Education is not just important – it’s essential for equipping yourself with the tools to enjoy a successful career with many prospects. When you have small children, it can be difficult to imagine what their future will look like. Will they undertake further education, such as university? Will they leave home at 16? Or will they decide to live with you longer, enabling them to save money for a house of their own? As a parent, you can only guess at this stage. There are certain things you can do however to help give your children the best possible chance at receiving a good education, including moving to an area close to strong educational benefits.
To help you find your perfect home as well as the best educational area for your family, we’ve compiled a list of some of the UK’s top university cities in proximity to our developments up and down the country. So let’s take a closer look at the university cities and the benefits they can offer your children.
As Oxford and Cambridge are widely regarded as the best universities in the UK, we’ve decided to focus on the other great university cities out there, such as:
Ranked in third place after both Cambridge and Oxford for mathematics, Durham University has long been popular with academics. If you’re looking to bring up your children in a traditional and historic city with plenty of charm then Durham is ideal. With a wide choice of educational establishments to choose from, you can rest assured that your children will receive a strong educational upbringing in this city. And should they wish to pursue further education, Durham University is right on the doorstep of many of our developments including The Meadows (1 mile), Park View and Bishops Park (11 miles).
The Scottish county of Fife is home to St. Andrews University – an establishment widely renowned for producing top notch graduates. It is thought that university students and staff make up around one third of the population during term-time – what better way to ensure that your children grow up with a thirst for knowledge and a will to pursue their studies further? A trip across the Tay Road Bridge and through Dundee is our Rosemount Meadows development in Blairgowrie sitting 26 miles from the university town. St Andrews University is also 30 miles from our Victoria Mills development in Dunfermline which was designed with the busy urban professional in mind with striking apartments.
The metropolitan city of Manchester is home to not one, not two, but three excellent universities (The University of Manchester, The University of Salford, and Manchester Metropolitan University). Steeped in history and surrounded by culture and stunning architecture, there could be no better city to inspire your children and give them a passion for learning. Unity Quarter is located a mere 3 miles away from Manchester (4 miles from the university) and has excellent access to the city centre as well as Salford and locations across the North West. Unity Quarter provides a fantastic location for young professionals, first time buyers and families and could be the perfect location for students to travel to and from university.
Ranked in third place in the list of most popular universities, Edinburgh University receives around 47,000 applications per year. Its popularity is due to the university’s top quality facilities and investment in the very best teaching staff. It’s no wonder so many people want to be there, and living in the local area will allow your children to witness this first hand. We have a variety of developments in and around Edinburgh that offer extensive public transport routes that will come in handy if you choose to study at Edinburgh University. Our Varcity North and South developments are located close to the city centre and are both in walking distance of some of the city’s most popular attractions. If the city centre lifestyle isn’t for you we have a variety of developments located in close proximity to Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, making an easy commute for you and your family. Polofields, Rosalea and Dalmore Mill are all on the outskirts of Edinburgh and offer a fabulous rural community feel while still having the buzz of the city in your reach.
Regarded as a top class university with plenty of scope for enjoyment outside of the lecture theatres, Nottingham is a great place to live. Unlike many universities, Nottingham is campus-based, allowing students to live and study among their fellow peers, without ‘real life’ getting in the way – just think, your children could move into halls and still only be a short distance away from you; handy for visiting them. With the bustling and thriving city centre a mere 10 minutes’ away from the main campus, Nottingham students are never short of something to do. Our Dukesmead and Weavers Court developments are within a 10 mile radius of Nottingham University. Both have excellent commuting routes with easy access to the M1 motorway and links to Derby, Leicester and beyond with a range of stunning new homes available.
So there you have it – our top five university cities. Where did you go to university? Would you have preferred to study close to your home town?
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