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Living & Working In The South East

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Living in South East

The South East is one of the most visited regions in England as it stretches to the South coast, whilst some areas are only a stone’s throw from London. It’s easy to see the attraction – the countryside is picturesque and cities such as Brighton are quirky and lively so there is something for everyone. The region hosts a wide range of sporting activities throughout the year and even claims to be the birthplace of modern cricket. On top of the countryside, sports and selection of lively cities, it is home to one of the most famous universities in the world – The University of Oxford.

South East Jobs


Cost of living in South East

The average house value in South East England is £319,000, which makes it the second most expensive in the England (after London, of course). Areas that are within a commutable distance to London are always more expensive and often have similar living costs to the capital, but have the benefit of a slower pace and more green areas. £4 for a pint is pretty standard and a litre of milk will cost you about 90p, which is pretty pricey compared to the 72p you can pay in the North. The region also has a selection of coastal towns that attract a large number of tourists and can affect prices within those areas.

Renting Prices in South East

The average rent in the region is £806 a month, but the South East covers a significant geographical space so you will certainly be able to find properties to rent for less than this if you need to.

Nightlife in South East

The region is more known for its countryside than its nightlife, but cities that have a strong student population, like Brighton, have a vibrant night scene that is home to a selection to pubs, clubs and bars alongside alternative theatre and music performances.

Notable Attractions in South East

Dover Castle – It could be the oldest standing building in Britain as it has been functional for 2000 years. The castle has an immersive tour that brings wartime history to life.

Leeds Castle, Kent – This Grade I listed castle has been dubbed ‘The Loveliest Castle In The World’ and the grounds cover an incredible 500 acres. The gardens are accessible to visitors and have a traditional hedge maze, whilst the castle interior has plenty of information for those wanting to learn about its royal history.

Beachy Head, South Downs National Park – Beachy Head provides the perfect backdrop for an adventure with dramatic white cliff sides and an abundance of wildlife. It’s one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is a selection of walks specifically designed for you to make the most of the views.

Isle of Thanet, Kent - The Isle of Thanet has a rich artistic culture and has the claim to fame of being the writing spot of T.S Eliot when he produced ‘The Waste Land’. The chalk white cliffs and sublime views have been a source of inspiration for numerous authors and artists.

Royal Pavilion, Brighton & Hove - The Royal Pavilion was originally built as a seaside palace for King George IV. It’s a grand, imposing structure full of history and opulence. It attracts around 400,000 visitors annually.

Turner Contemporary, Margate – The Turner Contemporary is an art gallery that sits on the Margate seafront. It hosts a selection of temporary exhibitions throughout the course of the year and is home to some of the leading modern art in the country.

I360 Tower, Brighton & Hove – This observatory tower was built in 2016 and stands at 162m tall. It offers impressive views of Brighton from 138m high.

Nonsuch Park, surrey – It was once the site of a palace of King Henry VIII, but now this vast space of land is perfect for trekking or picnicking. On the other side of the park, Nonsuch Mansion still stands and is a popular venue for wedding receptions

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury – The Canterbury cathedral hosts nearly 1 million visitors per year. The building is grand and gothic, whilst still being a holy place or worship and a place of pilgrimage.

Employers in South East

  • Alphabet (GB) Ltd
    AmicusHorizon Ltd
    CGI UK
    DHL Express
    Dimension Data
    FedEx Europe Inc
    JD Wetherspoon PLC
    Orange Business Services
    PepsiCo UK & Ireland
    Philip Morris International
    Quest Diagnostics Ltd
    Rentokil Initial PLC
    RM Education
    Vauxhall Motors
    Whitbread PLC
  • Education institutions in South East

    Basingstoke College of Technology
    Berkshire College of Agriculture
    University of Brighton
    University of Buckingham
    Canterbury Christ Church University
    Canterbury College
    University of Chichester
    University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
    European School of Osteopathy
    University Centre Farnborough
    Guildford College
    University of Kent
    Milton Keynes College
    Oxford Business College
    Activate Learning (Oxford, Reading, Banbury & Bicester)
    University of Oxford
    Oxford Brookes University
    University of Portsmouth
    University of Reading
    Ruskin College Oxford
    University of Southampton
    University of Surrey
    University of Sussex
    University of Winchester