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Living And Working In Southampton

October 26, 2021
Joanna Clare

Southampton is a city in Hampshire on England's south coastline and the population is currently around 228,600 people. It is situated only 70 miles from the nation's capital, London, and it is a major port city with spectacular views over the Solent.

The port caters for both passengers and cargo and is the second largest container port in the UK, having facilities to handle almost any type of cargo. Because of the deep water harbour, it can cater for extremely large vessels from all over the world.

Southampton has a lengthy and interesting maritime history which dates back centuries. Only 15 miles from Portsmouth which is famous for being affectionately known as the home of the Royal Navy, it was from Southampton that the ill fated Titanic left with passengers and much of the crew. Over 500 local families were later to learn that they had sadly lost someone due to the sinking of the Titanic.

Southampton University is highly regarded and was recently ranked 15th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide attracting talented academics from all over the world and further enriching the diversity of Southampton. Solent University is dynamic and has achieved many recognitions and achievements, making it a preferred choice for many.

Being fairly close to London, there are obviously excellent rail services and road links to major motorways and road networks. Both of the UK’s busiest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, are ideally situated for effortless travel and Southampton also can boast its own airport.

Southampton is a prosperous city and in 2019 was ranked the third highest city for growth for the third time in a row. A recently compiled report predicts that Southampton is now back on track and recovering from the pandemic which places it in a very good position indeed with regard to economic recovery.

Southampton's success recognises a variety of industries which embrace engineering, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, defence, finances, digital, construction,transport and logistics as well as the university, county council and NHS Trust. The Port of Southampton has always played a very important role in the city's economy and continues to do so.

Retail and hospitality also have a major  part to play in this friendly and active city with its two large shopping centres, busy high streets and over 70 restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a huge array of hotels.

In addition to the modern vibrancy of cosmopolitan Southampton, it has retained much of its past which is apparent from the splendid architecture. Even some of the original town walls which date from medieval times, are still standing firm.

Southampton has several hundred acres of fields, wetlands and wildlife habitats which make it one of the greenest cities in the UK. It is close in proximity to the spectacular New Forest National Park and within easy reach of the Isle of Wight and despite being in the south east of England, average house prices in this sought after coastal location are considerably less than many other areas in the region.

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