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An Expat Talks about Living in Cambridge, UK

Jan 17, 2017


Cambridge UK

An expat in Cambridge in the UK offers some advice on life in this university city and how to succeed there. Contains advice for expats on what to expect and how to get settled.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Cambridge

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

I joined a gym to attend classes. I find this is a good way to meet people of my own age. I tend to go when people are at work and go to classes which are targeted at people my age. I also have gotten involved in church activities.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Yes, I would say they are one of the more open to a multi-racial society than other parts of the UK. Because there are educated people here, this seems to make them more liberal.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

As I said, this is a major university town. There is also the main hospital for the county. Industries relating to technology have sprung up because of the skill level here. I would say that there are always jobs, both for skilled and unskilled workers. I think where London is an economic center, Cambridge is the technological center of the country.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Cambridge is a university city and has a different feel than probably others parts of the UK. Cycling is a big thing here. Not just weekend riding but cycling to work. It is also popular with tourists so they play a big part of economy for this area. We don't socialize that much at pubs but have made a few friends whose houses we go to for meals.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would tell them to either buy a bike or rely on public transportation. Parking and car ownership in and around the city can be expensive and frustrating. I would also say expect to spend more on housing here as it is a city in demand.

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