Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in the East of England that has been an important centre for trade, industry and commerce since the Iron Age. The county has over 760,000 residents, which makes it one of the most populous counties in England. It also contains some of the best schools and universities in the country! Whether you are looking to relocate or just learn more about Hertfordshire, this guide will provide all of the information you need!

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Best places to live in Hertfordshire

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Bedford in Derbyshire

Where is Hertfordshire?

Hertfordshire is a county in the East of England. It is bordered to the north by Bedfordshire, to the east by Essex and Cambridgeshire, to the south by Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and finally to the west by Northamptonshire. 

Areas in Hertfordshire

The county of Hertfordshire is made up of several districts, each with its own unique character. Listed below are the most popular areas in Hertfordshire, along with a little bit of information about each one:

St Albans – This historic city is home to some of the best schools in the county and is only a short train ride away from London. The town is home to a range of amenities and facilities, including the Abbey National Theatre.

Bedford – An historic market town with an impressive skyline, Bedford is located on the River Great Ouse and boasts some great schools in its surrounding areas.

Stevenage – With excellent transport links into London and other major cities such as Cambridge and Peterborough, Stevenage is a great place for commuters. It also has a number of large shopping centres and plenty of green spaces.

St Albans in Derbyshire

Hatfield – Another town with excellent transport links, Hatfield is home to the University of Hertfordshire as well as a number of other educational institutions. It also has a wide range of shops and amenities.

Bishop’s Stortford – One of the best places to live in Hertfordshire, Bishop’s Stortford is a vibrant area with lots going on, such as the weekly market and the annual carnival. It also has a great selection of amenities, shops, restaurants and bars.

Hertford – The county town of Hertfordshire, Hertford is a charming and historic town with plenty to offer residents. It has a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars as well as several cultural attractions.

Universities in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is home to a number of universities, including:

The University of Hertfordshire – With over 25,000 students and campuses in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City, The University of Hertfordshire is one of the largest universities in the UK.

Hertfordshire Business School – Part of The University of Hertfordshire, the Hertfordshire Business School offers a range of business-focused courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

West Herts College – A Further Education college with campuses in Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans. Offers a range of courses from A-levels to diplomas and degrees.

Callumn House in Derbyshire

Top Schools in Hertfordshire

There are many top schools located throughout Hertfordshire, such as:

Bishop’s Stortford College – A prestigious independent day school that prides itself on its academic excellence, Bishop’s Stortford College offers GCSEs, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

The Hertfordshire School – An all-girls school with a strong academic reputation, The Hertfordshire School offers GCSEs and A-levels in science, art and humanities.

The Henrietta Barnett School – A grammar school for girls that is well-known for its academic excellence, The Henrietta Barnett School offers GCSEs and A-levels in the sciences (particularly biology), mathematics, English literature and history.

Buntingford School – A mixed comprehensive school that offers GCSEs and A-levels in a range of subjects, Buntingford School is particularly well known for its music department.

Population of Hertfordshire

The population of Herts has been rising steadily since 2001 at an average increase rate over 25 years of 0.16% per year or approximately 11 persons each week on average, according the Office For National Statistics. This accounts for just under 500 new residents every month.

 

Reviews in Hertfordshire

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Review Date Jul 2024

Unfortunately there is no visitor parking and only 1 allocated spot per flat. Also you have to pay for a permit to park in your spot. We didn’t get a permit in time and received multiple parking tickets for parking in the spot that we paid for. There is a lot of anti social behaviour that we have complained about (children playing football in the carpark and smashing car windows). Network homes have unfortunately said there is nothing they can do and they refuse to put ‘no ball games’ signs up.

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We have had a lot of trouble with the building works. There have been several leaks in the property in the communal areas as well as individual flats. The lift keeps breaking down even though the property is only a few years old. All of which we are charged for in our service charge costs. We have expressed our concerns to Network Homes but again there has not been any action taken.

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We wish the service charge would have been estimated more accurately as we have ended up paying thousands of pounds extra than what was estimated.

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We do love our balcony and the size of the flat but there are so many issues that it’s hard to see the positives.

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Good value for money short term let.

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Review Date Jun 2024

The location of this property is fantastic. Its a 2 min walk to Watford Junction station with express trains to London in 20 mins and its a 5 minute walk to the high street with shops and restaurants. Parking is available in secure car park beside complex for an extra fee. There is some traffic noise from outside but other than that it is a very quiet place to live.

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The staff and management are supportive and Agata the cleaner is really friendly and helpful. Whilst the rooms are small, they are clean and have everything you need. Great for a short term let. The building is also very secure and safe and everyone that is living there are respectable and friendly.

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You need to provide your own linen and towels. You can pay for cleaning including laundering as an extra if you want.

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There is a full time maintenance person who lives on site which is great. All maintenance angles handled very quickly.

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Dear Nita,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review about your experience at The Quarters Watford.
It is great to hear that the team where supportive and friendly.
I will be sure to share your comments with everyone.

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The Quarters Team

This property offers an excellent and quiet space to live

Review Date Jun 2024

This place is incredibly beautiful and offers an excellent location. Our room has a stunning view, providing a picturesque and serene experience. The surroundings are breathtaking, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and enjoyment.

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This property offers an excellent and quiet space to live, making it ideal for those seeking a peaceful environment. The staff is responsible and attentive, ensuring a pleasant and hassle-free stay. The location provides quick and easy access to the city center, making commuting convenient. Additionally, the rooms are equipped with all the necessary facilities, promoting a healthy and clean living environment.

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I have been looking for a place like this for a long time until I finally found it, I think this building is very secure and I wish I had found it earlier.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Whenever you have a problem or question, they respond quickly by email and are very organized and responsible

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Dear Bahare,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review about your experience at The Quarters Watford.
It is wonderful to hear that you are enjoying your stay.
I am so pleased to be the one sharing your comments with the team.

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The Quarters Team

The standards of maintenance, cleaning, etc. are exemplaryThe building is nice to look at and the standards of maintenance, cleaning, etc. are exemplary

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Review Date Jun 2024

All the essential amenities are available nearby, and the on-site parking facilities, waste disposal, etc. are organised very efficiently. Super convenient.

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The building is nice to look at and the standards of maintenance, cleaning, etc. are exemplary. The management of the building is also outstanding. All queries are responded to very quickly and in a very friendly and professional manner. All staff in the building are also friendly and approachable. I cannot fault the facility in terms of organisation and management. I’ve been hugely impressed across the board.

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There is nothing I wish I had known. All relevant information was provided and the service has been excellent.

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Very quickly and efficiently. I have only had one minor issue and this was addressed/rectified within 2 hours.

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Dear James,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review The Quarters Watford.

It is wonderful to see how you rated the property and team. Glad to hear that your enjoying your stay and that the team is taking great care of you.

I am so pleased to be the one sharing your comments with everyone.

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