What’s it Like to Live in Winchester?

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What’s it Like to Live in Winchester?

Is Living in Winchester a Viable Escape from London?

Winchester, Hampshire, has become a hotspot for Londoners seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Located just 55 minutes by train from Waterloo, it offers the allure of smaller city living without total isolation from the capital. Excellent schools, varied housing options, and access to stunning countryside make it attractive for families. But is Winchester the right fit for your relocation? Let’s take a closer look at what it’s really like to live in this historic city.

Winchester Voices – What Residents Think

Over the years, Schepens Removals has helped countless families settle into their new Winchester lives. Many of them still call this city home. We asked residents ‘what’s it like to live in Winchester?, and here’s what they told us:

  • The Warm Welcome. “Everybody here is so friendly! We’ve made some great friends, and our neighbours have been wonderful.” – Emily P., Marketing Manager
  • A Community for Parents. “Being a mum can be tough, but I’ve found so much support from other parents here. Even just chatting in the playground makes a difference.” – Sarah M., Full-Time Mum
  • Balancing Budget and Charm. “Winchester has great shops, but the high street is definitely pricier. For bigger shopping trips, Basingstoke is a convenient option.” – John K., Accountant
  • City Living in an Amazing County. “Absolutely the right move! Great connections to London, beautiful surroundings, fantastic pubs, and friendly people. What more could you want?” – Alex B., Software Developer

Pros and Cons: Trading the Big City for Winchester’s Charm

Winchester residents are overwhelmingly positive about the city’s welcoming atmosphere and strong sense of community. In this section we further explore these themes as we consider both the advantages and potential drawbacks of living in Winchester


  • A Close Community. Winchester provides a friendly and supportive family environment, in contrast to the potential for anonymity in a big city. Striking up conversations with neighbours, attending local events, and connecting with other parents is easy for newcomers.
  • Family-Friendly Focus. Excellent schools coupled with the glorious Hampshire countryside all around make Winchester ideal for raising children. Outdoor activities, playdates, and a slower pace of life contribute to a wholesome upbringing.
  • City Convenience, Country Charm. Winchester offers a good balance. The high street has a vibrant mix of independent shops and familiar brands, catering to most needs. Then, the surrounding countryside provides an escape for nature lovers, with the South Downs National Park just a short trip away, and for beach lovers, getting to Portsmouth and Bournemouth takes just 40 minutes.
  • Efficient Connections: Despite its idyllic setting, Winchester isn’t isolated. Excellent transport links keep London easily accessible for work or weekend trips. Basingstoke and Southampton with their larger shopping centres are also within easy reach.


  • Cost of Comfort. The convenience and high quality of life in Winchester come with a price tag. Housing, particularly in sought-after areas, is comparable to London prices. Careful budgeting and potentially downsizing might be necessary.
  • Finding Your Niche. While Winchester offers a good variety of shops, high-end options might be limited compared to London. Bigger shopping sprees might require trips to Basingstoke, Southampton, or Portsmouth
  • Career Considerations. Specialist or high-level jobs might be more readily available in London. For some professionals, a career shift or continued London commute might be necessary (something to consider before the move).
  • Slower Pace of Life. If you thrive on constant action and endless options, Winchester’s slower pace might feel like a drawback. However, for many, the tranquillity and focus on simpler pleasures are precisely what make it appealing.

Where to Look for Property in Winchester

Winchester’s popularity means property prices are generally high, but they do vary depending on location and desirability. Here’s are some of the the most popular areas:

Walking Distance to City Centre – Top Picks

If your heart’s set on walkability, these neighbourhoods offer a mix of price points and character:

Where to Look for Property in Winchester
  • St Cross – Picturesque setting by water meadows, diverse housing stock with historic buildings.
  • Hyde – Beautiful Victorian terraces near an ancient Abbey, recreation areas, and nature reserve. Short walk to the city centre and train station.
  • Fulflood – Popular with families due to excellent schools. Attractive period properties close to the train station.
  • Bereweeke & Weeke – North of the centre with a variety of housing, including 1930s semis and newer builds. Good schools and sports facilities.

More Affordable Within Winchester:

  • Stanmore. Suburb with early 1900s homes, steeper terrain. Consider trade-offs between price and location.
  • Winnall. Northern suburb with mixed housing, including new council-backed developments. Access to Winnall Moors nature reserve.
  • Weeke. Popular among students, higher density of council housing. Potential for bargains but factor in surroundings.

Budget Conscious? Consider Surrounding Villages

For the most affordable options, expand your search beyond the city centre. Prices drop significantly in villages further from the railway station. Take a look at Alresford, Kings Worthy, Romsey, and Chilbolton.

Moving to Winchester with Confidence

Winchester’s charm comes with its complexities, especially regarding navigating the property market and logistics of a relocation. That’s where Schepens Removals steps in.

As a local, family-run company, we’ve been helping families settle into their Winchester homes for generations. Our in-depth knowledge of the city, its one-way system, and the many delightful pubs and restaurants you’ll be able to enjoy, ensure that we’re able to provide stress free removals to Winchester.

We’re more than just movers – we’re your Winchester partners

Expert Removals – Our experienced team ensures your belongings arrive safely and efficiently.

Local Knowledge – We navigate Winchester’s streets with ease, ensuring a smooth move.

Unwavering Support – We’re here to answer any questions and guide you throughout the process.

Ready to make Winchester your new home? Contact Schepens Removals today for a free, no obligation, pre-removals assessment and quote. Experience the difference of a local, dedicated removals company – 01962 690009