London offers big city amenities with a community touch. Located midway between Detroit and Toronto, the city of 500,000 residents London is at the heart of Southwestern Ontario. As the sixth-largest city in Ontario and Canada’s 11th largest city, London serves as a regional hub for surrounding communities. To newcomers the city offers affordable housing, beautiful parks, low crime rates, excellent education and health care facilities. Whether you are looking for the urban lifestyle of a big city or the appeal and security of mid-size community you will find it here. London is a great place to live, and enjoy life. If you want it all, there are also beautiful lakefront vacation areas along Lake Erie and Lake Huron that are only a short distance with no major traffic woes for you to enjoy in the summer or year round at the fraction of the cost of Muskoka getaways.
London presents, good neighbourhoods, excellent education and healthcare facilities, quick access to all forms of transportation and plenty to do in your leisure time.
Neighborhoods and Affordable Housing
London offers a broad variety of rented and owned housing options. Choose heritage-rich, Victorian-era homes in historically significant neighbourhoods, or select leading-edge integration of architectural styling and energy efficiency in one of London's many carefully planned communities. The city's residential building boom provides options in all four corners of the city. London offers an abundance of affordable and quality housing options. From great apartment’s downtown to family-friendly suburban living, there are numerous choices for all housing needs and budgets.
Housing prices are significantly lower in London than comparable regions in Ontario and outside the province. The average price of a residential home in London is $282,214 compared with $627,914 in Toronto. The price of the best selling house style in the jurisdiction; the standard two-storey home is $364,710. (LSTAR residential report September 2015)
The city of London is divided into four main areas; North, South, East and West comprising a total of 42 districts each with distinct neighbourhoods ; all with their own charms and amenities.
For example, there is the neighbourhood known as Wortley Village, nestled in London's Old South, which was declared the best neighbourhood in Canada in a competition sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2013.
London is home to globally recognized higher education institutes and is regarded as a centre of educational excellence. Western University and its affiliate colleges — Brescia University College, Huron University College, and King’s University College — offer unparalleled learning experiences and attract students and faculty from around the world. The Ivey Business School located at Western University remains Canada’s pre-eminent business school. Known globally for its case method of learning, Ivey was ranked among the top 100 business schools by Financial Times in January 2014.
Western offers programs ranging from Bioengineering, Biology, and Biochemistry to Nursing. The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry extends post-graduate training and opportunities in life sciences. Key areas of excellence include Biomedical Imaging, Oncology, Musculoskeletal Health, Cardiovascular, Respiratory Health and Metabolic Diseases; Infection and Immunity, Maternal, Fetal, Child and Family Health; Neuroscience and Mental Health.
Fanshawe College is home to more than 17,000 full-time students with thousands more enrolled in part-time, continuing education, and apprenticeship programs. The College attracts students from approximately 50 countries every year. Fanshawe offers a wide variety of educational options including diploma programs ranging from Anaesthesia Assistant to Science Laboratory Technician as well as certification programs for a variety of industrial clients. Fanshawe College also offers an applied Degree in Biotechnology, a leading degree program that provides opportunities in areas including pharmaceutical and medical devices.
London’s life sciences sector is a shining jewel and a cornerstone of the city’s economy. With a rich history of achievements and medical firsts, the sector employs more than 21,000 in private sector industry, hospitals and research facilities including more than 2,000 researchers. You will not see this type of medical services outside of Toronto anywhere else in southern Ontario.
There are two major Health Care Centres that provide an abundant and diverse group of programs and facilities. The London Health Sciences Centre which includes: University, Victoria and Children’s Hospitals, the Byron and Victoria Family Medical Centres, the London Regional Cancer Program, the Children’s and Lawson Research Institutes, the Kidney Care Centre, and the Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR). And there is St. Joseph’s Health Care London which includes St Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Care Centre, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, the Packwood Institute and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health.
In addition there are an abundance of other Health Care Service providers from Chiropractors and Physiotherapist, to Podiatrist and Holistic care Centres. (For more information on what is available, look at London Health Services under the Retiring Tab.)
London offers a wide variety of places and programs to fit all your recreational and entertainment interests and needs. In choosing London, you’ve chosen to live in southwestern Ontario’s Forest City — take a walk down our tree-lined streets, visit one of our many pristine parks or explore several walking and biking trails. Our unparalleled recreational facilities appeal to children and adults alike. From ski slopes and cycling velodromes to a world-class performance venue to community theatres — London will keep you enticed year-round.
Budweiser Gardens was ranked #7 worldwide and the top venue in North America for ticket sales among the venues of similar size in 2013 by Venues Today magazine. The facility played host to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March 2013 and regularly attracts big-ticket acts including Pearl Jam, Brit Floyd, Tom Petty, Gordon Lightfoot, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. The arena has also hosted many other well known artists and Broadway Shows.
London is a compassionate community — 60 per cent of Londoners volunteer, bringing more than $600 million in value. Local community associations, networking groups, and volunteer opportunities await you. London offers plenty of options to get involved in the community to truly make London your new home. London offers a number of options in terms of clubs, networking groups, and social programs to help get you better acquainted with the city and its diverse community. Celebrate, innovate, and get inspired by the city’s culturally diverse and engaged community
There is no other city in southern Ontario other than Toronto that has all of the quick access you need to transportation that places all of your travel needs on your doorstep.
Take your pick, London international airport or a short drive to the USA, where if it suits you, you can fly almost anywhere from Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
VIA rail also complements the transportation with daily service into the heart of Toronto, Union Station in only 2 hours for a lot less money that what you would expect to pay. The grandeur of Toronto is still available at your whim but the daily lifestyle of London is yours to live.
If travelling by car, Highways 401 and 402 connect London to Toronto, and to US border crossings at Windsor and Sarnia.
Within the city The London Transit Commission (LTC) offers accessible bus services. LTC accommodates people with disabilities including para-transit services for those with special needs. Licensed taxi companies are also readily available. Walking, cycling and driving are easy given the city’s layout. There are extensive bike routes within the city including on-street routes, off-street routes and multi-use pathways.