Accrington is a small but vibrant town in the Hyndburn borough of Lancashire, England. It is located in between Burnley and Blackburn and is just 20 miles North of Manchester city centre. If you are thinking about relocating to Accrington, Accent Housing may be able to help.
We are a housing association offering affordable, quality homes in the North, South and East of England. This includes a range of homes in Accrington and surrounding areas.
In this blog, we are going to highlight the best places to live in Accrington and outline what makes Accrington such a great place to call home.
Is Accrington A Nice Place To Live?
Surrounded by the beautiful Lancashire countryside, this charming market town is a great place to live.
It boasts a significant history, having been the place that manufactured the worlds ‘hardest bricks’ – they’ve been used to construct impressive landmarks, from Blackpool Tower to the Empire State Building!
Today, the town has plenty going for it – despite its bad reputation. Accrington is an extremely affordable place to live. It offers excellent transport links, including links to Preston, Burnley, Blackburn and Manchester.
Plus, it has a range of fantastic schools, including several nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools that have been deemed ‘outstanding’ by education regulator Ofsted. It is also home to the award-winning Accrington & Rossendale College, a further education College that specialises in vocational education.
So, if you want to raise a family in Lancashire, Accrington is an excellent choice!
Things To Do In Accrington
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you will love the 31-mile circular Hyndburn Clog – a fantastic walk that can be done in parts or all in one go. Enjoy the sweeping views of the countryside whilst you wander over the hills surrounding Accrington.
Alternatively, head to Howarth Art Gallery, Lancashire’s finest arts and crafts house, which is framed by stunning gardens. The Art Garden at Howarth Art Gallery is the perfect place for little ones to get creative and channel their inner artist!
Or visit nearby Oswaldtwistle Mills to explore the array of discount outlets. For more shopping, head to Accrington Arndale – a large shopping centre in Accrington’s bustling town centre.
Catch the latest movie at Accrington VUE cinema or drive to nearby Oswaldtwistle for a day out at the Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary.
Best Places To Live In Accrington
At Accent Housing, we often have homes available to rent in Accrington, including sheltered accommodation for seniors. Our sheltered accommodation (also known as independent living schemes) is ideal for people aged 55+.
They feature self-contained flats suitable for single or double applicants that have a lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The schemes also feature communal areas and provide a sense of community. With the scheme managers on hand along with 24/7 emergency support, independent living schemes in Accrington provide security and safety for seniors who want to live independently.
We currently have three independent living schemes in and around Accrington:
As well as sheltered accommodation, Accent often has flats and houses available in Accrington.
Accent Housing also helps tenants get onto the property ladder. If you are on a low income, you can buy a home through shared ownership. Through our experienced sales team Homemade Homes, we have helped lots of people achieve their homeownership dreams.
Finding An Affordable Home In Accrington
Accent Housing offers high-quality and affordable housing association homes across the UK, including in Accrington and the surrounding areas, you can view the homes we currently have available for rent here.
Before you can apply to live in a housing association home, you will need to register first. There are two main ways you can register with Accent Housing, you can apply through our easy-to-use online application system Let’s Move or via B-With-Us – the local choice-based lettings scheme for the area.
Lots of our properties across Lancashire and Yorkshire and the North of England, including our homes in Accrington can be applied for directly through Let’s Move.
To register on Let’s Move, all you need are your personal details such as name and date of birth along with an email address that you can access. After we’ve verified your account, you will be able to log in straight away.
On Let’s Move, you can view our available properties to rent and create alerts so you’ll find out when new homes become available in your chosen area. Even if there aren’t currently any properties available, signing up to Let’s Move ensures you’ll be notified when this changes.
After applying for a new home you’ll also be able to track your application and if you’re successful, you’ll also be able to manage your tenancy through Let’s Move.
Get In Touch With Accent Housing
Need some help finding an affordable home in Accrington? Or have a question about Accent Housing? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated team.
Find your new home
We have a wide range of properties available, including houses, apartments, bungalows, and sheltered housing (independent living accommodation) for the over 55's, available directly through Accent Housing.