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Glasgow Flat Tour | Differences between UK and US homes!

oh hey guys I didn’t see there that’s a lie I
did I totally put you in the cupboard but I figured today since its kind of
been requested by all my friends and family to give you a tour of my flat
here in Glasgow um I 110% did clean the entire place for you guys so please be
impressed by my effort um and I also kind just want to talk about the
differences between like a UK home versus a u.s. home and hopefully find it
interesting okay so this is our front door and this is kind of our entryway we
have a mirror right here that’s where we kind of keep all our shoes we have
another mirror and a console table here when you go this way this is a utility
closet that we have right now we’re kind of just storing all of our suitcases and
our bags turn light on and a couple things that I want to point out that are
really different so we don’t pay like a monthly electricity bill we actually
have this stick right here that we use and we put money on that we kind of have
credit towards electricity and like the first week I was here we woke up and it
was so so so hot in the apartment and the fan wasn’t on and I was like what
the heck why is in the fan on because we land we ran out of credit for our
electricity so we always have to make sure that we kind of check right here
right now we have nine pounds left but we always got to kind of check it and
we’re running low we take the stick to a little shop down the street top it up
and that’s how we get our electricity another thing that’s different that this
utility closet has is this button right here when I want hot water for my shower
I have to turn this on which then makes that turn on and we usually have
to wait like a good 15 minutes before we get hot water so that’s definitely
different than home so if we go this way the next door we have right here is our
bathroom light switches right here open it up just this typical bathroom shower
toilet sink all of our stuff mirror that’s the bathroom for you guys close
the door this right here is how people call us if they’re outside the apartment
we just pick up the phone or we can buzz them in and then you turn this way and
this is our bedroom our bedroom is quite small but it works
everything in the apartment all the furniture came with it which is really
nice we didn’t have to buy any furniture but yeah this is how it looks we decided
we were gonna try to make our own artwork for the walls so they don’t look
so bare this is what we came up with looks a little stupid but is what it is
we have closet space right here you turn the corner and you come into our kitchen
so this is our dorm size fridge I hate it I can’t ever fit anything in there
and really really difficult to keep groceries in we don’t even have that
much right now at all so I end up eating out a lot just because otherwise we’re
grocery shopping every other day and it’s kind of inconvenient but we’re gonna
stop doing that we’re gonna try to eat healthier and I guess we’ll just just
suffer and go grocery shopping everyday but this is kind of an overview of the
kitchen um one thing that’s different that you might be hearing in the background
is my washing machine is located in the kitchen right here I don’t have a dryer
if you’re wondering Jordan how do you dry your clothes? let me show you we have this drying rack right here we take it kind of hard with one hand just pop it
open like this and then I put my clothes on it to dry and when it’s all done and
I fold the clothes I just put it back in that cubby over there in order for
me to turn on the washing machine I have to press this button right here on and
off that’s what turns it on additionally for my stove and stove top I have to
turn it on right here another thing is for any appliance in
the house that I plug in there’s a switches on their electricity socket so
I have to turn on and off so right now if I wanted my kettle to work it
wouldn’t because this socket isn’t on it’s not letting the electricity flow
through to it I guess so if I do this now my kettle can boil I can have some
tea um but we flow through over to here this is kind of an overview of our
living room / dining room area there’s still more like like decorations
that I want to get but it costs money to decorate and we’re both broke college
students so yeah this is what we got going for us this says you’re the mince
to me tatties which i think is adorable I put that there yeah all of this
came with the apartment this is a view from outside it might be too bright I’m
sorry yeah just a general overview of everything so that’s the apartment it’s
not a very big space but it works for us um and we really like it so yeah so
getting the actual apartment was a bit of a nightmare for us um the whole
process itself was really stressful and a lot different than at home
here they tended at least in Glasgow they tend to treat apartment
viewings kind of like open houses which I find really strange um so we would
contact letting agencies say we are interested in viewing the apartment and
they would get back to us in about a week’s time and say okay we have a
viewing on this day show up basically so we would show up to viewings for
apartments but we wouldn’t be the only people there there would actually be
like seven or eight other people who are looking at the apartment at the same
time as us which just makes for a really tense really stressful atmosphere
because everybody needs somewhere to live and we’re all kind of looking each
other like you’re potentially the reason I’m not getting this apartment on top of
that the letting agent doesn’t really talk to you about the apartment they
kind of just let you walk through and then if you have questions at the end
you can ask them so you’re kind of just running in and bumping into these people
as you’re trying to view the apartment another problem we found is that because
we’re both students a lot of people didn’t want to rent to us
on top of that you have to have something called a guarantor here which
basically is like when you’re at home if you get out a loan and you have a
cosigner it’s basically someone saying that they’ll pay off that loan for you
if you default on it or whatever I’m the same thing for the apartment they want
to have guarantors so that if you don’t pay your monthly rent they can get their
money somewhere so the problem for us is is Ian mom’s just a little bit older she
doesn’t work anymore so she’s not able to be guarantor for us my parents are
obviously back home and they don’t allow overseas guarantor so we ran into a lot
of problems with that and so we basically found this apartment one of
the lending agencies called us they were like hey like we know you didn’t get the
other apartment do you want to come view this one we’re like yes absolutely we’re
in the area and so we viewed it and we basically told her we decided what we
need to do is let them know that we have enough money to pay for the
a year because I think one of the biggest worries that people have when
renting to students is they don’t I don’t know if you guys can hear me over
the washer I’m gonna move one of the biggest promise of students is that they
don’t have jobs so they’re not sure if they’re able to pay the monthly rent so
we were like we have all 12 months we can pay for the entire apartment in
advance and then they got back to us they’re like you know landlord he wants
to rent to you guys and we’re like great we were hoping to only have to pay like
6 months in advance but they 100% called our Bluff so we paid all 12 months in
advance in order to get this place Ian and I are both very fortunate that we
had enough loan money for school because we’re both in school enough loan money
that we could pay for this place so it was a bit of a headache in the beginning
but now everything’s taken care of we don’t pay for water here because we’re
both students the council pays for it or they just exempt us from it I don’t know
but we don’t pay for water so yeah that’s kind of just the little different
things that I’ve noticed throughout the house that we don’t have a home and the
process is a little bit different hopefully you guys found this
interesting I really don’t know what to be filling for you guys or what to show
you so yeah miss you all bye



