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Hampshire’s largest city, Southampton is the cruise capital of Europe. Four million visitors flock to the costal retreat every year, engrossed by its cultural offering of museums, art galleries and music venues. For those living in Southampton, the fantastic shopping facilities, green spaces and excellent transport links make it a very attractive location to reside in.
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Moving to Southampton
Those moving to Southampton must remember that the seaside city is home to two universities, the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University. This means there is a huge rental market, particularly in the student areas of Swaythling and Portswood. Bassett and Highfield also have a high student populations.
However, many families adore living in Bassett as it is mainly residential, has good road links and great local amenities. Other popular locations for families and professionals alike include Foyes Corner, Ocean Village and Chilworth.
Parks and Open Spaces in Southampton
Southampton is one of the greenest cities in the UK and has over 50 parks and green spaces. Many who live in the city use these spaces for walking or to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
Central Park and Mayfield Park have been awarded a national Green Flag and The Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre on Southampton Common is an environmental centre. Western Shore is a 2.2km long stretch of public open space on Southampton Water between Woolston and Netley and is a good place to go fishing. The shore is part of a regeneration bid.
Royal Victoria Country Park covers 200 acres and is one of the most scenic and delightful areas of South Hampshire. It was once the site of a military hospital and he fascinating story can be viewed in the Heritage Centre.
Schools in Southampton
There are many primary schools in Southampton, the majority are community schools, however there are some academies, some trust run and some voluntary aided establishments. Harefield Primary, St John the Baptist CofE, Wellstead and Kanes Hill are all highly rated primary schools. But, the most popular are Springhill Catholic Primary, Highfield CofE and Botley CofE.
There are twelve state-funded secondary schools in Southampton and many are specialist colleges. Both Bitterne Park School and Chamberlayne College are performing arts specialists, whereas Woodland Community College, St George’s College and St Anne’s College are focus upon science as a specialist subject. Other popular secondary schools include Oasis Academy, Redbridge School, Regents Park College and The Sholing Technology College.
Transport Links Southampton
As well as the main stations of Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway, the city also has seven stations spanning the local areas. Redbridge, Millbrook, Swaythling, St Denys, Bitterne, Woolston and Sholing all have small stations.
Southampton Airport Parkway is the preceding station to Southampton Central and therefore the majority of services run through both the stations. There are 20 trains per hour, run by four providers. Services carry passengers to London Victoria, London Waterloo, Portsmouth, Brighton, Manchester and Newcastle.
Holiday makers and business travellers alike will no doubt make use of Southampton Airport. Most flights are operated by budget airline providers and travel to different national and European destinations daily.