Moving From London To Oxford

Providing the Best Removals Between London and Oxford

One of the most popular destinations for ex-Londoners looking for a new life with a different pace is Oxford, that most beautiful of cities, and it’s equally stunning surrounding county, Oxfordshire. And even though the migration patterns of former Londoners is back to normal after spiking during the covid years, the city of dreaming spires still exerts an extraordinary pull on people from all walks of life, beguiling would-be residents with the same spell it casts over the multitude of international tourists who pitch up here every day by the plane-load. Since Aussie has its own dedicated Oxford team on the ground here, as well as our base in the capital, we’re in an ideal position to help you move from London (where we began and still operate to this day) to Oxford. We know the streets back to front and can strategise your move so that it’s as efficient and un-disruptive as possible. But if you’re still weighing up the advantages of moving here (or staying in the capital), let’s look into how these two world-class cities stack up against each other.

Contents

1. Where is Better to live – London or Oxford?
2. Should I Move to Oxford?
3. How Much Does It Cost to Commute from London to Oxford?
4. Is it Cheaper to Live in Oxford Than London?
5. Aussie Removals For Your Move From London to Oxford

Where is Better to Live – London or Oxford?

This is a question beset by so many variables – not least, the kind of lifestyle you might be looking for – that it’s impossible to declare one place “better” than the other. It makes more sense to call them “different”. Both are among the UK’s most impressive cultural heavyweights and, certainly, if you were to draw a line on the map from one to the other, nowhere that lies in between the two comes anywhere close. If you like ready access to theatres, libraries, concert halls and great restaurants, then you’ll be happy in either city. They’re also close enough to each other that by moving to one, you don’t lose easy access to the other. They’re well within commuting distance (the journey can even be under an hour, depending on mode of transport) and there are reliable links between them. The principal difference is size and scope. Oxford is a comparatively small city. You don’t even need a bicycle, let alone a car, and it’s not inconceivable, depending on where you live, that you could even get by without taking the bus. But its size also means that, despite punching well above its weight, it can’t compete with the full breadth of cultural and career opportunities on offer in the capital. An argument could be mounted, however, that Oxford is the more beautiful of the two, and its size makes it very manageable to get to know. For people who find London daunting, impersonal and isolating, Oxford would win. But for those who want the biggest range possible – whether of architectural styles or in terms of the arts – London comes out on top.

Should I Move to Oxford?

Despite its size relative to London, Oxford isn’t short of employment opportunities, especially in the fields of tech start-ups, medicine, engineering, computers/IT, tourism, retail and hospitality. And like London, it’s a seven-days-a-week city, with most places staying open on Sundays, but perhaps closing a bit earlier (around 5pm). In the city itself, you’re unlikely to find house prices that are much better value than those in London… but if you’re prepared to make a short commute, then some of the nearby towns, such as Abingdon, could offer more attractive property prices (and many such Oxfordshire towns also have well-rated schools). Similarly, there are attractive villages, including Long Hanborough, Burford and Eynsham, for those who don’t want to live in the city, but are drawn to the county.

Little need be said about Oxford’s world-famous architecture and sense of history, with many of the street layouts dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period. The university is a stunningly preserved example of mediaeval architecture. For a foretaste of the city’s unforgettable beauty, you could do worse than to visit Discover Oxford’s architecture page which provides a great introduction to the city’s outstanding buildings, dating back to the 12th century. Indeed, every single architectural period in British history, from late-Saxon onwards, is represented somewhere in Oxford.f

How Much Does It Cost to Commute from Oxford to London?

From Oxford to central London is a little under 60 miles, and about 90 minutes by car, though, of course, the cost of that will depend on the type of vehicle. To go by train, the cheapest price can be got by booking a specific train time in advance, which brings the price down to about £5.40 (economy). But, as anyone who’s grappled with the UK’s baffling train tariffs can tell you, the price will shoot up dramatically the closer you get to your departure date. Those good-value tickets are, sadly, meaningless for commuters who have to travel at peak times and are therefore easy targets for a rinsing. An annual season ticket for Oxford to London will set you back well in excess of £6000. The Oxford Tube is a well-liked shuttle-bus service with prices starting at £5. It completes the journey in about two hours.

Is it Cheaper to Live in Oxford Than London?

While much of city-centre Oxford is not going to strike Londoners as a bargain, when you average things out, you get a more appealing picture: according to research by Taylors, Oxford housing is, roughly, 55% less expensive than London’s. There are also significant disparities in terms of general cost of living, with London’s restaurants, local transport, leisure activities, childcare, rent and clothing being, on average, more costly.

Aussie Removals For Your Move From London to Oxford

If you’ve come to your decision and it’s time to pack up your London home for a new life in Oxford, then there’s every reason to choose Aussie. Since our Oxford HQ opened in 2019, it’s a move we’ve helped lots of people make. And because we have a team on the ground in both locations, we can offer a carefully planned, streamlined service more easily than removals companies based solely in one or other of the two cities. As soon as you’re in touch with us, we can begin the assessment process so that you get exactly the right service for your requirements. You’ll discover just why we’re called the “can do” company; it’s in large part because we put customer happiness front and centre of everything we do. If you’re looking for a move that minimises stress and disruption, enabling you to begin your life in Oxford in a bright, optimistic and energetic state, you’ve found the company best placed to achieve it.