Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a county in the southeast of England. The largest and most populous town in Buckinghamshire is Milton Keynes with over 200,000 residents. Other large towns include Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Slough. There are lots of villages to explore as well such as Stoke Mandeville near Aylesbury (the home of the famous Stoke Mandeville Games), Anstee near Bletchley (which has an ancient church) and East Claydon near Leighton Buzzard (famous for its cherry orchards).

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Best places to live in Buckinghamshire

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Windmill in Buckinghamshire

Where is Buckinghamshire? 

With an area of 3,467 kilometres squared, Buckinghamshire shares borders with Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire. The principal town is Aylesbury. Buckinghamshire was historically divided into four divisions: Chiltern Hundreds (the northern section), Great (or Eastern) Divisions (the eastern and central sections), and South or Western Divisions (the south-western section).

Areas in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is famous for its countryside, which is popular with walkers and cyclists. The county’s most notable beauty spot is the Thames Valley through which it runs north to south. It contains some of England’s finest countryside areas and small towns and villages. Some of the more popular areas in Buckinghamshire include Aylesbury, Wycombe, Chiltern Hills and Leighton Buzzard

Aylesbury

The town of Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire. It is a market town and also home to the Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is well known for its rolling hills and quaint villages.

Wycombe

The district of Wycombe is located in the northwest of Buckinghamshire. The most notable towns in the district are High Wycombe and Marlow. The area is known for its natural beauty as well as its proximity to London.

Chiltern Hills

The Chilterns are a range of chalk hills that run through several counties in southern England, including Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty because of its beautiful countryside. It is also home to the famous prehistoric monument known as Wayland’s Smithy.

Village near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire

Leighton Buzzard

The town of Leighton Buzzard is located in central Buckinghamshire just south of the Chiltern Hills and northwest of Luton, Bedfordshire. The settlement dates back to Roman times and is hugely popular because of its close proximity to London.

Universities in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire’s primary universities include the University of Buckinghamshire and Buckinghamshire New University.

University of Buckinghamshire 

With a campus located in High Wycombe, the University of Buckinghamshire is a non-profit private research university with over 5000 students. It is the oldest of the UK’s five private Universities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a variety of subjects from law and healthcare to education, humanities and design.

Buckinghamshire New University

Also known as Bucks New University, this public institution has two campuses in High Wycombe and one campus in Uxbridge. It enrols around 14000 students from across the globe every year to study on its various undergraduate courses. Buckinghamshire New University specialises in teacher training, nursing and business courses.

Top Schools in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire has a range of excellent schools to offer to prospective students. There are over 100 state primary schools and 35 secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, ranking it as one of the best education systems on a local level in England.

Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire

Some of the standout schools include:

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School – for boys aged between 11-18, the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School has a comprehensive academic programme that is a great preparation for higher education, includes advanced level courses and an extensive range of after school clubs.

St Bernard’s Catholic College – has been awarded Specialist Science status by the Department of Education to provide excellence in science teaching. It offers high-quality education from Year Seven all the way through secondary school until GCSE exams at 16.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School – Founded in 1561, Dr Challoner’s is the oldest grammar school in Buckinghamshire and one of the most prestigious schools in the country with a long history of academic excellence.

Population of Buckinghamshire

The county is home to over half a million people and Buckinghamshire’s population has been growing steadily since the last census. However, it does have significant rural areas which still attract many new families looking for somewhere quieter than city living but with good transport links. The majority of residents live in urban or suburban settings and there are plenty of amenities available within close proximity such as public transportation services, hospitals, shops and restaurants.

Reviews in Buckinghamshire

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Great place to live in High Wycombe!

Review Date Apr 2022

Safe and vibrant place to stay. Great coffee machine in the communal area. Well maintained!

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Very very secure. Love the bike store with its secure access. Covered parking with remote control access. Concierge to receive deliveries when you are out. Clean apartments that are well maintained. Very happy to recommend to anyone who is interested in renting.

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There is a great lounge on the ground floor and soon a yoga studio is opening 👍👍😁

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Reported dirty walls in the area near elevator. It was promptly repainted.

Balcony door needed lubricant- was promptly dealt with

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Could be better if more courtesy and consideration was given to tenants.

Review Date Apr 2022

Plenty of shops nearby, which excuses the loud noises of pallettes and bins at night. Zero parking availability except Eden which usually costs £10 for a night.

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The design of the development is great, however there’s a bundle of disappointing issues which the management team fail to address.

There is no visitor car parking, even if you pay £50 a month for a spot, visitors now cannot use the spot with their stringent new rules.

I was refused a spare key fob, with lack of a good reason. This meant massive issues and risks, and meant that when I lost my fob they spent 2 days escorting me to and from my flat as well as needing to awake a neighbour for out of hours access to my property.

I could not contact staff out of hours, which is extremely concering.

If someone were to need emergency access, out of hours it could take them 11 hours to respond.

Furthermore the attitude from the main managing staff was far from acceptable, the way I was spoken to left me gobsmacked while I ponder the grand amount being spent per month on the flat.

The security has failed recently, we noticed drug users entering through the broken back gates at night time, picking up cigarette butts from the courtyard floor.

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Upon me moving in, they gave my mother a spare fob. When I asked for a new spare fob for my personal use, they denied ever giving out spare fobs and claimed my mother should have never been given one.

I wish they didn’t change the rules on car parking since my tenancy started. I always paid for a parking spot which I’ve now cancelled. If I’m paying £50 a month for a car parking, I damn well expect as many cars as I want to be allowed to park in the spot.

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Not appropriately whatsoever, and they’ve ignored most of my emails which raise issues.

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Nearly one year in and very happy :)

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Review Date Apr 2022

Basically it’s quiet apart from some party noise from the Uni on the weekend, which I don’t mind. Bin area is great, parking is good, glad that some measures have been put in place to deal with unauthorised parking. Gate needs to be fixed. Location superb for facilities.

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The facility is kept clean, the nice staff are approachable, proactive and sociable, I love the great new lobby where I can meet up with visitors and work, it is really easy living, the other tenants are all pleasant and sensible, it is a great location, and any issues are resolved promptly.

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Spend a bit of time reading all the appliance instructions and understand the controls

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Excellent. Minor issues dealt with promptly and comprehensively

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The design of the flats and the specific apartment I am in is very well done

Review Date Apr 2022

The location is great proximity to the motorway, gyms, shops and restaurants. I have not had any bad experience since being there the first month and the people that work at Howard court are very friendly.

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Property management are very pro-active and helpful to your needs and requirements. The design of the flats and the specific apartment I am in is very well done. Very clean residential areas and the communal facility downstairs is very well thought out and accomodating.

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There was nothing I would have rather known before moving in. Excellent to see there is a local gym opposite.

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They were very helpful and pro-active in dealing with a minor issue i raised.

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