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These questions may have been done to death & beyond but i would still ask...since it is for me! :)

I am planning my move to the UK (gods grace) in a couple of months. I have a 16 year old girl who is completing her 10th grade in the US and a 2nd child who is smaller and would be looking for say a play school.

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> If most of the work is going to be working remote & once in a week hike to places like Cambridge (or) Uxbridge for work --> what are the places you would suggest with a good access to say Heathrow (since there would be an element of Europe travel every month). Would some place like woking, reading make sense given the kids and the interest in a good schooling district?
> If i had to live in one of these areas and not do too much of commute, would i need a CAR for myself & the family? Can i do with public transport from any of the towns that you would suggest & rent a car when required?
> What would be a decent/livable & a luxurious salary for a family of 4 - husband, wife, 2 kids mentioned earlier? Please offer a range that can afford a comfortable & luxurious living

Also when you suggest a town/village, please share with me the pros/cons of why you suggest what you do AND if there are any interesting town center/downtown kind of living available in that town/village?

Thank you again for all the help!!
 

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These questions may have been done to death & beyond but i would still ask...since it is for me! :)

I am planning my move to the UK (gods grace) in a couple of months. I have a 16 year old girl who is completing her 10th grade in the US and a 2nd child who is smaller and would be looking for say a play school.

Few questions:
> If most of the work is going to be working remote & once in a week hike to places like Cambridge (or) Uxbridge for work --> what are the places you would suggest with a good access to say Heathrow (since there would be an element of Europe travel every month). Would some place like woking, reading make sense given the kids and the interest in a good schooling district?
> If i had to live in one of these areas and not do too much of commute, would i need a CAR for myself & the family? Can i do with public transport from any of the towns that you would suggest & rent a car when required?
> What would be a decent/livable & a luxurious salary for a family of 4 - husband, wife, 2 kids mentioned earlier? Please offer a range that can afford a comfortable & luxurious living

Also when you suggest a town/village, please share with me the pros/cons of why you suggest what you do AND if there are any interesting town center/downtown kind of living available in that town/village?

Thank you again for all the help!!
Heathrow, Uxbridge, and Cambridge are a bit far apart, so you won't be convenient to all of them. It's out of London, but I'd suggest looking around Reading. You'd be able to get to Heathrow and Uxbridge without much trouble, and house prices are much lower than in London. A lot of people in the area tend to commute into London for work. If you're near a station (especially Reading or Wokingham), you could probably manage without a car. But any of the other smaller communities are the train line (like Earley and Winnersh) really are better with a car. (I live in Winnersh.) Wokingham's schools are generally pretty good (don't know about Reading), and Reading University could be a nice option for your daughter. Reading has a good downtown being a city, and Wokingham's isn't bad. The smaller communities tend to be just housing with limited downtowns (except Woodley, which has a surprisingly nice high street, but no train station). If you wanted to be in a village, there are quite a few around. But you'd need a car to get around in them. Hope this helps a bit.
 

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Cambridgeshire is great!

Hi, If you are not settled yet you should consider living in or near Cambridge. It is a fantastic city full of history but with great retail and top restaurants. For both your kids the schools are a very good standard, both state and paid for. It is a famous bicycle friendly place so you would not need to use a car all the time. The countryside around the city is beautiful and my preference would be a village home just outside of Cambridge, preferably one with a rail line into London. It is a great place but not cheap, although much more affordable than London.
 

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You should get advice on what level of school our 16 year old will be ready to tackle. Agewise, she's ready for 6th form college, but US schools are a couple of years behind UK ones, as school starts a year earlier in the UK and moves a bit faster. Seek advice from educators on this.
 

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Welcome to the forum SophiedeH. Perhaps you'd like to introduce yourself on the sticky at the top of the page. We're happy you're jumping in and getting involved and we look forward to your participation on current threads. It's always good to take a look at the date of a post. This one is almost 2 months old and the OP hasn't logged on since.
 

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Thank you all. Sorry for the tardy response...I was doing a bit of travel and didn't get a chance to log back in.

The topic though is still very relevant because my move hasn't happened yet.

So Sophie ....Thank you for the insight. I will check on Cambridge too.

Any other suggestions please keep them coming. I still need all the help I can get from this erudite group! :))
 

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I lived in Cambridge for a couple of years. It wasn't my favourite but a lot of my coworkers loved it. Cons: Most of the more affordable housing is on the opposite side of town from the train station. The crowds in the centre were insane during the summer months. Pros: I thought the services of the local NHS Trust were very good. There are a lot of things to do. The surrounding countryside is pretty. There is a non stop train to Kings Cross.

I later moved to Bishop's Stortford in East Herts and was very happy there. All of the necessities of life were located near the centre and train station, lots of accommodation near the station and centre as well. It is on the Cambridge to Liverpool train line so is convenient for Cambridge. It's not as good for Heathrow or Uxbridge but is extremely convenient for Stansted Airport (half of the Stansted Express trains stop there). As a non-EU national I loved Stansted Airport as most of the flights were to within Europe and the non-EU passport holders queue at immigration is usually shorter than the EU one. It has gotten more expensive to live there since I left though (but not horribly so), and I found the local NHS Trust lacking compared to Cambridge. The outskirts on one side of town could be affected by frequent planes overhead. I don't have kids so can't comment on schools.

I am also interested hearing about good places in the greater London area to live for a daily commute to central London as I hope to be working there soon. Any advice on areas that are not too expensive, relatively safe and have good transit connections would be appreciated.
 

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If you are looking for cheaper than Cambridge and Bishop's Stortford, but with great London train links, take a look at St.Neots, Sandy and Biggleswade. Similar countryside and not far from Cambridge city for shopping, theatre etc. Trains into Kings Cross if that suits your work destination.
 

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Caseymac,

South of the river you could think about Greenwich, Blackheath and even Woolwich Arsenal (being redeveloped) or Thamesmead. They have the advantage of being cheaper than north of the river, but with good transport links including river transport into the city which takes the same time as the trains but is far more civilised!
You also have proximity to London City Airport for European flights.
Each of the above has lots of amenities and green spaces for the children as well as some decent schools, I believe, not too far away.
I know about 30 non-Brit families and couples who have lived in these areas for about 10 years now, so something there must be right. I only left because of redundancy in a specialist field of employment.
 
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