Jersey is one of the most popular places to relocate for those living in the UK or the European mainland.
As the largest of the Channel Islands, it has plenty to offer those who are looking for a rich and diverse landscape alongside exciting career and employment opportunities.
As part of our wider Living and Working in Jersey series, we’re examining the island itself and why you might want to consider relocating for work.
Welcome to Jersey
Jersey is part of the Channel Islands, situated in the English Channel between the UK mainland and France. With a population of over 100,000 and an area of 45 square miles, it’s the largest of the Channel Islands, closely followed by Guernsey.
While Jersey is under the protection of the British Crown, it’s not officially part of the UK and is recognised as an independent, self-governed island. The majority of residents’ day-to-day life, including financial and legal matters, are handled autonomously by the island’s own government, the States of Jersey (sometimes referred to as States of Assembly). The British government is responsible for foreign affairs and defence matters.
The island itself consists of twelve ‘parishes’ including St Helier and St Ouen, which represent the most populated and the largest respectively, alongside St Clement and St Mary, which represent the smallest and the least populated. It’s these parishes, as well as several ‘neighbourhood’ islands such as Les Dirouilles and Les Pierres de Lecq, that form the Baliwick of Jersey – a British Crown Dependency.
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Life in Jersey
Despite being relatively small in comparison to the mainland UK, Jersey has a rich and diverse landscape. Featuring hidden bays, stunning coastlines and peaceful wooded valleys, your surroundings can change dramatically in just a few miles.
Some areas, such as St Helier, represent busier urban areas, although they still retain a quaint and cosy charm that separates them from metropolitan centres you might find in larger UK cities.
Jersey was voted one of the ‘Top 10 European Islands’ on Tripadvisor and has something for everyone – whether you’re relaxing on the beach or exploring the island’s extensive history.
With 48 miles of unspoilt coastline, beaches, bays and coves, the sea is never more than 10 minutes away in Jersey. This means there’s plenty to do if you enjoy watersports – from kayaking and surfing to sailing, boating, diving or paddleboarding.
Take a trip into the countryside and you’ll also find a number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, alongside the National Park. Here, visitors can enjoy walking and cycling tours.
Take in Some Culture
Jersey has a rich heritage and a number of historic attractions for residents to enjoy. From ancient burial grounds to castles, forts, World War II bunkers and war tunnels, there’s always something to learn about.
The island’s cultural attractions include cinemas, theatres, concert venues, museums and galleries. Jersey regularly holds multiple events and festivals over the year, including the Weekender Festival, Tennerfest and the Jersey Air Display.
If you want some retail therapy, there’s independent, boutique shops nestled amongst well-known brands and department stores.
Finally, Jersey’s thriving food and drink scene is ideal for those that enjoy eating out. WIth over 250 restaurants, the island can cater to every taste – featuring everything from farmers markets and beach cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants.
Whether your ideal lifestyle is relaxing on the beach before hitting a restaurant or staying active in the great outdoors, Jersey has plenty to offer those who come to live on this beautiful island.