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Where to Live in Oxford

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Oxford is less than an hour from London by train, which is good news for commuters working in the capital. There are also some great local schools to choose from, making the area popular with young families.

Living in Oxford: What to Expect

What is it like to live in Oxford, and which areas should you consider if you’re planning to move there? Here are some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about life in Oxford:

Is it expensive to live in Oxford?

Properties in Oxford had an average price of £597,067 over the last year.The majority of sales in Oxford during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £543,502. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £648,323, with flats fetching £359,410.

How many people live in Oxford?

Oxford has a population of around 162,100 people, with 35,250 students making up about 22% – nearly a quarter of the population. The city has a growing economy, with a variety of jobs available, particularly in the science and technology industries.

Is Oxford nice to live in?

While Oxford can be an expensive city, it’s known for offering residents a high quality of life. With lush green parks and gardens, an excellent selection of galleries and museums, and a thriving arts and entertainment scene, there’s always something fun and exciting to do. There are great bike paths throughout the city, making it easy (not to mention healthy and eco-friendly) to get around – and there are plenty of opportunities for fun on the local river, from rowing and punting to boat tours.

Top Oxford Neighbourhoods to Live In

The city centre can feel geared towards students, being home to the 39 colleges of Oxford University. If you’re looking to settle down, a neighbourhood on the outskirts might be ideal. Here are a few of the more appealing areas recommended by estate agents in Oxford:

Popular Neighbourhoods in Oxford

  • Headington - This leafy suburb is home to the city’s main hospitals and is a hub for students, professionals and families. It’s also where you’ll find a famous tourist attraction, the Headington Shark.
  • Summertown - Traditional pubs and quirky shops abound in Summertown, known for its great market stalls and buzzing atmosphere.
  • Jericho - A bohemian neighbourhood close to Oxford city centre, home to a mix of bustling student hotspots and quieter residential streets with a choice of Victorian terraces.
  • Botley & Cumnor Hill - Great friendly-family areas with good bus connections to the city centre and train station, both Botley and Cumnor Hill boast a village atmosphere with access to good amenities.

Areas to live in Oxfordshire

  • Woodstock - A rural feel with a slower pace but with great transport links and plenty to see and do, Woodstock boasts a mix of property types and stunning surroundings. Also known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
  • Burford - A picturesque town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, with a selection of detached and semi-detached family homes.
  • Charlbury - A small and well-connected town in West Oxfordshire, with beautiful surroundings and green spaces to explore.
  • Henley-on-Thames - A lovely market town situated along the river, and recently named by The Times as one of the best places to live in the UK. Here you’ll find a mix of terraced, detached and semi-detached properties.

Read more in our Oxfordshire area guide, or contact one of our experienced estate agents to find your perfect property in Oxford.

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