If you work in the city centre of London then you’ll know just how difficult it is trying to find somewhere affordable to live while still offering a reasonable commute.
Recently voted among the best places to live in the UK, Reading may be the answer to your prayers. For the second year running, PwC and Demos’ Good Growth of Cities Index found that Reading performed exceptionally in areas such as affordable housing, income levels, work/life balance, and quality of transport.
With its diverse population, Reading has some of the best schools in the UK, one of the finest shopping centres in the country, and green space galore. The capital is a mere 25 minute train journey away, while its red brick University leads the way in several important areas including climate change study.
Add to that the museums; the National Trails; the unspoiled stretches of the River Thames; the Michelin Star restaurants and the street & farmers markets, and you’ll find Reading really is full of surprises.
Location, Location, Location
From its proximity to London, to its reputation as UK HQ for some of the world’s biggest companies, Reading is ideally situated. The town centre is perfect for students, graduates and young professionals, while the suburbs offer a quiet and pleasant base for young families.
The Posh Bit
Head to the north of the River Thames and you’ll happen upon the posher part of town; Caversham. This historical suburb is polished and polite, with a popular shopping centre and a high concentration of top quality restaurants.
And with several well-performing Primary Schools, and a Secondary School, this is the perfect part of town to raise the kids.
Renting in Reading’s Town Centre offers so much for a young professional with aspirations of working in the capital. It really is all the convenience of living in London without the eye-watering prices. In recent years, Reading has witnessed an increase in property development, particularly in the centre, with apartments in modern high-rise buildings being snapped up right, left, and centre by young couples and singles alike.
Choosing the town centre as your base puts you at the heart of Reading’s nightlife, with bars, clubs and restaurants on your doorstep. Plus, the town’s reputation as a world class festival destination continues to grow, thanks to the eponymous Reading Festival, and the increasingly popular Reading Beer Festival.
And if the bright lights of London call, then you’re just one 25 minute train ride away, while trips further afield are within touching distance too thanks to a handy bus service between the town and Heathrow Airport.
If you’re planning on making the move to Reading, the Town Centre and Caversham are tip top choices for professional and young families respectively.
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