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Hi RCG, you asked about where to live if your husband is transferred to the UK and working in Slough. It really depends on your budget, commute options, and taste.

First, how close is the Slough office to the train station? Slough is one of the main stations on the London Paddington to Reading/Oxford line, which means train service is frequent. If you're both planning to spend a lot of time in London, if your budget allows, and if he can get to his office easily from the train station, then you might want to consider living in London itself. The trip from Paddington to Slough can take as little as 15 minutes.

If you're more interested in a small town lifestyle, but you still have a healthy budget and he can reach the office easily from the station, then Marlow is a pleasant option. It's a pretty town right on the Thames with a good selection of shops and restaurants. It holds an annual regatta that we preferred to the more famous Henley regatta. The commute to Slough is pretty easy -- get on the train in Marlow and then change in either Bourne End or Maidenhead for a train to Slough. The trip is around 35 minutes, as I recall. Marlow is a not recommended if he'll be driving to work, however. The two-lane roads in and out of Marlow at rush hour are a nightmare. Cookham is a picturesque village on the train line between Marlow and Maidenhead, but I doubt there's much available in the way of rental property.

Windsor, as mentioned on the "Never return" thread is also an option. It's a very short train trip from Windsor's central train station (the one by the castle) to Slough. There is also another train station (Windsor & Eton Riverside) that goes to London (just an FYI). As you can imagine, housing prices in Windsor aren't cheap.

Maidenhead is also a possibility, but I don't recommend it. It's expensive (it's a major hub on the planned Crossrail network) and the town doesn't have the amenities or appeal of places like Windsor or Marlow.

If your husband is willing to take on a longer commute (I wouldn't recommend it, but...), there are loads more options, ranging from villages like Shiplake to the city of Oxford. I reverse commuted for a while from Maidenhead to Abingdon (two mile walk to the Maidenhead train station, then train to Didcot Parkway then bus to the office park near Abingdon). The trains were crowded but I almost always got a seat. It wasn't bad, but I did it for only about a month. Not sure I would have wanted to do that long term.

If he would be driving to work, keep in mind that he will face the usual amount of rush hour traffic congestion (and sometimes more than the usual). It can get quite bottled-up there -- Slough is close to Heathrow, which adds to the usual London commuter belt traffic.

Good luck with your future plans!

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