The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Milton keynes
Here is everything you need to know about Milton Keynes, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Milton Keynes insights
Milton Keynes’s population
House price’s in Milton Keynes
Is Milton Keynes a nice place to live?
Is Milton Keynes safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in, in Milton Keynes
Travelling in Milton Keynes
What are the schools like in Milton Keynes?
Universities in Milton Keynes
Eating and drinking in Milton Keynes
Shopping in Milton Keynes
Hotels in Milton Keynes
Top 10 things to do in Milton Keynes
A large town in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes is about 50 miles north-west of London. On the Northern boundary of Milton Keynes is the River Great Ouse. Milton Keynes has 2 SSSIs and is made up of urban areas and park land.
The town of Milton Keynes was built in the 1960s, under a scheme from the government to ease housing congestion in London. It was the biggest site in this scheme and had a target population of 25,000.
In terms of economy, Milton Keynes is one of the strongest in the UK; it has the 5th highest number of business start-ups per capital in the UK. It is also home to several major and international companies.
According to the 2011 census, the population of Milton Keynes was about 230,000, it is estimated that the population will reach 300,000 by 2025. In one year the population of Milton Keynes grew by 1.04% (2717 people) which is over the average growth rate in England which is 0.83%. Compared to the UK average, the population of Milton Keynes is on the younger side, 27.4% of the population are 19 and under, the UK average is 23.7%.
Properties in Milton Keynes had an average selling price of £302,038 last year. Detached properties made up the majority of house sales last year with an average cost of £447,616. Semi-detached houses had an average cost of £278,755. Terrace properties were sold for an average price of £246,607. There was a slight drop in sold prices by 2% last year at around -£5.5k
The average house price in Milton Keynes is a little higher than the national average; £317k vs £298k. For a new build property the average price is a little higher at £377k. Most properties were sold in the £300k-£400k price range with 1571 (23.2%) properties sold, followed by £200k-£250k price range with 1270 (18.8%) properties sold.
Renting in Milton Keynes
If you were to rent a room in Milton Keynes it would cost you around £485 per month. To rent a flat would cost you £949 per month. To rent a house it would cost you an average of £1,098.
The employment rates in Milton Keynes are pretty good; 74% of people that live there are in some form of paid employment and 48% of people work full time, between 35-45 hours per week. In 2015 the average weekly income for a person living in Milton Keynes was £559.10, which ranks well in the highest earning places in the UK.
Unfortunately, the cost of living in Milton Keynes is quite high; an average weekly food shop will cost around £63, which is actually higher than central London. The same goes for car insurance which on average costs £556.40 per year and petrol is also on the pricy side at around 118p.
Compared to other places in South East England, Milton Keynes doesn’t do well in terms of technology, the fastest internet speed you can hope for is around 21.4mbps and 5% of Milton Keynes isn’t covered by mobile signal.
History and Landmarks
You may have heard of Bletchley Park, a country house and estate within Milton Keynes; it was used to house the government code and cypher school during the Second World War. This was achieved by decoding encrypted messages sent by the German forces; this meant the government knew the site of German attacks. Although the work that was done there was kept secret until many years after the war had ended, those that worked there were instrumental in ending the war 2-4 years early. The most notable person to have worked there is Alan Turning; he was part of the team that worked to break the German Enigma code.
You can now visit Bletchley Park; tickets cost £21 for adults, £12.50 for 12-17-year olds and are free to under 12s. There are various exhibitions and events to participate in that people of all ages will enjoy.
In Milton Keynes, for every thousand people there are 32.7 crimes reported per year. Compared to the national crime rate Milton Keynes’s crime rate is at 104%. 32.2% of the crime in Milton Keynes is classed as violent crime. From September 2019-August 2020 there was 16.7 thousand violent crimes reported, which is an increase of 13.5% from the year before.
This is thought of as one of the best places to live in Milton Keynes. The South Basin gives you access to various leisure activities such as wind surfing, dinghy sailing and many others. It was also built to capture flash floods, so it’s a safe area to live in.
This picaresque place to live is situated on the banks of the River Ouzel. It has the feel of a small village or town, but is well connected to the main city. Walton is a popular place to live in Milton Keynes.
