Why Move to Cambridge
Most widely renowned for being home to Cambridge University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the city of Cambridge itself is a bustling hub of activity which mixes history, culture and innovation in equal measure.
Settlements have existed since prehistoric times, but today Cambridge is home to a vibrant community of families, young professionals and international students with excellent schools and first-class leisure facilities.
Just under an hour away from Kings Cross station in London, Cambridge is a popular commuter city of choice for those working in the city but wanting to escape to the cosy confines of the rural countryside. Indeed, the university city has historically been a feeder of the brightest minds directly to the capital, but all that is starting to change.
Nicknamed the ‘Sillicon Fen’ due to the more than 1,000 high tech businesses based here, Cambridge has emerged as one of the fastest growing and flexible job markets in the sector. The high capacity for networking has made it easier than ever to find a business partner or investor and commercial rents are lower than the capital, making it easier for start-ups and small businesses to grow.
As you can imagine with a city boasting such a large student population, the city is not all work and no play either. There are no shortage of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and theatres to revel and play in. The Strawberry Fair music and arts festival and Midsummer Fairs are popular events held on Midsummer Common, as is the annual Cambridge Beer Festival. Beautiful green opens spaces make it a great place to walk along at any time of year, with plenty of great weather providing ample opportunity to punt, picnic or swim.
On the flip side, property prices continue to rise and are not far off that of London. A large and ever-increasing student population has also increased demand for affordable properties and so it might not be the best place for families looking to upscale. The huge influx of tourists can also become irksome, particularly over the summer months. If, however you’re looking for somewhere cosmopolitan in character, with great educational opportunities and endless leisure opportunities, you can’t go too far wrong with Cambridge.