Why is the crime rate so high in Oxford compared with UK general?
Thinking about purchasing a flat in Oxford, but concerend I may choose the wrong area - any suggestions?
Asked on Jan 2 2010,
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Firstly, while crime in Oxford does exceed the national average, it is in no worse a state on average than many other towns and cities in the same area - compare at www.upmystreet.com with London, Birmingham, Northampton, Reading and Bristol. However, if it's an issue, I suggest looking at Swindon instead - it's roughly the same size (though somewhat lacking in character compared to Oxford), has a lower crime rate, and offers much better value for money housing-wise.
Secondly, I recommend to you the approach I took when I was a FTB in Oxford 4 years ago - avoid most of Rose Hill, Blackbird Leys, Greater Leys and Barton. I didn't consider the estate by the river in the centre of the city, but have always thought it somewhat grim-looking. Littlemore is relatively cheap and nicer than the areas I mention above, and where I ended up. Headington is worth a look too, and Kidlington has an excellent bus service. Abingdon may be worth considering too - it is quite pretty and has decent connections to Oxford. In the city itself, East Oxford is where the market value is in general, but going too far out can leave you feeling disconnected from the centre of town. It all depends on your budget - £240k will get you something nice not far out right now, but £160k will banish you to the outskirts.
Answered on Jan 7 2011,
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