Locations and housing

If you already live or work in Hampshire, you will know what a fantastic place it is. Hampshire has everything: bustling towns and cities, stunning coastline, delightful countryside, tranquil villages, wonderful food and drink establishments and popular attractions.

Basingstoke & Deane
Basingstoke and Deane

With ready access to London (just 45 minutes by train), Basingstoke is a fast paced, vibrant and modern town with varied amenities, set within stunning Hampshire countryside that includes Watership Down and Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey.

Once you visit you'll find it's a place that you want to stay and build a successful future!

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With a great retail offer, exciting leisure facilities, a summer festival that brings together the best of arts and culture, a nationally respected concert hall and beautiful countryside all around – it's a location that offers an appealing lifestyle.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers such as the Basingstoke Gazette or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including on affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council's website.

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East Hampshire

East Hampshire The district of East Hampshire covers an area of almost 200 square miles and is home to 117,000 residents. It stretches along the east boundary of Hampshire, from Alton in the north to Petersfield in the south.

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East Hampshire is perfect walking, cycling and riding country. Much of the area is rural, and the market towns and villages are full of interest and the local food is of excellent quality. The district is home to some of Britain's literary greats including Jane Austen and Flora Thompson. The South Downs National Park runs through centre of the district and offers more opportunity to explore the great outdoors.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the East Hampshire District Council's website.

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Eastleigh

Eastleigh The borough of Eastleigh is nestled between the unitary authority of Southampton, Test Valley, Winchester and Fareham. It is part of the picturesque Hamble Valley area, which stretches along the River Hamble and the Solent.

The borough has excellent transport links. It is served by two motorways allowing easy access to the South Coast, London and the North.

There are numerous railway stations with direct access to the North and London. Historically, the spitfire plane was first flown from this aerodrome; nowadays flights can be taken to national and international destinations from Southampton International Airport in the town of Eastleigh.

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There are three country parks: Itchen Valley Park, Riverside and Royal Victoria Country Park, which offer acres of green space to be explored and enjoyed. Eastleigh also has a large leisure centre, Fleming Park, and an outdoor splash pad for children of all ages with free parking nearby. It is home to the Swan Shopping Centre which includes many national chain stores, a cinema, bowling alley and restaurants along with the local library. The Point is also a popular arts centre in Eastleigh.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers such as the Eastleigh News or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Eastleigh District Council housing pages.

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Fareham

Fareham The borough of Fareham is situated on the edge of the Solent, and the town itself has a waterside location with period properties and modern housing estates. The borough of Fareham is home to around 111,000 residents.

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Fareham has plenty of shopping and leisure facilities, including arts centres such as Ferneham Hall and the Ashcroft Arts Centre and shopping centres such as the Fareham Shopping Centre and the nearby recent development of Whiteley Shopping Centre.

There is also plenty to do outdoors, including Portsdown Hill, Fort Nelson, Portchester Castle and Titchfield Abbey.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers such as the Portsmouth & Fareham News or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Fareham Borough Council housing pages.

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Gosport

Gosport The borough of Gosport lies on a peninsula, with 24 miles of waterfront on Portsmouth Harbour, and has wonderful views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Much of the borough is urban, but a significant proportion is open space, offering many water sports opportunities as well as unspoilt beaches at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent.

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Gosport has a strong naval background, and there are several museums and places of interest to this effect, including Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower and The Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

Gosport high street has offers good shopping opportunities and hosts a market twice a week.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers such as the Portsmouth & Gosport News or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Gosport Borough Council housing pages.

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Hart

Hart The district of Hart lies in the north east of Hampshire, and is named after the River Hart which runs through it. It has a population of around 93,000 residents. Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Odiham and Yateley are some of the district's principal towns and villages.

There are great transport links, as the A30 and M3 run through Hart and the M4 is close by, and strong rail links to London and the South.

Hart is one of the richest and least deprived areas in the UK and has been voted the UK's most desirable place to live for the fifth year running!

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The area has several nature reserves and wildlife areas to enjoy, such as Fleet Pond and Hartley Wintney Commons; as well as leisure facilities such as the Hart Leisure Centre. Basingstoke Canal runs through the area and is popular for walking, cycling, boating and fishing. The ruins of King John’s Castle, in Odiham, is also a popular historical landmark.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Hart District Council housing pages.

