West Sussex

West Sussex is a county that has something for everyone. Whether you love the hustle and bustle of London and want somewhere in easy commuting distance, or prefer the peace and tranquillity of rural life, West Sussex has it all! There are many different towns and villages scattered across this beautiful county. From Eastbourne to Worthing, there is no shortage of charming little places with great schools, shopping centres, local amenities and lots more!

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Best places to live in West Sussex

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Chichester outdoor museum

Where is West Sussex?

West Sussex is located in the south of England, bordering Hampshire to the north, Surrey and Kent to the east, and East Sussex to the south. It is a large county, measuring almost 900 square miles!

Areas in West Sussex

There are many different areas in West Sussex that prospective home buyers might be interested in. Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular:

The South Downs Area – this area is over 500 square miles and stretches all the way from Hampshire to Eastbourne. It has some beautiful countryside, rolling hills and plenty of spectacular views on offer! There are many quaint villages within its boundaries as well as picturesque market towns such as Midhurst.

Eastbourne – Eastbourne is situated on the south coast of England near Brighton. It has beautiful beaches with wonderful views over the English Channel, popular day trips out including historical sites such as Beachy Head & Birling Gap or castles like Bodiam Castle.

 

Chichester Cathedral

Worthing – Worthing is the largest town in West Sussex. It has a wonderful beach, plenty of shopping opportunities along its high street and lots of events & shows taking place throughout the year. The town is also home to Pallant House Gallery which houses an extensive collection of artwork by modern British artists.

Universities in West Sussex

West Sussex is home to a number of universities, including:

The University of Sussex – Located in Brighton, the University of Sussex is a highly respected university with over 12,000 students. The university specialises in a number of areas, including social sciences, law, business & management and the arts.

The University of Chichester – With campuses in the city of Chichester and nearby Bognor Regis, the University of Chichester offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects, including arts, humanities, business & management, sciences and sport.

Brighton & Sussex Medical School – One of the most well regarded medical schools in the UK, Brighton & Sussex Medical School is a joint venture between the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

Top Schools in West Sussex

Countryside in West Sussex

There are also a number of top schools located in the county, including:

The Weald School (Horsham) – A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18, the Weald has a reputation for excellence and regularly features in top national school league tables.

Steyning Grammar School (Steyning) – A former specialist Arts College, the school also places emphasis on STEM subjects such as maths, science and technology to ensure students are well equipped with key skills needed by employers.

Forest School (Worthing) – A co-educational, non-selective school that takes pupils from the ages of four to 18. Forest School is one of the UK’s most eco-friendly schools, with an onsite lake and woodland area.

Kitebrook School (Ascot) – An independent day school for girls aged three to 18 years old that aims to prepare students for their future lives as successful women. The school also offers boarding facilities for pupils who live out of the area.

Population of West Sussex

West Sussex is home to a population of just over 900,000 people. While the south and east of the county are more densely populated, there are plenty of rural areas in West Sussex, which are popular with families because of the low crime rates and excellent schools.

 

Reviews in West Sussex

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Nice property disappointing service

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Review Date Jul 2024

The driveway was made a lot smaller then I was informed you can’t fit 2 cars width in the driveway I’ve informed southern but stated they won’t create additional parking

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Very nice area disappointed they are still building when it was meant to be complete in February not sure what the service charge actually goes on as the grass out the front has never been cut. Still awaiting the remaining of the houses to be filled. Would like to have a ladder to get into the roof

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Driveway size as when neighbours move in we both won’t be able to fit cars on the drive

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The en suite in the master was a massive bonus and all the additional storage area

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Love our first home

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Review Date Jul 2024

Lovely area, local pub is nice – but on pricey side tho!
Bins are collected regularly, not had a problem.
Traffic is noisy outside however when you’re in the house it is minimal, unless window is open and there is a constant flow of traffic, then it’s slightly noisy – put some music on and it’s fine!
The buses are not very often so for others who rely on public transport they must feel trapped at certain times – and a taxi to the train station is a LOT of money!

Overall however, the estate is lovely and me and my partner are very excited to spend a long time here making memories together and start our family here

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Lovely development with gym equipment scattered around and a park which looks super fun for the kids!
The houses all look nice and there has been lots of thought into the layout of the houses. One negative, we are still waiting for a new gas meter box, it was on our completion handover form as something that needed doing, it still hasn’t been done…

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That the signal is awful!! – Get WiFi straight away so you’re not disconnected from everything and everyone

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We love the layout of the home, great size! We can’t wait to grow into the house and create all the amazing memories and start a family here

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Very happy new home owner

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Review Date Jul 2024

We do have traffic noise but this does not impact us. The area is very friendly and currently quiet.
There is one bus but unfortunately it does not go on the main routes we need. Apart from buses the only other down fall is a local shop.

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I love the fact I have parking for two cars. On the new build estate it is spacious and open not having an over crowded feeling.
I really like our property but I feel we should have solar panels like other new developments and also some kind of privacy hedges on our back fences
I feel we should have had a flooring choice as I really do it like carpets downstairs due to heavy traffic and keeping clean

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No solar panels
Overlooked garden
Carpets throughout no choice of flooring

What is the best feature of your home:

French doors leading into our garden. I also love our kitchen with built in appliances.

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Please with overall experience

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Review Date Jul 2024

Please with overall experience first time with shared ownership wish I had done when we moved back to the YK 41/2 years ago

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It’s ok thought I would see more gardening getting done should have put solar panels on and someone to come and check if any defects so we can ask questions kitchen cabinet to tall for short people and oven to low for seniors patio to small also would nice to build bungalows for older people that would like to downsize and have no stairs

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Shared drive way a bit too small to get cars in and outside power point

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The garden the double doors leading out to garden sunny and not overlook ed

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