What is Southampton Like?

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What is Southampton Like?

Schepens Quick Guide to Living in Southampton

The UK’s south coast has never been more popular with movers, and one reason is that it has something for everyone. Want beautiful beaches? Take a look at Bournemouth. Love to sail? Consider Lymington. Need a dynamic blend of sea and city? Has to be Southampton. What is Southampton like? We’ve put together a quick guide to give you a sense of this exciting city.


Schepens is a local removals company with a great reputation and a century-long track record of serving Southampton movers. We love this city, and it delights us to provide stress-free removals to movers who are new to the city, and long-term residents. In addition to furniture removals, we offer professional business removals and a small load service for single items or student moves.

What is Southampton Like?

  1. Where is Southampton?
  2. What is The City Like?
  3. How Big is Southampton?
  4. Southampton Has a Safe City Strategy
  5. What Are The Average House Prices in Southampton?
  6. Where Are The Best Places to Live in Southampton?
  7. Which Are The best Schools in Southampton?

1. Where is Southampton?

Around 80 miles from London, Southampton sits on the south coast at the point where the Rivers Test and Itchen flow into the sea. This historic port city has welcomed – and at times repelled – ships from across the globe for centuries. It remains one of the UK’s major ports offering a safe haven to luxury cruise ships. The city lies 22 miles west of Portsmouth, 32 miles west of Bournemouth and 6 miles south of the New Forest National Park.

2. What is The City Like?

Southampton is easy to access by train, car, air, and sea, which makes it a diverse and dynamic city. It puts the smell of the sea in your nostrils, but it’s also a city characterised by parks, gardens, and open green spaces. The city is home to two universities which keeps the population young and guarantees great nightlife. Southampton was recently named one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the UK – so it’s well worth considering as a place to move to.

What is The City Like?

3. How Big is Southampton?

As of 2023, the estimated population of the Southampton area is 951,531, a growth of 7,786 in the last year, which represents a 0.83% annual change. The gender balance of the city is pretty equal, and it’s expected that this will remain consistent in the next few years. The current demographic trend in Southampton indicates an average age of 20-29 years. The majority of people moving into the city tend to be young people and families.

4. Southampton Has a Safe City Strategy

This is a comprehensive plan that’s been running since 2017. It’s aimed at creating a safer environment for residents and visitors. The strategy focuses on collaborative efforts between the local government, law enforcement agencies, community organisations, and residents.

Southampton’s Safe City Strategy encompasses various initiatives such as enhancing community engagement, improving public spaces, implementing effective crime prevention measures, promoting educational programs, and fostering strong partnerships with stakeholders. By prioritising safety, the strategy aims to build trust, reduce crime rates, and ensure the well-being of everyone in Southampton.

5. What Are The Average House Prices in Southampton?

Over the past year, the average property price in Southampton stood at £304,221. Flats constituted the majority of sales, with an average selling price of £177,549. Terraced properties had an average selling price of £282,121, while semi-detached properties fetched £331,289.

In comparison to the previous year, property prices in Southampton experienced a 6% increase. Furthermore, when compared to the peak price of £274,574 in 2020, the sold prices over the last year witnessed a significant 11% rise.

6. Where Are The Best Places to Live in Southampton?

6. Where Are The Best Places to Live in Southampton?

Who better to answer this question than our movers? We asked them to tell us where they had chosen to live in Southampton, and why:

  • Netley – Village Vibes Close to the Centre. We wanted to move out of the city, but we without losing cutting our ties completely. Netley’s 5 miles to the south of Southampton, so it takes around 20 minutes to drive to and from the centre. It has a village feel; it even has its own Cistercian monastery nearby. I like the community feel, not overwhelming, and we’re by the sea, looking across to Hythe.
  • Ocean Village – Right in the Centre. My partner and I moved to Southampton for work, and we wanted to live in the centre. Ocean Village was perfect, right in the middle of the city. It’s built on the site of the docks and it’s just minutes from everything. If we start a family here, we’ll move further out, but no plans to do that at the moment.
  • West End – Great if You Love Sports. We’re supposedly here because of the amount of parks and green spaces for the children, but actually it’s because my husband’s passionate about cricket and West End is home to the Hampshire Cricket Club. It’s also a very nice area to live in, and I spend a lot of time running in the Itchen Country Park or exploring the forest trails with the children.
  • Locks Heath – Southampton’s Best Kept Secret. Following up recommendations for schools, we stumbled across Locks Heath, and we knew it was the right place for our family. We found the school we wanted, the shopping is good, and the M27 runs close by. Best of all, though, there’s Holly Hill Gardens. It’s a landscaped parkland that’s like heaven for the kids, with waterfalls, grottos, a river, and woods!

7. Which Are The Best Schools in Southampton?

According to a recent study, an impressive 83% of schools in Southampton have received a good or outstanding rating. Out of the city’s 149 schools, 124 have earned the top two accolades from the Ofsted. As a result, Southampton is the third highest ranked area in the UK in terms of the percentage of schools classified as good or outstanding.

Locrating’s top ten schools in Southampton are:

  • Beechwood Junior School
  • Bitterne Manor Primary School
  • Bitterne Park Primary School
  • Marchwood Junior School
  • Rosewood Free school
  • Sholing Infant School
  • Springhill Catholic Primary School
  • St Anne’s Catholic School
  • Banister Primary School
  • Bassett Green Primary School

Planning a Move to Southampton?

If you like the sound of Southampton, why not contact us to find out about our removals to Southampton services? We’re a fourth-generation moving company, with a great reputation for delivering stress-free removals. Our goal is to ensure that your new life in Southampton begins with a smile.


Tailored Removals to Southampton

Whether you’re relocating within the city, across the UK, or from overseas, we will create your perfect moving experience. We assign a professional move co-ordinator to each mover. These experts know the city and have assisted hundreds of people moving to Southampton. They’ll work with you to create a bespoke removals plan based on your specific requirements.

Tailored Removals to Southampton

Schepens removals services include:

  • Pre-Removals Survey. A free, non-binding survey, either online or in person. This assessment helps us understand the size of your move and understand any special requirements. Once we have a clear picture, we will provide you with a detailed and accurate removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • Professional Packing Services. If you’re short on time, our professional packing team will do the job for you. Using sustainable materials, they can complete your packing in hours, saving you valuable time.
  • In-Transit Insurance. Your belongings will be covered during transit. Should you need additional Extended Liability or Accidental Damage insurance, we can arrange it for you.
  • Specialist Removals. At Schepens, we cover to all your removals needs. Our specialist team offers bespoke removals for items needing special care, such as pianos, fine art, and antiques.
  • Self Storage. If you require storage facilities as part of your move, we have a range of local self storage options available. Schepens’ facilities provide a clean and secure environment for your belongings.
  • Transport. Your goods will be transported in our state-of-the-art removals vehicles, equipped with air ride suspension and an adjustable bearing system. This ensures minimal movement of the vehicle’s contents.

“They made what could have been a really stressful day enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble, the team were happy, polite and most importantly very good at their job.”

Bernard Allnut


Have we answered the question what is Southampton like? If you’re planning a move to Southampton, why not give us a call to find out about the range of ways Schepens can support your move – 02380 070071