Southampton is in Hampshire, on the south coast of England, and has a lot to offer, whether you are considering relocating there, planning an investment or beginning higher education. Here is a quick overview …
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: in 2015, a property was up for sale for £1,633,524
- Average house price in Southampton: an overall average price of £215,373
- Cheapest property: Studio flat £76,950.
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- In the next five years to 2021, prices in the region (wider South England) are forecast to rise by 17%, outperforming Greater and suburban London
- In the past year house prices in Southampton were 6% up on the year before
- The area is attracting overseas investors, with a Bahrain-based bank purpose building student accommodation in Southampton to be ready for 2019.
- With the Port of Southampton set for a £50m investment, new vehicle handling facilities will open more opportunities for vehicle exports
- It is the country’s number one port for vehicle handling, with nearly 1m vehicles passing through in 2015
- A quarter of jobs in the city are in the health and education sector.19% are in property and other business. The third largest employment sector is wholesale and retail, accounting for 16.2% of employed people.
Location and Transport 🚌
- Southampton has good motorway links (the M27 and M3), and a regional Southampton airport (which flies regionally and also to near European destinations)
- The Port of Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe with 1.5 million cruise visitors per year. It is also the terminus for three internal ferry services
- Buses provide the majority of local public transport.
- There are 79 state schools and also some independents
- Higher education includes several colleges as well as two universities - the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University
- Students account for 30,000 of the population (out of 237,000).
- Southampton attracts over 4m visitors a year with its impressive cultural offerings, from museums, music venues and art galleries
- You can shop until you drop in excellent shopping centres, or enjoy a guided walk
- The greenest city in Southern England, Southampton Common has over 300 acres of flora and fauna and to the west of the city you can find the New Forest.
Finally, did you know …
- The city’s civic centre was the first building in the country to have the name Civic Centre?
- In 1955, American Mr. Birdseye tested herring sticks and cod sticks on shoppers in Southampton and South Wales. The Southampton customers loved the cod sticks, which then became known as fish fingers?
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee – who invented the World Wide Web – works at the University Of Southampton?