Top 10 best places to live in the UK

View across Edinburgh – voted the best place to live in the UK

The different regions of the UK offer hugely varied lifestyles, from vibrant cities and suburban hotspots to picture-perfect rural locations. But which UK locations are the best to live in? We reveal the top 10 best places to live in the UK in 2023, according to thousands of ratings from verified residents on HomeViews.

What are the rankings based on?

HomeViews gathers reviews of the UK’s new property developments, with residents rating every aspect of their property, including its location. We compiled location ratings from more than 6,000 residents of the UK’s new homes on HomeViews, submitted between July 2022 and June 2023, to create this list of the best places to live in the UK.

See the most popular locations to live in the UK in the map below, and scroll down to click through for more details on each area.

10 best places to live in the UK revealed

Graphic showing the top 10 locations to live in the UK, plus asking prices and rents from Rightmove
Map showing UK regions with the highest resident ratings plus asking prices/rents from Rightmove – click on the image for the interactive map on our homepage

1. Aberdeenshire & Aberdeen

Taking top spot as the best location in the UK, according to the reviews of verified residents on HomeViews, is Aberdeenshire. Situated on the east coast of Scotland, the county combines rugged coastal landscapes and the spectacular hills and mountains of the Cairngorms. The city of Aberdeen is a vibrant, bustling place. Famous for its industrial heritage, with a history of shipbuilding and textiles, the city is Scotland’s third largest and is home to some of the highest-rated new build developments north of the border.

Average rating:

4.90 out of 5

Average asking price:

£211,205

Average rent:

£1,028 PCM

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire
Set within easy reach of the Cairngorms National Park, the city of Aberdeen was named as the best place to live and work in Scotland in a 2019 report by Demos-PwC. Alongside the stunning local scenery, another of the reasons for this was the Read more about Aberdeenshire

2. County of West Midlands

The West Midlands is a busy metropolitan hub in the heart of England, and it’s been voted the second place location by verified residents on HomeViews. With the second city of Birmingham and other large urban centres in Coventry, Wolverhampton and Walsall, there’s plenty of locations to choose from in this part of the country, which offers favourable property prices and rents, combined with excellent connectivity.

Average rating:

4.75 out of 5

Average asking price:

£254,875

Average rent:

£1,075 PCM

West Midlands

West Midlands
West Midlands is the name of both a large region and a smaller county on the western side of central England. This guide covers the larger region, which stretches from Shropshire and Herefordshire in the west to Staffordshire and Warwickshire in the east. Read more about West Midlands

3. Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire takes third place with an outstanding location rating of 4.72 out of 5. While it’s prices are significantly higher than the UK average, and every other location on this list, Buckinghamshire makes up for this with its proximity to London and outstanding local transport connections.

Average rating:

4.72 out of 5

Average asking price:

£530,874

Average rent:

£1,815 PCM

Buckinghamshire

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 Read more about Buckinghamshire

4. Merseyside

Lively Merseyside notches up fourth place in our location rankings. With the ever-popular city of Liverpool and easy access to some beautiful coastline, the area certainly has plenty going for it. Prices in this part of the world are also far below the national average and the other locations on this list.

Average rating:

4.70 out of 5

Average asking price:

£212,746

Average rent:

£965 PCM

Merseyside

Merseyside
Merseyside is an area in the northwest of England, bordered by Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. Stretching across both banks of the Mersey River and centred around the bustling metropolis of Liverpool, Merseyside offers a huge range of living locations, from Read more about Merseyside

5. Leicestershire

Vibrant and diverse Leicestershire crashes the top five in our location rankings, with its competitive pricing and convenient central location. The county has the lively university city of Leicester, along with its fair share of rural locations, all with the M1 running close by and excellent rail connections.

Average rating:

4.69 out of 5

Average asking price:

£301,768

Average rent:

£1,131 PCM

Leicestershire

Leicestershire
Leicestershire is a county in the East Midlands region of England. It borders Northamptonshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Centred around Leicester, an important economic and cultural centre for the East Midlands, Leicestershire offers an enticing combination of countryside and metropolitan living. The county is also known Read more about Leicestershire

6. Edinburgh

Historic Edinburgh is one of the culturally and politically most significant cities in the UK, and an ever-popular location among both residents and visitors. With its wealth of historic buildings, dramatic landscapes and thriving arts scene, it’s easy to see why Edinburgh remains a popular choice.

Average rating:

4.63 out of 5

Average asking price:

£328,956

Average rent:

£1,568 PCM

Edinburgh

Edinburgh
Edinburgh is a city that offers a wide range of opportunities for those who are looking to buy a home. The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the country’s most populous city and hosts many attractions including world-class shopping districts, beautiful architecture, and rich culture. Read more about Edinburgh

7. Greater Manchester

Manchester is a popular choice among students, young professionals and families. The city is home to five universities and two of the world’s most famous football teams. It’s also a centre of industry and commerce, promising strong job opportunities for residents. And to top it all off, property prices in Manchester remain extremely competitive compared to the national average.

