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Moving to Greenwich

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

22nd Jul 2020 (Last updated on 30th Jul 2020) 6 minute read

Located Southeast of London, Greenwich is a London borough famous for lending its name to the Greenwich Median and Greenwich Mean Time. Property is in high demand here as it provides residents with the best of both worlds, mixing city and country life perfectly.

With beautiful architecture, spacious parks and The Royal Observatory attracting hundreds of visitors every year, it’s easy to see how you can fall in love with Greenwich, wanting to call it home. Some areas may be known for their high prices but there are affordable areas to be discovered, it just takes a little hunting. 

To prepare you before booking a reliable Greenwich removal company, Compare My Move has created this guide to explore all the important aspects you need to consider before moving to Greenwich. From property prices to transportation, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about living in Greenwich.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Property in Greenwich
  2. Best Places to Live in Greenwich
  3. Schools and Education in Greenwich
  4. Where to Work in Greenwich
  5. Transport in Greenwich
  6. Entertainment in Greenwich
  7. Crime in Greenwich
  8. Saving Money on Your Move to Greenwich

Property in Greenwich

Greenwich isn’t the cheapest London borough, however, it offers a range of diverse accommodation to choose from, all with beautiful and historic architecture to admire. From modern new-builds to gorgeous Georgian terraced houses, you can easily find the perfect home for you.

The average current asking price of property in Greenwich is £514,987, according to Zoopla. However, this is much cheaper than the average for London where the average price is £962,772. Over the last 12 months, detached homes in Greenwich sold for £918,735, whilst semi-detached properties sold for £550,886. terraced homes sold for £509,605 and flats sold for £391,074.

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Best Places to Live in Greenwich

To help you with your move, we’ve provided you with a list of 5 areas within Greenwich and the average cost of buying a house as well as the average asking rent price. All data has been taken from Zoopla’s current asking prices.

AreaAverage Asking PriceAverage Asking Rent (pcm)
Thamesmead £286,022

£1,133

Plumstead£362,106£1,084
Avery Hill£429,596
£688
Eltham£454,353
£1,646
Deptford

£493,778

£1,643

1. Thamesmead

Thamesmead offers affordable property and rent price comapred to London as a whole. The average asking price for a Thamesmead property is £286,022, which is only a bit higher than the national average. A quiet residential area, Thamesmead is ideal for families looking to settle down. 

2. Plumstead

With an abundance of green spaces, Plumstead offers a great community feel. An average house price of £362,106, property prices remain more affordable than most areas in London. Plumstead is home to Victorian terraces, new builds and flats to choose from. 

3. Avery Hill

Home to the University of Greenwich campus, Avery Hill has an average property price of £429,596. Avery Hill has a large population of students but is a safe and friendly area. You can get into the city centre of London in just over 30 minutes. 

4. Eltham

Boasting 1930s semi-detached properties, the average property price in Eltham is £454,353. Eltham is home to excellent primary and secondary schools so is an ideal area if you're moving house with children.

5. Deptford

Hosting local markets and independent shops, Deptford is a creative and bustling town. The town is extremely well-connected with trains to London Bridge every 6-11 minutes. Property is sought after in Deptford, with the average property price being £493,778.

Schools and Education in Greenwich

Whether you’re moving to Greenwich with a family or with the hopes of soon starting one, it’s important to check the local schools to see if they suit you and your children’s requirements. There are a number of highly-respected schools in Greenwich, many rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted reports.

To aid you in your research in securing a school place, we’ve created a brief list of the top 5 primary and secondary schools in Greenwich using data from School Guide, Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The 5 Best Primary Schools in Greenwich:

Primary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating

Halstow Primary School

Greenwich

5-11

Outstanding

All Saints' Church of England Primary School

Blackheath

4-11

Outstanding

Tidemill Academy

London

3-11

Outstanding

Millennium Primary School

Greenwich

3-11

Outstanding

Meridian Primary School

Greenwich

3-11

Good


The 5 Best Secondary Schools in Greenwich:

Secondary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Report Rating

Bellerbys College London (Independent)

Greenwich

15-19

ISI - Above average

Blackheath High School (Independent Girls School)

Blackheath

3-18

ISI - Above average

Prendergast School (Girls School)

Brockley

11-18

Ofsted - Outstanding

Thomas Tallis School

Kidbrooke

11-19

Ofsted - Good

George Green's School

Isle of Dogs

11-19

Ofsted - Good

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Where to Work in Greenwich

London is known for having the highest salaries in the UK. Even though they aren’t as high as London City Centre’s, Greenwich salaries add to this title. The average yearly income for those working in Greenwich is currently £28,000 according to PayScale. 

Business service sectors like IT and communications are currently the fastest growing in The Royal Borough of Greenwich with new offices and light industrial spaces having been built. The University of Greenwich is also a strong facility increasing the number of local job opportunities. 

As well as tourism, manufacturing and retail, the creative industry is currently thriving with a rise in digital media and affordable work-spaces for artists.

Transport in Greenwich

When you’re there, Greenwich can seem like a quiet area millions of miles away from London, but it’s actually situated in Zone 2, only 5 miles from London City Centre. There’s no tube station but there’s a range of reliable buses as well as the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which you can catch from both Greenwich and Cutty Sark stations. There is also the option of catching a British Rail train from Greenwich Station but they’re often packed during peak times.

According to Numbeo, the average cost of a monthly pass for local transport in Greenwich is £115. Using the DLR you can reach Bank Station within 30-minutes or you can catch a train to reach London King’s Cross Station under 40-minutes. Greenwich is under a 20-minute drive to London City Airport, perfect for those looking to travel further afield.

Entertainment in Greenwich

When you're moving to a new location, it's important your familiar with the entertainment and lifestyle. Compare My Move has researched some of the best things to do in Greenwich to help with your house hunt.

Home to a busy town centre, Greenwich has plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to suit eveyrone's taste. In recent years, Greenwich has seen the introduction of chains to the town such as Bill's, Pizza Express and Zizzi. 

For those looking for weekend activities to involve the whole family, Greenwich is rich with green spaces and the arts. Boasting the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum, there's something to do for all budgets and preferences. 

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Crime in Greenwich

It's important to be aware of crime rates in Greenwich before you move. Overall, crime is relatively low in Greenwich, but there is a significantly high rate of anti-social behavior and violent and sexual offences. Theft from person, possession of weapons and shoplifting remain low in Greenwich.

Whilst living in Central London will mean there is a risk of crime, as with any big city, Greenwich is generally a safe area of London to live. Greenwich Police work hard to ensure resident's feel safe. 

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.