Living and working here

Great People.
Great Place.
Great Western

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Our staff tell their
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If you already live in or around Swindon, you won't need convincing about the quality of life you can enjoy.

If you're thinking of relocating or commuting here, we believe you're in for a pleasant surprise!

For a start, getting to work at the Great Western Hospital is a lot easier than you may be used to.

We're conveniently located just off Junction 15 of the M4, so there are no city centre jams to plough through.

There's also a rapid shuttle bus service from the town centre, and the hospital is linked to an extensive cycle path network.

Easy commuting is a huge bonus if you don't always work 9-5 - especially if you're busy studying, have a young family, are working shifts or simply treasure your spare time.

Plentiful parking and a subsidised on-site crèche make balancing work and family life even easier.

Come to where the living is easy

If you are thinking of making the move, you'll be pleased to hear that there's so much to like about living and working here!

The region offers the best of both worlds - a large, lively town with a wide range of retail, leisure, arts and entertainment facilities; and a £multi-million investment and regeneration programme is improving shopping, public spaces and local transport.

We have the great outdoors right on the doorstep: beautiful countryside, rolling landscapes and sites of historic interest plus an impressive array of parks and tranquil green spaces where you can relax after work.

One of the fastest growing towns in Europe, Swindon is a leading business hub for hi-tech services and manufacturing companies drawn to its convenient location and superb communication links.

The region boasts excellent road and rail links, making it an ideal base for travelling in all directions.

The nearby A420 takes you direct to Oxford; while the M4 corridor links easily to London, Reading, Bath and Bristol.

It's also only half an hour by train to Reading or Bath.

Better quality of life

For a town with such great transport links - and so many attractions and facilities - the cost of living here is a lot less than you'd expect.

Swindon has a thriving and highly competitive property market, with average house prices and rental costs considerably lower than those of nearby Bristol, Oxford and Reading.

In fact, Swindon has been named as the most affordable town in the UK for working renters - please see:

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There's a wide variety of property available in and around Swindon to suit all needs and budgets, from flats to large family homes.

And you don't need to live in the town centre; there's historic market towns and picturesque villages in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire within easy commuting distance.

Compare the cost of living where you live with Swindon - it's likely to be a pretty convincing argument for moving your career here.

If you're looking for somewhere to live, we're here to help: the Trust works closely with the local council to find affordable accommodation for healthcare staff who wish to live within easy reach of the hospital.

To apply, or to find out more about the types of social and affordable property available to rent, please see the Swindon Home Bid website (

Downsview House (on-site)

The Trust offers comfortable, affordable and purpose-built onsite accommodation for medical students, international nurses and visiting healthcare professionals.

If you're a student, contact your course provider for more information about securing a room at Downsview House.

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