Finding a new home

Property prices on the Isle of Wight are generally lower than those in the South and higher than those in the Midlands and further North. According to the Office of National Statistics House Price Index, an average property price on the Isle of Wight in December 2018 stood at £221,254 compared with the average property price in England of £247,886. The market is however buoyant with prices growing year on year (2017-18) by 5.6%, above the national increase of 2.3%.

If you would prefer to rent a property on a longer-term let, then average rental prices on the Island, according to Home.co.uk are around £669 per calendar month (as at March 2019) and with around 234 properties to rent across the Island, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your budget.

Of course, prices across the Island are different for different areas and different property types but there is a wealth of estate agents able to support you in your search. You can find a helpful list of local agents here http://www.wightagents.co.uk/f... but there are also many online agents that will be able to provide information and advice too.

You can also find information about removal firms and other services at https://islefindit.org.uk/

Education and Training

The Isle of Wight Local Authority operates a two-tier system of schools with 49 local authority- maintained schools or academies including primary, secondary, all-through school, mixed sex special schools and a pupil referral unit. You can find out more about these schools, a map of their locations, school terms times as well as information on admissions and school transport on a dedicated section of the Isle of Wight Council’s website here

There are also independent schools on the Island including:

• Ryde School – an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2½ to 18 years. For more information visit their website here

• Priory School - an independent co-educational day school for boys and girls from 4-18 years. For more information visit their website here

If you are looking for information about what is available for pre-school children on the Isle of Wight you can also look at the council’s Early Years section on their website here.

For post-16 education or training, the Island also has a good variety of opportunities on offer from work based learning to full or part-time education and accredited learning. You can find options to suit everyone and information on the council’s website here.