The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Rugby

Here is everything you need to know about Rugby, Warwickshire. Use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!

Rugby insights
Rugby’s population
House price’s in Rugby
Is Rugby a nice place to live?
Is Rugby safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in, in Rugby
Travelling in Rugby
What are the schools like in Rugby?
Universities in Rugby
Eating and drinking in Rugby
Shopping in Rugby
Hotels in Rugby
Top 10 things to do in Rugby
Need a Locksmith in Rugby?


Rugby Insights

Rugby is a market town located on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, 83 miles from Birmingham. Rugby is the second largest town in Warwickshire country. Starting life as a small rural town, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Rugby began to grow and modernise, when a railway junction was built there. This, in turn, lead to the development of manufacturing and engineering, which meant the population increased dramatically.


Landmarks and History

It might not come as a surprise that the game of Rugby was invented in the town of Rugby; more specifically at the Rugby School. Historians say that in 1823 a student named William Webb Ellis was playing football and fed up with the rules, decided to pick up the football and run with it. The rules and popularity of this new game spread and the boys of the Rugby School graduated and moved upwards to the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. The first university match of Rugby was played in 1872, this meant the game of rugby was spread again, by the graduating teachers. These men took the rules of the game to the schools they were employed at in England, Scotland and Wales. Graduate of the Rugby school went on to be in the army and introduced the game to army officers and eventually spread it internationally.


Rugby Population

Rugby has currently a population of approximately 70,628.


House Prices in Rugby

The average price for a property in Rugby is £281,008, which is a fall of 2.58% over the past 3 months, but a rise of 0.72% from 12 months ago. You would pay an average of £145,992 for a flat in Rugby, for a terrace house its £189,142 on average. For a semi-detached house the average cost is £250,664. For a detached house you will pay on average £394,947.


Renting in Rugby

The average price to rent in Rugby is £695 pcm.


Is Rugby a Nice Place to Live?

Rugby is a beautiful and tranquil place to live, it has developed its own unique and vibrant feel over the years. The old industrial centre has been replaced with a modern and commercial centre, in hopes of attracting more investors to the area. Rugby is now a great place for both young and older people to live, it buzzes with bars and restaurants, as well as offering a more relaxed lifestyle for those who want it. Rugby was recently voted the 20th best place to live in the UK.


Is Rugby a Safe Place to Live?

In the county of Warwickshire Rugby is the safest major town, it is also the 40th most dangerous town out of the 222 towns in Warwickshire. In 2020 the overall crime rate was 75 crimes per 1,000 people, this is 13% higher than Warwickshire’s overall crime rate of 66 crimes per 1,000 people. Bike theft seems to be an issue with 8 crimes of this nature reported per 1,00 people.  the most reported crimes in Rugby are violence and sexual offenses with 2,576 crimes in this category recoded in 2020.

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What are the Best Neighbourhoods to Live in, in Rugby?

One of the best places in Rugby, Warwickshire, to live is Dunchurch, a large village 2.5 miles from the centre of Rugby. Dunchurch is picturesque village with several 15th century thatched roof buildings. As well as being a stunning place to live, it is also a great place for those looking to commute to London, being only a 50 minute train ride from the capital.

Other sort after neighbourhoods are; Clifton upon Dunsmore, Ashby St Ledgers and Kirby.


Travelling in Rugby

Rugby is located near several strategic roads including the M21, M6 and M45 motorways. There are also several A roads that serve the town; A5, A14 and the A45. There was also a short bypass built that is part of the Rugby Western Road, it connects Rugby to Cawson and Bilton.

Buses in Rugby

Buses run from Southam, Coventry, Leicester, Northampton, Lemington Spa and Deventry.

Trains in Rugby

The main trains that serve Rugby are run by West Coast Main Line, you can catch trains to places like; Stafford, Birmingham New Street, London and Crewe.


Rugby’s Closest Hospital

The Hospital of St Cross is based in Rugby, Warwickshire, and is managed by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire county NHS Trust. The hospital has 110 beds and six operating theatres, including one mobile theatre.


What are the School’s like in Rugby?

The top-rated schools in Rugby;

1. Lawrence Sheriff School

Ofsted deem this school Outstanding. It has 928 students and 100% of students earn 5 or more GCSEs grade 9-4.

2. Rugby High School

Another school given an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted. It has 820 students and 98% of students gain 5 or more GCSEs at level 9-4.


Universities in Rugby

Whilst there is no official university in Rugby or Warwickishire, there is the WCG (Wiltshire Collage Group) which comprises of seven unique collages; Lemington Spa, Rugby, Moreton Morrell, Pershore, Warwick Trident, Evesham and Malvern Hills. Together they offer hundreds of courses including; Post-16, Apprenticeships, Degrees and Part-time professional and leisure.