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Havant

Havant The borough of Havant is Hampshire's most south-easterly location, set on the coast just east of Portsmouth.

The town of Havant is a thriving market town, most of which is a conservation area. Its population is around 125,000.

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There are a number of country parks to enjoy, including Staunton Country Park and Queen Elizabeth Country Park, situated on the South Downs.

Hayling Island is a very popular destination as a traditional seaside resort with much on offer, including funfair, seaside railway, WWII Heritage Trail and seaside walks.

Emsworth is highly regarded amongst food-lovers, walkers and artists.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Havant Borough Council housing pages.

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New Forest

New Forest The district of the New Forest is one of the largest districts in Hampshire, and is home to around 179,000 people.

Once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror, part of the New Forest was designated a National Park in 2005 and its countryside and animals are protected.

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The area offers beautiful countryside as well as traditional villages, including Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst – with many shops and places to eat and drink. The attractive coastline is home to the popular coastal destinations of Barton-on-Sea, Milford-on-Sea and Keyhaven.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers such as the Daily Echo or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the New Forest District Council housing pages.

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Rushmoor

Rushmoor The borough of Rushmoor is situated in the north of Hampshire in the heart of the Blackwater Valley, neighbouring the boroughs of Hart, Surrey Heath, Guildford and Waverley.

Rushmoor is one of the smaller boroughs in Hampshire, but still boasts a population of around 95,000. It includes the towns of Aldershot – the home of the British Army, and Farnborough – the birthplace of British aviation and home to the Farnborough International Airshow.

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The area enjoys open countryside, beautiful woodlands and excellent sporting facilities as a result of its military heritage and the Basingstoke Canal runs through it. With so much on offer, it's a great place for all ages to get active.

Rushmoor's leisure facilities include a ski centre, sports centres, museums, parks, bowling alleys, nature reserves, historic sites and entertainment and arts venues.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Rushmoor Borough Council housing pages.

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Test Valley

Test Valley The borough of Test Valley runs down Hampshire's west border, and is named after the River Test, which runs through the borough.

The area is mainly rural but is home to many popular and thriving towns, including Andover, Romsey and Stockbridge.

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There is a plethora of things to do in the Test Valley area, including visiting beautiful gardens and homes such as Mottisfont Abbey, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Broadlands.

There are plenty of places of interest including the Museum of Army Flying, the Hawk Conservancy and Finkley Down Farm. The key towns boast both chain and boutique-style shopping experiences, and there are a number of local arts centres and theatres, and fantastic places to eat and drink.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Test Valley Borough Council housing pages.

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Winchester

Winchester The district of Winchester covers the designated heritage city of Winchester itself, and the surrounding areas including Alresford, Bishop's Waltham, Itchen Valley, and Wickham.

The district covers an area of 250 square miles and has a population of around 118,000 residents. It attracts over 5 million visitors each year.

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Winchester's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Winchester itself has plenty of shopping and leisure opportunities, including a high street and shopping centre full of chain and boutique-style shops, Riverside Leisure Centre and the Winchester Royal Theatre.

It boasts a plethora of places to eat and drink including award-winning restaurants from chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Also of interest are the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium and Marwell Zoo.

Outside of the city, Alresford is the proud home of the Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line. Itchen Valley County Park is a popular location for a walks and family fun. Wickham hosts some beautiful walks, including the nearby Water Meadows and the start of the nine-mile Meon Valley Trail.

Housing

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.

Homes to privately rent are usually advertised in local newspapers or via local lettings agents.

Further information, including affordable housing preferred providers in the area, can be found at on the Winchester City Council housing pages.

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Useful links

Visit Hampshire has further information on the unmissable attractions in and around the area.

If you’re outside the area, you might want to see Hampshire County Council’s pages on Moving to Hampshire – the complete guide to information on the local area, including health, childcare and education.

Help to Buy South sets out different schemes for low cost home ownership. They are designed to help people in different situations find lasting and affordable ways of entering the property market in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. More details and a buyer's guide can be found on their website.