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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Review Date May 2022

When we moved we were told there would be a district village centre with shops bars restaurants and a new doctors – three years on nothing and at least another two to wait ! There was never a plan for a doctors that was a lie. There is inadequate visitors spaces and the only traffic and anti social behaviour we experience is from Redrow themselves building three extra houses in a phase that was completed three years ago!

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House is lovely, could be bigger no storage and told you can’t use the attic as it invalidates your guarantee – not told this before you buy! No facilities within in the estate the only nice bit of grass has just had three houses crammed onto it – the whole estate is just house after house after house. Ridiculous fees have to be paid to a property management company who do nothing so beware these fees are also uncapped so they can charge what they like, dead grass dead plants weeds everywhere your fees also cover the whole of Arborfield which is unkempt and looks a mess ! Horrible developer horrible estate, nasty bullies wish we had never moved here. Houses are built onto pathways so you just have constant people traffic all day outside your home and they plant your gardens with grass which dogs use as their toilets – you are not allowed to put up any form of fencing to prevent this or alter the front of your property for five years. The pictures show oil patches left in the road outside our home from Redrow whose contractors park outside directly outside our home on a daily basis ruining our lives. It Sat morning and they started at 730am once again they are relentless.

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How awful their customer service is and lack of empathy and understanding this company take your money and throw you to the dogs

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We get told tough deal with it you knew we were going to build another three houses yes but we did not consent to be treated in this manner and bullied on a daily basis

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Average apartments for youngsters

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Review Date May 2022

In Maidenhead and there’s not really much in the local vicinity, but you are local to bus and trains

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Lived in first floor apartment, awful. Every weekend good luck getting sleep as people walk last from the strip club around 5am being loud. TV Ariel never worked in bedroom and toilet leaked attempted fix. Worked for a week and broke again.

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Local pubs, poor customer services, they actually check utilities. Fix something first time and not take 4 months with no success.

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Takes a while and when attempts fixes then happen but shortly after they break again my

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Nice flats

Review Date May 2022

Good: it’s in the city centre and close to everything. It is also close to the train station and has great transport links.

Bad: It gets noisy at night time.

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The flats are lovely and well designed. Property management in my building are very good and helpful. However, there aren’t enough events and when I emailed the events team with suggestions, I was ignored.the 14th floor has so much potential and it would be great if this was utilised more.

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How noisy it can get at night. The flats need better soundproofing.

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I haven’t gotten round to raising them yet. I will look to do this the next time I see someone from PM.

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Review Date May 2022

Location wise, I can say it is in perfect location. Close to High Street and coffee shop. Close to leisure centre and also station. We are very happy location wise.

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Design wise I noticed below drawback.
Poor sound insulation. Noise from upstairs.
Balconies facing each other.
Kitchen too small.
No wardrobe for second room.
Appliances not great quality.

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No cctv for cycle storage. Lost 2 bicycles.
Gardening should have been better.

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Noise insulation. I would have bought 1st floor instead of ground floor.

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Location is very good. Near to shopping, coffee shop , river thames

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