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What's a good place to live with a 6 month-old and a husband who needs to commute to London?

We are British, but left when we were children and since the birth of our child, we think it's best for us to move to the UK. So, as you can see, we're very much in the dark when it comes to choosing a place to live. We would prefer not to live in London due to cost and lifestyle. I lived in a small village (Tatsfield) as a child and have fond memories of the area. Is it doable to commute to London from a place like Tunbridge Wells? Thanks, Beth.

Asked on May 8 2011, Renting in Tunbridge Wells | Report content

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  • There are so many variants as to why you would choose to live in a certain area, especially with London being so big. I’m afraid you’ll need to be a little more specific as to your exact requirements.

    Answered on May 9 2011, Report content
  • Basically, we are going to be on a tight budget as my husband needs to do an NQT year in a school. He will have to do a lot of supply work to begin with and find something more permanent later. We (my daughter and I) would come and join him once he has something stable. Most work is in London, but I don't feel confident living there with a baby. We would like to rent a 1-2 bedroom place that costs a max of 150 a week and I was wondering if living in Kent would be the answer. I also need to get a job.

    Answered on May 9 2011, Report content
  • I would suggest the outskirts of London as these will be more reasonably priced than London itself. Kent, Surrey and Essex could all be considered.

    Answered on May 9 2011, Report content
  • It's doable, I think the commute is about 40/50mins into Charing Cross. If you specifically want Tunbridge Wells then look for somewhere in High Brooms - there is a small station there which is heavily used by commuters so you get a good service up into London. I rented a 2 bed flat not far from the station there in 2006 and that was £650 a month and it had garage as well, so I would have thought a 1 bed flat within walking distance of the station without a garage could be had for £150 a week.

    Answered on Aug 17 2011, Report content
  • ... all valid advice from previous folk. But bear in mind the cost of the commute to London - annual season tickets from TW to London are currently £3,968 - that's £333 a month (London tube or bus fares extra). Perhaps look somewhere closer to London eg Petts Wood or Orpington - £1,516 annual season ticket and a commute time of 30 mins. Or look at a new town, Ebbsfleet? Expensive train (same as TW fares) but just a 20 minute commute into London and affordable housing. Good luck.

    Answered on Feb 10 2012, Report content

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