South East England

South East England is the third-largest of the official regions of England by area, and has the highest population of all the regions. Stretching to the west as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, right across to the tip of Kent and curling around London up to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, the South East benefits from its close connection with the capital and the national transport network. It also offers residents close proximity to the continent and swift international connections via the Channel Tunnel, Gatwick and Heathrow on its border with Greater London.

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Best places to live in South East England

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The coast of the Isle of Wight in South East England

Where is South East England?

South East England stretches from Kent – the south-easterly tip of the UK – and curls around London and up into Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It stretches south west along the south coast as far as the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, including Portsmouth and Southampton.

South East England counties

Buckinghamshire

Home County Buckinghamshire shares a border with London to the south east, making it a prime commuter location for the capital with easy access to the rest of the UK. The Chiltern Hills attract many tourists to Buckinghamshire, while the Prime Minister’s retreat house at Chequers attracts a more select group of visitors to the county.

East Sussex

Well known for its beautiful white cliffs along the south coast and the verdant plains of the South Downs, East Sussex is also a county with a rich history. Herstmonceux, Pevensey and Lewes castles convey the strategic importance of this strip of land along the south coast – also the location of the Battle of Hastings.

The port town of Dover, South East England

Hampshire

Hampshire, along with the Isle of Wight and the unitary authorities of Portsmouth and Southampton, make up the south-westerly tip of the South East of England. One of the wealthiest counties in the UK, Hampshire also boasts beautiful scenery in the form of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Isle of Wight

Sitting just off the south coast opposite Southampton and Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight is England’s largest island. Perhaps best known as a ‘staycation’ destination for Brits and for its annual music and sailing festivals.

Kent

Known as ‘the garden of England’ for its abundant fruit and hop produce, Kent now lays claim to a highly diversified economy. Its easy connections to both London and the Continent make this county a relatively affluent area with plenty of attractive towns and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover.

Oxfordshire

Right on the western edge of the South East England region sits Oxfordshire. The city of Oxford is the county’s chief urban centre, with its world-famous university, publishing house and associated biotechnology industry. Also includes three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Chilterns, the Cotswolds and the North Wessex Downs.

The city of Oxford in the South East of England

Berkshire

A Home County and a Royal County thanks to the presence of Windsor Castle. Berskshire borders Greater London to the east, offering residents swift access to the capital, as well as beautiful stretches of countryside that include Windsor Great Park, Swinley Forest and the Berkshire Downs.

Surrey

Sitting below Greater London to the south west, Surrey is another prime commuter county. Train links into London are swift and regular, and parts of the county sit within the capital’s travel zones. Surrey has the most woodland of all English counties and is split in two by the chalk ridge that forms the North Downs.

West Sussex

Directly below Surrey and stretching down to the south coast lies West Sussex. Much of the county consists of protected green areas, offering residents and visitors a wealth of countryside areas for outdoor pursuits.

South East England cities

The cities of South East England are: Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove, Reading and Oxford. Larger towns include Milton Keynes, Slough, Reading, Maidstone and Eastbourne.

Things to do in South East England

As a tourist hotspot, South East England offers a wealth of unique things to do. From indoor skiing on real snow to some of the UK’s best museums, this exciting region provides plenty of options for visitors and residents alike. See our list of the Top 10 things to do in South East England for a few ideas to get you started.

Best beaches

The South East also boasts some outstanding beaches. Whether for a sunny summer day in the sea or a refreshing coastal walk in the cooler months, these beaches offer a beautiful setting for a great day out. Check out or list of the Top 10 beaches in South East England for more details.

Universities in the South East of England

With around twenty universities, the South East gives students plenty of options for studies and exciting extra-curricular activities! The prestigious Oxford University sits within this region, alongside popular options such as Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth. See our guide to universities in the South East of England for more info.

Private schools

Some of the UK’s most prestigious private schools fall within the South East region, including Guildford High School and Wycombe Abbey School. Have a look through our list of 1o highest rated private schools in the South East of England to see all the best schools in the area.

Reviews in South East England

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Kooky expereince!

