What's Aldershot like to live in?

Tuffty

War Hero
I Served in "THE SHOT" Mid 90's, it was going down hill then with all the AB Units being shipped to Colly so no atmosphere in the pubs etc. I went back in 05 to work for 3 years and lived in Farnborough (which is ok). By then Aldershot had gone to the dogs, the place was a ghost town at weekends as all the Units Toms who were posted in just went home at weekends. Then St Jo Of Lumblx arranged for the Gurkhas to come live in the UK and they (approx 7k) desended on Aldershot over a weekend (well thats what it felt like). I left in 08 wondering what the fik had happened to a once brilliant place to go for a pint as it was as most posters have said ALDERSHITE not Aldershot. It does have a v nice Holiday Inn at the top of Queens Ave and a lovely Tesco's though.
 
I can just about remember Aldershot being a bustling garrison town, with the Army show and Airborne Forces days. The town centre was busy full of shops, Marks, Woolworths etc etc.
The para regt left in 2000 after about 50 years and the town seemed to lose its identity, to an extent. In the last 20 years we had New Labour and a recession, all contributed to the death of the town and indeed many others across the UK.
I seem to think the plan was to make it more of a commuter town, but that never really happened. More recently the influx of the Nepalese community, didn’t really help things either.
 
Aldershot was used as a filming location for the zombie apocalypse film World War Z.
 
I live in a block of 36 flats. Half have Nepalese tenants. All are couples and some have an adult child with them. The other half (non Nepalese) are mainly but not all, single) Therefore the majority of the tenants are Nepalese. They are decent people and decent neighbours. They bare no resemblance to some of the comments being made here. They are not dirty and their behaviour would not cause people to be moving out. They are aged between 25 and 85 years old. I have had much worse neighbours trust me.

As for Aldershot yes it is a run down town not unlike huge swathes of the UK. The notion it was better when the Army was there in mass is farcical. The Aldershot of the 80's I knew was a feckin mad house. Violence was the norm, civvies, squaddies, gangs of skin heads it was all going on. It's a hell of a lot quieter now.
 
I live in a block of 36 flats. Half have Nepalese tenants. All are couples and some have an adult child with them. The other half (non Nepalese) are mainly but not all, single) Therefore the majority of the tenants are Nepalese. They are decent people and decent neighbours. They bare no resemblance to some of the comments being made here. They are not dirty and their behaviour would not cause people to be moving out. They are aged between 25 and 85 years old. I have had much worse neighbours trust me.

As for Aldershot yes it is a run down town not unlike huge swathes of the UK. The notion it was better when the Army was there in mass is farcical. The Aldershot of the 80's I knew was a feckin mad house. Violence was the norm, civvies, squaddies, gangs of skin heads it was all going on. It's a hell of a lot quieter now.
I mentioned it on another thread,do you remember the old soviet style flats that were where the Tesco is? A rough crap hole, cars were broken into, this was from the army personnel!
 
Consider living in The Shot, shopping at its Tesco, but socialising etc in Farnborough, Farnham, Camberley. Just use the house to sleep and eat? No great visible division between all of them, and tell people you live in Farnborough.
 
There’s commuter towns nearer to London that are probably the same price as what Aldershot. Places in Kent, Essex for example.
Wouldn’t think anyone would live in Aldershot unless they had some sort of connection to it.
There are some nice villages and towns around Aldershot.
 
There’s commuter towns nearer to London that are probably the same price as what Aldershot. Places in Kent, Essex for example.
Wouldn’t think anyone would live in Aldershot unless they had some sort of connection to it.
There are some nice villages and towns around Aldershot.
It all started to go rapdly downhill after they disbanded the RMP Mounted Branch.
 
Aldershot is OK for SW London. Depends how long you want to spend on the train. It’s SE U.K., what do you expect? Lions and elephants?
I would buy without hesitation - Rushmoor Borough is amongst the best for living in the U.K.
 

Jammy66

War Hero
I'm still looking - curtailed because of lockdown - and (hopefully!!) with a likely downturn in the housing market will be able to make my budget go a bit further than I had expected.

I honestly don't think Aldershot is all that bad having looked around the area a bit and stopped over - no it's not an attractive town centre but speaking to a few people there are plans to redevelop it in the coming years given all the new housing they've built on the old MOD grounds, so it can only get better!

My main issue is the commute (by car) to work which I'd like to keep to under an hour and the cost getting into London by train, so am looking at some options closer to London.

One drawback with Aldershot, from my point of view though is lack of decent real ale pubs (although I'm forgetting what that's like).
 
Aldershot is OK for SW London. Depends how long you want to spend on the train. It’s SE U.K., what do you expect? Lions and elephants?
I would buy without hesitation - Rushmoor Borough is amongst the best for living in the U.K.
Fleet, parts of Farnborough, Odiham, Farnham etc are lovely and probably what makes the district of Rushmoor a sort after area, not so much Aldershot.
 

Latest Threads

Top