Basingstoke, UK

Living in Basingstoke, UK – What to Know Before Moving

What this article covers

  • What makes Basingstoke a good or bad place to live in relation to other cities and towns in the UK
  • Pros and cons of living in Basingstoke for working professionals, students, and families
  • Best and worst areas to live in Basingstoke

Best places to live in Basingstoke

The following areas are considered a few of the better places to live in Basingstoke.

Sherfield (postcode district: RG27)

Bramley (postcode district: RG26)

Tadley (postcode district: RG26)

Worst places to live in Basingstoke

The following are some of the places in Basingstoke you may want to consider avoiding.

Popely (postcode district: RG24)

Winklebury (postcode district: RG23)

Oakridge (postcode district: RG21)

Housing prices in Basingstoke

The following is based on data from the UK House Price Index (August 2023).

Detached properties

The average price of a detached property was £634K (+20% vs. 5 years ago).

Semi-detached properties

The average price of a semi-detached property was £391K (+20% vs. 5 years ago).

Terraced properties

The average price of a terraced property was £299K (+17% vs. 5 years ago).

Flats and apartments

The average price of a flat was £187K (4% vs. 5 years ago).

Public Transportation & Commuting

Bus access

Public bus routes are primarily run by Stagecoach. There are about 18 routes taking you to various parts of Basingstoke including Bramley, East Oakley, Hatch, and Church Hill. Bus timetable will differ by day. In most cases, you are unlikely to find buses that travel late in the evening.

Train access

You can access a number of train services at Basingstoke train station. They include South Western Railway, GWR, and CrossCountry trains. You will find plenty of trains that have direct access to London. A train from Basingstoke to London Waterloo, for example, may take no more than 50 minutes.

Closest airports to Basingstoke

Southampton and Heathrow are the closest airports to Basingstoke. It will take around 30 – 40 minutes by car to get to both airports (assuming there is no traffic). Both airports are also accessible via train but you will need to make at least one change to get to Heathrow.


Primary schools

There are plenty of decent primary schools in Basingstoke, including Marnel Community Infant School and St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Junior School. Both schools have outstanding Ofsted ratings.

Secondary schools

There are 11 secondary schools in the Basingstoke area. The most popular choices include Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School and Dove House Academy.

Published on | Last updated on 11/18/2023

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