Expats in Hassocks live in a village of about 7,700 people that is located in West Sussex, which is in the south of England. It is actually more of a town than a village, and sits close enough to the South Downs for anyone who desires excellent open space and outdoor hikes.
Basics of Living in Hassocks
Hassocks is considered a safe rural-suburban area with schools that are considered good. All the basics, such as food shopping, can all be found in Hassocks or a few minutes outside of it. Some might find it a bit boring, particularly if you are a young adult, but this is not much of a problem as Brighton is nearby. Additionally, it's only an hour by train to London if you really want to explore a larger city.
The official website of West Sussex has a great deal of information to help research Hassocks and the other towns that surround it.
For news, browse through the West Sussex County Times to learn a little bit more about the area.
Property in Hassocks
Over the course of the last several years, the property values in Hassocks have gone up, according an article about property values in the Guardian.
Here are listings for properties for sale in Hassocks, and here are properties to rent in Hassocks.
Schools in Hassocks and West Sussex
As mentioned above, the Schools in Sussex, and those in Hassocks, such as the Downlands School, the Hassocks Infant School, the Windmills Junior School, among others.
LVS Hassocks, a school for children with autism, aspergers and dyslexia, is located in Hassocks. So if you or a spouse is working in London and you are looking for this type of school, Hassocks or another town near it might be perfect for your family.
Remember, the education system in the UK is divided into stages based upon age: "early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3-5), primary education (ages 5-11), secondary education (ages 11-118) and tertiary education (ages 18+)." Independent schools in the United Kingdom, or private schools, are "fee-paying private schools, governed by an elected board of governors and independent of many of the regulations and conditions that apply to state-funded schools."
Transportation to London From Hassocks
Hassocks Railway Station is on the Brighton Main Line and Thameslink. It is serviced by Southern and Thameslink.
By car, the A23 and M23 take about 80-90 minutes from Hassocks to London without traffic.
Things to Do In and Around Hassocks
For things to do in Hassocks, golf, parks, riding, a museum and more are available. If you like racquet sports, Weald Lawn Tennis and Squash Racquets Club is an option.
The pubs and
the restaurants in Hassocks provide nice local options, and it's not far to other towns when you want to get out and see more. The Thatched Inn and the Greyhound Inn are particularly popular.