Walk the short (three minute) distance between Dartford town centre and its railway station and you’ll see blue plaques dedicated to classic author Jane Austen, inventor, Richard Trevithick and, rock band, The Rolling Stones. This eclectic mix perfectly sums up Dartford’s quirky and modern 28 square miles.
Culture and curios
The principal town in the Borough of Dartford in Kent, Dartford is a town with a modern feel and a rich and unique history. Just 18 miles South East of London (just 37 minutes by train), Dartford is home to a number of Domesday churches as well as the 1541 Manor House which was commissioned by Henry VIII and gifted to Anne of Cleves. In addition to Manor House, visitors flock to Dartford to visit “The Borough Of Dartford”, a 1955 fire engine which was restored for museum use in 1971 and, the somewhat macabre Swanscombe Skull Site which displays some of the oldest human remains ever discovered in Europe - three perfectly matching pieces of a 400,000 year old human skull!
Relaxation and retail
In direct contrast to its historic past, Dartford town is a dynamic and modern place to live. Connected to London by rail and by the infamous Dartford Crossing, an unofficial part of the M25, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Dartford for part of the Capital itself. Those seeking retail therapy in Dartford are spoilt for choice with The Orchards Shopping Centre, Prospect Place and The Priory Shopping Centre all within easy reach of the town centre. Dartford also enjoys a lively nightlife with a great selection of bars, clubs and family restaurants.
Making Dartford work for you
Employment within Dartford is plentiful with a great number of retail and leisure opportunities available as well as a number of large employers such as Age Concern and recruitment firm, Adecco.
Travel within Dartford is easy and affordable with a reliable bus service carrying workers, students and shoppers across the Borough.
The University of East London ( 17 miles from Dartford town centre), offers a number of different courses and a stimulating atmosphere. The University offers on-campus accommodation in fantastic modern, waterfront halls of residence. A single room in the Halls costs £5,596.80 per academic year, rising to £7,157.04 for a self-contained studio unit.
Students who miss out on accommodation in Halls can rent a single room within Dartford town centre from £430 per month, with self-contained studio flats from about £600 per month.
A family affair
Due to its close proximity to London, rental prices can be steep within Dartford but, on the plus side, you will tend to get a little more for your money in terms of space.
Moving slightly away from the town centre, families can find a two bedroom terraced house with a garden at a rental price of £1300 per month exclusive of bills.
Larger family homes within Dartford tend to be on the outskirts of town and, start from around £1,545 per month for a four bedroom property.
Perched in a Kent valley with easy access to the city as well as stunning riverside views, Dartford really does have it all - as is testified to by the number of new people choosing to make it their home every year.