Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Situated on the eastern edge of the city, Barking and Dagenham is one of the most populous boroughs in all of London. With plenty to offer in terms of amenities and attractions, as well as great transport links into central London, Barking and Dagenham is a perfect place to call home. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at what makes Barking and Dagenham so special.

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Very Good

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Average

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Disappointing

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Very Poor

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Best places to live in Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Where is Barking and Dagenham?

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is located in the East of London, neighbouring Havering and Redbridge to the north, Newham to the south-west and Tower Hamlets to the south. The borough’s eponymous town centre lies around twenty miles from Charing Cross, whilst Barking Abbey can be found just four miles from Canary Wharf – easily accessible by way of the A13 or overground train services.

Areas in Barking and Dagenham

Barking & Dagenham has changed dramatically since its inception as a metropolitan borough back in 1965. With new developments springing up all across this vibrant part of east London, there are plenty of great areas for prospective home buyers to explore here including:

Alibon Estates – This modern neighbourhood is located in the northwest of Barking & Dagenham and offers a great range of family homes, from starter properties to spacious four-bedroom houses.

Becontree – One of the largest council estates in Europe, Becontree was built during the 1920s and 30s to provide much-needed social housing for Londoners. Today, this vibrant community offers plenty of affordable property options as well as some top schools and excellent transport links into central London.

Chapel End – A popular choice for young professionals and families, Chapel End is situated close to Barking town centre and benefits from good local amenities as well as easy access to Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services.

Goodmayes – A well-established suburb with a wide variety of housing options, Goodmayes is ideal for those who want to be close to central London but enjoy the benefits of living in a quieter area.

Faircross – Faircross is a largely residential area close to Barking town centre and offers a selection of Victorian terraced homes and flats.

Becontree – Becontree offers families the chance to live in spacious period properties with gardens, while still being within easy reach of central London via bus links.

Universities in Barking and Dagenham

There are several universities and colleges in Barking and Dagenham offering a range of higher education programmes.

The universities in the borough include:

Barking & Dagenham College – This further education college offers courses including business, media and graphic design, IT, computing, hospitality management, catering, and professional cookery.

University of East London – The University of East London (UEL) is a modern university that has campuses in Barking and Dagenham, as well as Stratford.

Barking College – Located on the edge of Barking, this college offers vocational courses to around 2000 students every year.

Top Schools in Barking and Dagenham

The borough is home to a number of schools that achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings in 2013. These include:

Little Ilford School – This primary school in Manor Park has been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted and has a reputation for being highly inclusive.

Eastbury Comprehensive School – This secondary school in East London has been rated as “good” by Ofsted and has a reputation for academic excellence, especially in the fields of science and humanities.

Barking Abbey School – This mixed comprehensive school achieves excellent results at both GCSE and A-Level.

Dagenham Heathway School – This secondary school in Dagenham was also rated as “good” by Ofsted in 2013.

Eastbrook School – This mixed secondary school has also been rated as “good” by Ofsted, and it achieved its highest ever GCSE results in 2014.

Population of Barking and Dagenham

The population of Barking and Dagenham is just over 176,000 people, making it the eighth most populous borough in London.

Reviews in Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Review Date Nov 2022

I feel like i live on my own flat. APO Barking is very near to shopping area and a quite place to live.

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APO team members are really very quick with their response. I enjoyed all the facilities(Food Disco, Terrace, Party Hall, Playing area and GYM) with in APO. I did not face any issue at all during my stay so i would like APO flats are very nice to spend your quality time.

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I feel like i live on my own flat. APO Barking is very near to shopping area and a quite place to live.

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I did not face any issue at all during my stay in APO

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Think twice before buying Shared ownership property.

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Review Date Oct 2022

Location is very good.
Clean and noise free area.
Public transport available.
No Parking except your own parking bay.
Quite expensive to live.
Service charges too high.