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Review Date Jun 2024

Redhill is a great place to live in terms of location in London. It is about 30 minutes by train to Victoria or London Bridge, which is excellent. Redhill is relatively quiet, but there is a good shopping centre for urgent needs behind it. On top of that, Redhill is close to some fantastic walks, and its accessibility to Reigate is excellent!

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Kooky Redhill is a great development. With a gym and co-working space, you literally would not need to leave if you didn’t want to. The Garden is great and a nice place to relax during the day. My flat had a balcony, which was slightly on the noisy side as it was on the road, so the garden is a great place to chill out for some quiet.

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I moved into my apartment quickly after I had had problems with other landlords in the area messing around; when I found Kooky, it was the easiest and smoothest experience. I would say my biggest insight is to meet people in the building but dont listen to everything that gets passed around and instead speak to charlie if you have any concerns. I would also say learn how to use the heating properly as it is super easy and smart when you know how to use it! I had to learn that!

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I had a great experience from the day I moved into my kooky flat. Charlie was so helpful and easy to contact if I had issues. The team has really gone above and beyond to support my needs while I was living here.

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Exceptional living experience in a beautifully designed building

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Review Date Jun 2024

Living in this area is very enjoyable, thanks to the excellent transport links. Hove Station is just a 2-minute walk away, and it’s only a 10-minute bus ride to Brighton Station.
The local shops are diverse, offering a wide range of options. There are also many good restaurants and bars to enjoy.

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The building is amazing, with a design by interior designers that is modern, classy, and well-thought-out. The resident lounge is spacious and comfortable, as is the co-working space, which has a kitchen next to it. There are also four fantastic outdoor spaces. The onsite team is excellent too. Harry has all the answers and is always happy to help, while Yiannis can assist with achieving the decor you want in the apartment to feel at home. Every single person onsite is outstanding.

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I wish I had moved here sooner 🙂
The onsite team organizes events for residents, which is a great way to socialize. The only thing missing is a gym to make it perfect in my eyes.

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The building management has responded to any problems or issues I have raised quickly and effectively, ensuring that everything is resolved in a timely manner. Also, the management team communicates effectively among themselves, so there is no need to report an issue or problem more than once.

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Lovely place to live

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Review Date Jun 2024

The Kooky building is in an ideal location, close to all the main amenities offered in Redhill which include a large Sainsburys and Boots, several other shops, a library, a cinema and many restaurants. It is also very near the train station for easy commuting to London and Gatwick Airport. It can be a bit noisy due to the trains but once you close the windows this is mostly blocked out.

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The apartment is beautiful and the building as a whole has a fun, friendly and stylish atmosphere. Charlie (the manager) was very welcoming and even helped our removal person with bringing our items up to the apartment on move-in day which was hugely appreciated. She gave us a personal tour, showing us where everything was (e.g. post room, gym, refuse room) and explaining how to use all the appliances in the apartment. We were also delighted with the thoughtful handwritten card and “welcome” box we received which was filled with lovely food items and other useful household goodies.

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During our initial viewing we didn’t notice much noise from outside. It was only when we moved in that we realised there was a decent amount of noise from the nearby train station when you have the windows open. This took a bit of getting used to and is something potential renters might want to take into account. As previously noted the noise levels drop significantly once the windows are closed.

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We have not experience any problems or issues so far.

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The apartment is lovely and it’s very clean, modern and quiet.

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Review Date May 2024

There are some great pubs and shops within a couple of minutes walk and it’s only 15 minutes walk to the sea. The proximity to the station is brilliant. The only downside is the severely limited street parking

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I absolutely love living here, it’s been so well thought out. The shared spaces and facilities are great, the roof garden alone is worth moving here for.
The apartment is lovely and it’s very clean, modern and quiet.
Having a 24hr desk makes it feel very safe and secure too

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If I’d have known how lovely the roof terrace was I’d have moved in a month earlier instead of staying in hotels until I found somewhere

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I’ve only had a couple of queries that were answered quickly and efficiently. Very helpful

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