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 quiet area to live in with a basic gym on site!

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Review Date Jun 2022

Lack of local shops/restaurants & bars in walking distance but only a 10 min taxi ride / 15 on the bus

Lots of open space nearby

Transport links are good – bus every 30 mins for the majority of the day in the week & slightly longer on weekends

Quiet area to live in

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Design of the flats is great, very modern and none of the built in appliances have ever caused any issues for us. Only thing we’ve ever had an issue with is the water heater but it has always been handled quickly.

Facilities wise the gym is pretty basic but is good for people just starting out in the gym or to do fairly straightforward arm workouts. The 3 bbq plots have been out of order / not able to use the whole time we have lived here for 2.5 hours so it would be great to know if we will one day be able to use them.

Building & property management can sometimes be a bit slow to respond to things but everything does always get handled and they’re always nice to deal with.

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We were told when moving in that there was going to be a train station, pub and shops, none of these are currently here and we are 2.5 years down the line, it would’ve been great to have been given a more realistic timeline!

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Sometimes can be a bit slot but they always solve the problem

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Having lived in the property it is not good quality

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Review Date Jun 2022

Buses are easily accessible. Nearest shop is a 20 min walk away which is not ideal and bars and restaurants are a min 15 min drive away. Nothing within walking distance. Allocated parking isn’t an issue but the wardens that patrol are a pain and issue tickets even when you’re parked in your own space and fully registered car park. People around are nice enough but the staff in the clubhouse are so rude and ignorant bar one or two members who are nice.

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Its all very nice nice to look at but on further inspection and having lived in the property it is not good quality and we have had numerous issues. A major issue is that in winter the temp inside is so low we have had to buy extra heaters on top of the radiators in here and wrap up to stay warm. Yet in the summer on an average 26 degree day it reaches heights of 38 degrees inside which is unbearable!

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You hear everything your neighbours are doing, at all hours. And the temperature of the property is ridiculous so much so that our door melted last summer.

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They have responded quickly but the issues are never fixed properly and will have contractors in several times after to deal with it.

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OK development but room for a lot of improvement

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Review Date Jun 2022

No local shops
Building noise ongoing
Have to drive to Crawley/ Horsham for decent shops

Good school on the development

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OK development although parking is an ongoing issue. Neighbours used to be lovely, however the Facebook group has become a place to moan about everyone else. The Green staff not the most helpful. Very annoyingly that the gym isn’t 24/7 like it was prior to C19. About time the BBQ area opens up again.

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That the place is seriously hot in the summer with no windows other than the bedrooms.

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

Previously yes, although no current issues as it stands.

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Great development- Terrible management

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Review Date Jun 2022

This is a nice new modern area to live in. Slightly hampered by the lack of a shop on the development but we are hopeful one will happen soon. The area is nice friendly and safe, with a real community vibe to it.

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The design of our flat is nice, modern and airy. All fixtures and fittings are to a good standard and we feel very secure. Sadly, the development is let down by the terrible on site management team. Rude, uncompassionate and down right ignorant.
We have had several amenities stripped from us over the last year- Outdoor BBQs, 24hr gym is now reduced, no more personal trainer sessions, no electric car… the list os long. And the the onsight team, Chris and Sara, could not care less.

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Just how terrible you are treated, in regards to rights to amenities being taken away.

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The onsite team couldn’t give two hoots about the withdrawal of amenities, and stifle and complaints made and do not escalate them when asked to.

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