These two beautiful and historical counties to the west of London combine a mixture of breathtaking English countryside and vibrant urban culture in the towns and cities.
Oxfordshire has a stunning array of villages, towns, cities and countryside including the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and picturesque towns like Burford and Henley-On-Thames. The river Thames also runs all the way from London through to north Oxfordshire.
Oxford City within the county is a stunning place steeped in history and culture. It is home to Oxford University, the world’s oldest English speaking university which remarkably dates back to 1096. The city boasts beautiful architecture, scenery, museums, restaurants and nightlife.
Because of it’s beauty and high standard of living, the cost of living in Oxfordshire is naturally higher than most parts of the UK. In the city of Oxford you can expect to individually pay anything from around £600-£800+ including bills per month based on a typical two bedroom/house share. Oxford is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UK so expect to pay a little more for the privilege! Other towns provide a more reasonable cost of living but would still be considered higher than average across England.
Oxford is approximately 1hr 15 by train to London but the much cheaper alternative is 2 hours by bus and there are regular journeys connecting the two cities. International airports are not easily accessible when relying on public transport and can take around 2 hours.
Berkshire is based immediately to the west of London and has a diverse range of towns often with a more reasonable cost of living, particularly when taking into account their proximity to London. Public transport is extremely effective around towns like Slough, Reading and Wokingham and there is the added bonus of having Heathrow Airport within touching distance.
The county is famous for Windsor Castle, Eton College and Ascot Racecourse and it contains on average some of the highest performing schools throughout the UK.
The county offers a very attractive and balanced set of benefits for overseas teachers when taking into account the quality of schools, the cost of living and public transport accessibility.
The biggest town in Berkshire is Reading, which is just 30 minutes by train into central London. Reading is also just a 30 minute drive from Heathrow airport.