If you are thinking about relocating to the cathedral city of Peterborough in the East of England, you may have some questions, such as “is Peterborough a nice place to live?”.
At Accent Housing, we have many tenants living in affordable housing association homes in Peterborough and surrounding areas. So, we know a thing or two about the city. In this blog, we’re going to share exactly what makes Peterborough a nice place to live.
The Best Things About Peterborough
Peterborough is a historic yet thriving city. It may have a slightly unfortunate reputation, but the city really does have a lot going for it. Especially considering it is currently undergoing a £600 million city regeneration plan, which was announced last year (2020).
New space for leisure facilities, new private and commercial property and improvements to public spaces are just a handful of the projects being carried out as part of the regeneration project.
Aside from the regeneration project, Peterborough has plenty of advantages. For starters, it is affordable, meaning you will be able to find a reasonably priced home offering great value for money, regardless of whether you’re buying or renting.
Peterborough is also situated in an excellent location, offering plenty of job opportunities thanks to its commutability. Cambridge and Kettering are within an hour of the city, and Leicester and Northampton are just over an hour in a car. Plus, you can get a train from Peterborough to London’s King Cross station in less than 1 hour.
The city is surrounded by a variety of lovely market towns, which are perfect if you want to live outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre. In addition, Peterborough offers a great combination of city and countryside thanks to its excellent location in rural East England.
Outdoor enthusiasts love spending time in Nene Park, a “haven to heritage and wildlife” with an abundance of walking trails, cycling routes and outdoor sports on offer. Ferry Meadow Country Park, Sacrewell Farm and Railworld Wildlife Haven are also outdoor favourites in Peterborough. Find more things to do in Peterborough here.
The city also has plenty of restaurants, bars, pubs and entertainment venues. There is always something going on in Peterborough, including theatre shows and comedy nights.
Education In Peterborough
If you are thinking about raising a family in Peterborough, you will be pleased to know that Peterborough has a great selection of nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and SEN schools in the area.
In fact, more than 50 schools in the Peterborough area have been rated “Good” or “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Many of the city’s secondary schools also did really well in terms of their Attainment 8 scores (this measures a student's average grade across eight subjects).
The King’s (The Cathedral) School, for example, ranks number one on the list of best secondary schools in Peterborough, with the highest Attainment 8 score and a rating of Outstanding from Ofsted. Find out more about the best schools in Peterborough here.
In 2022, the city will open its doors to ARU Peterborough, a brand new £30 million university, which is aiming to offer university courses for up to 12,500 students by 2030.
Finding An Affordable Home In Peterborough
Accent Housing is a housing association that has been providing quality, affordable homes to a range of people since 1966.
We have a variety of houses and flats in Peterborough, suitable for families, couples and individuals. Plus, we have a large selection of independent living schemes for the over 55’s.
The number of homes we have in Peterborough is set to increase thanks to the Homes For Cambridgeshire & Peterborough initiative, which is using a £170m government grant to build 40,000 brand new homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The first 2,000 of these homes are expected to be completed by the end of the year. This initiative was created following a partnership between ourselves, 14 other housing associations and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.
Accent Housing’s range of homes in Peterborough is let through the local choice-based letting scheme. If you would like to rent an affordable home from us, you will need to register with Peterborough Homes Partnership - more information here.
Once you have joined the housing register, you can search and bid on suitable properties in Peterborough.
Get In Touch
We hope we have answered your question “Is Peterborough A Nice Place To Live?”. If you have any questions about finding an affordable home in Peterborough, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Accent Housing team.