Moving to Hitchin
So you are thinking of moving to Hitchin? If so, this page provides you with a summary of key information you may find useful when deciding on moving to Hitchin. As one of the oldest continuously occupied urban centres in Hertfordshire, Hitchin provides a wealth of historical reference and a deep sense of community and social spirit.
SafetyCrime rate in North Hertfordshire (including Hitchin) is lower than the average for the whole county (Hertfordshire), and is also lower than many of the popular surrounding towns and villages, including Welwyn & Hatfield, Stevenage and St Albans. Neighbourhood watch schemes, including Online Watch Link (OWL) operate in conjunction with the Hertfordshire Police Constabulary to provide a proactive community deterrent to crime. This promotes community safety and wellbeing in Hitchin and the surrounding areas. Local businesses are also actively involved in crime reduction. They benefit from a comprehensive radiolink system that keeps business properties in constant contact with each other and provides live information to a manned CCTV control room, local Town Centre Rangers and the Police.
Hitchin is rated at 92% or very good according to Zoopla users when voting across a variety of key categories including safety, recreation, shopping, restaurants and schools.
CommunityHitchin boasts a great community spirit, with a variety of community groups and events operating throughout the year. There is a thriving local arts scene with over 25 community based music, drama and dance groups always willing to welcome local residents. For music lovers, Benslow Music offers a variety of tuition courses and public concerts. For those with families, or an interest in the local environment, there are also a multitude of community groups to fulfil your social needs, whether that’s a mother and baby meetup or a wander round the various public commons and Chiltern Hills. If you are physically active, Hitchin has many different sports clubs, including Football, Rugby, Cycling, Tennis, Badminton, Fencing and many more. If you are socially active, then you will never feel lonely, with nearly 20 social groups operating in Hitchin on a regular basis.
For larger community events, these vary from the Hitchin Festival, which plays host to over 100 smaller community events over 30 days, to the incredibly popular Rhythms of the World Festival which draws tens of thousands of people every summer. Throughout the year, there is the Hitchin Fashion Show, May Day Gala and Hitchin Food & Drink Festival to name but a few. At Christmas, St Mary’s Church (which is listed in the Doomsday Book as a Minster) plays host to a number of festive events, including Carol Singing. The Christmas Tree Light switch on at the end of November builds year on year. Music, stalls and special guests heralds the launch of the town’s Christmas Season.
EducationSchooling in North Hertfordshire performs better than the UK average across all levels of education. Hitchin boasts a number of OFSTED rated outstanding primary schooling options for parents to consider. For top performing nursery, primary and secondary schools and additional OFSTED information please click here and enter Hitchin under the ‘search by distance’ tab.
PropertyThe Hitchin property market has experienced something of a boom in recent years as increasing numbers of people are moving to Hitchin. With Hitchin boasting a market town lifestyle, thriving community programme and fantastic accessibility for commuters, property prices remain more affordable than other similar areas within Hertfordshire, yet have continued to increase at nearly 8% between 2014-2015 to an average of £375,000.
If you are looking to rent, expect to pay upwards of £1,000 per month for a 2 bed property. As a popular commuter town, expect to pay a premium to be within reasonable walking distance of Hitchin Railway Station. Council Tax in Hitchin is slightly higher than the UK average across all property bands.
To help get your search underway, we recommend registering with some of the local estate agencies, and details of these can be found here.
You should also utilise property websites such as Zoopla, Rightmove and OnTheMarket to find your home in Hitchin.
BusinessHitchin Initiative instigated the formation of a Business Improvement District in 2009. Businesses in Hitchin town centre pay a levy on their existing business rates and the funds raised are allocated to projects that will help Hitchin businesses to grow. Hitchin BID keeps a watching brief on issues to do with cleaning maintenance and general well-being of the town including Christmas Lights and summer floral displays. It also takes the lead in co-ordinating marketing, promotions and events that take place in the town centre. Two full time and two part time Town Centre Rangers keep on top of any antisocial behaviour, cleaning and recycling and have been instrumental in increasing safety and reducing crime in the local area, with the Radiolink live system protecting local businesses and providing instant communication with the Police.
For more information on Hitchin BID click here.
Commuting and AccessibilityHitchin is located in North Hertfordshire, approx 30 miles from London. Hitchin is easily accessible by road, rail and bus, and this accessibility combined with its proximity to London makes this market town highly attractive to commuters and families alike.
By CarHitchin is located in North Hertfordshire, approx. 3 miles from Junction 8 of the A1(m) motorway. Coming from the A1(M), take Junction 8, and follow the A602 signposted Hitchin.
From the M1 Motorway Junction 10, Hitchin is approx. 10 miles. When leaving the Motorway at Junction 10, follow signs for the A505 signposted Hitchin.
For directions to a specific attraction, or for detailed directions to Hitchin, please use Google Maps.
By RailHitchin Railway Station is on the Great Northern Line, which runs from London to Edinburgh. The Cambridge Line also connects just north of the town. This provides Hitchin with frequent and reliable train services to London Kings Cross (30 min average travel time), Moorgate (45min) Peterborough (45 min) and Cambridge (30 min). All of these services run approx. 2-4 times per hour.
Please note: the fastest train from Hitchin to London Kings Cross is currently 23 minutes.
For details of train services to and from Hitchin, please visit the National Rail website.
By BusThe local Hitchin bus route network operated by a number of bus companies including Arriva, Stagecoach and CentreBus. For details of the Hitchin bus route network, timetables and what might be your local stop - please click here.
National Express operate many of their nationwide bus services through Hitchin, with the town centre being an interchange station for a number of bus routes. This enables you to travel to/from Hitchin to a number of popular destinations including London, Luton, Stansted Airport, Cambridge and much further afield.
For details of bus services running to Hitchin from across the country, visit National Express for more information and to plan your trip.