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Judith73 Feb 23rd, 2008 05:40 AM

BourneMouth versus Eastbourne
Hello Folks,

My name is Judith. I live in Fredericksburg Virginia USA, but I am planning to relocate to UK. I would appreciate any of your comments: Should I move to Bournemouth or to Eastbourne or possibly to Brighton? I would love to live by the sea but I am worried about the employment opportunities. I am not looking for a high-paid career, a general office related position would be just fine:)

Nonconformist Feb 23rd, 2008 07:27 AM

Do you have the legal right to work in the UK (e.g. an EU citizenship?). You'll need to confirm that before making any plans.

Bournemouth and Brighton are both fairly expensive areas in terms of housing; not sure about Eastbourne but it's somewhere I associate with mainly retired people. Bournemouth has that too, but also a younger crowd, and Brighton is quite hip, and is very expensive.

fleurt36 Feb 23rd, 2008 08:00 AM

Bournemouth definitely! I come from Poole just down the road. Bournemouth used to have the reputation for being an old person's hang out. Still is to some extent, but now it is also a university town, so there is a younger element.

You will have access to the beautiful countryside of Dorset, the Purbeck Hill, Brownsea Island. Plenty of history and stately homes etc. There are regular trains and coaches to London, access to the Continent from Poole (5 miles away), Portsmouth and Southampton (30-60 miles away). New Forest is up the road. Isle of Wight in front of you.

House prices are expensive, but not prohibitively so. I rent out my 2-bedroomed flat in a decent suburb between Poole and Bournemouth for 725 pounds per month. You could try renting in places like Boscombe. It's reputation used to be very poor, but I think it could be up and coming. They are trying to clean this area up and have recently completed some kind of artificial reef for surfers. I noticed that the house prices have increased there in the past year, so this could be a good sign. Still cheaper than other areas though. Worth a try.

Check out Bournemouth Evening Echo and (I think) for the Poole and Bournemouth area.

My friend lives in Brighton and struggles to make ends meet, but it seems like a very vibrant place. Lots of weird and wonderful people. I liked it but...
Eastbourne didn't really excite me, but I don't know that much about it, and have heard people refer to it as being like God's waiting room! Maybe someone else can comment?

I would move back home to Poole and Bournemouth tomorrow - but sadly, can't!

GeoffHamer Feb 23rd, 2008 08:35 AM

Both Bournemouth and Brighton have universities, so have lots of young people. There are language schools which attract foreign students. They also have offices for insurance companies and the like.
Eastbourne is a much smaller town and has many retired people.
Brighton is nearest to London, with a very good train service.

Judith73 Feb 24th, 2008 12:23 AM

Thanks again for your advise...will keep you posted...

walkinaround Feb 24th, 2008 04:10 AM

I am worried about the employment opportunities.

don't be (as long as you can legally work here)...many major corporations have large offices/operations in this area. just do a little research. amex has a large office in brighton. jp morgan and many other large FS firms have major offices in bournemouth.

Bobby47 Sep 6th, 2010 03:01 AM

Hi Judith
Personally I wouldnt make such a huge commitment without coming over first to check these towns out. 10 days in winter in each place might help you decide.

Heres my experience.
I live in Eastbourne. Whether you have transport or use the bus you will have , sea,the country, a river (and country park), the Downs (smooth hills up to 1,000ft), pathways, cycle tracks all with in 15 mins and Available all year round.Very beautiful countryside . Theatres, 4 centrally, with Chichester Festival theatres and Brighton festival within reach by car and train.
East bourne has the new Towner Arts Gallery - modern and older pieces.
We have 3 thriving Univeristy of the 3rd age groups (self run hobby groups for over 50s)
Disability Groups.
Central Hospital with A&E
Many GP surgeries
Abundance of pubs some with entertainment
A beautiful seaside promenade about a mile long, with flower beds , not built up with commercial outlets
A shopping Mall and out of town shopping areas
A harbour ( i wouldnt live there as its out of town with few facilities) but great to visit all year.
Friends moved here from London 3 yrs ago but had a visited here first for several years. They have freinds who went to Bournemouth but reloated to Eastbourne for its better. facilities.
Check out the websites for Eastbourne, south Downs Country Park, U3A and Eastbourne Borough Council and Google maps

Bobby47 Sep 6th, 2010 03:06 AM

Eastbourne does not have many old people now. We have a majority but since recent building at Shinewater and the Harbour the age range has dropped. Shopping on Sats means being surrounded by the young.

I just noticed that you are not retiring here. Eastbourne does have fewer opportunities for work but there are a vast number of hotals, shops, and Lewes, Hastings and Brighton are within reach.
If you are young and hippy and cool maybe Brighton is best but check out the costs first.

Bobby47 Sep 6th, 2010 03:09 AM

Theres University in Eastbourne - part of Brighton- and lots of foreign students and language schools.

Theres a lot of info you need to immigrate here especilly if you do not have a British passport

bilboburgler Sep 6th, 2010 03:51 AM

I was also born in Poole and visit Eastbourne. Choose Poole and Bournemouth every time.

ribeirasacra Sep 6th, 2010 04:36 AM

Has anyone noticed that this thread was originally posted in 2008?

stevelyon Sep 6th, 2010 08:40 AM

Well spotted - I wonder what happened to her? She hasn't posted anything recently.

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