Living in Cambridge

Living in Cambridge

If you are thinking about working for Cambridge Regional College and re-locating to the area, we hope the following information will be useful to you.

The City

Cambridge is a beautiful city attracting thousands of tourists all year round. The city is steeped in academic history and the stunning architecture of the University Colleges provides the focus for many visitors. The River Cam runs through the centre of the city allowing visitors to enjoy the riverside bars and cafes or take a punt tour along the College ‘Backs’. The population is approximately 100,000 with nearly 20% of this made up of students in term time.

It is a great place to live and work with a massive amount of history, culture, entertainment and interesting things to do.  Have a look at the following websites to find out more;

http://www.visitcambridge.org/

http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/

 

Transport Links & Networks

Cambridge has excellent major road links in all directions thanks to its proximity to the M11 and A14. There is a fast train service to London taking less than one hour and direct train lines to all main towns and cities in the region and there are now links with Eurostar which provides direct travel from Cambridge to Europe. Both Stansted and Luton airports are within easy reach by car, train or coach. Within Cambridge and the surrounding area cycling is a very popular way to travel and there is an excellent network of cycle paths.  Local buses run frequently with routes in all directions out of the city and there are planned developments to introduce a new Guided Bus service.

You can obtain more travel information from:

www.nationalrail.co.uk

Bus Timetable by location

At Cambridge Regional College, we can also provide you with free bus transport to work at the College from the railway station and from surrounding villages as well as access to the Cambridgeshire car share scheme.

Housing – buying or renting in Cambridgeshire

Housing is in demand in Cambridgeshire but there are plenty of new developments and 30,000 new homes are planned for the London, Stansted, Cambridge and Peterborough area by 2016 with a share of these being key worker housing.  Rental prices are reasonable and there is also a good supply of rental accommodation in the surrounding villages.

For information on house prices please see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033

There are plenty of estate agents and letting agents which you can find details of at www.yell.com or via other websites.

Keyhomes East (KHE) provides key public sector workers with access to affordable housing in the East of England.  This applies to qualified teachers in schools and sixth form colleges and lecturers in FE colleges which means that many of our staff at Cambridge Regional College can qualify. Opportunities are available through this scheme to rent or buy homes at affordable prices.  For further information go to www.keyhomes-east.org.uk or call 0845 456 6757.

Settling your family into the area

For those of you with children then you will want to know about schools and child care facilities.  For details please go to;

School/college search

www.childcare.co.uk/information/childcare-link

www.opportunity-links.org.uk/

Staff working at Cambridge Regional College can also access a Childcare voucher scheme which allows you to purchase childcare vouchers and save the cost of tax and NI on these providing a substantial saving on your child care costs.