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Moving to Gloucester

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

24th Jul 2020 (Last updated on 30th Jul 2020) 6 minute read

Nestled between the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, and with a range of parks and canal walks within the city, Gloucester is an ideal location to buy or rent property. With period property on offer, Gloucester is also close to the M5 motorway and is easily connected to the Midlands, Southwest and London. 

If you're thinking of moving to Gloucester, Compare My Move’s ultimate area guide has all the important information you need to know before you book your Gloucester house removals. Including the best areas to live in Gloucester, schools and education and where to work in the city, we’ve covered everything

This article will cover the following:
  1. Property in Gloucester
  2. Best Places to Live in Gloucester
  3. Schools and Education in Gloucester
  4. Where to Work in Gloucester
  5. Travel in Gloucester
  6. Entertainment in Gloucester
  7. Crime in Gloucester
  8. Save Money With Compare My Move

Property in Gloucester

Figuring out what property type you can afford to buy with your budget is difficult. Compare My Move has researched the average property prices for different property types in Gloucester to help with your house hunt. According to the UK House Price Index, the average property price in Gloucester is £199,986

If you’re looking to buy a detached home, expect to pay around £331,679. Semi-detached properties are more affordable at £218,670 with terraced homes also a budget-friendly £161,810.

For those looking to purchase a flat or maisonette, you can expect to pay an average of £118,764. If you’re thinking of renting in Gloucester, the average rental asking price is £754pcm, according to Zoopla. 

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Best Places to Live in Gloucester

To help with your house hunt, we’ve listed some popular areas in Gloucester so you can weigh up your options. We’ve listed 5 of the best places to live in Gloucester, including the cost of buying a house, the average rental price as well as some important information on each area.

AreaAverage Property PriceAverage Rent Price (pcm)

Quedgeley

£215,885

£890

Tuffley

£225,481

£701

Barnwood

£259,842

£737

Hucclecote

£301,014

£638

Longlevens

£323,809

£748

Data taken from Zoopla, correct as of July 2020

1. Quedgeley

Quedgeley sits a few miles to the southwest of Gloucester City centre, along the River Severn. An area popular with commuters, Quedgeley is well connected with road access and a bus service. Many helpful amenities in the area include a library, post office and shopping centre. Easy access to the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal means an amazing opportunity for cycling and walking.

2. Tuffley

Tuffley is in the South of Gloucester City and contains striking green spaces and views, as well as all amenities you could need. There is a range of schools around the area, with special mention to The Crypt School, an outstanding Boys’ Grammar School. The area has a range of shops and can reach Gloucester Quay with ease, with regular bus services linking Gloucester. 

3. Barnwood

Originally a small village, Barnwood is located on the old Roman road, linking Gloucester with Hucclecote, Brockworth and Cirencester. The area has plenty of green spaces and a range of property types to suit a variety of budgets. With the average property price at £259,842, property remains fairly affordable in the area. 

4. Hucclecote

Located between Barnwood and Brockworth, Hucclecote is a small village in Gloucester. With many locally-owned shops and pubs, Hucclecote has a real community feel. The average property price in Hucclecote is slightly above the national average at £323,809, so property here is sought after.

5. Longlevens

Longlevens is a very popular area of Gloucester to live, offering a range of decent schools, local shops, and a leisure centre. There is plenty of green space for families with the large Longlevens Recreation Ground. The area is mainly residential, offering a family-friendly community feel.

Schools and Education in Gloucester

If you’re moving to Gloucester with children, it’s important you secure a new school place for them in advance. Gloucester has many “outstanding” and “good” Ofsted rating primary and secondary schools, including a few independent schools too.

Compare My Move has done the research and listed 5 of the best primary and secondary schools in Gloucester to help with your search. We’ve included the age range as well as the most recent Ofsted rating. 

5 Best Primary Schools in Gloucester:

Primary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating
Kingsholm Church of England Primary School

Gloucester

4-11

Outstanding

St Peter's Catholic Primary School 

Gloucester

4-11

Good

Elmbridge Primary School

Gloucester

4-11

Good

Longlevens Junior School

Gloucester

7-11

Good

St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Gloucester

4-11

Good


5 Best Secondary Schools in Gloucester:

Secondary SchoolLocationAge RangeMost Recent Ofsted Rating

Sir Thomas Rich's School

Gloucester

11-18

Outstanding

Denmark Road High School

Gloucester

11-18

Outstanding

The Crypt School

Gloucester

11-18

Outstanding

Ribston Hall High School

Gloucester

11-18

Good

Churchdown School

Gloucester

11-18

Good

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Where to Work in Gloucester

Whether you’ve got a job lined up or you’re looking for employment in Gloucester, it’s worth knowing what to expect when you move to the city. According to the latest figures, the average salary in Gloucester is £26,000. 

The most popular occupations in Gloucester include Teaching Assistants, Software Developer, and Software Engineer. The most popular employers in Gloucester, Renishaw Plc, EDF Energy, and Safran Engineering Services, according to PayScale.

Gloucestershire as a whole outputs £15.97 billion a year according to the latest figures. The county has a greater proportion of professional occupations and a more qualified population compared to the rest of the country.

Travel in Gloucester

Gloucester is well connected with regular buses within the city. With easy access to the M5 linking you to the Midlands and the South West, Gloucester is also close to the M4 for access to London and Bristol.

Gloucester Train Station is easily accessible from all around Gloucester and provides regular trains to Cardiff, London and Birmingham. Further afield, Gloucester Airport is a few miles west of the city, off the M5, with regular flights to Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Entertainment in Gloucester

It’s important to learn about the entertainment in Gloucester if you’re planning to move there. We’ve listed some of the best things to do and see in the city that will suit all budgets and preferences. 

The Gloucester Docks hosts a mixture of modern and Victorian architecture, with eateries, restaurants, leisure cruises, and shops. A prime example of a Victorian dock, the Soldiers of Gloucester Museum and the National Waterways Museum Gloucester are well worth a visit.

There’s an abundance of bars and pubs that host live music weekly in Gloucester. Get your real ale from The Pelican pub on St Mary's Street, a warm welcome and live music at Angie's Bar on Bull Lane, and a VIP booth at the ATIK nightclub on Eastgate Street.

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Crime in Gloucester

Gloucester is a fairly safe city to live in, but like most cities suffers from some criminal activity. Most crimes that are committed in Gloucester is anti-social behaviour crimes, accounting for 37.8% of all crimes in the area, according to Plumpot. Although the number of anti-social related crimes has indeed decreased from April to May 2020.

Violet crime is the second most common crime in Gloucester, but this has massively decreased since the beginning of 2020. Vehicle crime, burglary and public order are all at low levels in Gloucester. Gloucester Constabulary work hard to keep the streets safe and residents protected. 

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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.