HomeViews reveals Edinburgh best city to live in

Research by HomeViews, an independent review site for developments, reveals that Edinburgh is rated the best place to live in the UK.

Lounge at Moda Living's The McEwan Build to Rent scheme in Edinburgh, the UK’s best city to live in as rated by verified reviews on HomeViews | BTR News
Lounge at Moda Living's The McEwan Build to Rent scheme in Edinburgh, the UK’s best city to live in as rated by verified reviews on HomeViews.

The first-ever HomeViews Location Report which analysed over 28,000 verified UK location ratings revealed that Edinburgh is rated the best place to live in the UK. With a score of 4.72 out of five, Edinburgh secured the top spot for its proximity to the city centre, its green spaces, community feel and local amenities.

HomeViews ask residents up to 18 questions about their homes, its location and what they like and dislike about where they live. Residents praised Edinburgh’s public transport connections, accessible walking options were mentioned often – including the beach, canals and parks, and residents valued the close proximity and variety of shops and restaurants in the area. 80% of residents gave the city a five out of five rating.

“For the first time we’re able to collate our Location ratings and reviews to reveal what UK buyers and tenants are saying about where they live. For this report, we analysed over 28,000 verified reviews on HomeViews to find the highest-rated locations across the UK and within Greater London. We also assessed the impact of Covid on Location ratings, and how living in a new build affected residents’ experiences of their area. In addition, we were able to see what residents were saying about the locations they loved and those they didn’t.”

Rory Cramer, Co-founder and CEO, HomeViews

Residents at Moda Living’s The McEwan Build to Rent scheme located in Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, the UK’s highest rated location, praised the scheme for its location and local amenities, with many parts of the city within walking distance. Residents felt close enough to the city centre, but out of the way to benefit from a community feel. The McEwan is also the highest rated development in Edinburgh according to verified resident reviews on HomeViews (July 2022).

“Location location location – fantastic place close to everything you would want living in a city like Edinburgh. Great restaurants and bars or pubs, nice safe area, no complaints from me, just love it. I just wish they would sell it to me rather than renting.”

Tom, Verified tenant on HomeViews, April 2022

Aberdeen also makes the top ten list of the best regions to live in, placing two Scottish cities within the top three locations. Scotland and the North West were the two highest rated of the wider UK regions, with London rated the lowest but with a respectable location rating of 4.29 out of five.

The top ten best places to live in the UK:

  1. City of Edinburgh
  2. Worcestershire
  3. City of Aberdeen
  4. Bristol Metropolitan Area
  5. Greater Manchester
  6. North Yorkshire
  7. Bedfordshire
  8. Merseyside
  9. Norfolk
  10. Leicestershire

“HomeViews exists to collect and publish these kinds of real- world insights into where people want to live and why – from a wider regional view right down to specific developments. We hope our findings prove useful to both developers and property hunters alike.”

Rory Cramer, Co-founder and CEO, HomeViews