- In 2014 the average (median) house price in Oxford was £315,000, a rise of £30,000 since 2013. The median price for a detached house was £620,000, for a semi-detached house £332,000, for a terraced house £325,000 and for a flat £244,000.
- At the lower end of the market house prices are more than ten times earnings; other measures result in even higher ratios.
- Rented housing in Oxford is also relatively expensive - indeed on one measure it is the most expensive outside London.
- As a result Oxford is often named the least affordable UK city for housing (see for example Lloyds Bank 2014 and Centre for Cities 2013).
- At the 2011 Census there were estimated to be 55,400 households containing 133,200 residents - an average household size of 2.4, which had increased from 2.3 in 2001. In addition there were 18,700 people living in communal establishments.
- The percentage of households who own their home is relatively low in Oxford - 47% compared to 63% in England. The percentage of households who rent their home in the private sector is high - 28% in Oxford compared with 17% in England.
- Over the last decade the number of households renting their home in the private sector rose by almost 50%, from nearly 11,000 households in 2001 to nearly 16,000 households in 2011. The number of households who owned their house declined.
- Over the last decade there has been little change in the number of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses which people live in. However there has been a large increase in the number of households living in purpose-built flats, from nearly 11,000 in 2001 to nearly 15,000 in 2011.
- 118 households were living in temporary accommodation we provide in the city as of September 2014. At the same time our waiting list figures exceeded 3,300 households.
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Housing type data and chart, 2011 Census
Housing tenure data and chart, 2011 Census
Housing live tables, Department for Communities and Local Government
House price statistics for small areas 1995-2014, Office for National Statistics
Price paid data, Land Registry
A Century of Home Ownership and Renting in England and Wales, Office for National Statistics
Private rental market statistics, Valuation Office Agency