London is a preferred place of residency for many immigrants living in the UK. As this city is always bustling and brimming with lively culture, one might have trouble finding the perfect real estate and district to live in.
As a parent, you may be concerned about your children's education and revolve your decision around the education district and if it fits your budget.
A study by the UK Department for Education compared the performance of Year 11 students' GCSE English and Mathematics subject performance across schools in London. The study showed over two-thirds of students in Kingston and Sutton with grades averaging from A* to B.
The top five performing districts also included Barnet, Richmond and Kensington & Chelsea, followed by Redbridge, Westminster, Ealing, Wandsworth and Harrow, coming in at sixth to tenth.
That said, let us give you a breakdown of these districts alongside the highlights and attractions that come with them!
Hammersmith is one of the most well-renowned school districts in London. Besides a list of reputable State schools, it also boasts quality private schools on King Street.
Having said that, students are assigned to schools based on their location. Currently, this district's real estate varies from £700,000 to £800,000 for one-bedroom units and can lead to £1,000,000 for two-bedroom units.
Up next we Barnet. Other than the fact that it exudes a great educational network in London, the area is popular among Hong Kong immigrants. This is so due to the new Chinatown district, Colindale, that acts as a small 'Hong Kong'. With a large Asian community to accompany it, the vicinity is filled with many Asian restaurants and two large Chinese Super Leagues; it even has the famous Bang Bang Oriental!
If you are interested in investing in a property here, a price for a one-bedroom unit can be priced from £400,000 to £500,000, while a two-bedroom unit is approximately £500,000 to £600,000.
Another reputable school district goes to Harrow! Despite many great educational institutions around the area, Harrow does not have Grammar Schools.
Regarding transportation, it is rather convenient to travel from Harrow to and from central London. Using the train station and subways takes approximately half an hour to head to or from both areas. As for the real estate, the prices are lower than Hammersmith and Barnet; a one-bedroom unit can be priced from £300,000 to £400,000, while a two-bedroom unit is approximately £400,000 or more.
Lastly, Kingston Upon Thames is the most popular among Hong Kong immigrants; the living facilities and environment are quiet, clean and safe. The area also has excellent Grammar schools alongside reputable public schools.
Kingston is an area short on subway access - locals mainly use the train as a travelling alternative. Though the place is a bit far out, the real estate may be on the steeper end. After all, it is known to be on the wealthier side of London. One-bedroom units can be priced from £500,000 to £600,000, while a two-bedroom unit is approximately £700,000 to £900,000 or more.
There you have it! Before deciding which area to reside in, do remember to research the real estate and the environment, ensuring that they cater to your personal preferences.
Postscript: The picture shows Muswell Hill in north London, voted one of the best places to live in London by The Sunday Times' "Best Places To Live" guide.
This article was written by Miao Xiaotong, the founder of British Immigrants and a British barrister. If you want to know a little more about the UK and immigration to Ireland, you are welcome to contact our team directly; we hope to make your planning easy and smooth.