A study of global prices across 47 cities published by Deutsche Bank examined everything from salaries and rents to cheap dates and weekend breaks. Edinburgh has been ranked second in a global quality of life survey – behind Wellington in New Zealand.
World cities with the best quality of life:
Wellington, New Zealand
Boston, United States
Edinburgh was ranked 24th worldwide in terms of salary, with the typical net pay after taxes reaching $2,293 (£1,776) a month – just 53 per cent of that earned by an average New Yorker and almost a third of the amount paid to someone working in Zurich, Switzerland, which topped the list. However, Edinburgh’s low commuting time meant citizens spend the least amount of time travelling to work of any of the 47 cities analysed. In terms of healthcare satisfaction, Edinburgh ranks second and is third in terms of its pollution levels.
Deutsche Bank said Edinburgh also scored sixth on property prices against income and tenth in terms of safety – but scores lowest on climate and cost of living at 24th and 25th on the list. However, perhaps surprisingly, the Quality of Life index excluding a ranking relating to climate, saw Edinburgh fall one place to third – with the popularity of its weather boosting it to second.
Edinburgh is a consistent all rounder. Decent opportunities, average costs but less stressful living/working conditions assuming you agree with the climate score. The world’s “mega cities” like Tokyo New York, Paris, London, Shanghai and Mumbai rank very low mostly due to high living costs, crime, pollution and commuting time.
One person’s long commute may be another person’s chance to catch-up on Netflix. Megacity dwellers may also forsake short-term quality of life for aspirational reasons with these cities providing more upside rewards from the average for those most successful.
Thinking of learning a new language this spring? Come along to our Open Evenings on the 10th and 11th April and try a lesson for only £1!
Our new term for evening lessons will begin from 17th April 2017. Before the term begins, we invite you to come and try a 45-minute lesson at our language centre for only £1. If your language or level doesn’t appear on the list, feel free to come along to chat with our team and have a look around!
Monday 10th April 2017 (English & Gaelic lessons only)
You’ve arrived in Edinburgh, settled into your accommodation and had a little time left over to look around the city. So what happens next?
When you arrive at our language centre you will be greeted by our lovely team who will help you to navigate the students lounge, refreshments area and notice board. Here, you can also pick up a UK SIM card with £5 credit already on it! Then, if you have not had an assessment yet, one of our teachers will take you for a quick chat to determine your level and decide which group would be best for you.
After the assessment, you will be taken to your lesson to meet your fellow classmates and start improving your English! Next comes the break which gives you the chance to meet students from different classes while enjoying a coffee or your favourite flavour of tea.
Finally, once the lessons and lunch break have ended, one of our teachers will take you on a walking tour of Edinburgh to help you get your bearings and discover the city through a local’s eyes. It’s a great chance to get to know your surroundings and your fellow students. Here are a few snapshots from our walking tour this week:
Our resident photographer, Louison has been exploring Edinburgh since the beginning of February and has managed to capture the essence of its beauty in these breathtaking photographs. Even in the winter months, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh is frequently voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Here is a selection of some of our favourite photographs of Edinburgh in February: