Key considerations when relocating to Oxfordshire

The remarkable county of Oxfordshire seems to have it all- from the world-renowned University city of Oxford and a thriving local economy to a mix of villages and riverside market towns.

Its reputation for natural beauty and a high standard of living means that relocating may seem like a no-brainer.

Yet, the practicalities of starting a new life in the county may appear daunting.

How do I get a foothold in the local market? Which areas have good schools for my children to attend? Which area of the county suits the lifestyle I want?

In this blog, we explore the top things you should know about life in Oxfordshire if you are considering a move.


Perhaps the first question you may have for yourself is where is the best place to live in Oxfordshire?

The county possesses an enviable geographical location, with strong road and rail links with London and the south east, Birmingham and Bristol, as well as seven international airports within a 90 minutes’ drive.

It also enjoys a choice of both city living or a more relaxed countryside lifestyle.

The medieval city of Oxford is world-famous and for good reason- it is an architectural goldmine with over 1500 listed buildings beside a beautiful stretch of the River Thames.

In addition to being a student city, it also has a number of highly desired neighbourhoods such as Jericho, Summertown and Headington.

However, the pull of the county as a great place to live extends far beyond the city walls.

All four corners of the county offer something special and unique, with Oxfordshire home to not one but two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In the north and west of the county, the Cotswolds brings a wealth of picture postcard honey stone towns and villages including Witney, Woodstock, Chipping Norton, Great Tew and Burford.

The Chiltern Hills in the south of the county takes in beautiful riverside market towns like Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames, conveniently located with easy access to London via the M4 and Haddenham and Thame Parkway station.


One of the most important factors for young families considering a move is the life you will build for your children.

High up on the list of considerations is the quality of education you can expect your children to receive.

Not only is it home to a world class University, Oxfordshire also has a large number of well-regarded state and private primary and secondary schools.

The county has more than 50 state primary and secondary schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and is home to reputed private schools including the Dragon School, Oxford High, Abingdon Boys’ School, Cokethorpe and Magdalen College School.

Traffic in many parts of Oxfordshire can be a challenge during the working week, so it is important to bear this in mind when considering which area might be suitable for you and your family.

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Life in Oxfordshire

The decision to move is not only about purchasing a property in your price range in an area you like, but also about building a new life.

This means being confident that you’ll be able to pursue your hobbies, become part of the community and have enough to see and do locally.

Luckily, Oxfordshire has a packed calendar of sporting and cultural activities suited to all tastes and a huge number of famous local landmarks.

The city of Oxford scarcely needs any introduction. With some 1500 listed buildings and a huge range of museums, tourist activities as well as pubs, cafés and restaurants it’s no surprise the City of Dreaming Spires is so popular with visitors and tourists alike.

The wider county also enjoys its fair share of National Trust and English Heritage properties in addition to other historical landmarks to explore.

Blenheim Palace near Woodstock tops the list in terms of popularity, with several events which have become firm annual traditions locally including Salon Privé and the Christmas Lights Trail.

For those that like taking to the water, you could have a go at the quintessential Oxford activity of punting on the River Thames past meadows and University buildings. If you prefer to spectate on the sidelines, the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta takes place each July.

For those who have a sporty side, there are football, rugby and cricket clubs in almost every town and large village-you could even try your hand at Aunt Sally- a pub beer garden game that is played almost exclusively in Oxfordshire.

Preparation beyond sale

In many ways, securing your new property marks only the beginning of your move and you must think ahead to the next stages of starting life in a new area.

To feel truly settled in, it’s important to have reputable local suppliers draw from, including services as wide ranging as surveying and solicitors to plumbers, electricians and even interior designers.

When coming from outside the area, it can take time to build up this local network.

That’s why we are proud to offer comprehensive after care services to ensure your relocation goes smoothly beyond the point of sale, by giving you access to our black book of longstanding, trusted local partners.

Get in touch

Are you feeling inspired to relocate to Oxfordshire?

Talk to our expert team of property consultants who will start the journey of locating and securing your dream home in the area.

For further information, you can email or call us on 01865 553956.