Living in Eastbourne

We cover everything you will need to know in this comprehensive guide about living and working in Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Insights
House Prices in Eastbourne
Renting in Eastbourne
What is it like living in Eastbourne?
Is Eastbourne a safe place?
Moving to Eastbourne?
Getting around Eastbourne
What are the schools like in Eastbourne?
University in Eastbourne
Eating and Drinking in Eastbourne
Shopping in Eastbourne
Hotels in Eastbourne
Top 10 things to do in Eastbourne
Need a Locksmith in Eastbourne?

Eastbourne Insights

Eastbourne, Brighton’s quieter neighbour, is full of cultural activities including the famed Beachy Head. In addition, the town is rich in history, but also has a glittering modern beauty due to recent investments (with more regeneration on the horizon). As a result, the ever-popular seaside town offers a wide range of inexpensive housing alternatives, top-notch local amenities, and dependable transportation options. The pier, like every other coastal resort worth its salt (and vinegar!), serves excellent fish & chips and ice cream.

Eastbourne is a location full of local charm with a variety of travel connections that appeals to commuting professionals and casual day-trippers alike. Interestingly, it’s close to the bright lights of Brighton and not a million miles from Brighton’s bars and pubs that provides a lively night life.

Average House Prices in Eastbourne

The average house price in Eastbourne stands at £303,728 in 2021, which has seen a 1.41% decrease compared to the previous year.  The following table shows the average house prices in 2021 for detached, semi-detached, terraced, and flats in Eastbourne:

Property Type Average Price Paid (£)Current average value (£)Value change (%)
Flats 217,835225,2073.15

Renting in Eastbourne

The following table shows the average cost to rent in Eastbourne by property type:

Property Type Average rent per calendar month (PCM)
Room£ 531
Flat£ 894
House£ 1,330

The following table shows the average cost to rent in Eastbourne by number of bedrooms:

No. Of Bedrooms Average cost per calendar month (PCM)
1£ 747
2£ 1,014
3£1, 331
4£ 1, 663

What is Eastbourne Popular for?

Eastbourne is popular for being the sunniest place in the UK according to several reports. Throughout the year, Eastbourne hosts a variety of events, the most popular of which being Airbourne, the world’s largest beachfront air show! It takes place over four days and features flights and aircrafts from the RAF and USAF, as well as the Red Arrows display team.


Is Eastbourne a Nice Place to live?

In 2019 Eastbourne ranked number 20 on the happiest place to live in the South East which has dropped down the rankings slightly over the years. We reckon this is probably just because residents in Eastbourne are too busy enjoying the sunny weather on the beach to vote as Eastbourne is the sunniest place to live in the UK! With an average of 5 hours and 7 minutes of sunshine per day Eastbourne has held the record for the sunniest city in the UK since 1911 when it had 383.9 hours of sunshine during the month of July. With all that sunshine there is also plenty of places to enjoy it such as on the famous white cliffs of Beachy Head along the South Downs National Park.

There is a slight catch with Eastbourne as in 2017 it was reported that Eastbourne had some of the highest levels of air pollution in Britain. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Eastbourne has 15 micrograms of toxic particles per cubic metre of air and the limit for safe air is 10. This is not because Eastbourne is an industrial city though but rather its positioning as pollution floats over the seas from France. With countries across the world promising to cut down on their emissions we can only presume that this number will start to fall.

Moving to Eastbourne


Is Eastbourne a Safe Place to Live?

According to the website, the crime rate in Eastbourne is slightly lower than average at a rate of 75 crimes per 1,000 residents compared to the UK average of 85 crimes per 1,000 residents. This number is low but a little higher than the average amount of crime the Sussex police force deals with across its borders. That said, the most reported crimes in Eastbourne are violence and sexual offences. The least reported crime, however, is theft from the person, which has seen a huge decrease throughout the year. It is of utmost importance to keep an eye out for what you could be vulnerable to and increase your security.


Moving to Eastbourne?

If you are moving to Eastbourne, make sure you read our guide to the best neighbourhoods in Eastbourne below:

Old Town

The Old Town in Eastbourne is as the name suggests the oldest part of Eastbourne. It has a 12th century pub, church and a park with a lake. The Old Town is lined with pretty Victorian streets and large Edwardian houses. Crime rates are also low in this area with no more than 30 crimes being reported in one month during the year of 2019. You will pay a little over average for buying a house in the Old Town as the current average price paid for a property is £380,333. Families makes the highest percentage of those moving to Old Town, Eastbourne.


