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Cambridge Relocation Guide: All You Need to Know About Moving There

January 11, 2024 | By |

Sitting on the southern edge of the English Fenland, Cambridge is one of our nation’s most interesting, historic and beautiful cities. A centre of learning and technology, Cambridge is a forward-thinking city, despite what its centuries-old architecture would lead you to believe. 

The city really does give you the best of both worlds, simultaneously representing Britain’s storied past and its prosperous future. A cultural and technological hub in equal measure, it’s easy to see why Cambridge has been named the UK’s best city to live in. We’re certainly in no hurry to disagree with that assessment; it may not be the cheapest area to relocate to, but it has everything going for it.

If you’re considering making the city your home, there are a few things you should know before you do. Our movers in Cambridgeshire visit the city on a regular basis, serving both commercial and residential clients – so we know the area well. We thought it was high time we put that expertise to good use, so we’ve decided to create a handy relocation guide to help make your move that much easier.

In it, we’ll cover the essential history of Cambridge (the kind of stuff you need to know if you plan to live there), provide a list of some of the best areas to move to, and discuss the moving process itself. Let’s get started! 

Cambridge at a glance

If you like the look of Cambridge but haven’t yet read up on its history, allow us to bring you up to speed. The place has a fascinating past, much of which remains shrouded in mystery. We do know that it began life as a Roman settlement, before being subsequently taken over by the Danes, Anglo-Saxons and Normans – a process that many other British cities also went through. 

What is unique about Cambridge, however, is the river that runs through it. Well, not the river specifically – lots of towns have one. It’s the naming of that river that sets Cambridge apart from the rest. Often, cities are named after the river that runs through them, but not so here. The now-famous River Cam was originally named the Granta, but was later renamed in honour of the settlement that surrounded it. Interesting, right?

Speaking of the river, it was used extensively for trade. Boats ferried goods along the 43-mile stretch of water on a constant basis, stopping off at other towns along the way. This once-crucial arterial route is now famous for punting, a favourite activity of visiting tourists and university students alike. 

Yes, the university – Cambridge simply wouldn’t be complete without it. But did you know that its origins can be traced all the way back to the 13th century? Oxford scholars began settling in the town in the early 1200s, with the first college – Peterhouse – being officially established in 1284.

Surprisingly, Cambridge wasn’t recognised as a city until 1951. Today, it has a population of approximately 129,000 people. 

Where to live in Cambridge

When it comes to choosing a neighbourhood, Cambridge offers plenty of different options. We’d recommend choosing an area with convenient public transport links though, as driving around the city’s tight, cycle-friendly streets isn’t a particularly stress-free experience . Often, it’s better to leave the car at home and hop on the bus. Happily, these services are frequent, affordable and generally reliable.

The best places to live in the city include:

  • Petersfield
  • Romsey Town
  • Cherry Hinton
  • Newnham
  • Newtown
  • Chesterton 
  • Barnwell
  • Grantchester

Moving to Cambridge

Whether you’re planning to move to the city in the near future or are simply considering the possibility, it’s always a good idea to work out how much relocating is likely to set you back. There’s plenty to consider, from the cost of your bills (mortgage or rent included) to the availability of suitable property and job opportunities.

All of that will take a little research, but one thing we can demystify is removal costs. As one of the county’s leading domestic removal specialists, we can provide you with a competitive quote and a reliable, hassle-free service. Get in touch with the team at DS Movements today to find out more about what we can offer and to get your free estimate

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