The northern home counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire all have areas of outstanding natural beauty and rank amongst the most desirable places to live in the UK.
Stretching from the outskirts of London up to the South Midlands, these counties cover a wide territory offering a unique mix of bustling towns alongside the stunning Chiltern Hills and the River Thames. The region is ideal for outdoor exploring, walking and cycling.
The biggest towns in Buckinghamshire are Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, both which provide affordable housing and excellent links to London and international airports like Luton which operates hundreds of cheap European flights every week. It’s a very popular county for overseas teachers because of its high standard of schools, affordable living and proximity to London.
The county is famous for Pinewood Studios, production home to James Bond and many other successful British movies over generations. It is also home to Dorney Lake where the 2012 Olympic rowing events took place.
Hertfordshire is a very desirable and popular county for overseas teachers mainly because of it’s proximity to London but it also offers a far more affordable cost of living compared to the capital. Its biggest towns Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans are all within a 30 minute train journey of London. Public transport throughout the county is excellent and there are three international airports all within a close proximity: Heathrow, Luton and Stanstead
Hertfordshire is famous for Elstree and Leavesden film studios, where the Harry Potter movies were made along with the first Trilogy of Star Wars. The county was also the setting for Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Education throughout the county is of a high standard on average with a number of high performing state secondary and independent schools.
Bedfordshire is considered one of the more rural areas of the Home Counties with half the population living in its two biggest towns Luton and Bedford – both very closely linked to London. It is also one of the most affordable areas to live in and public transport is good, with very close ties to Luton Airport for those wishing to jet off during the school holiday periods on cheap flights around Europe.
Bedfordshire provides a good balanced lifestyle for overseas teachers and has plenty of attractions such as Woburn Abbey,Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Safari Park.