Hong Kong is a big city, and the locals are accustomed to the convenience and advancement of the town. Therefore, many prefer urban areas when choosing a place to live. Though London is the capital of the United Kingdom, property prices and the standard of living may not be on the higher end, which may not be as affordable for individuals; many people turn to other cities.
Having said that, what makes Reading the best town in London?
What makes Reading unique is that the city is both an independent and large-scale city, and at the same time, it is very close to London. It only takes 1.5 hours to go west from central London to Reading!
In terms of the subway, after the official opening of the new subway line Elizabeth Line (Elizabeth Line) on May 24, starting from Paddington (Paddington) in Zone 1 of London, taking the subway to Reading, the journey is only 50 minutes. It naturally makes you wonder if you're moving within the same city.
Due to its proximity to London, Reading has always been a much-loved place by many. The city has a total area of about 40 square kilometres and a population of about 160,000. The Thames also runs through the city center.
There is a total of 6 public secondary schools and 38 public primary schools in the city, of which Reading School, founded in 1125, is also the oldest school in England. In addition to public schools, there are also many private and independent schools in the district.
There is also Reading University, which was initially an affiliated school with Oxford University. It was founded in 1892 and is also one of the best universities in the UK. According to statistics, as many as half of Reading's population have an education level above a university degree, the number is higher than the national average, and it is conceivable that its living atmosphere will be different.
The development of Reading is quite modest and sophisticated. In terms of living facilities, many shops in the city center consist of several shopping malls, especially The Oracle, the most famous among them. In addition to more than 100 shops and restaurants, there are also cinemas and even the most. They even have lovely parks and state-of-the-art statue pieces all over the town! People's favourite riverside space is clean and modern, attracting many young people to come.
Another quite attractive place is that the employment environment in Reading is also quite ideal. According to the statistics of the job search website Adzuna, there are only 0.15 applicants for each vacancy here on average, which belongs to the state of long-term demand exceeding supply. That said, it is a reasonably easy place to work in.
Having said many advantages, Reading does not only have benefits, and its disadvantages are also the most easily imagined by everyone, that is, the property price is on the high side. Due to its proximity to London, property prices in Reading have always been low, and before and after the opening of the Elizabeth Line, local property prices rose further.
At present, the average property price in Reading has reached more than 380,000 pounds. The figure is similar to that of many London areas. It is a factor that needs to be considered carefully.
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.