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Just south of Newcastle is the cathedral city of Durham. It is steeped in history and is home to Durham University, which features in the world’s top 100 universities. Durham attracts thousands of visitors every year as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to not only the cathedral, but Durham Castle, which overlooks the spectacular Framwellgate Bridger over the River Wear.
The majority of Durham’s residents are students and professionals, but it does not mean that this scenic city is not ideal for families, boasting some great attractions and highly-regarded schools.
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Moving to Durham
There are a lot of rental opportunities in Durham, particularly due to the high number of students. The city centre is ideal for this demographic due to access to the university campus, and rooms in shared houses can cost between £90 and £120 per week. Professionals can also benefit from luxury apartments being available for £600 to £750 pcm. The best places for families to rent is in the surrounding villages, where a three-bed semi will require a budget of £850 pcm. However, there are some wonderful Victoria terraces for smaller families which vary between £350 and £495 pcm.
If you would prefer to buy in Durham, you will be impressed with the wide variety of properties available. The villages on the outskirts attract a lot of families, but prices fluctuate heavily dependent on the location. For example, a three-bed semi in Shincliffe will require a minimum budget of £250,000, whereas £66,000 will get you the same property in Ushaw Moor. If you are looking to buy in Durham, it is best to shop around the variety of flats, terraces, semis, and detached homes.
Schools in Durham
There are a number of primary schools in Durham and many are exceptional. Each primary school tends to be a feeder school to a specific secondary school, so it can be best for parents to conduct some research before settling on a primary school for their child.
The Durham area is saturated with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools, but the highest ranked by Ofsted are Edmondsley, St Michael’s RC, St Godric’s RC, Coxhoe, and Shincliffe CofE.
Equally, there are some impressive secondary schools. St Leonard’s is ‘good’, whereas Durham Johnston Comprehensive and Durham Business College are both ‘outstanding’.
Transport Links Durham
Durham sits in the middle of a triangle of A roads and the A1(M) is just a stone’s throw away to the east. There are a multitude of local and regional buses to get students, professionals, and families to where they need to be.
Durham railway station provides direct services to Newcastle Central (14 mins), Edinburgh Waverley (1 hour 54 mins), London King’s Cross (2 hours 59 mins), York (45 mins), Reading (4 hours 22 mins), Birmingham (2 hours 38 mins), Plymouth (7 hours), and Leeds (1 hour 12 mins).