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What's it like to live in Reading?

Is it an area on the up? Are the people friendly?

Asked on Jun 18 2007, General in Reading | Report content

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  • I lived just off Oxford Road in central Reading for 2 years while saving for a mortgage. It's cheaper than more up-market areas and has excellent access to town but I think it had too many chavs/drug-dealers/headcases for me to really be happy there. Also, Reading Council are totally useless at traffic planning which means Reading gets gridlocked at any time other than the quietest times.

    Answered on Nov 10 2009, Report content
  • Oxford Road not as bad as others say... Good place to live if you like to drink (alot)

    Answered on Nov 23 2009, Report content
  • Depends which part you can afford: I live just off Bath Rd on a tiny estate as part of the old Monastery, with conservation gardens, within easy reach of trains and main trunk routes/parks and shops. 15 minute walk to town centre, shops, 3 pubs nearby, restaurants so not at all bad. However Reading needs a cultural shift to get the town into shape re road congestion, street lighting and needs THINGS FOR PEOPLE TO DO. Good for shopping, best friendly pub is Nags Head, Russell St. Oxford Rd end atrocious with high crime, prostitution, drugs, illegal immigrants and burglary. Unfit takeaways rule. Reading is good for escaping to the west to country towns and villages which have so many cultural events. Current housing recession should help you afford the better parts and forming friendships is easy: just start them off yourself !

    Answered on Jan 9 2010, Report content
  • West Reading offers excellent value for money and offers access to Reading town centre and the Oracle shopping centre, plus Reading mainline railway station providing links to London and the South West.

    Answered on Jan 12 2010, Report content
  • I would suggest that you look at the local authorities’ website or to see what the crime statistics etc for this area are. You can also look at the local tourist board website which gives you an up to date overview of the area. I would also visit the area and ask some locals.

    Answered on Aug 12 2011, Report content
  • We would suggest that you check out the local Tourism website & check the crime rates for the area. Do some research on the internet – it’s worth calling a few of the agents too to get some advice. Spend some time in the area that you are interested in too – try to get a feel for the place. Good Luck!

    Answered on Feb 1 2012, Report content
  • Hi, We would suggest that you get in touch with local estate agents in order to get some background about the area. You can search for agents using the ‘find agents’ tab on the top of the Zoopla Page. We hope this helps.

    Answered on Sep 27 2013, Report content
  • Reading is great! Especially from a career and work point of view.

    Answered on Jul 29 2017, Report content

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