Willingdon has a good range of period homes with a golf club nearby, so is definitely a place to consider if you are moving to Eastbourne. The crime rates for this area are low also with a median of 28 crimes reported during each month of 2019 according to the website. The average property price is a little lower than the houses in the Old Town with the average price paid standing at £305,924 but is still higher than the UK average.


Meads is another popular area for those moving to Eastbourne, it’s close to the seafront and backs onto Beachy Head. Properties in this area vary drastically from 1 bed flats costing from £90,000 all the way up to a 6 bedroom house costing £1,700,000. Meads is a very safe area to live in Eastbourne with a median of only 14 crimes reported on average a month throughout 2019.


Travelling in and around Eastbourne

Travelling to and from and around Eastbourne is very easy, take a look below at the travel options.

Where is the Closest Airport to Eastbourne?

Eastbourne is 44 miles south of the M25 and takes just less than an hour to get to Gatwick airport, making it great for commuters.

Is there a Train Station in Eastbourne?

By train it is just 82 minutes to get to London Victoria and just over half an hour to Brighton. If you don’t fancy getting on the train there is also a National Express service that runs directly to London Victoria Coach Station.

Buses in Eastbourne

Getting around Eastbourne by bus is very easy with multiple buses running frequently in and out of the city. As an added bonus there are also a couple of ‘Coaster’ buses than run along the seafront and through the South Downs all the way to Brighton with lots of stops along the way for lovely walks including a stop for the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

Eastbourne’s town centre is quite compact with wide pavements so walking around the shops is very easy.

Where is the Closest Hospital in Eastbourne?

Eastbourne District General Hospital is run by the NHS with buses running regularly to it.


What are the Schools Like in Eastbourne?

There are 26 primary schools in Eastbourne and 15 secondary schools with three with an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ including The Linfield School, Roselands Infants’ School and The South Downs School. 25 of the schools have achieved a ‘Good’ grade from Ofsted leaving just two with an Ofsted rating of ‘Requires Improvement’.

As for secondary schools, there are a total of 27 schools.  The Eastbourne Academy and Ratton School are among the most popular and have an Ofsted rating of “Good”.

Eastbourne also has 8 schools and colleges that offer further education to 16-18 year olds so that they can complete their A-Levels.


Closest University to Eastbourne

The closest university to Eastbourne is the University of Brighton. Brighton University has four campuses, three in Brighton itself and one in Eastbourne.

‘City’ campus is based in the centre of Brighton and is for students studying the arts or humanities. ‘Moulsecoomb’ campus is the biggest of the four with more than 8,000 students studying a range of subjects here including engineering, maths, pharmacy, and media. ‘Falmer’ campus is where teachers, linguists, nurses, and social scientists are based and is four miles from the city centre. The Eastbourne campus has a 25-metre swimming pool and a newsroom for students studying physical education, physiotherapy, and journalism for example.

Living and Studying in Eastbourne

There are a few options to choose from on where to live whilst you’re studying in Eastbourne, there are a couple of university halls and university homes which the university lease directly from private landlords.

‘Welkin Halls – standard’ offers students an en suite room with a catered meal plan, off-peak access to the universities fitness facilities, £5,000 contents insurance and a cleaner for the communal areas for £171 per week including all bills which also includes broadband.

‘Welkin Halls – large’ includes all of the above from the standard rooms but there are only 20 rooms in total in comparison to the standard Welkin Halls that have a total of 335 rooms. The larger rooms cost a little more at £182 per week.


Living in Eastbourne area guide

Eating and Drinking in Eastbourne

There are a variety of cuisines in Eastbourne from English, to Greek to Thai there is something for everyone. As for nightlife Eastbourne has a more of a relaxed atmosphere in comparison to its neighbouring city of Brighton.


Top 3 Restaurants in Eastbourne

According to TripAdvisor these are the best three restaurants in Eastbourne:

1. Gr/Eat

With a 5* rating on TripAdvisor, Gr/Eat has come out on top as the best restaurant in Eastbourne. Gr/Eat serves traditional Greek deli and cuisine in a relaxed and fun environment.

2. The Beach Kitchen

Renowned for their extensive breakfast menu, the Beach Kitchen is where you want to be for a quality full English. Again this restaurant/café has achieved 5* on TripAdvisor. Once tummies are full we recommend a stroll down to the beach which is just a stone throw away.

