What’s it like to live in Southampton? Read our Southampton area guide to find out more.
With diverse areas such as Ocean Village, Marchwood, Bannister Park, Portswood, and Shirley, Southampton provides an excellent lifestyle for all with an estimated 240,000 inhabitants, rents and house prices have steadily risen over the last few years.
Southampton is a popular place to live for young professionals; however, Southampton schools are a big attraction, making it very popular for young families. There are good local schools, including King Edwards and Oasis Academy, achieving higher results than the national average. In our opinion, “people who move to Southampton usually come here as young professionals, buy one-bedroom properties and then move up the property ladder.”
There are a host of shops and restaurants in Southampton; if it’s a glass of wine by the marina, an a-la-carte meal, or a quick bite to eat, Southampton has it all. In Southampton’s heart is the main high street and the large shopping centre West Quay, with a host of shops, bars, and restaurants in and surrounding, West Quay houses big names such as Apple and John Lewis. Ikea also stands proudly in the city centre, which is a huge draw.
The area is perfect for commuting with direct rail links to London Waterloo and access to both the New Forest, which has access to over 219 square miles of National Park, and a short ferry ride to the Isle of Wight. We also have Southampton Airport, with frequent flights throughout the UK and Europe. Motorway links are within easy reach too.