Living and working guide - Cambridge

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Cambridge is a city famous for its university which attracts students from across the globe. Although steeped in history, the town is now also at the cutting-edge of technological advancement with its numerous science parks that attract investment and development from high technology industries. The population of Cambridge city is in the region of 110,000 and is predicted to rise by almost 25% before 2016. A thriving business community, coupled with an established tourism industry means that Cambridgeshire has established itself as a key area for future growth and development.

Business in the local area
Cambridge’s reputation for science and biotechnology development is driven by the region’s commitment to the development of out-of-town science parks. These purpose built sites have attracted numerous businesses to the region, which in turn have proven to be a plentiful supply of work for the like of the Big 4, as well as Grant Thornton, BDO and Baker Tilly who are based in Bury St. Edmunds.

Cambridge offers a wealth of leisure options ranging from historic monuments and museums to sports facilities and lively bars. Fitzwilliam Museum is home to Cambridge University’s art collection, whilst Kettle’s Yard Museum contains a selection of more contemporary works. You could opt to explore the University Colleges on foot or take to the River Cam and discover “The Backs”.

The market square at the heart of Cambridge plays host to a daily market and at the weekend a traditional farmers’ market and craft fair. As well as the traditional markets, the city also offers some excellent modern shopping complexes including, The Lion Yard Shopping Centre and Jesus Lane Shopping Forum which are a home to a large number of high street names. A variety of bars are located along the river whilst the city centre has a selection of late bars and clubs that cater for a range of different tastes.

Residential areas
Living in the centre of Cambridge can be quite expensive so the majority of people working in the city live slightly out-of-town. Popular areas in the city include Mill Road and Newmarket Road which lie in close proximity to the football stadium.

New developments close to the train station are proving popular and these include the Belvedere and Ravensworth Garden developments which offer a range of properties catering for a variety of requirements.

Looking out of central Cambridge, a successful Park and Ride system is popular with many people who commute in by car. The new town of Cambourne is located 8 miles outside the city, but travel in on the A14 can be arduous. Other popular locations include Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Ely.

For more information visit cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/portal

Transport links
The city is well-served by rail links meaning that a train direct from London Kings Cross to Cambridge takes around 50 minutes and a train from Cambridge to Birmingham will take around three hours.
Located on the M11, central London can be reached in two hours by road. Cambridge City Airport offers a range of flight options to a number of European destinations for both charter and scheduled flights.

As well as the world famous university, Cambridge is also home to a number of well-established independent schools. These include Kings College School, St Mary’s School and The King’s School.

House prices
The average cost of all residential property in Cambridgeshire as of December 2010 was £238,000. Detached properties sold for an average price of £310,000, semi-detached sold for £208,000, terraced properties for £193,000 and flats for £177,000.

As an established tourist destination, Cambridge is well served by hotels to suit all budgets. Express by Holiday Inn is located close to the train station and other hotels in the area include the De Vere University Arms and the Crowne Plaza in the city centre.

For more information visit:  cityvisitor.com/cambridge/hotels