Island life in Jersey offers a perfect balance between work and personal life.
One of the advantages of moving to Jersey is the ease of commuting. A typical commute to work is less than 15 minutes, with the majority of islanders working in the capital of St Helier. Even those living out in the rural parishes, like St Ouen, typically only have a commute time of around 30 minutes at peak times.
Many people choose to walk or cycle to work but the Island also has an excellent bus service and for those that choose to drive, St Helier has several long stay car parks.
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Nothing seems far away in Jersey. Each of the twelve parishes has its own stretch of coastline, parish hall, school, church, village pub and shop selling food and essentials.
The main shopping and commerce centre is in the capital St Helier. All necessities can be found as well some of the main UK high street chain stores. Jersey residents are not charged 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services. Jersey has its own Goods and Services Tax (GST) charged at 5%.
For more specialised or specific items, online shopping is an easy alternative. Shipping from the UK is quick and items are usually delivered in no more than a couple of working days.
Jersey is close in location to both the UK and France. There are over 40 departure points to Jersey across the British Isles and 12 flights a day to and from London airports. Flights times between
Jersey and most UK airports are less than hour. There are also daily flights from Jersey to various destinations in Europe.
You can get to Jersey by sea from the UK and France. The most convenient way to travel is with Condor Ferries, the main ferry operator in the island. You can also travel with your vehicle.
UK departures are from Poole or Portsmouth. The journey typically takes under five hours. France is far closer to Jersey, and travelling to St Malo takes less than an hour and a half. Excursions with other operators are available to smaller ports, such as Dielette, Carteret and Granville. You can also travel to the other Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Alderney.
As the most southerly of the Channel Islands, Jersey has the warmest summers and mildest winters in Britain. The climate is similar to that of Northern France.
In the summer months, temperatures average around 20 – 21°C but temperatures have reached over 30°C during particularly hot summers.
In the winter months, the weather remains relatively mild with average temperatures around 7°C.
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Food and drink
Jersey is famous for the quality of its food. As an island surrounded by sea, we are well known for our fresh and tasty seafood, often caught the same day as it’s served.
With over 400 bars, restaurants and cafes, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to where you eat and drink. Whether you choose a Michelin starred restaurant or to eat authentic Thai food at a beach café, you won’t be disappointed with the delicious food on offer.
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The drinking age in Jersey is 18 (the same at the UK). Pubs are open until 11pm and most bars and nightclubs are open until 2am.
If you prefer to enjoy good food in the comfort of your own home, there are also lots of take away options that deliver throughout the Island. There are local websites such as www.food.je that offer online orders and payment for takeaways.
Health and wellbeing
With such easy access to the outdoors, there’s plenty of opportunity to be active and stay fit. Take part in a boot camp on the beach, try out some water sports such as paddle boarding or surfing, or take in the views around the Island on your bike.
Jersey has excellent sporting facilities and gyms, catering for different locations and budgets. There’s also plenty of opportunity to join local sports teams and training.
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If you’re in need of some pampering, you can at one of the many luxury spas that Jersey has to offer. You’ll find a wide variety of treatments available to help you unwind.
The island has a variety of entertainment options for all ages. There’s always something to keep children entertained whatever the weather, such as Cineworld showing the latest blockbusters, Jersey bowl, and Tamba Arcade.
Venues such as Fort Regent, Jersey Opera House and Jersey Arts Centre have a range of shows from local and national performers including famous comedians.
Jersey has annual music festivals that attract international DJs and performers including Weekender, OutThere and Reasons.
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Events and Culture in Jersey.