Living in Kent

Known as the Garden of England, Kent boasts beautiful countryside and coastline, as well as a rich heritage. With more historic homes and castles than any other county, over 50 golf courses and many a place to shop (including Bluewater, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK), there really is something for everyone.

Rochester

Castle With the second oldest cathedral in the country, the City of Rochester certainly has a real sense of history. The novelist Charles Dickens is probably the area’s most famous son and his heritage is celebrated annually with the world famous Dickens Festival and Dickensian Christmas festivities.
 
In recent years, Rochester’s charming cobbled High Street has become home to many attractive boutiques, gift shops and quirky independent stores. The High Street proudly boasts a social and inclusive ‘café culture’, with residents often sitting outside the popular coffee shops, tea rooms and restaurants in the summer months.
 
You’ll find, however, that Rochester is very well situated for the demands of the modern working world too. Within easy travelling distance of London (37 minutes on high-speed rail), it’s also well situated for accessing Europe and a whole range of international destinations. Gatwick Airport is just an hour’s drive away and the continent can be quickly reached by ferry or high-speed rail links (35 minutes to Calais on Eurotunnel).
 

Property

Whether you’re looking for a country cottage, executive housing or even a traditional oast house, Kent can offer tremendous choice in terms of property.
 
The average house in Medway cost just under £236,000 in 2017 - a little below the national average of £238,000. Prices for a one-bedroom flat start at £110,000, with two-bed properties on the market for anything between £160,000 and £360,000. Larger homes such as a standard three-bedroom semi-detached can be found between £240,000 - £375,000.
 

Education

Kent can provide first-class education for your children. The county has just under 1,000 primary and secondary schools, as well as some of the best private schools in the country. There are also ten colleges and four universities.