Hampshire

Hampshire is a county in the south of England that borders Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. It has some beautiful towns such as Winchester, Basingstoke and Romsey which are perfect for those who want to live near London but without all the hustle and bustle. Hampshire’s largest city is Southampton with over 200,000 people living there. With lots of green space, outdoor activities and cultural events, Hampshire offers a vibrant lifestyle for families with young children.

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Best places to live in Hampshire

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Where is Hampshire?

Hampshire is located in the South East of England. It borders Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire in the south with Dorset to its west.

Areas in Hampshire

Hampshire is divided into 12 districts including the Test Valley, Basingstoke and Deane, Hart, Rushmoor, City of Winchester, East Hampshire, City of Southampton, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, City of Portsmouth, and Havant.

Some standout areas include New Forest which has beautiful forests for walking or cycling through, and seaside resorts such as Lymington, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. With many museums covering history, culture, art and transport you can find something for everyone here!

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Hampshire universities

When it comes to universities, Hampshire offers the University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University, the University of Portsmouth, and the University of Winchester.

The University of Southampton

With a strong reputation for academic excellence and world-class facilities, the University of Southampton is ranked within the top one hundred best global universities.

Southampton Solent University

Ranked in Times Higher Education’s list as being one of the UK’s most dynamic universities, Southampton Solent University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has an excellent student satisfaction rating.

The University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth has a strong reputation for high-quality teaching, employability success and excellent facilities. Highly ranked in a number of national league tables, it offers innovative courses and is also home to one of the top business schools in the UK.

The University of Winchester

Ranked fifth for research impact in England by Research Excellence Framework 2014, the University of Winchester is an established institution with a long history and strong links to industry and business.

New Forest National Park

Top schools in Hampshire

Hampshire is home to some great state-funded schools as well as independent schools. 

Coming top of many league tables within England, The Westgate School and Winchester College both feature regularly among the best performing secondary schools across Britain.

Some of the top schools in Hampshire include:

The Westgate School

The Westgate School is a mixed all-through school, which means it caters for children from the age of three all the way through to 18 years old.  The school was rated ‘outstanding’ in every category when it underwent its most recent OFSTED inspection and has been improving steadily year on year since opening back in 2012.

Thornden School

A secondary school with academy status located in Chandler’s Ford, Thornden School offers a wide range of academic, creative and leisure opportunities for students. The school has had an excellent record of pupil progress since it became an academy in 2010.

Winchester College

As one of the oldest independent schools in England, Winchester College was founded in 1382. The school is also one of the largest, with around 1300 students currently enrolled. Winchester  College has an outstanding academic record and ranks very highly when it comes to exam results, both at GCSE level and A-level.

Population of Hampshire

Hampshire has a population of around 760,000 which makes it the 12th largest county in England and Wales combined. This number is set to increase by 2022 as many people move into the area because it’s such an appealing place for families and professionals alike!

Reviews in Hampshire

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Low rents due to issues

Review Date Aug 2022

The development is very central to Basingstoke with bus station and train station and shops nearby. Basingstoke is a thriving town and on a direct line to London. Excellent place to live

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This property is a fantastic deal for the renter. It was originally a bank and converted to what were advertised as luxury flats. The work however was unsatisfactory and Seven Capital failed to put right snagging issues. There are leaking windows, the lifts regularly fail and in general the finish is poor. This is greatly to the advantage of the renter because rents have been held down far lower than predicted.

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I wish I had known that the value of the property would fall on purchase and would not have recovered years later, that no one can get a mortgage so it can only be sold by auction and at a loss

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The after sales staff are lovely and are very reassuring that issues will be resolved but they no nothing so to be blunt they unwittingly lie. In the end there is help for small easily resolved matters but for major issues there is no help

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Shocking build quality and the WORST Customer Service you’ll ever encounter

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Review Date Jul 2022

Build quality is absolutely appalling. Houses thrown together with the cheapest materials and poor workmanship.
I do not have the emotional energy to list all the defects and issues we have had. In some respects this would have been less of an issue, if Crest Customer Service (CCS) dept and onsite Crest personal had taken responsibility for the numerous (& significant) defects and sorted out in a timely manner.
In reality, trying to get any response and action from CCS is like pushing water uphill with a rake. Almost exclusively ignore their self-imposed 3-day response time to emails. Never return calls. And that’s not the worst of it, CCS are rude, evasive and try to push the blame for any issues onto the owner.
This is our second Crest home and sadly something has very much changed for the worse… Crest are greedy and have no regard or respect to those who buy and live in their developments.
We are at the stage of escalating a number of issues to NHBC and rue the day we bought the property NEVER AGAIN!!

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Just how bad build quality (or lack of) is and ineptness of Crest Customer Service

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The neighbours are lovely and the location is also great.

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Great building right in the centre of Southampton

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Review Date Jul 2022

The building is very central, with lots of shops around. Only 15min walk to the train station and 5min away from the Westquay shopping centre

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The building’s design is modern and sleek. The property management team is really great and friendly, they’re always here to help!
One thing I would say is that the gym doesn’t have much equipment, which is a shame. However, it’s a great thing to have a gym in the building in the first place!

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Maybe the fact that the street we’re facing (Queensway) can be a bit loud at night, with cars driving really fast

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

We had some issues with our fridge when we moved in, but the team managed to send someone to fix it quite quickly

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We love living here

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Review Date Jul 2022

Location is very central near to the main high street with access to bars, shops, supermarkets, retail and public transport. Noise isn’t bad considering how central it is.

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We love living here. The amenities are great, location great and the whole building is kept to such a high standard. The management team are especially amazing. They are attentive, treat us as individuals and are very quick to respond to any queries or concerns.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing in particular. Everyone was pretty well explained and we didn’t have any nasty surprises

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They respond very quickly and are able to resolve in a timely fashion.

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