3. MALAYALAM Restaurant

MALAYALAM combines real rustic Kerala vibes with an exciting eating experience to create the new hot spot in East Sussex. Kerala eatery serves traditional Kerala cuisine in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. The décor, like the cuisine, is warm and inviting, with rustic wood finishes and homey decorations. The restaurant has also achieved a 5* on TripAdvisor.


Top 3 Pubs in Eastbourne

Through information on and TripAdvisor we have found that the following have been rated the top 3 pubs in Eastbourne:

1. The Crown and Anchor

Popular with the locals this pub has been recently renovated to a high standard and offers home-cooked meals every day. The pub plays live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s and as an added bonus is dog friendly so the whole family can enjoy a day out.

2. The Dolphin

This award winning pub in Eastbourne is a must try for a great selection of beers. The pub is charming with a cosy vibe of open fires and comfortable leather couches. Eclectic blend of live music is also offered once or twice a week; make sure you follow them for updates on specific days here.

3. The Eagle

The bar features the best rooftop garden in town, which is a terrific place to people-watch. It’s also a perfect spot to watch sports and socialise with friends, featuring a pool table, dart board, and six giant screens displaying live sports. The Eagle menu is known for its gourmet hot dogs, and there are plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.

Top 3 Bars in Eastbourne

Although not renowned for its nightlife, Eastbourne does have a few hidden gems:

1.Eastbourne Cocktail Club

With over 100 cocktails, craft lagers and beers from around the world and a wide selection f spirits you are sure to find something that suits everyone. Get your dancing shoes at the ready as Eastbourne Cocktail Club regularly has live music.

2. The Bear Club

Playing on 1920s glamour the Bear Club prides itself on transporting guests to “the Golden age of Cocktails”. With a menu of classic cocktails, wines and beers and contemporary music with a jazz feel, you’re sure to feel glamorous here.

3. Garden Bar

Since 2006, the company has been run by a family. The Garden Bar is a lively waterside bar with a festive vibe all year. The bar has panoramic views from both the outside seating area and the floor to ceiling windows, with views to the west from the outdoor seating area and east from the floor to ceiling windows. The bar also has live entertainment music every Saturday night along with 3 huge televisions to watch sports.


Shopping in Eastbourne

From high street stores, markets and independent shops you will be sure to find what you need in Eastbourne and then some.

The Beacon, Eastbourne is a shopping complex at the heart of the town centre with all the top retail store chains and a selection of coffee shops to relax in.

Eastbourne Borough Market is open every Wednesday and Sunday selling local produce, homemade jewellery, flowers and much more.

Little Chelsea is a row of Victorian independent shops including art galleries and antique stores as well as designer brands.


Hotels in Eastbourne

There are many hotels in Eastbourne as it is a popular spot for tourists to come down and enjoy the seaside as well as the many walks along the South Downs. These are the top 3 hotels according to TripAdvisor:

Cavendish Hotel

Facing Eastbourne’s famous Grand Parade on the coast, the Cavendish Hotel has a unique location with amazing views. Not only is the hotel within a walking distance from Eastbourne’s shopping centre, but the rail station can also be reached walking! This hotel is the perfect choice if you are travelling for leisure purpose, as it is located in the centre.

The View Hotel

The View Hotel is located on the coast with a short walk to the beach. Along with wonderful sea views that can offer you a relaxing stay, there are many facilities offered by the hotel, including air-conditioned rooms, spa, and gym. It is also located within a short walk to the town centre and train station. If you are visiting with a car, it is a perfect choice due to parking facility.

Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

This hotel has been highly reviewed by business travellers, which makes it a perfect choice if your stay is mainly for work. With a restaurant, bar, and lounges overlooking the sea, the hotel offers convenience to all its customers. The hotel is also pets allowed, meaning you can get your pet and have a short walk to the Eastbourne pier and the beachfront.

Eastbourne beach pier


Top 10 Things to do in Eastbourne

  1. Eastbourne Beach and Pier
  2. Beachy Head
  3. Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
  4. Eastbourne Minature Steam Railway
  5. Towner Art Gallery
  6. Sovereign Harbour
  7. Eastbourne Redoubt
  8. Fort Fun
  9. Beachy Head Lighthouse
  10. Pevensey Castle


Need a Locksmith in Eastbourne?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Eastbourne Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Eastbourne provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

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