Living in Basingstoke
In this guide, we’ll go over everything you’ll ever need to know about living in Basingstoke; from discussing the best neighbourhoods, best schools and the best places to go shopping, this blog holds all the answers to your questions and more!
Basingstoke is located in the county of Hampshire at the north end of the county, on the border of Surrey and West Berkshire. Basingstoke is 30 miles northeast of South Hampton and 48 miles southwest of London. It is the largest town in the county of Hampshire.
What is the Population of Basingstoke?
According to the 2016 population estimate the population of Basingstoke is around 113,776.
The average price you will pay for a property in Basingstoke is £327,803.
Detached house price average- £477,732
Semi-detached price average- £339,629
Terraced average price- £273,355
Flat average Price- £177,136
You aren’t going to find any town with no crime, however in Basingstoke the crime rates are relatively low compared to other towns of the same size. In February 2021 there were 221 street level crimes committed in Basingstoke, the largest category of these being violent crimes; this includes burglary and other crimes of this nature. The second largest category of crimes committed were anti-social behaviour.
Basingstoke started off as a market town wat back in the Iron Age, and it wasn’t until the 20th century that it became a spill over city for London. But now Basingstoke is a modern, bustling city in its own right, with a lively nightlife and growing business community. One of the things that makes Basingstoke a popular place to live, is its proximity to London, which you can get to in 40 mins by train.
Halifax undertakes an annual Quality of Life survey and Basingstoke was voted on of the top 50 places to live in the UK. With the thriving nightlife, good quality shopping and high number of family friendly activities, earning it is place on the list. Basingstoke also scores highly for employment rates, earnings, crime rates and health and wellbeing.
There are plenty of highly rated schools in Basingstoke, many which have the rating ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ awarded by Ofsted. If you have younger children then there is a large selection of early year settings that have also received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. As for further education for older children there is Queens Mary Collage, which has some great facilities and 30 acres of beautiful grounds. You will also find Winchester University 17 miles away for those looking to earn a degree.
Being predominantly a commuter town, Basingstoke is very well connected by road, rail and air. Basingstoke train station is located on the edge of the city, a short walk from the city’s main shopping area. You can catch trains provided by Great Western Railway and South Western Railway from here. To get to London specifically, you can catch a fast train to Waterloo that will get you there in 40 minutes. You will also find direct services to other major destinations including; Bournemouth, Southampton and Manchester.
Basingstoke is also easy to navigate by road and it situated on the M3 motorway from London to Southampton. There is also the A303 that links Basingstoke to the West Country. There is also a Park and Ride facility that you can access from the central bus station.
This 4-star hotel is located close to Basingstoke Business Park and the M3. The Festival Place Shopping Centre is only a mile away, so it’s a good place to base yourself. They offer spacious rooms that contain, TVs, work desks and safes. There is also a swimming pool, hot tub, and a fully equipped gym. You can also access the Horizons Health and Beauty facility for a pamper session.
Village Hotel Basingstoke
The Village Hotel is located right near the popular Festival Place Shopping centre and the town centre itself. This hotel includes; 5 meeting rooms, a bar, Starbucks and free Wi-Fi. The rooms offer air conditioning, flat screen TVs and Amazon Alexa technology. All the bathrooms contain free toiletries, a shower and a hairdryer.
To find out more about this hotel, visit there website.
Red Lion Hotel
The Red Lion is located within a 10-minute walk from the train station. They offer free Wi-Fi and onsite parking. It’s a refurbished historic coaching with all the character of an old building, but the comfort of a modern one. It’s close to the M3 motorway and there are regular trains for those needing to travel.
If you are a fan of shopping then Basingstoke with satisfy your needs, the town offers a great selection of shops. You’ll find your standard high street mainstays as well as some farm shops further out of the main city. One for the most popular shopping destinations within the city is Festival Place, with its large airy interior and major shops such as Apple, Zara and TK Maxx. There’s a good range of restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy as well as a swimming pool, indoor assault course, a cinema and health spa. It is really the one stop shop for your every need.
Yamazaki Sushi Restaurant
This is a traditional, family run Japanese Restaurant that has been making authentic sushi for over 15 years. They pride themselves in only using the freshest ingredients and all food is made to order. You’re not going to find a more authentic Japanese experience anywhere else.
Set within 315 acres of beautiful countryside, this is the perfect places for any food lover. This award-winning restaurant offers a luxurious dining experience that fits well with its beautiful surroundings. You can also enjoy a lovely afternoon tea in the 2 AA Rosette winning Oakly Hall. There is also the 1795 Bar and Lounge for you to relax and enjoy a drink in.
The Fur and Feathers
The pub has been around since 1850 and is still family run. They serve up delicious traditional pub food in a fresh, modern environment. They also have a stunning garden for you to enjoy in good weather. The Fur and Feathers is also a great place for those who are gluten intolerant, as 80% is gluten free, they understand the difficulties of gluten intolerance having a family member that has it!
- Milestones Museum
- Eastrop Park
- Crabtree Plantation
- The Anvil
- Festival Place Shopping Centre
- Black Dam Ponds
- Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
- Haymarket Theatre
- The Vyne
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