Where Is The Most Affordable Place To Live In The North East?

Are you looking to relocate to the North East? Or simply want to move within the area? You’ve come to the best page for advice.

Here at Accent Housing, we have an outstanding variety of properties to rent throughout the UK including several areas in the North East. You’re bound to have plenty of questions. That’s why we have put together this blog to answer one very important question.

“Where Is the most affordable place to live in the North East?”

Where Is The Most Affordable Place To Rent Or Buy A Home In The North East?

According to ChronicalLive, County Durham has the most affordable homes in the North East. In fact, the region as a whole has been named number 1 in the UK.

At Accent housing, you’ll be pleased to know we have many homes available in a variety of places around County Durham:


At the heart of the County is Durham city. The city is well known for its castle and cathedral. 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 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.


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

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 England swim classes, badminton and squash courts, multipurpose studios and spin bikes.

Which Part Of The North East Has The Lowest Cost Of Living?

Relocating or moving towns/villages means you’ll want to know the cost of living before making such a big life choice. According to The Holiday Story County Durham is ranked as number one in the UK in terms of cost of living.

Because it’s a highly populated destination for students, the living, eating and entertainment are very reasonable.

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 country is within a distance of everything in the Northeast of England.

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.

No matter the location you have a beautiful view of either the coast or the countryside. It should come as no surprise, but there has been a surge in people, wanting to live in the area, according to Rightmove data.

Accent Housing: Our Homes In The North East

Accent Housing has a variety of homes throughout the UK, none more so than the North East. Here are the locations we have affordable homes:

  • Middlesbrough
  • Stockton-On-Tees
  • Gateshead
  • Sunderland
  • County Durham
  • Hartlepool
  • Yarm
  • Saltburn-By-The-Sea

Can I Rent A Home Through A Housing Association?

If you would like to rent a housing association property in the North East, you must meet the criteria to be considered eligible.

The North East, especially County Durham is a great, affordable place to call home, that’s why the demand for affordable housing outweighs the number of homes available. Here is a selection of the criteria you must meet to be considered:

  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must not be subject to immigration control
  • Must not be a property owner or have the financial resources to purchase or privately rent a suitable property
  • Must not have deliberately worsened their circumstances intending to secure social housing
  • Must not have housing-related debts or be guilty of anti-social or illegal behaviour

To view the full list of criteria, please get in touch with Accent Housing.

Get In Touch

You can read much more about Accent, who we are and what we do on our website. If you have any further questions about renting or buying a home with us, please contact us.

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