Living in Bedford, Bedfordshire

What this article covers

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

Best places to live in Bedford

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

Putnoe (postcode district: MK41)

Goldington (postcode district: MK41)

Brickhill (postcode district: Mk41)

Worst places to live in Bedford

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

Queens Park (postcode district: MK40)

Kempston (postcode district: MK42)

Housing prices in Bedford

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

Detached properties

The average price of a detached property was £598K (+26% vs. 5 years ago).

Semi-detached properties

The average price of a semi-detached property was £359K (+24% vs. 5 years ago).

Terraced properties

The average price of a terraced property was £278K (+22% vs. 5 years ago).

Flats and apartments

The average price of a flat was £182K (7% vs. 5 years ago).

Public Transportation & Commuting

Bus access

Bus services in Bedford are run by a number of different companies including Stagecoach East, Grant Palmer, and Uno Bus. You also have community bus options such as Flittabus, Road Runner, and Ivel Sprinter.

Train access

Trains in Bedford are served by two stations, St Johns and Bedford station. trains operated by East Midlands Railway, Thameslink, and West Midlands Railway pass through these stations. Bedford is a fairly popular commuter town with direct train access to stations like London St. Pancras, Three Bridges, and Brighton.

Closest airports to Bedford

London Luton Airport is the closest airport to Bedford. It takes about 40 minutes to get to the airport by public transport. The same duration applies for those that travel by car during rush hour.


Primary schools

The most popular primary schools in Bedford include Priory Primary School, Westfield Primary School, and Queen’s Park Academy.

Secondary schools

The most popular secondary schools include Bedford Free School, Biddenham International School and Sports College, and Castle Newnham School.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Published on | Last updated on 06/22/2024

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