survey

Before and after you move to Scotland