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Living in Cambridge
If you are thinking about applying for a job at Red Gate and don't already live in Cambridge, you will probably want to know a bit more about our wonderful city. Below is some useful information about the area, provided by the lovely Red Gaters themselves!
If you'd like help relocating to Cambridge, or have any questions, please contact Jodie Pinkowski.
Here are a few of the questions you might face when deciding whether to move to Cambridge:
- Why Cambridge?
- What's the transport like in the area?
- Where should I live?
- Day and Nightlife
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When I was first offered a job at Red Gate, I was a little apprehensive, but it's been easy to get to know people here. Some of my closest friends in Cambridge started off as ‘that-person-on-the-second-floor-next-to-the-copier."
Cambridge is the kind of place where, walking across town, you're likely to see someone you know – and lots of people you don't. It's a good place to make new friends.
Cambridge living is the best of both worlds, balancing the friendliness of a town with the size and conveniences of its city status. At the heart of the city is the original market square and the surrounding streets are occupied by a mixture of shops, cafes, and Cambridge University buildings.
The River Cam plays host to the wonderful punting which famously takes place across the city.
Red Gate sits amongst the hi-tech hub dubbed 'Silicon Fen' on Cambridge Business Park, located in the city outskirts.
What's the transport like?
One of the best things about moving to Cambridge is its size; you can walk or cycle just about anywhere.
Cambridge is the best city I've ever seen for cyclists, it's great not to need a car.
The Cambridge area is well served with local buses, although cycling is by far the most popular mode of transport for locals.
Cambridgeshire has recently introduced a cost effective 'Guided Busway', connecting Cambridge, Huntingdon, and St Ives.
The train station is located just to the outskirts of Cambridge city center, and provides quick and easy access to London and Liverpool. Cambridge is also located just a short car ride away from Stansted and Luton airports in case you're headed somewhere further afield.
Where to live
I think that a good thing to know is that a high percentage of people who live here have re-located whether it was 6 months ago or 20 years and therefore, lots of people can relate to the issues and feelings involved.
Moving to Cambridge, my biggest consideration was probably finding somewhere close to work and town. In my first week here quite a few people emailed me with restaurant / pub recommendations - they were really useful!
Generally, house prices in Cambridge are high compared with other towns in East Anglia. We recommend starting your house-hunting with private landlords, especially if you're interested in house sharing: Gum Tree, Spare Room and Brettward (known locally as 'CanB'). CanB is the Cambridge Accommodation Noticeboard and provides a free service for all private landlords. Many of our Red Gaters have used and recommend this site.
For those who prefer to use agencies, a list can be found here.
For everything health related (dentists, doctors etc.), please try this useful local site:http://www.cambridgeonline.co.uk/local/Health. We've also pinpointed a few GPs on our map.
Need help finding that perfect place? Just ask us!
When I was offered the job at Red Gate, I was given a relocation agent who tracked down properties exactly according to my budget and requirements, many of which weren't even advertised on the rental market yet. She took care of me, didn't rush me, and helped me find something I'm really happy with.
Uprooting from wherever you call home is very often a life changing decision, and one that can be very stressful. Having the support and guidance you need to move goes a long way towards helping you settle into your new area and new job. That's why we can assign you a relocation specialist who'll provide you with everything you need for that more permanent move to the area.
Day and Nightlife
Mill Road: It's always a hive of activity with some great shops, and really interesting restaurants, and within walking distance to town, and very near the station.
Perhaps we're biased, but for us Cambridge offers everything you could possibly want in terms of entertainment. Well served with a variety of restaurants, you'll never be stuck for choice. This culturally vibrant city offers an array of local sites to visit, world famous museums, a wide range of live music venues, and bars where you can let yourself loose.
Climb the tower of Great St Mary's church for the best views of the city centre and colleges. Get a cuppa in Michaelhouse café or hole up in an upstairs corner at CB2 café. Hire a punt and skip the crowds in town to go up to Grantchester on a sunny afternoon. Retreat from winter in the glasshouses at the Botanic Gardens. Pet the cows on Coe Fen or Midsummer Common. Hear a classical recital at the West Road Concert Hall. Drop in for live jam sessions on Thursday nights at funky little Hot Numbers café on Gwydir Street.
For the more health conscious, we have membership deals with many of the local gyms: Trinity Centre, Chesterton Sports Centre, and Impington Leisure Centre. Many Red Gaters also enjoy going to Greens Health and Fitness and David Lloyd Club. As well as the local sporting clubs, we also have tons of clubs organised within Red Gate, just take a look for yourself!
For those who want to make a difference to the community or just generally like to be involved with communal activities, there are numerous opportunities for volunteering in the area.
Since joining Red Gate I got trained through St John Ambulance to be a first aider in the office. While taking my training course I found out there are lots of divisions all over the county and signed up as a volunteer. I now get to attend music events and sporting events all over the city as a first aider and get excellent training for free, and I've met a great bunch of people too.
There is a lot to do and see in Cambridge, we hope you get the chance to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Convinced this is the city for you? Take a look at the positions we're hiring for in Cambridge.