The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in St Neots

Here is everything you need to know about St Neots, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!

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

st neots river with boats

St Neots Insights

St Neots is a town located within the Huntingdonshire District of the county of Cambridgeshire, the largest town within this area. The town sits alongside the River Great Ouse with plentiful walks around the river and countryside as well as lots of pubs, restaurants and things for the kids to do. As well as that St Neots is ideally located with great access routes in and around the town, being just 49 miles north of London. With that the house prices are much more affordable than London and the city of Cambridge making St Neots a fantastic area to live in or relocate to.


St Neots Population

The 2011 census reported that there were 30,252 residents living in St Neots. This is up 1.14% from the previous decade when the 2001 census reported that there were 27,480 residents in St Neots. As per for the majority of towns and cities females outweigh the population by 50.5% and males to 49.5%. the age of the population in St Neots is most prevalent for those aged between 30 and 60 years old and just over 60% of the population identify as Christian.


House Prices in St Neots

Over the past 12 months (October 2019 to October 2020) there have been a total of 381 property sales with the average price paid for one of these homes being £296,431. Over the last 12 months there has been a decrease in the value change by -3.20%. But the market has seen things pick up again over the past three months as the average value change of 0.40% with Zoopla estimating the current average value of a home in St Neots to be worth £305,421.


Detached House Prices in St Neots

177 sales of detached homes in St Neots were processed over the last 12 months with the average amount paid standing at £407,995. This is a decrease in value change by -1.71% for the 12 month period but as following the above statement the last three months has seen a change around and there has been a recent value increase of 0.40%. This increase means Zoopla estimates the current average value of a detached home in St Neots to be worth £435,479.


Semi-Detached House Prices in St Neots

Zoopla reports that there has been a positive value change of a healthy 5.10% for the last 12 month period. From 116 sales, the average price paid for a semi-detached home in St Neots was £286,106 which is above the Zoopla average estimate of £275,820.


Terraced House Prices in St Neots

As following the trend for detached house prices, terraced homes have seen a decline in the value of -4.70% over the last 12 months but a rise in the last 3 months of 0.40%. There were 108 sales with the average amount paid standing at £236,001 this again like the semi-detached homes more than the Zoopla current estimate of £232,910.


Flat Prices in St Neots

There was a £1 value change for the price of a flat over the last 12 months, still a slight rise although not enough for the percentages to change. From 40 sales the average price paid for a flat in St Neots was £163,212. Zoopla estimates the current average value to be almost £20k more at £180,303.


Renting in St Neots

The average property rents for £936pcm with the median rent at £850pcm according to St Neots Rent Market Summary. A room to rent in St Neots will set you back around £595pcm, a flat will cost you £762pcm and a house £1,108pcm.


Is St Neots a Nice Place to Live?

As the largest town in Cambridgeshire there are plenty of things to do here including the 72acre Riverside Park, bowling alley, cinema complex as well as a whole host of pubs, pars, restaurants and shops! St Neots is perfect for those who are wishing to escape and have more space from the hustle and bustle of nearby city Cambridge and capital London but still need to travel for work. You could say that St Neots is the perfect commuter town, quiet but not too quiet, a sense of community and healthy wages as those who work in London are just a short 40 minute train ride into Kings Cross.


Is St Neots a Safe Place to Live?

There are around 300 crimes reported in St Neots every month with violence and sexual offences being the biggest offender at 94 reports during the month of August 2020. Following is anti-social behavior at 80 reports then criminal damage and arson at 33 and public order at 29 reports. There were 16 reported crimes of burglary in August 2020 so ensure you keep your home as secure as can be, take a look at our Home Security Guide here or upgrade your locks by visiting our Find a Locksmith page!

st neots pond with bridge and willow trees


Best Neighbourhoods in St Neots

There aren’t too many areas you should avoid in St Neots but in particular locals would say to take a look at the reputable areas below:

Eaton Ford, St Neots

Eaton Ford in St Neots is close to the river and the popular Riverside Park, local shops and big super markets including Waitrose and Marks and Spencers as well as a few cafes and pubs that are located along the river. There are a few schools in the area including Crosshall Infant School rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and Eynesbury C of E primary school rated ‘Good’. For £1.1 million you can buy a 4 bedroom detached house overlooking the river here or for the lowest price in this area you can buy a 2 bed terraced home for £130,000.

Eaton Socon, St Neots

Neighbouring Eaton Ford to the south it also sits alongside the River Great Ouse and is home to a business park complex which houses many shops including Lidl, Aldi, B&Q, B&M to name just a few as well Xtreme360 Trampoline Park which is popular with the kids. Bushmead Primary School is rate ‘Good’ by Ofsted and there are also a few other nurseries and pre-schools. As this area is so close to Eaton Ford the houses listed on Rightmove are listed as the same location.

