The Island offers an excellent environment in which to work and live, with attractive coastal resorts, varied countryside, and many areas of outstanding natural beauty. It is the largest off-shore community in England and Wales, with a resident population of approximately 140,000. The Island is a place of great beauty with much to cherish, but also needing to continue to modernise and to take maximum advantage of new opportunities. In short it is a place of strong contrasts with unusual challenges and opportunities.

Useful information about living on the Island is available at


The Isle of Wight is approximately 24 miles East to West, and 12 miles North to South, being about 150 square miles in area. It can be reached by ferry via Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Sea
The Isle of Wight is located just off the south coast of Southern England and is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. The island is served by three main operators. These are Hovertravel, Red Funnel and Wightlink.

Getting around the Island by bus
Southern Vectis provides public transport on the Isle of Wight and has been acknowledged as one of the best rural bus services in the country. Service information is available by calling the Southern Vectis enquiry line on (01983) 827000 or visiting the website.

North and East Ryde




House prices continue to compare favourably with most parts of Southern England. For further information on finding a home on the Island visit Island HomeFinder

Health Service Accommodation
Western Challenge Housing Association provides affordable housing for all Health Service employees on the St. Mary’s Hospital site, offering a range of different types of accommodation from single en-suite rooms with shared kitchen/lounge, to one, two & three bed family units off site. For enquiries about accommodation please contact:

Western Challenge Accommodation Office
Western House
St Mary's Hospital
Isle of Wight
PO30 5TG
Tel: 01983 534561
Fax: 01983 530752