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The local area guide to living in Oxfordshire

Situated in the centre of the UK, Oxfordshire is made up of five main regions: south-east, west, south-west, north and the centre. It sits within close proximity of London’s commuter belt, while remaining far enough away to be popular with families.

Many of the commuters who do live in the area live in South Oxfordshire, which is a prosperous area that includes the picturesque Chiltern Hills and Henley on Thames – home of the Royal Regatta. There are also easy links to the capital from the north, as trains run directly from Banbury and Bicester to London Marylebone. This area is known for its beautiful rolling hills, while the west is best known for the Cotswolds.

A beautiful holiday destination, the Cotswolds are made up of riverside walks, greenery and the occasional sheep. One of the busiest towns around this area is Witney, which has a population of approximately 18,000.

The south-west is known for its rich farmland and for the Vale of the White Horse – which is a chalk horse that has been etched into a hillside. Here, the most populous towns are Abingdon, Farringdon and Wantage, although much of the area is made up of small villages.

Of course, one of Oxfordshire’s best known destinations is the city of the dreaming spires: Oxford. Home to the world-renowned University of Oxford, the city is full of the kind of grandiose architecture one might expect – as well as the high price tags that come along with it. Rivers are ready to punt down and stone college buildings are intersected with leafy squares.

Information about the local residents

The population of Oxfordshire is approximately 635,000, around 50% of whom live in small towns and villages. Because it’s within commuting distance of London, the county is a popular location for professionals.

Some of the most highly qualified employees reside in Oxfordshire, which is associated with science and engineering.

Nearby schools

Oxfordshire has well-rated schools, but many of them have high roll counts. This means that there is competition for places in many of the top primary and secondary schools. There are 35 state schools in the area, as well as 23 private schools. The majority of secondary schools have an attached sixth form.

For higher education, the county town is, of course, home to the world-renowned University of Oxford. This world-class university is one half of the famous Oxbridge group, and has extremely high entry requirements. The town is also home to Oxford Brooks, which is well ranked in its own right.

Getting around

The county is well connected for motorists, thanks to the major roads M40 and M4. These offer easy connections to London, Birmingham and other major English cities such as Bristol, Devon, Swindon and Cornwall.

The area also boasts strong public transport links. There are regular national rail services and frequent bus routes that serve both the cities and the surrounding towns and villages.

For international travel, Heathrow Airport – the country’s busiest airport – is within easy reach.

Local shops

There are a number of cities and towns to be explored in Oxfordshire, each with their own unique offering. From farmlands and rolling hills to high-end shopping and fine dining, there’s something to suit everyone in this diverse county.

Oxford itself has a picturesque town centre with many high street favourites, and Banbury is also a draw for shoppers with its Castle Quay shopping centre. The city is rich with history, reflected in many of its buildings and squares.

The more rural areas are best known for their natural scenery. Hikers and bikers will find plenty of routes worth exploring, such as the Chilterns and the popular holiday destination, the Cotswolds.

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