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.