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Moving to Gloucester: The Ultimate Guide

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

22nd Nov 2017 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 6 minute read

If you're thinking of moving to Gloucester, this ultimate guide to living in Gloucester has all the information you need to get to know the cathedral city before your big move. Home of the Cherry and Whites, the world-famous Gloucester Cathedral, and of course cheese rolling, Gloucester is a vibrant and attractive place to live and work.

Nestled between the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean, and with a range of parks and canal walks within the city, Gloucester is perfect for cyclists, walkers, and lovers of green spaces. Close to the M5 motorway, Gloucester is easily connected to the midlands and southwest, and London through the M4 corridor. 

Where to live, what to do: read our ultimate guide to Gloucester.

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This article will cover the following:
  1. Gloucester Property Market
  2. Where to Live in Gloucester
  3. Working in Gloucester
  4. Getting Around in Gloucester
  5. Things to do in Gloucester
  6. Compare My Move in Gloucester

Gloucester Property Market

If you're looking to buy or rent in Gloucester, knowing average prices for the city can only be a good thing. Find below the current average prices for a range of property sizes, when both renting and purchasing a house. 

*Current Average House Price for November zoopla
**Current average monthly asking rent November zoopla
Property SizeHouse Price*Monthly Rent**

1 Bedroom


£433 pcm

2 Bedroom


£653 pm

3 Bedroom


£800 pcm

4 Bedroom


£1,102 pcm

5 Bedroom


£1,174 pcm

Gloucester House Types

What about the types of houses found in Gloucester? Find below a chart illustrating the makeup of the city, with the majority share of houses being semi-detached.

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Where to Live in Gloucester

Which areas are the best to live in Gloucester? We've listed a few of the most popular areas of Gloucester to live, with a brief outline of what these areas offer home movers.


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.


Longlevens is a very popular area of Gloucester to live, offering a range of decent schools and local shops, and a leisure centre. The area includes the selective school Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School, recently called "Outstanding" by school inspectors. There is plenty of green space for families with the large Longlevens Recreation Ground. The area in mainly residential, so expect a thriving community to live in.


Tuffley is in the South of Gloucester City, and contains striking green spaces and views, and all amentities you could need. Situated right next to the impressive Robinswood Hill County Park, with beautiful views and large green open spaces, perfect for walking or cycling.

There are 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. Holmleigh Park offer large green play areas, and the nearby Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre has the biggest slope in England.

*Average asking rent zoopla november
**Average current Price for November Zoopla zed index
Average PriceTuffleyLonglevensQuedgeley
To Rent*£741 pcm£528 pcm£779 pcm
To Buy**£226,991£254,513£217,386
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Working 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 full time workers in Gloucester are earning £502 a week (compared to the Great Britain average of £552.7), which boils down to an hourly pay of £12.78.

According to the latest figures from Office for National Statistics, the top 5 employment sectors in Gloucester are:

  • Health and Social work (20.6% of jobs)
  • Retail and vehicle repair (17.5% of jobs)
  • Administration (7.9% of jobs)
  • Education (7.9% of jobs)
  • Manufacturing (7.15% of jobs)

And in the surrounding areas, the county of Gloucestershire is abuzz with work: 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.

And once you’re there, expect to have everything you need within the area. In fact, the latest figures highlight that 83% of county residents work within Gloucestershire.

Major employers in Gloucester include Direct Wines, NHS Gloucestershire, BAE and Horizon Nuclear Power.

Getting Around in Gloucester

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

Gloucester Train Station is easily reached 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.

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Things to do in Gloucester

The Three Choirs Festival

One of the oldest festivals in Britain, the location of the week-long celebration of choral and orchestral performance rotates each year between Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford. It’s held in the last week of July, and will next be in Gloucester in 2019. Expect concerts, talks, exhibitions and masterclasses.

Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby, or the Cherry and Whites, currently play in the English Premiership. Attending a West Country derby against Bath or Bristol in the Kingsholm Stadium is a right of passage if you’re looking to move to the city.

Gloucester Docks

A mixture of the modern and the Victorian at Gloucester Docks, 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.

Gloucester Cathedral

A visit to the famous Gloucester Cathedral should be top of the list for those that haven’t been before. The cloisters will be instantly recognisable for eagle-eyed Harry Potter fans, as many scenes of Hogwarts brought to life in the films were recorded at Gloucester Cathedral.

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

For learners and masters alike, this all-year dry-ski slope is for skiers, snowboarders and tubers. The centre features a lodge for food and drink, and even a laser tag arena.


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.

Cheese Rolling

The world famous Cheese-Rolling and Wake on Cooper's Hill cannot be missed: held every year on the Spring Bank Holiday near Gloucester, watch men and women throw themselves down a cliff-like hill in pursuit of cheese and glory.

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Here at Compare My Move, we hope this guide has helped you plan your move to Gloucester. When the time comes, remember to use Compare My Move to get connected with local removal companies you can trust, saving you time and money when it matters most. Verified by us and reviewed by you, all Compare My Move removal partners are fully insured as standard, so you can rest assured you'll be in safe hands.

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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.