Little Paxton, St Neots

Located in the north of the town is Little Paxton. Little Paxton is surrounding by lots of lakes that include sailing, water skiing and water sport activities. There is a village hall and a local pub within the immediate proximity also. Little Paxton Primary School is your local school here. For £127,495 you can buy a 1 bedroom apartment in this area, the most expensive house on the market right now is a 5 bedroom townhouse for £520,000.


Travelling in St Neots

Buses in St Neots

The buses are run by Stagecoach in St Neots, to find routes, times and prices see the website here:

Trains in St Neots

St Neots Railway Station is located in the mid east of the town and has trains from Great Northern, Thameslink and LNER. There is a regular train into London which will take you no longer than an hour to reach.

Closest Airport to St Neots

London Luton is the closest airport from St Neots taking just a 40 minute drive to get to and around a 1hr 30 minutes train journey.

What are the Schools Like in St Neots?

There are 22 schools in St Neots. Some of the best primary schools include Middlefield Primary Academy and The Round House Primary Academy. There are two secondary schools in the area that are Ernulf Academy and Longsands Academy, unfortunately, both of these secondary schools are currently rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted. The closest Secondary school outside of St Neots is Cambourne Village College with is rated ‘Outstanding’. If you have secondary age children you will have to weigh up the positives and negatives of moving closer this way as it is closer to Cambridge and therefore, house prices will be affected also.


Closest University to St Neots

The closest universities to St Neots are those in Cambridge and Bedfordshire:

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the most prestigious in the UK, indeed one of the most prestigious in the world. Founded in 1209 it is the fourth oldest in the world and boasts 109 Nobel Prize Laureates, 47 Heads of State and 190 Olympic Medalists among its alumni. There are 30 undergraduate courses on offer here from Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic to Veterinary Medicine. Considering who or where you ask the University of Cambridge is either the top in the country or 2nd to Oxford.

Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University has four campuses, one in Cambridge which is the closest to St Neots, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London. Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Silver Award for its excellent teaching standards. At the Cambridge campus you can study courses from one of the 249 courses including Accounting and Finance, Interior Design and Zoology.

University of Bedfordshire

Classed as a young university, the University of Bedfordshire has won many awards and ranks in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. There are two main campuses, Bedford the closest and Luton. There are 50 courses on offer at the Bedford campus including Acting, Football Studies and Sport and Physical Education.


Eating and Drinking in St Neots

These are the top three restaurants in St Neots according to Tripadvisor (October 2020):

  1. Olive Naturally Indian Restaurant

Mood lighting and delicately decorated Indian dishes are served here at the Olive Naturally Indian Restaurant. Some reviewers go as far to say it’s the best Indian in Cambridgeshire!


  1. The Bell

A country pub with ivy climbing up the yellow brick walls and a children’s play park out back. The pub serves typical English pub grub food and is so highly reviewed for their roast dinner.


  1. Poppy’s Vintage Tea room

A sweet little tea room that serves up yummy cream tea scones, cakes and sandwiches which makes for the perfect afternoon to enjoy high tea. Reviewers can’t get enough of the scones and cakes!

Shopping in St Neots

St Neots isn’t renowned for its shopping but there are plenty of shops for your everyday things. There are plenty of shops along the High Street including Clarks, FatFace and the Works. As well as Howard Road Retail Park which is located in Eaton Socon which you’ll remember includes big shops such as B&M, TradePoint and Costa Coffee to name a few.


Hotels in St Neots

The top three hotels in St Neots according to Tripadvisor (October 2020) are:

  1. Premier Inn St Neots

As with most Premier Inns you will know what you are getting, a basic, clean room and the option for breakfast.


  1. Nags Head Hotel

Clean basic country rooms, a pretty lawn and a delicious breakfast are what you can expect to get here.


  1. The Whitehouse Guesthouse

Offering a luxurious break in St Neots this B&B is a country home away from home with cosy warm beams in the living areas.



Top 10 Things to do in St Neots

  1. Little Paxton Pits
  2. St Neots Museum
  3. Riverside Miniature Railway
  4. Xtreme360 Trampoline Park
  5. Southlake Aqua Park
  6. Grafham Water
  7. Sacred Stones Willow Row Barrow
  8. Riverside Park
  9. Hayling Lake
  10. Buckden Towers



Need a Locksmith in St Neots?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a St Neots Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths St Neots provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in, consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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