With a rich history stretching back to the stone age, and a bright future of modernisation, Southampton is the jewel in the crown of the south coast of England.
The largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, with a population of over 253,000, it is situated a mere 19 miles northwest of neighbouring Portsmouth, and 75 miles southwest of the bright lights of London.
Nicknamed “The Gateway to the World”, Southampton is a major port famed for waving RMS Titanic off on its fateful journey. And today, the port is still integral to the city’s local economy, with countless luxury cruise ships embarking upon their worldwide adventures from one of four active terminals.
The city is also home to a number of wonderful museums, theatres, galleries, and music venues, while sport is as popular as ever. In fact, Southampton was named the UK’s fittest city in 2006 by Men’s Fitness, and their Premier League football team continues to go from strength to strength.
So, whether it’s a sojourn south, or something a little more permanent, here are a few of our favourite places to live in Southampton.
Location, Location, Location
Renting in Southampton places you in a warm and welcoming English city, connected with reliable local public transport and options to travel further afield, either via land, air, or sea.
With two highly thought of universities, Southampton is popular with students, while graduates and young professionals will find a city ripe with opportunity. As recent as two years ago, the city was reporting one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the country.
For Living The ‘High Life’
If it’s the quiet life you’re after, then look no further than Bassett, a suburb that lies north of the city centre, a mere ten minute drive past Southampton Common.
With convenient local amenities found on Winchester Road, including a pharmacy and a nationally renowned butcher, and a number of primary and secondary schools in adjacent neighbourhoods, this is the perfect place for families with young children.
It’s also popular with students, as the University of Southampton’s halls of residence is nearby.
Leafy and pleasant, with a nice mix of available property, Bassett is interestingly home to the highest point in the city: Bassett Avenue is around 82 metres above sea level.
And with a sports centre, a snowsports centre, a 27-hole golf course, and a 20-metre community pool, there’s plenty to keep you active here.
For Seaside City Living
If you’re looking to keep things central, but also take advantage of the fact that you’d be living in a beautiful waterfront city, then Ocean Village should be high on your list. A mixed-use marina with business, leisure, and residential developments, it sits at the mouth of the River Itchen.
Placing you 5 minutes from the city centre in the car, or 20 minutes on foot, Ocean Village is conveniently located for young professionals with a bit of disposable income. Surrounded by cafes, wine bars, restaurants, and shops, it is one of the prime leisure destinations in the city. It even has two cinemas, should you wish to escape the hustle and bustle and take in a film.
Rents vary depending on the location (and the view) of the apartment, but looking out over the marina at dusk is worth paying a little extra for. And with the aforementioned planned modernisation, it’s likely that living in Ocean Village will only become more desirable.
Making the move to Southampton? Be sure to check out Bassett and Ocean Village.
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