Oct 10, 2017, 7:44 pm Reply

Hi! This was very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Also, are you sure the washer is not a washer/dryer combination unit? That's usually the European style.

Patrick Bateman1

Nov 11, 2017, 12:45 am Reply

You sound like Trisha paytas

Petina Carvalho

Nov 11, 2017, 1:17 am Reply

I love the fox head you have on the wall ! Where did you get it ? It's a really nice flat.

No Name

Dec 12, 2017, 10:22 pm Reply

Hey lovely flat you have here. Just 2 suggestions which I think may benefit you, In regards to the meter stick, speak to your gas and electricity supplier and they may change your bill payment to monthly charges (speaking from experience) when I moved into my flat, I too had to top up, after 2 months of this I spoke to my supplier (BT Gas) and they changed it to monthly bill payment's, it's so hassle free now. Also perhaps you can buy a standard size fridge freezer and put it beside your sofa? (or anywhere you have some room to spare) If that's not a convenience for you or your partner x

Everything Kikar

Dec 12, 2017, 8:19 pm Reply

Great video and nice to hear from an American the differences. Im looking to move to the USA and hope i can cope. Will be a great experience. Things are a lot bigger than the UK in general. Glad you settled in alright. Looking forward to see your journey. New subscriber xx

Lauren Thalia

Dec 12, 2017, 7:48 am Reply

Hate the top up cards it costs a fortune and to save money you have to turn everything off. Fuck them cards.

kensington chubb

Jan 1, 2018, 10:41 pm Reply

Hey great video..about the meter situation heres a tip, phone them up and explain that its a little over your budget etc etc and they will come up with a monthly kinda plan which will be afordable for you, well in my case it was! Just be nice to them. You can also ask for a free smart reader which tells you exactly how much energy you are using.hope this helps ? ciao

Sandra Weiler

Jan 1, 2018, 1:15 am Reply

You are a very sweet girl, and you have a sweet apartment!


