Local area guide

Living in Southampton

A rich fusion of coastal tranquility and urban vitality make Southampton one of the UK's most popular places to live.

Your guide to moving to Southampton

Why Southampton is a great place to live

Southampton is a great place to live for waterside elegance blended with vibrant city living. Nestled on the south coast, Southampton boasts maritime heritage, cultural diversity and a thriving community spirit.

Living in Southampton, you'll love the energy of the city centre, which is filled with shops, restaurants and bars to suit every taste. Whether you're exploring the vibrant arts scene or heading out to explore scenic coastal paths, this unique city is sure to capture your heart.

You'll enjoy top-notch schools and renowned institutions like the University of Southampton when you move to Southampton. Its strategic location is a traveller's dream, with the picturesque New Forest, the Isle of Wight and London all within reaching distance.

What is Southampton famous for?

Southampton is best known for its pivotal role in maritime history. It was the departure point for the RMS Titanic and has famous associations with the Mayflower and the Queen Mary 2. It remains a major hub for cruise liners and cargo ships to this day.

Things to do in Southampton

Dive into Southampton's seafaring heritage with a visit to the SeaCity Museum, the city's historic docks and the iconic Mayflower Park.

If you're in search of some tranquility, relax at Southampton Common or venture out of the city to walk the stunning coastline or discover the beautiful New Forest.

For a delectable dining experience in Southampton, head to the charming Oxford Street - this spot is known for fresh seafood, international dishes and classic British fare.

When night falls, make your way to Bedford Place. Southampton's nightlife hub comes alive with live music, trendy cocktail bars and hordes of people up for a night of dancing.

Average asking prices in Southampton today

We update our average asking prices daily with data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£290,000

267 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£500,000

608 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£340,000

343 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£175,000

514 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Southampton

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  • Giddy Bridge

    Southampton, Hampshire, SO15

    This pub stands in what was once a field, known, in the 17th century, as Giddy Bridge.

  • Lion

    Southampton, SO15

    We are a friendly pub, we welcome students, dogs are allowed and children before 9pm.

  • Orange Rooms

    Southampton, Hampshire, SO15

    Let the good times roll BIG LOVE & HAPPINESS from all of the ORANGE ROOMS family

  • Belgium & Blues

    Southampton, Hampshire, SO14

    Set in Southampton's Cultural Quarter, Belgium and Blues is an independently owned bar and brasserie selling Belgian and British craft beer alongside 'Food to drink to'.

  • Social

    Southampton, Hampshire, SO15

  • Bedford

    Southampton, Hampshire, SO15

    Great Location, well known for our hospitality, we offer, Craft Beer, Cocktails, Fresh Ales, Draught beer, Food served every day.

Transport in Southampton

Trains

Southampton Central Railway Station is the city's main train hub, providing frequent services to London Waterloo (1 hour 20 minutes), Bournemouth (35 minutes) and Winchester (15 minutes). The station offers excellent connections to other major cities and local stations.

Buses

Southampton's comprehensive bus network is operated by companies like Bluestar and First Hampshire & Dorset. They run various routes within the city and neighbouring towns, including to Portsmouth (1 hour) and Winchester (30 minutes).

Park and Ride

Southampton has several Park and Ride services into the city centre, including from the University Hospital Southampton and Southampton Parkway Parkway Station.

Car

Southampton is easily accessible by car via the M3 motorway, which connects to London (1.5 hours) and other major cities. The M27 motorway links Southampton to Portsmouth (30 minutes) and Bournemouth (45 minutes) along the south coast.

Ferry

Southampton is a major ferry port and you can hop on a ferry to reach the Isle of Wight in about an hour. You can reach international destinations like the Channel Islands and northern France, while many cruise operators also dock in Southampton.

Airports

Southampton Airport is the closest options for flights, running domestic and international flights. Other nearby airports include Bristol, London Gatwick and London Heathrow, which are all within 2 hours' drive.

Transport connections in Southampton

Southampton Central
National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Southampton Vehicle Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
1 miles / 1.6 km
St Denys
National Rail
1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Southampton Passenger Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Millbrook (Hants)
National Rail
1.3 miles / 2.1 km
Bitterne
National Rail
1.3 miles / 2.1 km

Schools in Southampton

Southampton has a wide variety of primary and secondary schools, both state-funded and independent. Notable schools in Southampton include St. Anne's Catholic School, Cantell School and Bitterne Park School, known for their academic excellence and commitment to student development.

The city has two universities - the University of Southampton and Solent University - which create a vibrant student scene in the city. Both universities are well-regarded and attract students from all over the UK.

Schools in Southampton

St Anne's Catholic School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
The Polygon School
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Banister Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Springhill Catholic Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2022)
St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
Maytree Nursery and Infants' School
Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)