Berkshire

Berkshire is a county in the South East of England. It has a population of around 540,000 and contains some beautiful countryside and towns. The landscape here is varied, from chalk downland through rich farmland to woodland and water features. The county town is Reading and there are many other large towns such as Newbury, Swindon and Wokingham which all have their own attractions. Berkshire also has many amazing educational institutions including world-leading universities like the University of Reading.

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Best places to live in Berkshire

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Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Where is Berkshire?

Berkshire is a county in the south of England. It’s located between Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, with Surrey to its east and Hampshire to its west.

Areas in Berkshire

The county of Berkshire is divided into six local authorities: Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. The towns with the most inhabitants are Reading, Newbury and Bracknell. The most popular areas with home buyers include:

Reading

The largest town in Berkshire, Reading is an excellent location to live and work. It’s home to the University of Reading, which is one of the best universities in England, and it has a vibrant cultural scene with theatres like The Hexagon.

Windsor

Located along the River Thames near Eton College, Windsor is a great choice for home buyers. It benefits from good transport links and easy access to the countryside, and it’s popular with commuters who work in London

Slough

Slough might be known as London’s gateway from Heathrow Airport due to its proximity, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more going on. With a thriving economy based around industries such as pharmaceutical research and electronics manufacturing 

Highclere Castle in Berkshire

Maidenhead

Maidenhead is a town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, located west of London. It has excellent schools and a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants.

Newbury and Thatcham

Newbury and Thatcham are great for families with young children because of the good range of schools on offer. Both towns are also home to a number of businesses, making them perfect for commuters and it’s an easy commute to London from these towns as well!

Universities in Berkshire

There are many educational institutions to choose from if you want to study in the county of Berkshire. The top three universities are Reading University, University of West London and Imperial College’s Silwood Park post-grad campus.

Reading University

Reading University is the largest university in Berkshire and it has a great reputation for academic excellence and student satisfaction. The campus is located right in the heart of Reading, making it perfect for those who want to be close to everything.

University of West London

With a campus located in Reading, the University of West London is a well-known and respected institution. It offers high-quality courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as short courses for professional development.

Imperial College’s Silwood Park campus

Silwood Park is Imperial College’s post-grad campus and it specializes in agricultural sciences, biosciences and environmental sciences. It is located in Sunninghill, near Ascot, making it the perfect place to study if you want to be close to London but not right in the city centre.

Berkshire countryside

Berkshire’s Top Schools

Some of Berkshire’s top schools include Pangbourne College, The Kendrick School, and Windsor Girls’ School.

Windsor Girls’ School – The Windsor Girls’ School is a highly successful school for girls aged 11-18. It has been awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, the education watchdog, and it is regularly ranked in the top 25 secondary schools in the UK.

Pangbourne College – Pangbourne College is one of the top independent schools in the UK, with boarding facilities for girls and boys aged 11-18. It has also been awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, making it a popular choice among parents living in Berkshire who are looking for great state or private school options.

The Kendrick School – The Kendrick School is a co-educational independent school for boys and girls aged 11-18 based in Reading. It has been ranked as one of the top 20 schools in England, offering excellent academic results at both GCSEs and A levels.

Population of Berkshire

According to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics, the population of Berkshire is around 640,000. This number is projected to grow by a further 16% over the next 25 years, making Berkshire one of the fastest-growing counties in England.

 

Reviews in Berkshire

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Great place to live

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Review Date Jul 2022

The building is on the top of the train station, in front of the bus station and near the town centre. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, department stores, supermarkets, etc. It’s a great location.

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The building has been very well maintained in recent years. All my complaints from the last review I posted have been properly addressed and the local management team is very swift when responding to new queries. The design is good, the halls have been painted recently, and the flats are very spacious. My only suggestion would be in regards to the parcel storage. I believe that there should still be one open storage for delivery companies to leave parcels during the day, but also one closed storage for the concierge to put the parcels before the end of the day. This closed storage would need a fob to open, so there would be no risk of theft during the night—which, unfortunately, has happened twice in the last couple of weeks.

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The pub downstairs can be very noisy at times, but nothing unbearable.

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All issues have been resolved very quickly, so I have no complaints about this.

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Good but could be better

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Review Date Jul 2022

Very close to town centre with all shops and amenities. On top of train station between Reading and London Waterloo

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Design is modern, including Google home thermostats in the flats. Then management is sometimes insufficient with rubbish piling up in the bins area, no dedicated bike storage area… I had a few problems with my car being parked in the attached parking lot. leaks from the ceiling damaged my car and it took forever to get the insurance to cover the cost

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Being in a corner flat, I didn’t know how little the flat was insulated. Getting very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

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It was usually very slow. Nothing would happen in the 2 weeks after sending an email. Then I ended up getting my issues solved after insisting

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Love our home

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Review Date Jul 2022

Being right in the centre of the town really helps with everything especially when you don’t drive, the bad I would suppose is it can get busy being so central but that’s never been a problem for us.

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I feel like the property needs more hands on deck in terms of management as there’s a lot of properties and not enough people to support it is the impression I get. But the people are lovely who do work here

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I was well informed prior to moving in.

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Mostly OK, but could be a lot better. Still need our fob key sorting out. There have been some delays with some things but mostly OK.

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Good development

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Review Date May 2022

Locality is good, no traffic noise, and neighbourhood is friendly
Shops nearby is an off licensed shop so usually see people drinking there at night
A new construction has been developed which cause more traffic

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Property design is good but with facilities is average, we have Pod points charging stations around but they have never worked.
Raised it a few times but no response.
Also the proper manager takes ages to respond or never responds

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Charging points should have worked

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Had a few issues but developments did not either responded or looked into

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