Press release

'Best place in Scotland' accolade for Dundee

Published on 12 April 2019

Scotland’s sunniest city made it to the top spot beating nine other Scottish locations listed in the Sunday Times 2019 Best Place to Live Guide.

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Dundee has been named as the best place to live in Scotland.

The judges in the annual Best Place to Live awards take into account much more than the mantra of location, location, location.

Appealing and affordable housing, access to good schools and low crime rates are taken into account when deciding on the winner of the Best Place to Live, as are attractive parks and green spaces, accessible cultural activities, good transport links and a strong sense of community spirit – all areas where Dundee scores high in official statistics.

Professor Andrew Atherton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, expressed his delight at the result, saying, “This is an extremely exciting time for Dundee and the accolade of being the best place to live in Scotland and one of the best in the UK is well deserved.

“There is a real vibrancy about the city at the moment with two fantastic universities carrying out world-leading work and the opening of V&A Dundee in addition to our many other thriving cultural institutions. When I took the decision to relocate to Dundee I knew I was moving to a great city with so much to offer.”

The judges combine market research data with their own experience and insight to ensure the chosen locations truly are places where everyone can thrive.

Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor, said, “Finding our very own best place to live now feels more important than ever, for our wellbeing and wealth, happiness and health. The Sunday Times has championed locations across the UK that we think are a great place to make a home.”

The Best Place to Live guide went on to say, “There are many reasons Dundee’s been named Scotland’s Best Place to Live but for the most obvious, take a walk by the river. Only minutes from the city centre, seals, seabirds and dolphins can be seen from the banks of the River Tay – how many people can enjoy such a spectacular lunch break?”

The full article about why Dundee has been named The Best Place to Live in Scotland will be published on 14 April 2019 at


Press Office, University of Dundee