Average rating:

4.67 out of 5

Average asking price:

£257,240

Average rent:

£1,143 PCM

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester
HomeViews collects verified resident reviews for new build homes across the UK. The rankings below are calculated based on the overall star ratings for each development. However, the HomeViews Transparency Rating also affects a development’s ranking, as this indicates how recent its reviews are Read more about Greater Manchester

8. Essex

Flying the flag for the home counties, Essex takes an average location rating of 4.61 out of 5. While the county is perhaps most famous from its bustling London-adjacent suburbs, it’s also very rural, with miles of rolling farmland and countryside, and a wealth of delightful villages to explore. You can get to the capital with ease, while the coastlines and countryside of East Anglia are also right on your doorstep.

Average rating:

4.61 out of 5

Average asking price:

£424,946

Average rent:

£1,589 PCM

Essex

Essex
Essex is a county in the East of England and is one of the most populous counties in the country. It has a population of 1.4 million people, making it an attractive place for prospective home buyers to invest their money and enjoy all Read more about Essex

9. Shropshire

Occupying a large chunk of the rural English landscape on the border with Wales, Shropshire is a popular location for those seeking a quieter life. It’s home to the stunning Shropshire Hills and historic Shrewsbury. With property and rental prices hovering around the national average, it’s easy to see why Shropshire rates so highly among residents.

Average rating:

4.60 out of 5

Average asking price:

£305,038

Average rent:

£1,007 PCM

Shropshire

Shropshire
If you are looking for a new home, then Shropshire might be the place for you. This county is located in the West Midlands region of England and has much to offer prospective homeowners. For example, it offers affordable housing prices that will leave Read more about Shropshire

10. Somerset

Rounding off the top 10 with another beautiful rural county, it’s Somerset. This county in South west England offers miles of beautiful coastline, combined with stunning inland landscapes including Exmoor, the Quantocks and the Mendip Hills. Bristol is within easy reach, while the M5 provides access towards Exeter and Plymouth beyond.

Average rating:

4.57 out of 5

Average asking price:

£392,808

Average rent:

£1,353 PCM

Somerset

Somerset
Somerset is a beautiful county in the south of England, with plenty to offer any prospective home buyers. The county has lush green fields and an abundance of wildlife, with some areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). For those looking for Read more about Somerset

Aberdeen: No.1 in the UK

The city of Aberdeen and the wider county of Aberdeenshire blows the competition out of the water in 2023. It ranks as the best location according to the reviews of new build residents on HomeViews over the past 12 months. Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire scored a whopping average location rating of 4.9 out of 5.

So what makes Aberdeen such a highly rated location? Verified residents at Aberdeen’s new build developments consistently mention the factors below in their reviews:

  1. Walking distance to local amenities
    New build residents place great emphasis on proximity to local shops and amenities. The ability to walk to the shops and local facilities is not only good for your health, it fosters a sense of connection to your local community.
  2. Transport connections
    Easy access to great transport connections just makes life easier. It’s no surprise to see it rank highly among the reasons given for Aberdeen’s top ranking. As a small and relatively isolated city, it’s important for residents to have access to nearby road and rail links.
  3. Safe, friendly community
    Safety, a sense of community and the friendliness of local residents is also a key theme to emerge in reviews from Aberdeen and the wider Scotland region. Residents value these factors in making them feel at home, and creating a connection to the location in which they live.

New build developments in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is home to some impressive new build developments, including plenty of modern apartment buildings as well as single family homes. The highest-rated development in the region is The Point by Dandara Living. This build to rent development in the heart of the city currently has a near-perfect 4.91 out of 5 location score from residents.

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Property prices in the UK’s best-rated locations

As of December 2023, the average price of a property in the UK is £285,000. Prices can vary widely, though, according to region.

According to Rightmove, the average asking price in Aberdeen is £185,000 (as of March 2024). This places it some way below the average for the UK. Aberdeen’s asking prices have decreased by 3.0% in the past year, compared to an average decrease of 1.4% across the UK.

The average property prices across the top 10 locations are as follows (all data is taken from Rightmove, covering the 12 months to March 2024):

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Worst places to live in the UK

Now that you know the best places to live in the UK, you might be wondering what our reviewers had to say about the worst locations to live in. Based on data from HomeViews’ latest Location Ratings Report, the North East of England was the UK’s lowest-rated wider region with an average score of 3.9 out of 5. London ranked second from bottom, with a still-respectable location score of 4.35 out of 5.


Are you considering relocating to a different part of the UK? If you want to find out about any of the locations above, or any other UK location, read our comprehensive area guides. Click on the HomeViews homepage, select ‘Guides’ from the menu and choose which area you’d like to explore.

HomeViews is the only independent review platform for residential developments in the UK. Prospective buyers and tenants use it to make an informed decision on where to live based on insights from carefully verified resident reviews. Part of Rightmove since February 2024, we’re working with developers, house builders, operators, housing associations and the Government to give residents a voice, recognise high performers and to help improve standards across the industry.

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