Dundee Life

Dundee offers an exceptional quality of life with a vibrant art scene, lively nightlife, leisure opportunities and a vast cultural offering. Dundee has established itself as a diverse and compact city that is for life as well as work.  It is a cost-effective location and boasts high-quality, affordable housing to buy or rent. The city has a growing stock of office and other commercial space that can be let at a substantially lower rate than Scotland's other key cities. Dundee is an affordable place to live, work and invest.


Dundee provides its residents with a high standard of living, with the availability of quality affordable housing, excellent education and healthcare facilities, and easy access to a wide variety of outdoor and indoor sporting and leisure opportunities. The city's close proximity to world-famous golf courses, the Angus and Perthshire glens and the award-winning Broughty Ferry beach means there really is something for everyone.

The city has a flourishing food and drink sector with the introduction of new eateries ranging from fine dinging, to artizan pizza and high quality chain restaurants. There are also traditional bakeries, tearooms and coffee shops, organic greengrocers and a choice of world foods for the adventurous palate.


Dundee is enjoying an artistic and cultural renaissance, with a strong foundation built on its long tradition of theatre for all tastes. The city today offers superb theatre, music, visual arts and arts events throughout the year. The creative sector and supporting agencies are encouraging new work in design, crafts, film and digital arts; while an eclectic range of arts festivals enhance and support the city's forward-thinking vision.


Pre-school education is provided in many of the primary schools, complemented by a number of private nurseries located within the city. There are 35 primary schools in Dundee feeding into eight secondary schools. In the private sector, Dundee High School is one of the leading fee-paying schools in Scotland, achieving consistently high academic and sporting awards. There are many other independent schools within a 30 mile radius of Dundee.


The table below captures the relative cost of living in Dundee compared to other Scottish cities, as well as UK wide and international examples. The table contextualises Dundee as a city that is competitively priced, making it a desirable place to live and do business.

(figures as of June 2023)