Local area guide

Living in Southsea

Thinking about moving to Southsea? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools and transport connections are like - and of course the most important thing of all: how much houses cost to buy.

Your guide to moving to Southsea

Why Southsea is a good place to live

Living in Southsea offers a truly unique experience. With its splendid mix of old-school British seaside charm and modern amenities, Southsea presents a refreshing yet tranquil environment. The area is blessed with a pleasant microclimate, often bestowing bright and sunny conditions. From historic attractions like Southsea Castle to the thriving food scene with numerous top-rated restaurants, Southsea has something for everyone. Exercise enthusiasts will appreciate the outdoor activities and the fitness culture displayed in events like the Great South Run. Plus, its strategic location allows residents to easily visit locations such as the New Forest, Chichester and Isle of Wight.

What's Southsea famous for?

Southsea is famous for many things. Its vibrant Albert Road, laden with a diverse array of shops, eateries, and cultural spots, is a central hub of activity. These include the historic Kings Theatre and a board games cafe. Foodies may know Southsea for its remarkable 11 fish and chips shops that serve up classic British seaside cuisine. The serene Canoe Lake is another well-known spot, perfect for relaxation and recreation. The lake features a children’s play area and lovely coffee shop. Southsea also plays host to Victorious, an annual music and cultural festival held every August Bank Holiday on Southsea Common.

Things to do in Southsea

There are plenty of things to do in Southsea. A visit to the beach can offer a day of sun and surf, along with an exploration of the historic sites that the area houses. The many green spaces provide a respite from city life, while seaside pursuits like Pier attractions and golfing add a fun twist to the day. For a taste of local cuisine, dining at the myriad restaurants is a must. Shopping enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the unique finds of charity shops and local markets, as well as Gunwharf Quays. Additionally, Southsea's thriving arts and freelancer community allows residents and visitors to engage with the cultural vein of the city.

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Transport in Southsea

Find the nearest train stations and other transport links in Southsea.

Local connections

Southsea Hoverport
Ferry Port
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Portsmouth & Southsea
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Portsmouth IOW Car Ferry Terminal
Ferry Port
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
National Rail
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Portsmouth Harbour
National Rail
1 miles / 1.6 km
Portsmouth Harbour Station Pier
Ferry Port
1.1 miles / 1.8 km

Schools in Southsea

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Southsea.

Education in Southsea

Cottage Grove Primary School and Nursery
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Portsmouth High School
Ages: 2 - 19 years old
Southsea Infant School
Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2024)
St Jude's CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Ark Charter Academy
Ages: 11 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2022)
The Portsmouth Grammar School
Ages: 3 - 18 years old

Local pubs in Southsea

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  • Marmion

    Southsea, Hampshire, PO5

    A traditional English pub with a modern twist. Great food. Great music. Great memories.

  • Deco

    Southsea, Hampshire, PO5

    The best alternative/metal pub in Southsea -- student discount and awesome drinks offers --

  • Fox

    Southsea, Hampshire, PO5

  • Shenanigans

    Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5

    The No.1 Guinness bar on the South Coast