Is County Durham A Nice Place To Live?

County Durham is an excellent place to live and call home. Situated in between Newcastle, Sunderland and Hartlepool, the ceremonial country is within a distance of everything in the Northeast of England.

Here at Accent Housing, we have an outstanding variety of properties to rent throughout the UK including County Durham. If you’re relocating to the area, you’re bound to have plenty of questions.

Luckily for you, you have landed on the perfect page for your questions to be answered. In this blog, we are going to discuss County Durham; is it a nice place to live? What does the area have to offer? And the options available if you’d like to rent a home through Accent Housing.

Living In County Durham

County Durham is the ideal place to live for couples, overs 55’s and families. The variety in the county is not only ideal, but it's also affordable, it has a rich history and breathes culture. The County hosts medieval castles, forests, waterfall and of course the world heritage site cathedral.

No matter the location you have a beautiful view of either the coast or the countryside. County Durham is a myriad of beautiful towns and villages with a bustling city at the heart. It should come as no surprise, but there has been a surge in people, wanting to live in the area, according to Rightmove data.

Places To Live In County Durham


At the heart of the County is Durham city. The city is well known for its castle, cathedral and university. A bustling university city through the academic year, Durham in summer offers vast greenery and even wooden boats for its waterway. 

As part of the wider Tyne and Wear Green Belt area, Durham is surrounded by a viaduct, wood, and golf course. With a thriving indoor market at its heart, Durham is also great for small businesses and people who love to shop local.

Bishop Auckland

The large historic town of Bishop Auckland has existed since early AD and boasts the stunning Auckland Castle, which hosts Kynren each year.

Bishop Auckland is set for a major development: The Auckland Project. The project is “dedicated to the regeneration, conservation, and celebration of the stories and heritage” of Bishop Auckland.

The historic town is an exciting up and coming place to call home in County Durham.

Easington Colliery

Easington Colliery is historically known for its mining history, and it reflects that. The towns hard-working past makes it the beautiful place it is today. An ideal place to settle down if you like the outdoors and exploring greenery, with beach access and the surrounding countryside just on your doorstep.

With it being situated in-between Sunderland and Middlesbrough, there’s plenty of job opportunities in the area. The location also means you’re within driving distance of Cineworld and Tweddle’s Animal Farm. Whether you’re a family or a couple, you will never be bored.


Peterlee is a thrilling town on the coast of County Durham. With local shops, large supermarkets, a leisure centre, library, banks, a post office, pubs and restaurants, you certainly won’t run out of entertainment.

Public transport links the area to other towns and cities across the northeast. Peterlee continues to grow. Ever so recently, in 2019 the town underwent a £2m revamp. Including new homes were built to meet the demand of people wanting to live in the area and a gym, two swimming pools and Swim England swim classes, badminton and squash courts, multipurpose studios and spin bikes.

In fact, The Northern Echo has ranked Peterlee as the fifth-best town to live in across County Durham.

Affordable Homes In Country Durham

As you can see, County Durham is an exciting place to call home. The County is perfectly located, has a wide selection of excellent schools and plenty of towns and villages to choose from. But one of the best things about this charming town is its affordability.

Accent Housing has affordable homes in the areas of:

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Durham
  • Easington Colliery
  • Peterlee

Here at Accent Housing, we have a range of affordable properties available to rent, including family homes, flats and sheltered accommodation.

You can view our properties by going to our dedicated page on our website or by signing up on Let’s Move. Our application system allows you to create a Let’s Move account, where you can browse homes, set up property alerts and even apply for suitable homes.

Get In Touch

County Durham is an excellent area to call home. If you have any questions about the area get in touch with our team. Alternatively, if you require guidance on how to search or apply for an affordable home in County Durham, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can reach our friendly team on 0345 678 0555 or send us an email at

We have been providing safe, quality and affordable homes since 1966. Our homes span all over the country and are home to 41,000 residents including couples, families and over 55’s.

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