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Why Young Professionals are Relocating to Berkshire

Posted on October 12, 2021 by Peter Donaldson
Why Young Professionals are Relocating to Berkshire

Berkshire is a popular place for relocation for many reasons. The county gets a lot of sunshine in comparison to other parts of the UK. It has a perfect balance of places to live. You can find vibrant large towns, historic market towns, and quaint villages. Berkshire has something for anyone who wants to start a new chapter in their life.

One group of people who relocate to Berkshire that’s on the increase is young professionals. People are leaving places like London for a different pace of life, but that doesn’t mean they’re nearing retirement age. Camp Hopson moves a lot of young professional here because they want a change of scenery while continuing their careers.

Top Reasons Why Young Professionals Choose Berkshire – 

Like many people who choose to relocate to Berkshire, many young professionals like the change of pace. And plenty of Londoners find themselves looking for something a bit calmer than the twenty-four-hour cycle of living in the capital. As a lot of younger people move into their late twenties and early thirties, their needs change. Some new families need more space, which usually means moving further away from London to get more space for their money.

Berkshire offers everything young professionals are looking for. In comparison, the house prices in most parts of Berkshire are considerably lower than in London. For the price of a luxury apartment in the city centre in London, you can get a larger house in Berkshire.

Another thing that attracts young professionals to Berkshire is the ability to network back and forth between London. The transport links throughout the county are improving every year; it’s a short train ride into the capital. From Reading, you can get there in under thirty minutes! If your job still requires you to be in London, then Berkshire provides the perfect commute away. You can enjoy the employment spoils without the gritty hustle and bustle.

Why Newbury is a Popular Choice –

The more prominent places like Reading, Slough, Basingstoke and especially Bracknell are always popular commuter destinations. Their proximity to London, house prices, and the amenities of more populated areas are ideal places for many young professionals.

One of the lesser-known places that offer the ideal location to move to is Newbury. In fact, this historic market town has something of a corporate pedigree that most cities struggle to compete with. With mobile giants Vodafone and software leaders Micro Focus International hailing Newbury as their home, this town is something of an anomaly. This is what makes Newbury the perfect destination for young professionals looking for something different.

Like a lot of Berkshire, Newbury has excellent transport links to London. The commute is roughly one hour, but it’s well within a plausible daily journey. Another aspect of Newbury that sets it ahead of many places is the balance of vibrancy and a better quality of living. It’s quieter than a lot of major towns in Berkshire, but it retains an excellent level of entertainment, leisure, and amenities.

Newbury is also known for its excellent schools and education system, with many institutions ranking highly with Ofsted. For people with young families, Newbury is the perfect place to move to.

Transport Links, Travel Costs, House Prices and Cost of Living – 

To delve into more details, we’ll go into some of the leading travel hubs and price for a season train travel ticket in this section. The example will be the relevant costs to commute to London, including distance and the available transport options. To give you a holistic picture, we’re adding in the average house prices and any cost-of-living data we can find.


Train season ticket to London – £4,860 (cheapest annual)

Travel time and distance to London – 51 minutes (fastest time); 52.6 miles

Average house price – £450,196

Cost of living estimate compared to London:

  • Newbury – £3,175.27
  • London – £4,900


Train season ticket to London – £2,860 (cheapest annual)

Travel time and distance to London – 27 minutes (fastest time); 18.3 miles

Average house price – £443,949

Cost of living estimate compared to London:

  • Slough – £3,485.40
  • London – £4,900


Train season ticket to London – £4,028 (cheapest annual)

Travel time and distance to London – 62 minutes (fastest time); 28 miles

Average house price – £387,373

Cost of living estimate compared to London:

  • Bracknell – £3,589.07
  • London – £4,900


Train season ticket to London – £4,860 (cheapest annual)

Travel time and distance to London – 46 minutes (fastest time); 35.7 miles

Average house price – £456,442

Cost of living estimate compared to London:

  • Reading – £3,678.52
  • London – £4,900


Train season ticket to London – £4,812 (cheapest annual)

Travel time and distance to London – 43 minutes (fastest time); 45 miles

Average house price – £359,759

Cost of living estimate compared to London:

  • Basingstoke – £3,412.75
  • London – £4,900

Education and Preschools – 

Here’s a quick condensed checklist for finding out information for education and schools. All the information is available in more detail from our previous blog by clicking here.

  • Start your research and planning today.
  • Contact West Berkshire Council for information.
  • List all schools plus necessary information.
  • Repeat for childcare and nurseries.
  • Arrange to visit Newbury a few times.

If you’re a regular follower of our blogs, it’s noticeable that we talk a fair bit about preparation and its importance when moving. There’s a valid reason for this – we know from experience that it can make it break a relocation. That’s why it’s crucial to identify tasks that you can start straight away and try and adopt a proactive attitude.

You’ll need to arrange a visit to Newbury and Berkshire at least once but ideally two or three times. This will give you a better idea of what it’s really like here to see if it aligns with your needs. You can then use these trips to arrange meetings with prospective schools and to locate the council offices. Similarly, scout around the area to find the transport hubs and amenities.

Choosing a Moving Company –

When it’s time to organise the relocation itself, you’ll need a reliable moving company to bring you to Berkshire. However, it’s not always easy to do this unless you have experience of at least one or two previous moves. Even for people with a few relocations under their belt, it’s not blatantly obvious how you would find a decent moving company without using them first.

There’s a general rule of thumb when weighing up your options. You need to balance cost and customer service equally, not one or the other. The way of doing this is to seek three separate quotes for pricing. Then check each company’s online ratings out of five from websites like Google and Trustpilot. Look for service providers with mostly five stars and an average rating of above four. Moreover, read testimonials from previous customers.

You should do this with Camp Hopson and start by reading our five-star scores and the accompanying client feedback. Furthermore, we have a stringent Quality Policy in place to measure performance. Additionally, we’re a member of the Master Removers Group that cements our commitment to customer care and accountability. That’s because the highest standards of service delivery will lead to a successful relocation.

Camp Hopson – Master Removers of Newbury –

If you’re planning to move to Newbury or anywhere in Berkshire, you should choose Camp Hopson. We’re Berkshire’s favourite company for moving and storage, and we’ve earned our reputation by offering the best removal services at affordable rates.

We plan every aspect of your relocation to ensure that we’re as efficient as possible and help reduce your move’s stress. We’ll discuss the day of the move in detail to work around your schedule and ensure that we avoid any traffic congestion and roadworks.

Camp Hopson’s ethos is to work closely with our customers to ensure they receive the service they require. Our team will guide you through the planning stages of your relocation, and if you need storage, we guarantee that your possessions will be safe and secure.

If you have any questions about life in Newbury or Berkshire, click here to contact us at any time. Berkshire is the perfect choice for any young professional looking for something different while driving towards their chosen career path.