This market town offers a range of pubs, shops and restaurants, while maintaining the feeling of a cosy village. There is also a music festival held in Stony Stratford every year called the Folk on the Green. There is a lot of history in the town and is a very popular area.
With a population of only 6000 people Middleton is a great place to live if you don’t like the busy feel of a city. There are a few schools scattered through Middleton and people love the scenery they find there.
The biggest train station in Milton Keynes is Milton Keynes Central railway station, which opened in 1982.The station is located on the west coast main line, which is about 50 miles northwest of London. The trains you will find there are from Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and Southern regional services.
There are over 40 bus routes in Milton Keynes and bus company Arriva supply Milton Keynes with 10 of these bus routes. For longer journeys you can use Stagecoach or Centrecoach.
Milton Keynes has easy access to the M1, which is being turned into a smart motorway and provides easy access to many other routes.
The closest airport to Milton Keynes is Luton airport, which is around a 30-minute drive.
Commuting to nearest city
You can drive from Milton Keynes to the centre of Birmingham in an hour and a half, the same goes for London. You can also travel to these nearby cities by train, as both have direct lines.
Milton Keynes’ Closest Hospital
Milton Keynes University Hospital- this is a district general hospital serving Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas including; Buckinghamshire, south Northamptonshire and north-west Bedfordshire. It is located in the Eaglestone neighbourhood. This hospital has been open since 1984.
There are 86 primary schools in Milton Keynes and out of that 23 were rated outstanding by Ofsted. There are 16 secondary schools in Milton Keynes, 2 of which are rated outstanding by Ofsted and 11 are rated as ‘good’
To find out more about schools in Milton Keynes visit https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=default&table=schools®ion=826&la-name=milton-keynes&geographic=la&for=primary
While Milton Keynes is the largest urban area in the UK to not have its own university, one is in the planning stages. However there are universities near Milton Keynes; the University of Bedfordshire has a Milton Keynes campus. The University of Bedfordshire is an international recognised, award winning institution ranked as one of the top 250 universities in the world. It is known for its vibrant, cosmopolitan student population and has a heritage of high quality education dating back more than 100 years. Its student population is over 20,000 with students hailing from all over the world.
University accommodation costs
A standard en-suite room on the Luton campus will cost £109.50 a week, whereas a deluxe plus en-suite room will be £149.50 per week.
A traditional village pub in the heart of Milton Keynes serving quality British dishes
Serving Turkish food in a relaxed environment, a great place to try something different in a lovely cosy environment.
Great for those who love authentic Indian food and great value for money.
Top Bars and Pubs in Milton Keynes
A dog friendly pub that has been ranked 37th out of 66 pubs and bars in Milton Keynes. They are famous for their chicken wings and beer; you can find their beer in any supermarket.
This is a LGBTQ+ bar, it’s a family run bar, that hold various events aimed at the LGBTQ+ community.
This is a great pub to pop in to get a quiet drink. There is a jukebox for the music lovers and they do a great breakfast (according to reviews)
Miton Keynes has a good selection of shops, for those looking to spend some money. Milton Keynes has an intu shopping centre that houses 47 shops and 9 restaurants and cafes, the intu centre is just a 15-minute walk from Milton Keynes Central train station. Adjacent to intu you will find The Centre:MK which is another shopping centre which houses high-street stores and cafes and restaurants, including; Costa, Wagamama’s and KFC.
Some of the shops you will find in the Intu shopping centre are;
- Dr Martens
- Jack Wills
- Lego Store
- Top Man
The Jurys inn is a 5-minute walk from Milton Keynes railway station and is very close to the main shopping centres in the area. It has a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a bar and restaurant. Each room has a flat screen television and you will find spa toiletries in the bathrooms.
A 3 minute drive from the centre of Milton Keynes it offers large bedrooms and free parking. What makes the Novotel that little but nicer than other hotels is the heated indoor pool, gym and sauna. You will find tea and coffee facilities in your room as well as plasma screens TVs and free Wi-Fi.
The Milton Keynes Holiday Inn is located near junction 5 of the M1. It has a fitness centre and conference facilities. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a pillow menu and tea and coffee making facilities.
- Big Rock Hub
- Bletchley Park
- The National Musuem of Computing
- Milton Keynes Theatre
- Gullivers Land
- Formula Fast Indoor Carting
- National Radio Centre
- Daytona Milton Keynes
- Thrift Farm
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