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Thinking of moving to Durham? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Durham has to offer.

House Prices 🏠

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Durham is an historic city. It has a Norman cathedral and an 11th century castle which is the home of the city’s famous university (the country’s third oldest, after only Oxford and Cambridge):

  • The large student population lives mainly within the central areas of the city, largely in shared housing
  • Local authority assessments attribute population growth within the city largely to the expansion of the university – the most recent census showed that 17% of the city’s population is aged 20-24
  • Nevertheless, the overall size of the population remains relatively stable and diverse.

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  • Amongst the economically inactive are counted students as 28% of the working population and 2.7% retired
  • Censuses have shown that the working population within the city itself numbers more than 29,000 individuals, 46.7% of whom are employees and 4.4% self-employed
  • Very nearly 50% of the jobs within the city centre are classified as professional (21.4%) or managerial and senior staff (12.8%) or administrative and secretarial (13.3%).

Location and Transport 🚌          

  • The city of Durham is the county town of the County of Durham in the northeast of England – it straddles the River Wear, lies to the south of Newcastle upon Tyne, to the north of Darlington and to the west of Sunderland 
  • It served by Newcastle Airport, which is just 24 minutes away on a direct service metro 
  • By rail, the city is connected to both London in the south and Edinburgh in the north by the East Coast Main Line, with local services to Liverpool, Manchester and Doncaster
  • By road, the city is served by the north-south A1(M) motorway, and from the west by the A68 and A69.

Education 🎓

  • The city has five state secondary schools and three independent schools.

Environment 🌷

  • The city of Durham is something of the quintessential English city – one that the adopted American Englishman, Bill Bryson, has called “a perfect little city”
  • Crook Hall and its adjacent gardens, for example, offer a step back to Jacobean times with its medieval hall and walled gardens
  • The Botanic Gardens of Durham University also offer a year-round escape into natural beauties within a city centre.

Trivia 🎬

Finally, did you know that ….

  • The name itself has withstood the test of time – “dun” means hill in old English and “holme” is an old Norse word for island
  • The “Henley of the North” takes place in a Durham Regatta that has been held since 1834 on the River Wear

  • Famous sons of the city include Sir Bobby Robson, Bryan Robson, Rowan Atkinson, and Tony Blair.

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