Housing in Oxford

Housing affordability

In 2015 the average (median) house price in Oxford was £350,100, a rise of £35,100 since 2014. The median price for a detached house was £705,000, for a semi-detached house £382,500, for a terraced house £365,500 and for a flat £262,000.

At the lower end of the market house prices are more than ten times earnings; other measures result in even higher ratios.  

As a result Oxford is often named the least affordable UK city for housing (see for example Lloyds Bank 2014 and Centre for Cities 2016). 

Rented housing in Oxford is also relatively expensive – indeed on one measure it is the most expensive outside London. 

Households and accommodations

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.

According to the 2016 Council Tax stock of properties, there are 60,240 domestic properties in Oxford.

Oxford has one of the highest rough sleeping rates (0.56 per 1,000 households) in England (DCLG 2016). Link for more information on homelessness and rough sleeping.

Chart of the Month

Housing Market (September 2015) 

Housing affordability in Oxford neighbourhoods (December 2014)

More households now rent rather than own their home (April 2014)

Who owns and who rents their home in Oxford? (June 2013)

Changing patterns of housing in Oxford (February 2013)

Private sector rents are among the least affordable (April 2012)

Latest on Oxford's housing market (March 2012)

London house prices - but not the wages (February 2011)


Housing type data and chart, 2011 Census 

Housing tenure data and chart, 2011 Census

Household estimates and projections 2001-2026

Oxford house prices 2000-2012 data and chart

Housing live tables, Department for Communities and Local Government

House price statistics for small areas 1995-2015, 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

Council Tax: Stock of properties 2016, Valuation Office Agency 

Private housing stock condition survey 2014