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Living in Basingstoke, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Basingstoke, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Basingstoke what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Basingstoke has most of the high-street brands you may hope to live near, so you will not have to travel elsewhere to find all of your Christmas presents. However, if you prefer to support independent or family-run stores, Basingstoke does not have many options when compared with other towns. The town centre is very close to the War Memorial Park, which has a playground, an aviary and plenty of open space for children to burn off excess energy after a day at the shops.

Caroline, says: 2020

Basingstoke is a wonderful place that has countryside and city life in harmony with each other. Excellent schools and healthcare facilities are afforded to Basingstoke. Public transport is reliable and the city houses a modern shopping mall that caters for all tastes. Reputable chain restaurants and unique food places offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Those moving to Basingstoke must consider three things without fail: schools in the area, local amenities and the transport links. Since the town is a commuter hub, rents can be high, especially for family homes; with the frequency of new housing developments appearing constantly increasing, options are becoming more varied.

Basingstoke is a large town from where Burberry coats and Thornycroft Vehicles originate. The small older area in the centre contains St Michael’s Church and park with attractive almshouses and the Haymarket Theatre, and the newer sprawling conurbations have expanded out to ring roads, roundabouts, a shopping centre and leisure park. The source of the Basingstoke canal begins here and the River Loddon provide natural beauty.

Kathryn, says: 2020

Basingstoke is a commuter town, close to London. There are plenty of parks to visit, and there is a good sense of community. The house prices are reasonable for the location. Basingstoke is a good place to raise children because there are many good schools in the area. There are also lots of great indoor venues.

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