Jan 1, 2018, 2:29 am Reply

nice flat. Very modern. I dont know why but i was expecting something different in Glasgow


Jan 1, 2018, 1:31 pm Reply

You can pay your gas and electricity monthly by direct debit. You also need a combi boiler rather than using an immersion heater.


Jan 1, 2018, 1:33 pm Reply

Have you tried Pot Noodles? They can be kept in the cupboard.


Jan 1, 2018, 6:14 am Reply

nice vid, I noticed you have a mirror facing the front door… read up on what Feng Sui says about that.
If you are heating so much you need a fan to remove the hot air you are absolutely heating too much and can cut your bills by lowering the house thermostat or radiators. Some ppl are happy at °22 others at °24. Find your ideal temperature and stick to that. The fan should only be used periodically for removing odors or steam, not all the time, constant use also wastes electricity and money.
There is plenty of space in that apartment for a fridge, even getting a standalone unit it will change your life <3 you'll save on what you eat out and make up for the expense in less than 6 months.

ross wilson

Jan 1, 2018, 11:27 pm Reply

Thee best YouTuber!!!

Danny Lennon

Jan 1, 2018, 1:03 am Reply

Haha so how long was it till you went home ?


Feb 2, 2018, 1:43 am Reply

Girl you thicccc. If I was your bf I’d defo know you’d be fly without the weight, but secretly I’d make sure you have plenty of food to eat, just so I’ve got you dependant on me :)))


Feb 2, 2018, 2:38 pm Reply

You're comment on electricity regarding the key you top up. That's only for people with terrible credit ratings. Folks who do not pay bills on time. Basically that's what you get if you cannot be trusted by the energy supplier.
Myself I get a bill every quarter, ( 13 weeks) which I pay on receipt of my bill.

Gavin Wilson

Mar 3, 2018, 5:26 pm Reply

You should always leave the boiler switch on and not turn it of and on when yiu want a shower. It's meant to be on all the time


Mar 3, 2018, 10:53 am Reply

'Like your video. Btw not everyone in the UK pays their electric or gas using a meter. Most pay the utility companies using direct debit.


Mar 3, 2018, 10:07 pm Reply

I have an electricity key meter an I love it. It means I am ALWAYS in credit and I know how much electricity I'm using.


Mar 3, 2018, 2:56 am Reply

not all uk homes are like that


Apr 4, 2018, 2:34 pm Reply

its a pay as you use meter which works out more expensive then the normal non pay as you use meter. Unlike normal utility meters a budget plan will not work for pay as you use utility meters.

Molly Appleby

Apr 4, 2018, 6:12 am Reply

hey about the switch problem. I live in the uk and thats for the boiler. you have to always keep that on so the house stays warm and the water is heated x


Apr 4, 2018, 2:04 am Reply

Hey this is very helpful. Thanks. I'm moving to Glasgow (from Canada) for a year in September and so I'm trying to figure out what to expect. Cheers.

Molly O’Brien

Apr 4, 2018, 4:52 pm Reply

why cant you say mirror, have you got a brain injury

Super Catman

Apr 4, 2018, 3:42 am Reply

Beautiful little flat! Good view and something similar would definitely work for myself. I might look in Glasgow for when I leave this overpriced city called London ?