Types of Accommodation on the Moreton Morrell Campus;

*Prices correct for 2020/2021 academic year*

  • Avon/Jubilee Self Catered

Combination of 6, 7, 9- and 10-bedroom flats each with en-suite

Price per week: £110.00 per week

  • Avon Flat 5 catered

7-bedroom Flat each with en-suite

Price per week: £154.00 per week

  • Feldon catered

9-bedroom halls with en-suite

Price per week: £141.00 per week

  • Arden catered

7-bedroom halls – each bedroom has a sink. There is 2 shared shower and toilet areas in each hall.

Price per week: £130.00 per week


Types of Accommodation for Disbery Hall;

Disbery Hall is made up of 92 study bedrooms, which include:

  • Ensuite shower room with shower, washbasin and toilet
  • Single bed and bedside cabinet
  • Desk with shelving unit and drawers, chair and wardrobe
  • 24 hour Internet Access

Self-catered: £128.50 per week

Half-board: £177.50 per week


Eating and Drinking in Rugby

On the Rocks

On the Rocks claims to be Rugby’s most unique dining experience. The fresh locally sourced ingredients are cooked on a ‘Volcanic plate’ at your table, by you! This is a must see for those looking to dine out with a twist!

La Casa Loco

This is a fun, lively place in Rugby to take your kids and enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine. You will always enjoy a welcoming atmosphere and some funky decorations. There’s something to suit all tastes on the menu, so don’t worry if you’re not brave enough to try anything too spicey.

Bacco Lounge

This fun and quirky place to eat is fab for anyone looking for a yummy breakfast or vegan meal. You will also find a great cup of coffee and everyone will find something on the menu to enjoy. The Bacco Lounge is also very family friendly and you are able to take your dog in as well.

The Boat Inn

You can enjoy some great food, beers and traditional ales in a beautiful setting at The Boat Inn. If possible, we recommend you sit outside and enjoy the cute wooden bar and fairy lights. Adults can relax and enjoy themselves while the kids have a great time in the outdoor play area, couple this with a menu that suits both adults and kids, you’ve got yourself a great family pub.


Top Bars and Pubs in Rugby

The Squirrel

This historic pub offers a warm fire and is dog friendly. Music plays a big part in this pubs atmosphere and it hosts an open mic night on Wednesdays and has bands playing most weekends.

Merchants Inn

The merchants in offers regular beer festivals, themed night and quizzes. The long bar offers a wider range of ales, lagers, ciders and perry and you will find home cooked lunches and football matches on the television.

Alexandra Arms

Situated slap bang in the middle of Rugby this pub has its own brewery, so is a good place for any beer fan. You will find a jukebox, bar games and good value food. There is a great beer garden which is a great place to relax and enjoy a locally brewed beer.

Seven Stars

The seven stars is a cosy place that’s suitable for all the family. You can relax in the firelit snug or enjoy a drink in the conservatory. They offer hand pulled ales including; Everards Tiger, Grainstore Ten Fifty and Oakham JHB.


Shopping in Rugby

In Rugby you will find Elliott’s field which a relatively small shopping centre that has fashion, electronic, homeware and coffee shops. They also hold seasonal events for kids at themed for Halloween and Christmas. 

There is also The Rugby Central Centre, which is a two-story shopping precinct, located in Rugby town centre. It has fashion stores, game shops and food outlets.  

where is rugby? Rugby shopping centre


Hotels in Cambridge

Catthorpe Manor

Catthorpe manor estate is set in 26 acres of beautiful woodland gardens, this country hotel has an onsite restaurant and bar as well as free parking. Every room features an en suit bathroom and plasma television and tea and coffee facilities are available. It is a 15-minute drive from Rugby town centre which makes it a great place to stay if you are visiting the area.

Innkeeper’s Lodge Rugby

The Inkeepers Lodge is a 5 minute drive from Rugby town centre and has an onsite country pub restaurant, with a roaring fire and lovely beer garden. you will also find free parking and Wi-Fi as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Draycote Water Country Park and Caldecott Park can both be reached in a 5-minute drive. Whitefields Golf Course and Driving Range is just 2 miles away.

Golden Lion Hotel

This family run hotel has a homey, practical vibe with a modern extension that features en-suite rooms. It has free parking and free wi-fi, with good transport links with convenient access to the M6 and the M1. Rugby town and train station are only 4 miles away. There is bar and restaurant serve Real Ales and lovely food, included Sunday carvery.

Draycote Hotel and Whitefields Golf Course

The Draycote hotel offers spacious rooms, along with free Wi-Fi and parking and Rugby town centre is a stone’s throw away. The hotel has its own 18-hole golf course, with a driving range, golf shop and putting green. There is an onsite restaurant with a large range of dishes and function rooms that can hold up to 180 people.


Top 10 Things to do in Rugby

  1. Rugby School & Museum
  2. Draycote Water
  3. Rugby Theatre
  4. Caldecott Park
  5. The Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum
  6. Swift Valley Nature Reserve
  7. World Rugby Hall of Fame
  8. Great Central Walk
  9. Elliotts Field Retail Park Rugby
  10. Rugby Art Gallery & Museum


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