Southampton is a busy and bustling city in the south of Hampshire, on the south coast of England. Having been occupied by the Romans, attacked by Vikings and sacked by the French, Southampton's past is a turbulent one. Happily, those choosing to live in Southampton today are not at risk of pillage- rather, they will find the city a pleasant and busy one, with plenty for everyone to see and do. Shoppers will delight in the range of high-street brands available in the WestQuay Shopping Centre, whilst those looking for independent shops and boutiques will delight in the Marlands shopping Centre and Bedford Place. Historians will delight in a wander along Southampton's medieval streets, a visit to its Sea City Museum or wandering through its Tudor House. Southampton also boasts plenty of excellent restaurants perfect for the foodie, whilst the arty can visit Southampton's theatres and art galleries. Lovers of the great outdoors will delight in the nearby New Forest and South Downs, whilst families can choose from a range of excellent independent and state schools in the Southampton area. Professionals, meanwhile, need only travel just over an hour to nearby London. Properties to rent in Southampton range from modern studio flats to spacious apartments in converted homes and modern blocks to sea-view townhouses and expansive family homes in the nearby countryside.