Adventures with Amirah

May 5, 2018, 3:03 am Reply

New subscriber! My family and I are visiting Scotland in a few weeks and I stumbled across your channel. Thanks for sharing so much with us…things are so much different than in the U.S. ! Wow..a year's rent upfront must have been a shock. I have friends in Paris that went through something similar. Have a lovely weekend! -?Amirah

Thomas McDougall

May 5, 2018, 1:07 pm Reply

I stay in clydebank near Glasgow do you fancy a Netflix and chill kind of day

Chelsea Leigh Given

May 5, 2018, 10:14 pm Reply

I live in Glasgow , where in Glasgow was this?xx

Laura Auld

Jun 6, 2018, 11:07 pm Reply

I have lived in America in Los Angeles for 17 years, but I'm from Glasgow, Scotland

Laura Auld

Jun 6, 2018, 2:20 pm Reply

I live in America for 17 years, I'm from Glasgow, Scotland

yashoo 76

Jul 7, 2018, 9:47 pm Reply

och the cringe in the first 8 secodns xd


Jul 7, 2018, 7:56 pm Reply

You don’t pay for water in Scotland.. it’s included in the council tax. ?

pink Candy

Nov 11, 2018, 11:19 pm Reply

Jesus loves you very much x

pink Candy

Nov 11, 2018, 11:21 pm Reply

Wow nice kitchen

Monica Lewinsky

Nov 11, 2018, 2:51 am Reply

How much rain do you get?

Letro Knight

Nov 11, 2018, 10:11 pm Reply

Im thinking of moving to either to New Castle or Edinburgh from America so this video was really helpful 🙂

Nicole Glitter glitter glitter

Feb 2, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

I’m fae Glasgow and live in Glasgow watching this is so funny like what she calls stuff and ye ??

Alabama Fan

Mar 3, 2019, 9:31 pm Reply

You have amazing blue eyes

kevin travis

Mar 3, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

Glasgow city mission refuse food to homeless person.sent 18 emails about jobs and accomodation.emails not abusive.only hot meal at night Glasgow city mission. Don't drink alcohol don't take drugs.Scotland.Susan Tully project worker at Glasgow city mission accused same person for stalking at Baptist church has him locked up 3 months no fixed address.many Baptist church in many countries.go to another church.suffer from depression been to doctor.because of Glasgow city mission.trades man.Luke6:38.

W and S

Mar 3, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

Don't want a run down by a kid.

anika keckler

Mar 3, 2019, 6:25 pm Reply

My husband was acdepted to Strathclyde and we will be moving there in August from California. Any tips on how to find an appartment, or good neighborhoods we should be looking in?


May 5, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

My Grandfather came from Labrishire, Scotland in 1893 with his brother. The McVan clan.
James and Michael.

Thank you. Beautiful place. Drying rack should be placed in the sun, when being used.

Amine Khattabi

May 5, 2019, 12:11 am Reply


K Nicholson

May 5, 2019, 10:47 am Reply

I had an oooo moment when I saw the TV above the radiator. Is there a risk the TV will get overheated?

Miss Wright

Jun 6, 2019, 1:31 am Reply

I wonder how much an apartment like this cost?

Yvonne Pan

Jul 7, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

It’s nice apartment ?

pi by 2

Jul 7, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

never stop making videos

Spooky Moo

Aug 8, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

Why do American freak out about a washer in the kitchen wtf I'm sure you're all aware of this by now been decades ffs.
Anything that is not pig ignorant and easy Americans can't hack it ? such a lazy country

Simmi Singh

Sep 9, 2019, 9:25 pm Reply

I’m from Glasgow too and apartment looks nice .. atleast your making the most of what you have

k.to.the.izzle mma

Oct 10, 2019, 5:44 am Reply

I heard in Scotland when you wanna flush the toilet you need to wind up the flusher before you pull the handle. Similar to how you started a car back in the 50s. Is that true? I also heard that the electricity is ran by millions of hamsters running on wheels in the plant is that true?

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