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Living & Working In The South West


Living in South West

In the South West of England you could have a great quality of life, for a number of different reasons.

The region boasts very low levels of pollution across the board. The vast expanses of green spaces create stunning scenery that has been recognised by the government, resulting in two protected national parks. It consistently ranks low for levels of crime and the cities close to the coast, like Bristol, attract a number of tourists each year. Despite the size of the South West only around 8% of the population live there, which means there are fewer jobs to hand, but the rural areas are amazing if you’re seeking an outdoorsy lifestyle.

Cost of living in South West

The average price of a semi-detached house in the South West of England is £243,000. This places it above the UK average of £216,227, but the average salary is higher to match. The average fewer in South West England is £30,437 whereas the UK average is £27,271.

If you’re a graduate moving to a city in the South West the average salary is £27,000, but of course this will largely depend on the type of job that you are applying for.

Renting Prices in South West

The average rent in the region is around £806 per calander month, but within the cities this will likely be a little higher whilst the suburban towns you will be able to find cheaper places to rent. As in most places in the country, young renters (especially in cities) often flatshare to keep their rental costs down.

Nightlife in South West

Some cities in the South West have a strong student population and a lively nightclub scene, whereas the more rural areas will have a quieter nightlife. Across the university cities (Exeter, Bath, Bristol) the average nightclub entry is £5 and a Jagerbomb bomb is around £2, so you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.

Notable Attractions in South West

Stonehenge: A prehistoric monument that was built roughly 4,000-5,000 years ago. It is considered to be a historic sacred area that theologists still argue about to this day and is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK.

The Roman Baths: Constructed over Bath’s three natural hot springs, this is a historic site that is steeped in culture.

Cotswolds: The Cotswolds has an abundance of castles and country homes, surrounded by stunning scenery. The villages echo old English culture and there are endless historic trails to learn about English heritage.
South West Coast Path: 630 miles of amazing coastal sights with a combination of wildlife, agriculture, scenery and geology to ensure you never get bored.

SS Great Britain: One of the largest and technologically advanced vessel of its time, the SS Great Britain has now been restored into a multi-sensory tourist attraction.

St Nectans Glen: An area largely untouched by man, it’s filled with mysticism and stories of pixies and fairies. There are 3 waterfalls, which are the main attraction.

Greenway: The summer home of famous crime writer Agatha Christie. It has been excellently preserved - even her clothes are still there!

Eden Project: The Eden Project is an educational charity. It boasts the largest greenhouse in the world in bubble shades domes that are surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Tate St Ives: The top gallery in the South West, with a spectacular rooftop bar. The art collection ranges from the 1500s to present day.

Education institutions in South West

Arts University Bournemouth
University of Bath
Bath Spa University
Bournemouth University
University of Bristol
University of The West of England, Bristol (UWE)
University of Exeter
Falmouth University (formerly University College Falmouth)
University of Gloucestershire
University of Plymouth
Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
Plymouth College of Art
University Centre Weston