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6 reasons to move to Cambridge for work

According to a recent poll by YouGov, Cambridge topped a list of 18 locations British workers would be willing to move to for work.

The city beat the likes of Brighton, Edinburgh and Bristol in a poll of 18 cities.

It was also the only city to poll more people willing to relocate than not willing, with 45 per cent of people saying they would be willing to move to Cambridge.

When you consider what Cambridge has to offer, it's no surprise that so many people would want to move to the city.

We've come up with six reasons why it's a really good idea.

1. A cheap, healthy and fun commute to work

Beautiful bikes on Sidney Street (Image: David Johnson)

If your job is in the city centre or on the Cambridge Science Park, then you can pack in driving to work all together.

Say goodbye to two-hour commutes to and from work because the North Circular was rammed, and say hello to fresh air and an easy commute.

Cambridge is one of the few cities in the UK where cycling is among the most popular ways to get to work.

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Mobike and ofo

After a few weeks you'll probably notice the obvious health benefits of cycling to and from work, and since you don't need to put any fuel in a bicycle, some significant savings too.

Which will come in handy because…

2. Independent shops galore

What is your favourite independent shop in Cambridge? (Image: Keith Jones)

…you'll be wanting that extra spending money to buy things in the myriad independent shops across the city.

After a hard week's work, Cambridge has your weekend covered with retail therapy heaven.

Whether it's a stylish satchel from the Cambridge Satchel Company, some clothes for the little ones, or maybe just a nice bite to eat, Cambridge has it all.

As well as independent shops, you'll find every major chain under the sun in the city centre. All the more reason to bring your credit card when you move.

3. You're five minutes away from some beautiful countryside

A view of the Fenland around Waterbeach (Image: RLW Estates)

The beauty of Cambridge is that for all the city's dynamism, there's not a great deal of urban sprawl.

A quick trip up the A10 to the fens or down the M11 towards Stansted and you're blessed with some beautiful countryside.

Because this part of the UK is so flat, you don't need to find a big hill for a scenic view.

And while you won't need your car for the morning commute, you can use it to explore the beautiful countryside Cambridgeshire has to offer.

4. Everything in the city is walking distance

Every time I've been to London I think the same thing – it's just too big.

For instance, if I want to go from shopping in Soho to having a picnic on Clapham Common, that's half an hour on the tube.

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In that time, you could walk from Cambridge station into the city centre.

Cambridge is a city that hasn't sprawled out into the countryside, which means you're never far away from the things you want to see or do.

5. We have one the the best universities in the world

Panoramic view of several College buildings in Cambridge, seen from the tower of St. John's College

The university gives the centre of Cambridge its beautiful look, thanks to the medieval stone colleges – but it also provides a host of employment opportunities.

From Cambridge Assessment to Cambridge University Press, from catering to being a librarian, the institution provides jobs beyond academia.

And being in a city brimming with students means a vibrant arts and culture scene. You can go and watch shows at the ADC theatre, which nurtured stars from Derek Jacobi to Tom Hiddleston.

The university's Institute of Continuing Education also offers a host of courses for adults to get involved in, where you can gain knowledge from some of the smartest academics.

6. The big companies are already here

AstraZeneca

People might want to relocate to Cambridge, but it seems that businesses do too. Cambridge has a thriving biotech sector and business parks packed with places to work.

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has moved its global headquarters to Cambridge, for example.

It's joined by companies such as computer engineers Rasberry Pi, Hilton Foods and Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.

The last point is perhaps the most obvious, but the best reason to move to Cambridge for work is a lot of professional jobs are already here, to such an extent, the top 100 companies in Cambridge have a combined total turnover in excess of £10billion.

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