Worthing Area Guide
A town with a bright future
Worthing is forever changing,but it has two consistent factors. These are the sea to the south and the countryside to the north,and it is these two factors that keep the appeal of Worthing alive for residents, visitors and businesses.
The towns motto is “From the land plenty and from the sea health” sums up the area. You can walk on the Downs in the morning and along the beach in the afternoon.
Worthing's economy is dominated by the service industry, particularly financial services. Major employers include Glaxo Smith Kline, HM Revenue & Customs, MGM Advantage and Southern Water.
What you can get for your money when buying in Worthing?
Justin Rodell, Worthing and Littlehampton’s local manager says,‘The town has a variety of different house styles; Georgian townhouses, Victorian terraces, modern developments and great Seafront apartments.
There is a wide range of prices and both towns are very much “on the up” this growth and demand comes from several routes, including people from Brighton looking for better value and a slower pace of life and people from London looking to relocate.
Last year most property sales in Worthing involved flats which sold for on average £194,230. Terraced properties sold for an average price of £249,864, while semi-detached properties fetched £295,360.
Worthing, with an overall average price of £263,581, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby West Worthing (£252,092), but was cheaper than Goring-By-Sea (£297,460) and Goring (£297,441).
During the last year, sold prices in Worthing were 9% up on the previous year and 18% up on 2010 when the average house price was £223,042. They have steadied this year but are not expected to fall particularily.
What can you get for your money when renting in Worthing?
There is a strong private rental sector with rental prices starting from £500 per month for a studio, between £550 and £700 for a one bed and two beds starting from around £765.
For families looking for a larger space, a 3 bedroom property will cost around £950 per month or if you look further afield to surrounding suburban areas prices can reach £1500.
Getting an education in Worthing
Going to university - The student market also continues to grow with exceptionally high demand due to being in close proximity to Sussex and Brighton University. For those looking to stay local and study Northbrook College offers a wide range of courses for those just leaving school and those who are interested in pursuing their studies further to a degree level, with Northbrook College being a university center for the creative industries. Northbrook College is the principal provider of work-related further education in an area centred on the southcoast town of Worthing. They are also the largest provider in West Sussex of undergraduate courses for the creative and cultural industries. The College additionally has contracts for Apprenticeship training, Adult and Community Learning and we provide courses in most work-related areas as well as those for personal development.
Secondary schools -Many of the secondary schools in and around the city are specialist colleges, including a technology college, a business and enterprise college, a specialist arts college and a humanities college.
Getting to and from Worthing
Worthing is situated on the West Sussex coast in South East England. It is only 49 miles south of London and 10 miles west of Brighton and Hove. It forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation along with neighbouring towns and villages in the county such as Littlehampton, Findon, Sompting, Lancing, and Shoreham-by- sea.
Buses run frequently in and out of the town to the various residential areas.There is also a good coastal bus route along the coast the number 700 bus which takes you from Brighton and Hove, Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton and Arundel (includes connections to Bognor Regis & Chichester for Havant & Portsmouth)
The main line train station in Worthing is located close to the town centre with good transport links to Brighton Chichester and London.
London can be accessed via railway in just over an hour, with train’s approximately every 20 mins to London Victoria and London Bridge.
Gatwick Airport is only 35 miles away and takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
5 Interesting facts about Worthing
1. Worthing has grown to be the largest town in West Sussex with a population now of approximately 100,000.
2. Visitors started to come to Worthing later in the 18th century, prompted by the medical profession who at that time were extolling the virtues of sea-water, claiming it could cure all ills. The town really came to people’s notice when George III decided that his delicate young daughter, Princess Amelia, would benefit from a spell at this little fishing village. It was not long after this that fashionable people began to sample the water. By 1803 there were a number of streets, several fine residences and some hotels and a few boarding houses.
3. Worthing contains Britain’s greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines, which are some of the earliest mines in Europe. Lying within the borough, the Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring one of Britain’s largest.
4. For three years in a row in Worthing was voted the most profitable town in Britain.
5. Modern Worthing has a large service industry, particularly in financial services.It has three theatres and one of Britain’s oldest cinemas. Writers Harold Pinter and Oscar Wilde lived and worked in the town. Oscar Wilde wrote The 'Important of Being Earnest' whilst living in Worthing in 1895.