REGIONS OF ENGLAND
London is usually the first place an international teacher thinks of when they imagine England. As one of the most popular and vibrant cities in the world, it boasts an extraordinary array of culture, fashion, style, nightlife and history. Its population has now swelled to over 8.5 million people – the highest level since 1939.
London is extremely well connected via public transport by almost all towns in the south east of England. This means you don’t necessarily have to live in London in order to experience the lifestyle.
London is a city made up of 33 boroughs, each with their own local government and sense of identity. The quality of school education varies greatly throughout London from historical private and independent schools to tough inner city schools with challenging behaviour.
Although London is a fabulous city to live in, it’s certainly not suited to everyone looking to teach in England. The fast paced, congested environment and high cost of living can make it a little disorientating, particularly for those who’ve never lived in a city before. Naturally teacher salaries are also higher for those living in an around London
The main areas of London are best understood by simply dividing up into Central, North, South, East and West.
Getting around London
As with all densely populated cities London can be a something of a culture shock especially when getting around on public transport. Thankfully the London Underground is extremely efficient and an easy way of navigating the city. The underground network operates a number of different tube lines all with a different colour such as black for the Northern line, green for the District line and yellow for the Circle line. Many underground stations connect with different tube lines and the underground map is clear and easy to follow for anyone new to London.
Getting around on buses in London is also an extremely efficient way to navigate the city. Although they can take a little while longer when understanding routes, buses will reach areas that the underground or overground trains can’t get to.
London is split in to different zones 1-6. Typically zone 1 is considered central London and zone 6 is the outskirts of London. There have recently been two additional zones introduced in the north west of London.
REST OF ENGLAND
Quantum Scholars also provides opportunities to international teachers looking to relocate across other parts of England, not just the South East and London.
There are many other beautiful and interesting parts across England where teachers are drawn to.
Bustling and thriving cities like Manchester and Leeds in the north of England, Birmingham in the midlands and Bristol in South West England.
SOUTH EAST ENGLAND
HOME COUNTIES – SURROUNDING LONDON
Berkshire is based immediately to the west of London and has a diverse range of towns often with a more reasonable cost of living, particularly when taking into account their proximity to London. Public transport is extremely effective around towns like Slough, Reading and Wokingham and there is the added bonus of having Heathrow Airport within touching distance.
The county is famous for Windsor Castle, Eton College and Ascot Racecourse and it contains on average some of the highest performing schools throughout the UK. Berkshire offers a very attractive and balanced set of benefits for international teachers when taking into account the quality of schools, the cost of living and public transport accessibility.
The biggest town in Berkshire is Reading, which is just 30 minutes by train into central London. Reading is also just a 30 minute drive from Heathrow airport.
The biggest towns in Buckinghamshire are Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, both which provide affordable housing and excellent links to London and international airports like Luton which operates hundreds of cheap flights to Europe every week. It’s a very popular county for international teachers because of its high standard of schools and proximity to London.
The county is famous for Pinewood Studios, production home to James Bond and many other successful British movies over generations. It is also home to Dorney Lake where the 2012 Olympic rowing events took place.
Oxford City within the county is a stunning place steeped in history and culture. It is home to Oxford University, the world’s oldest English speaking university which remarkably dates back to 1096. The city boasts beautiful architecture, scenery, museums, restaurants and nightlife.
Because of its beauty and high standard of living, the cost of living in Oxfordshire is naturally higher than most parts of the UK. Oxford is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UK so expect to pay a little more for the privilege! Other towns provide a more reasonable cost of living but would still be considered higher than average across England.
Hertfordshire is a very desirable and popular county for international teachers mainly because of it’s proximity to London but it also offers a far more affordable cost of living compared to the capital. Its biggest towns Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans are all within a 30 minute train journey of London. Public transport throughout the county is excellent and there are three international airports all within a close proximity; Heathrow, Luton and Stanstead
Hertfordshire is famous for Elstree and Leavesden film studios where the Harry Potter movies were made along with the first Trilogy of Star Wars. The county was also the setting for Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Kent borders the ever popular South East of London and the south east coast of England making it one of the more reliable counties for good weather! It is a haven for breathtaking English landscape, hence the name ‘The Garden of England.’ From the dramatic white cliffs of Dover, sleepy villages and bustling seaside resorts, to historic castles and cathedrals, there’s no shortage of attractions in Kent.
The cost of living is very affordable in Kent and public transport connections are very good. The much loved Eurostar train runs from London through Kent and then onto Paris and other European destinations. Gatwick is the most accessible airport to Kent although Stanstead is more reachable from north Kent.
Kent’s most famous town Canterbury is one the most visited cities in the UK. It boasts a beautiful array of architecture, culture and history.
The popular county of Essex provides a variety of different environments linking the vibrant and cosmopolitan East London with the quieter, more serene English coastline. The cost of living in Essex is mostly very affordable and therefore very attractive to overseas teachers, particularly as there are many schools that work positively with international candidates.
Public transport is very readily available and connections to London are excellent, especially from Essex’s two biggest towns, Chelmsford and Southend. Stanstead airport is also within touching distance and operates hundreds of cheap flights to European destinations every week.
The south coast of England is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for overseas teachers to move to. This vast area incorporates the counties of East and West Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The attractions in the south coast are obvious. Fantastic towns like Brighton, Chichester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Southampton mark the coast line and there are the stunning national parks like the New Forest and South Downs which provide the ultimate outdoor experience.
Although a little further from London, much of the south coast is still very accessible to the city taking approximately 90 minutes to get to by train. Gatwick is the nearest airport on the south side of London and one of the busiest international airports in the UK.
The cost of living is typically more affordable throughout the region although Brighton’s increasing popularity now makes it one of the most expensive places to live in England outside London.
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