Relocating to South East England | Homewise

There is a lot to recommend South East England if you're looking to move.

The region offers scenic countryside views, picturesque coastlines, delicious British food and wonderful places to visit, making it one of the most popular areas in the UK for holiday makers and retirees. It's also close enough to the hustle and bustle of London if you want to go to one of the big museums or see a show.

If you’re considering moving to a new area, read on to discover what South East England has to offer, and why relocating to the area could be the perfect move for you!


Sussex sights, Brighton Pier, West Wittering Beach and Arundel Castle


Experience the great outdoors

If you relocate to South East England, you’ll have a wealth of unique experiences on your doorstep to enjoy all year round. From the idyllic woodland of the New Forest to the rolling hills of the South Downs and the 300 miles of stunning coastline, South East England is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK.

Made up of eight counties: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex and the Isle of Wight - there are no shortage of amazing places waiting to be experienced.

When you relocate to the South East, your adventures won’t be limited to your new home town but you’ll also be able to explore neighbouring areas!

The region is rich with history, from the Norman fortress that is Dover Castle to the restored Arundel Castle, once the home of an uncle to two wives of Henry VIII, and the 1,000 year old Chichester there are plenty of things to see.

If you’re relocating to Kent, you should visit the amazing Big Cat Sanctuary for a memorable day out, and the county is full of fun places to visit with the family, such as the intriguingly named Diggerland in Rochester or the exciting Dreamland on Margate beach.

Whether you’re living in Surrey, Hampshire or Kent for example, why not visit the seaside city of Brighton? From the exotic Royal Pavilion to the panoramic British Airways i360, this vibrant coastal city has a variety of attractions that are perfect for a day out or weekend trip, and the Laines are a great location to visit for a bit of antique hunting and window shopping.

Use the tourist websites below for inspirational experiences across the region:


South Downs National Park, New Forest, White Cliffs of Dover


If you love eating out, or just love good food, then you won't be short of places to visit in South East England with many much-loved British cuisine invented in the area. Enjoy foods such as the much-loved Banoffee Pie, created at the (sadly now closed) Hungry Monk restaurant in Polegate and wash that down with another South East favourite, a Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic from their distillery based in Whitchurch!

If you’re looking for more food options once you’ve relocated to South East England, use the Good Food Guide and discover some of the best eateries to visit in the area.


Finding your new home

If you’re planning to relocate to South East England, then you’ll want to find your new home. The easiest way to find your perfect property, particularly if you’re relocating in retirement, is to search online via online property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla.

Websites like these will show you properties that are currently on the market and you’ll be able to search available properties in an instant. Refine your online property search in just a few clicks and you could find your dream home right away!

We work closely with partner estate agents across the UK, including a number in the South East who use online property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla to list properties for sale.



Looking to sell your current property to fund your move? First things first, you’ll need to have your property valued. Call our friendly team today on 0808 303 1662 and we’ll put you in contact with one of our partner agents in your current area who could help with your move.

Whether you dream of the countryside, seaside or town life, the ideal home could be just around the corner. Live the dream and love your location when you relocate to the South East!

Are you over 60 years old? Did you know we could help you save thousands on the cost of your next home with our Home for Life Plan? It’s a simple and straightforward way for you to afford your next home and free up funds for your retirement, just contact our team to find out more today!

In the meantime, you can use our online quick calculator! It's easy to use, and could provide you with a better understanding of your potential budget.