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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Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth

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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All the homes look nice and are good sizes.

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Review Date Oct 2021

Very quiet, well maintained, nice looking homes.
Granger have not been very good at managing the property.
We are now buying in the same area because it’s nice

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All the homes look nice and are good sizes.
Need a small local shop on the estate for convenience and a new docs etc as the area is really over subscribed.
Nice to have so many nature reserves to walk the dog/take children out.
Granger property management are not good.

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Lots of really weird bugs around!
Doctors very over prescribed

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Not very quickly, takes a lot of chasing and they always want to do the bare minimum

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The management team is really great

Review Date Oct 2021

The building is very central and extremely close to shops, post office, banks, etc. The parking is really spacious, but bin collections are sometimes problematic: there is not enough space to collect everyone’s rubbish and the bin containers are often full (we’ve also been moved to a bin collection point recently because of these issues, which is now farther from where our flat is located). Apart from that, the residence is great!

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The management team is really great – they organise fun events on a regular basis and are always available (despite often changing service hours, which is sometimes inconvenient). The building design is nice, relatively modern and the flat design was particularly at our taste.

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There isn’t any doorbell at the door, guest have to knock at the door and we can’t hear them sometimes

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Great response from the management team – we had an issue with our fridge and was sorted quickly

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Nice apartment, not the best management.

Review Date Oct 2021

Private parking is provided by the apartment complex with charge. Many bins available. No significant traffic noise.

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Nice, modern design. Gym facilities are basic. Building management useful but repairs may take a long time. Property management not the best, had difficulties with rent payments as many mistakes happened from the management team.

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Many pigeon poop on East balconies.

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They reply after a week usually, not very timely solutions.

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A great choice!

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Review Date Oct 2021

The location of the apartments & being in the midst of the city centre is a huge perk! Surprisingly, there’s little to no disruption/noise – (even on Friday nights through to Sundays) – & everything seems accessible. It’s a perfect mix having plenty of open spaces with the local parks, but supermarkets/high street shops/bars, etc all within a stone’s throw.

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The building itself is wonderful. Settling in has taken no time at all and the processing prior to moving in, and since, has been faultless. The Service Team are both kind & attentive – the shared areas within the building are incredibly well-maintained. No complaints, thank goodness!

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This was my first time moving out – I hadn’t appreciated until recently how well the flat was furnished & how helpful that’s been in saving money & creating a space that feels like a home. Also, the flat is much bigger than I thought looking at pictures initially. Bring lots to decorate with!

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Swiftly! There’s only been one incident, and that was solved the same day.

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