Hints for family life in Glasgow?
July 9, 2012 5:26 AM Subscribe
A friend is planning to spend six months in Glasgow and has questions about day-to-day matters: housing; music; dancing; groceries; school; and other matters. I've already sent her previous Glasgow-related questions, and I'll happily forward your more current recommendations.
posted by MonkeyToes to Travel & Transportation around Glasgow, Scotland (9 answers total)
A friend and her family (husband and children) are headed to Glasgow in late December of this year, returning to the U.S. in June.
Housing: They will be looking for housing near the university. She asks, "Where is the best (safe, on the quieter side) neighborhood to rent a furnished apartment for a couple and our three young kids? One or two bedrooms ok, walking distance from the University and grocery store would be good." If they're carless, as is likely, does the neighborhood offer walkable access to things like grocery stores and spaces where the kids can play? To a library, bookstore or cafe? What does the suggested neighborhood have to offer?
School: Again, she asks: "Does anyone have information/opinions about the Steiner School?" If this school and the suggested neighborhood are unwalkable, is there public transport between them?
Play: Music and dancing are important to my friend. Her question: "Any Suzuki violin teachers in town?" Are there places where she can join a dance club (think Morris dancing, etc.), a choir, a pick-up instrumental group? Are there places where she and her husband, or the entire family, can go to listen to and/or participate in live music? And is it possible to find a babysitter?
Worship: She's a Quaker. Any info about Meeting? Times, location(s), transport?
Other: Favorite quiet spots to go and read? Entertaining diversions for the family? Weekend jaunts in case they have access to a car, or take a train trip? Things to bring that can't be obtained there? Sites devoted to living in the city? Best-kept University-related secrets? They will be attached to the University; are there specific people/departments there that can help them with this transition? Banking advice? Suggested packing list? What am I forgetting to ask about temporarily relocating a family to Glasgow?