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The cathedral city of Durham is located just south of Newcastle and is steeped in history. A large portion of Durham’s population is made up of students as the city is home to Durham University, which features in the world’s top 100 universities. The city is steeped in history and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the magnificent cathedral and Durham Castle, which overlooks the Framwellgate Bridge over the River Wear.
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Moving to Durham
Those looking to purchase a property in Durham will be impressed with the wide variety of properties available. Prices fluctuate massively dependant on location, especially in the villages on the outskirts of Durham. 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.
If you would prefer to rent in Durham, there are many opportunities, partly due to the number of students present in the city. Many students live in the city centre, with great access to the city centre, and rent being as low as £90 to £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 Victorian terraces for smaller families which vary between £350 and £495 pcm.
Schools in Durham
There are a number of nurseries, playgroups, and preschools in Durham. For older children, many of the primary schools are unparalleled. However, 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.
Durham is saturated with ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ primary schools. The best, according to Ofsted, are Edmondsley, St Michael’s RC, St Godric’s RC, Coxhoe, and Shincliffe CofE.
There are also some strong secondary schools. Both Durham Johnston Comprehensive and Durham Business College are both ‘outstanding’.
Transport Links Durham
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).
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.