The town of Rugby in Warwickshire is not exactly known as ‘commuter-belt’ territory. I mean it’s in the Midlands, right? Little is it known that this historic market town has some very fast and more importantly direct rail links to London, meaning Rugby may well be the ideal location to move to if you and your family are looking to get out of the big smoke.
Here we take a look at 5 good reasons to show why Rugby is a fantastic place to move to for London commuters:
1) Fast trains and a quick commute from Rugby to London
That’s right. The key biggest feature is Rugby’s busy train station. For those that know, this is a game changer, as commuters are able to travel directly to London Euston in as little as 50 minutes! That is faster than a lot of locations in and around London, let’s take a look at the comparison:
- Farnham, Surrey – 54 mins to Waterloo, average detached house price £1,057,883
- Datchet, Berkshire – 54 mins to Waterloo, average detached house price £922,500
- Dartford, Kent – 50 mins to multiple stations, average detached house price £665,369
- Hertford, Hertfordshire – 49 mins to Liverpool Street, average detached house price £981,546
- Colchester, Essex – 49 mins to Liverpool Street, average house price £509,931
- Rugby, Warwickshire – 50 mins to Euston, average detached house price £432,184
2) A lot of bang for your buck when it comes to property
We’ve already seen how the average house price for a detached house in Rugby is at least 20% cheaper than it’s Southern competition, but let’s see what you can actually get in Rugby for the same price as a small flat in London:
£500,000 budget will get you a decent 4-bed detached in a pleasant area such as Hillmorton, the stunning village of Dunchurch, Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore or Long Lawford to name a few. So lots of great options for families moving to Rugby at around the £500,000 mark.
£1,000,000 budget will get you some seriously impressive properties and in comparison to several places in London, where you would be lucky to get more than a 2 bedroom apartment. Some examples in this budget include:
- 6 Bedroom Edwardian townhouse, situated in one of Rugby’s most desirable locations – a stone’s throw from Rugby School
- How about a luxuriously converted and extended bungalow with 7 bedrooms, 1/4 of an acre and a lake, just a few minutes from the station?
3) Lots of shopping and amenities
Rugby certainly doesn’t compare to London, so if you are moving to get a vast array of luxury boutiques, you may be bitterly disappointed. But where Rugby falls short in the haute couture department, it surely makes up for rather well in the more mainstream departments. Dee, Rugby is home to Elliots Field Retail Park, a huge expanse of retail a mile from the town center. This places packs in everyone from Next, Homebase and M&S to Boots, TJ Max and Nike.
Furthermore, Rugby (unfortunately back in the 1960s) had the second highest amount of pubs per square mile anywhere in the UK. Even now, it has its fair share, so if you like a post-commute drink, this could well be the place for you!
4) Close proximity to the countryside
If moving to Rugby and getting out of London to escape the big city is your goal, then you’re in for a treat. Surrounding Rugby is a large number of options for the budding countryside to explore, from waterways to stately homes and peaceful cycling routes to pretty villages. Go further afield and you can easily reach the Cotswolds or the Peak District in less than an hour and a half. The same cannot be said about London!
- Coombe Abbey – 19 minutes, straight down the A428
- Oxford Canal towpath – No need to drive, the canal goes through Rugby (circular route)
- Chipping Campden – 57 mins (35 miles), A429
- Dovedale (Ashbourne) – 1hr 31mins (68 miles), M1, A50, A515
5) World-renowned school to rival London
If you’re thinking that top educational establishments might be something reserved for the capital, then forget it! Up with Eaton, Harrow and Charterhouse, Rugby has a well-renowned school and is up there with the best. Rugby School is a private school for both day and boarding students aged 13-18. Its history dates back to 1567 and it is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain.
The infamous game of Rugby actually owes its name to the school and as legend has it, William Webb Ellis, picked up a football and ran with it, hence inventing the game.
Fees for Rugby School (as provided by Wikipedia) are:
- Boarder fees per term: £12,266
- Day pupil fees per term: £7,696
So there you have it, five reasons why commuters should consider Rugby as the place to move to!
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