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Very poor quality material been used.
Window very low quality.
Finishing is very poor.
It’s not even a year, Paint is coming out and cracks showing up on the walls.
Very poor management.
Property prices are too high.
Design is ok.
Area is safe and secure.

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I should have done my research on shared ownership property before buying.

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Reported few repairs two months ago, no action had been taken.

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It’s liveable but not worth the money!

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Review Date Oct 2022

It is clear that Barking will be a great area in 10 or so years but at the moment it feels like it’s lacking a variety of things such as shops, hair salons and restaurants/cafes. The market sells a lot of tatty products but there is a plant stall that is amazing! Parking is impossible here but the local transport options are amazing. Noise wise, the biggest issue is the building works, I have to apologise to colleagues daily as the noise is so bad and makes the flat vibrate. I’ve never noticed any issues with bin collections. The locals ate very rude and have pushed in front of lines, stepped on and just lacked general manners on multiple occasions. It also doesn’t feel safe in the evenings as there is a big gang culture around the area and lots of homeless people.

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The development is clean and looks modern from the outside, but it has been built quickly and cheaply. We can’t have light fixtures, tv fixtures or other heavier wall fixtures as there is a risk of it breaking a ceilingwall. Also the space is under optimised, the kitchen has awkward cupboards with unusable spaces, the wardrobe folding space is awkward, it’s deffo not a “walk-in wardrobe”. The bathrooms are nice sizes but the appliances feel plasticky and cheap. The windows are never cleaned and we have constant dust from the building work so our balcony is unusable. The gym is decent and the terrace is super nice, I love the free events held up there! It’s perfect for fire works too 😊 the maintenance guys are great too!

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I wish I’d known about the building works being so bad, it’s horrible and makes it hard to work from home.

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They’ve responded promptly and been transparent regarding ongoing issues!

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Run while you can !!!

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Review Date Oct 2022

The shops are far, they just installed a co-op which of all the other shop manufacturers is the most expensive shop to put in the development. The shop was delayed by over a year and delays aren’t communicated properly without an actual reason leaving residents to chase the development for answers.
The smell in the area is disgusting with the food recycle on one side and the sewage plant on the otherside

There is no where for children to play football or other ball games and where they usually would play which is next to the playground they have out a no ball games sign up

Everywhere is difficult to travel to. There is no parking for residents and a total of 8 visitor parking spaces for the WHOLE development. If you don’t manage to get those spaces you have to park in the wilds which even as a resident you have to pay to park! And if its after 8pm you can’t pay to park and have to make sure you’re up at 6am to make sure you pay for parking or you will get a ticket.

The guru system is terrible and costs way more than it should the service charge for the guru system is close to £2 a day and all youre playing for his hot water nothing else
The development is just here to suck all the money from your account

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The building spec is okay however they have chosen manufacturers that cost an arm and a leg to get replacement parts from. For example a simple toilet seat you have to get from the manufacturer because it is an awkward shape the cost of the toilet seat is £150!!! Ridiculous honestly the same goes for pretty much everything already installed in the home.

The building management is terrible we waited two years just to get our windows washed and two years to have a gym installed that we were promised would be open a few months after moving in. The gym is tiny there are no free weights and the tiny gym is for all the buildings currently being built in fielder quarter which means you will never get time to use the machines unless everyone is sleeping the size of the gym is the size of the concierge which is disgusting for the amount of residents the expect to use it

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I wish I had know how much of a money sucking development this place is and the fact that promises aren’t for filled. We get our post months late. I got my birthday cards a month after my birthday fines I got a month after they were due costing me more money. We don’t even have a street sign so deliveries go missing or get stolen. Vehicles have been stolen youd think instead of paying money for parking enforcement they would spend money on security such as CCTV but nope got to collect those parking fines! And provide nothing for residents especially those with one bedrooms that weren’t even offered a parking space the development is isolated with no regard to anyone that would want visitors so good luck honestly I would say don’t even try and buy here not even just to get on the housing ladder

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They have responded but repairs take months to even happen communication is lacking also

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