Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a county in the south of England, home to many great schools and universities. The population is around 638,000 people. Oxfordshire has some lovely countryside that would be perfect for anyone looking to move away from city life with their family. If you are considering moving here, this guide will give you all the information you need to know about Oxfordshire!

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Oxfordshire countryside

Where is Oxfordshire?

Oxfordshire is a county in England. It has an area of 1,611 square miles and a population of 657,600 people. Oxfordshire is one of the wealthiest areas in Britain with it being ranked as the fourth wealthiest region outside London.

The county borders Warwickshire to the west, Buckinghamshire to the north-west, Berkshire to the north-east, Wiltshire to its south-east corner and Gloucestershire across much of its southern border.

Areas in Oxfordshire

There are many areas in Oxfordshire that make it a great place to live.

The Cotswolds – The area south of Banbury and Burford, west of Chipping Norton, The Cotswolds famous for its rolling hills covered with lush green grass, stone walls (dry-stone walls), hedgerows and little villages like Castle Eaton. 

Oxford – One of the world’s most famous university cities and is home to over 38 colleges which are spread throughout the city centre, Oxford has a population of 155,900 living within 15 miles (24 km), making it easy for commuters looking to work here without having to deal with long commutes daily into London.

This makes Oxford popular among those working in management roles or skilled professions such as finance & insurance, education and research or even medicine.

Oxford city overview

Witney – located around 12 miles (19 km) west of Oxford – is the largest town in Oxfordshire with a population of 28,000. Witney offers an excellent range of high street shops, supermarkets and restaurants as well as popular pubs and leisure facilities.

Banbury – Banbury is a historic market town located on the River Cherwell which flows through West Oxfordshire before meandering towards Warwickshire to join up with The Thames near Cricklade. There’s plenty for visitors here including the impressive 14th century St Mary’s Church, made from white limestone quarried locally at Kirtlington.

Universities in Oxfordshire

There are three universities located in Oxfordshire: the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes and The Oxford School of Drama.

Oxford University – The University of Oxford is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, with over 22,000 students enrolled. It is ranked first in the UK for employability and second in Europe.

Oxford Brookes – Oxford Brookes is situated about eight miles south of Oxford, between the River Thames and the A40. It has over 16,000 students enrolled studying across three campuses in Oxfordshire and specialises in art, design and media.

The Oxford School of Drama – is part of the University of Oxford and is a world-class drama school that trains actors for stage, film and television. It also runs two theatre companies: the Young Players (for children) and OUDS (the University Dramatic Society).

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

Top Schools in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire plays host to some excellent schools, some of which are ranked in the top ten in the UK, including:

The Cherwell School – This secondary school is located in Oxford and was founded in 1571. It has over 1500 students and is regularly ranked as one of the best schools in the country.

Radley College – A prestigious independent boarding school, Radley College is situated just outside Abingdon-on-Thames. The college dates back to 1847 and has a current enrolment of just over 900 boys.

King’s School – Situated in Witney, King’s School is an all-boys preparatory school that caters for pupils from ages three to thirteen. The school has been educating young people since 1653 and boasts a large sports department with over forty different teams.

Population of Oxfordshire

The population of Oxfordshire is around 620,000 people. The county is predominantly rural, with a number of market towns and villages dotted throughout. Major towns in Oxfordshire include Abingdon-on-Thames, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame and Witney.

 

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We love the layout of our house and it offers all the things we were looking for

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Review Date Aug 2022

We do need more facilities locally, a post box, cafe or something similar. The area for children is great, lots of local parks and green spaces which is great.
Traffic noise is to a minimum and there are local bus links into the town from the top of the estate.

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The estate is great for fitting into the Cotswolds vibe, with some houses made of beautiful stone, red brick and fully white. It gives a lovely feel as you go around which has also been mentioned by our visitors.
We love the layout of our house and it offers all the things we were looking for.

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That the house at the end of the garden has a window that looks into our property.

What is the best feature of your home:

That we have separate utility and a large lounge area.

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Great development

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Review Date Aug 2022

Great area to live in. So far it was great.

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Did not have a lot of issues with the developer so can’t say.
Design is great, wide streets, building management is a bit strange as now it is done by another private company.
The builders did not leave the house clean enough but I assume this happens on every building site

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Good play area. Bad parking, no visitors spaces except the play field

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Good quiet area

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Modern New Builds in the heart of Oxford

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Review Date Jul 2022

Barton Park is the only new build development area in the Oxford City and Mosaics is the first development in this area. 5mins drive to Headington High Street where you can find Waitrose and Co-Op with many other local shops. 15-20mins drive to City Centre and Oxford Station make it a perfect location for residents who occasionally have to work in London.

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Mosaics is a well designed development, the house design is modern and there is a lateral green park with a pond – my kids love to feed the ducks there. There’s X3 bus going to JR Hospital and City Centre so for my parents who don’t drive they still find this location easy to commute. My house was completed in December 2020 and luckily there are just very minor issues that needed touch up from Hill, their customer service team has been always responsive and helpful.

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I didn’t know the visitor parking is managed by third party company so park my car at a bay next to my house to load and unload, then got a ticket after like 5mins. So remember to put the visitor ticket even if you are owner and in public bays.

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Recently my boiler has some leakages and I contacted Hill customer care team, they quickly arranged a plumber to look at it on site. I don’t expect they will help on this as the house was completed more than one and a half year.

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Disappointing

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Review Date Jun 2022

No shops.
not enough parking.
Have to cross a dangerous road to get anywhere.
Traffic noise is awful.

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My building is designed slanted so my walls are not straight.
There are bo shops at all yet in the area and have been living here for over 3 years, the development isn’t yet complete and there are plans to but surely this should have been done sooner.

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The parking is terrible, there is not enough spaces. The wardens are relentless.

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

The council are great at getting thing fixed and there have been alot of problems. From what I have heard from private owners though, there side hasn’t been as easy.

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