"The cheapest city in London," considered one of the worst places to live, is Peterborough
Living in London can be exciting, but high rents and overcrowding can make it tempting to move outside one of the 32 boroughs. One of the suburban cities has been recognized as the cheapest and is only 50 minutes away from London.
Sounds perfect, doesn't it? Unless you want to live in one of the worst places in the UK. This city in Cambridgeshire topped MoveiQ's list of the most affordable commuter destinations, based on data from HM Land Registry. But it was also previously recognized as the worst place to live in England according to its residents, according to the My London website.
Peterborough is less than an hour's drive from the capital and boasts a large number of green spaces, including the Ferry Meadows country park. There is also the Norman Cathedral, the Bronze Age site at Flag Fen, and the stunning Burghley House.
It doesn't seem to be all bad. Residents beg to differ, as in one of the many "I Live Here" surveys where Peterborough was voted the worst place to live, a local resident said: "I've lived in Peterborough for 15 years, and all I can say is wow. What a dump it is." Another voter said: "The atmosphere in Peterborough is exhausting.
"You feel completely isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, like everything else is going on, and you're not a part of it because you're stuck in this dump."
If you still want to move, at least know that you can save money.
The average price of a house in Peterborough is £250,492. This is significantly less than the average house price in London, which is £724,718. Of course, you will need to consider travel costs, but at least the train only takes 48 minutes (if it is not canceled). A seasonal ticket between London and Peterborough costs £7,824.