Living in Eastbourne
We cover everything you will need to know in this comprehensive guide about living and working in Eastbourne.
House Prices in Eastbourne
Renting in Eastbourne
What is it like living in Eastbourne?
Is Eastbourne a safe place?
What are the best neighbourhoods in 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
Eastbourne is a seaside town located on the south coast of England in the county of East Sussex. It is nestled between the vibrant city of Brighton and the historic town of Hastings and just an hour and a half to the centre of London by train.
Eastbourne is a fairly new town that was developed in 1859 at the direction of the Duke of Devonshire after the first railway station was built in 1849 but there are signs of humans living in Eastbourne dating back to the stone age! Previously known as a retirement town, it is no more as an influx of students and EU nationals have revived this town where according to the ‘Culture Trip’ a third of the population living in Eastbourne are now under 30.
In July 2019 Eastbourne is said to have 107,000 residents. In 2013 it was reported that the average age of people living and working in Eastbourne was over 70, which is much higher than the national average age of 39.7. Since then the average age has dropped due to new students moving in and the councils scheme to attract a more diverse range of visitors.
Over the past year the average house price in Eastbourne has decreased by -0.92% according to Zoopla, with the average price paid standing at £281,331 with 1,061 sales. This is higher than the UK average which currently stands at £278,787 as the average price paid but much lower than the average price paid in East Sussex in which Eastbourne subsides which is at £349,553.
Average Detached House Price in Eastbourne
The estimated current value for detached house prices in Eastbourne on Zoopla is £438,012 but average price paid was slightly lower at £413,148. The market value has dropped quite significantly as it has seen a decrease of -3.43%, which is great if you are just moving into the area or moving into a larger family home.
Average Semi-Detached House Price in Eastbourne
The market is looking good for residents selling their semi-detached houses in Eastbourne as over the past 12 months houses prices have increased by 1.96% according to Zoopla. The current average estimated price for a semi-detached house in Eastbourne is £298,776 but sellers will rejoice to hear that the average price paid is £7,000 higher at an average of £305,703.
Average Terraced House Price in Eastbourne
Terraced house prices are also on the up as we have seen a 1.60% price increase over the year. £253,415 is the average price paid for a terraced house in Eastbourne, slightly lower than the average value of £260,120. This is good news for first-time buyers who are looking to buy with the addition of a help-to-buy ISA.
Average Flat Price in Eastbourne
Zoopla have estimated very close with flat prices in Eastbourne as there is just a £4,000 difference in current average value which stands at £217,713 and the average price paid which is £213,553. Coming out on top with the increase in value change are flats in Eastbourne which have risen by 2.44%.
If you are moving into the area and unsure whether you will stay in Eastbourne long term or haven’t got enough deposit to buy then renting in Eastbourne is a relatively affordable option. From the data shown on home.co.uk the average price of a property to rent in Eastbourne is £845pcm. A one bedroom property costs on average £650pcm, two bedrooms is £850pcm, three bedrooms is £1,100pcm and a four bed property will set you back £1,300pcm. Currently prices start from £400pcm to rent a room in a property in Eastbourne.
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.
According to the police.co.uk website the crime rate in Eastbourne is slightly lower than average at a rate of 83 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.
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.
Willingdon has a good range of period homes with a golf club nearby. The crime rates for this area are low also with a median of 28 crimes reported during each month of 2019 according to the police.co.uk 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 in Eastbourne, it is 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 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.
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’ that were rated in 2018 and 2019.
Eastbourne also has 8 schools and colleges that offer further education to 16-18 year olds so that they can complete their A-Levels.
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 uni halls and uni homes which the university lease directly from private landlords.
‘Welkin Halls – standard’ offers students an ensuite 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.
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:
With a 5* rating on TripAdvisor with 899 reviews 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.
- Anema e Core
This restaurant closely follows the top spot for the best in Eastbourne, with a 5* rating and 877 reviews. Serving authentic Italian cuisine this restaurant has been praised for its romantic atmosphere and wide range of menu’s including a vegan menu.
- 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 with 312 reviews. Once tummies are full we recommend a stroll down to the beach which is just a stone throw away.
Top 3 Pubs in Eastbourne
Through information on Yell.com and TripAdvisor we have found that the following have been rated the top 3 pubs in Eastbourne:
- 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.
- The Marine Pub
This pub offers a varied menu and wine list. You can choose to sit in either the old oak bar, comfortable lounge or in the patio garden when the sun is shining. Why not settle here for a drink and a bite to eat after a long walk on the beach which is just 2 minutes away.
- The Lamb
The Lamb is the oldest pub in Eastbourne dating back to 1180, it is located of course, in the historic Old Town of Eastbourne. This pub is also very popular with visitors to Eastbourne as it is also a B&B.
Top 3 Bars in Eastbourne
Although not renowned for its nightlife, Eastbourne does have a few hidden gems:
- 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.
- 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.
- Printers Playhouse
A little different the Printers Playhouse was opened in 2015 as a brand new theatre, music venue and workshop space. For creative’s it is a safe space to share, collaborate, learn and develop new skills and for visitors it’s a great show!
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.
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:
- The Devonshire Park Hotel
This hotel has been voted the number one hotel in Eastbourne with 1,014 reviews! The Devonshire Park Hotel is a family run hotel that has both the view of the seaside and the charm of a countryside hotel. The rooms are modern, spacious and clean. Rooms start from around £100 a night on Booking.com.
- Langham Hotel
Dating back to 1913 the hotel boasts views across the sea and Eastbourne pier. The hotel has a range of rooms to suit all budgets and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The Langham Hotel also is the proud owner of an original bathing machine, one of only two left in the UK. Rooms start from around £80 a night and include breakfast on Booking.com.
- Hydro Hotel
Situated on the cliff top 120 feet above sea level it boasts views of the sea, Beachy Head and the South Downs National Park. With two restaurants, an outdoor heated pool, croquet lawn, hair salon, library and spa treatments you will not be twiddling your thumbs! Prices start from £90 a night on Booking.com.
- Eastbourne Beach and Pier
- Beachy Head
- Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
- Eastbourne Minature Steam Railway
- Towner Art Gallery
- Sovereign Harbour
- Eastbourne Redoubt
- Fort Fun
- Beachy Head Lighthouse
- Pevensey Castle
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