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Where are the best areas to live in Southampton

Nov 10, 2021
The best areas to live in Southampton
Famous for its thriving maritime heritage, Southampton is a lively and dynamic place to call home. From the Romans to the launch of the Titanic, the city boasts a long-standing history, contemporary art and an exciting music scene. Whether you’re moving to Hampshire for the first time or you’re already familiar with the county, here we’ve highlighted some of the best areas to live in Southampton.

Ocean Village

Ocean Village Once the site of Southampton’s first working docks, Ocean Village sits on the banks of the River Itchen, which makes it a picturesque location. The area has undergone major developments to become the business and leisure hub it is today, including harbour for boats, Cineworld and plenty of restaurants and bars.


A pleasant area to the north of town centre, Bassett houses around 2,100 students from the University of Southampton and includes some of the city’s main sporting facilities for tennis, netball, hockey and cricket, such as the Southampton Sports Centre and Golf Course. If you prefer a more residential area outside of the heart of the action, Bassett could be the ideal location for you.


Home to Netley Abbey, Netley is by far one of the best places to live in Southampton. Located south-east of the city centre, this sought-after area is packed with old boutiques, colourful cottages and a beach looking across at Hythe. Netley train station makes it ideal for commuters who need to travel to neighbouring sites such as Portsmouth or Eastleigh, with services departing every hour.

West End

If you love cricket, this suburb on the north-eastern outskirts of Southampton city centre could be ideal for you. The Hampshire County Cricket Club and the Ageas Bowl are just two of the buildings that make this area a desirable one. The West End Carnival also takes place annually and celebrates the parish’s local history.


Swaythling is another very sought-after area just 3 miles north-east from the heart of the action. It is an ideal location for students as it’s home to the University of Southampton main campus and hosts the John Hansard Gallery for contemporary and visual arts.


If you’re looking for somewhere a bit further away from Southampton, Bedhampton is a great alternative. Located along the coastline, at the foot of Portsdown Hill, this suburb offers wonderful open spaces for evening walks, national parks for hiking and exploring, while sitting right next door to Portsmouth marina. If you’re a nature lover, our 3 bedroom brand-new houses at Harbour Place could be exactly what you’re after.

Whether you’re set on being near the heart of the action or you’re also considering neighbouring cities such as Basingstoke or Wimborne, one of our Sales Advisers is waiting to help you today. Check out our excellent Quarter Jack Park development close to Wimborne, or our stunning collection of 4 bedroom new houses at Gillies Meadow.