Why Choose Suffolk?
Suffolk is a county full of history with a diverse culture, and is home to 50 miles of beautiful coastline. In fact, The Suffolk Coast has been voted as one of the ‘Best Places to Live’ with both the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale being designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Beyond the beaches, there's a wide variety of things to see and do, with attractions including magnificent castles such as Framlingham Castle, medieval towns, stately homes and lush gardens. Suffolk's County Town, Ipswich, is one of the oldest English towns and is home to over 1,500 years of heritage, a host of waterfront bars and pubs, a number of theatres and galleries and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Plus, Suffolk has (on average!) 2 hours more sunshine than other parts of the country. What more could you need?
Whether you're after a busy town centre flat, a quiet coastal cottage or a rural retreat, there's a home for everyone in Suffolk.
Average rent (as of 08/2022):
- £768 for a 1 bed property
- £1,061 for a 2 bed property
- £1,300 for a 3 bed property
- £1,800 for a 4 bed property
- £2,325 for a 5 bed property
If you're looking to purchase a home in Suffolk, you can expect to spend around £165k on a flat, £235k on a terraced property and £475k on a detached property, depending on location.
The price of living in Suffolk can vary from town to town with some areas more competitive than others.
You can enjoy a meal out for between £10 and £30, or enjoy a three course meal in a mid-range restaurant for around the £50 mark. Add a pint, and you're looking at around another £4.
There are a variety of gyms around the county to suit every budget, from 24/7 gyms offering memberships at around £20p/m up to more high end gyms with saunas and pools looking at a price of around £35 to £50, depending on facilities.
In the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, it's easy to feel a million miles from the excitement of a city centre, but you're never too far away from the rest of the country or even other countries.
Trains from Ipswich to London take 1hr17 on average and run about 102 times a day, making it an ideal spot for commuting or just for exciting big city day trips. Train journeys from other main train hubs within the county such as Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft also allow you to get to London with 1 change in 2-3 hours.
You can get to all London airports in a little over 2hrs hours or less, with Stansted being only 1hr20 away.
To the rest of the UK
Ipswich train station also runs direct services to other popular areas such as Peterborough and Cambridge, where you can easily change for services to across the country.
Kids love Suffolk. Not only is the county full of scenes that look like they've been taken straight from fairy tales, but there are towns like Lavenham that acted as the town of Godric's Hollow in Harry Potter and Thorpeness with lakes inspired by Peter Pan.
You'll have no problem finding family friendly days out in Suffolk. Some top recommendations include:
For older kids, Suffolk has a number of excellent nurseries, primary and secondary schools, as well as a variety of colleges and the University of Suffolk.
To find out more about family services in Suffolk, visit Suffolk County Council.