Culturally rich, outstandingly beautiful, commercially dynamic. Cambridge is buzzing and an inspirational environment in which to live, work and study.
The Vesta apartments put you within a hop, skip or a cycle of the city’s shimmering historical centre. Here, trendy boutiques, restaurants, museums and businesses border beautifully managed green spaces and waterways. Punt on the Cam, walk along the college backs or dip into the colourful theatre and performance scene.
Cambridge offers fascinating employment opportunities across many world-class companies. And with direct access to trains, major roads and airports, a myriad of destinations are within easy reach.
Few cities are blessed with a heritage as rich as Cambridge. The striking medieval architecture is a window into the past. By simply wandering the streets you follow in the footsteps of luminaries who have left their mark on the city. The atom was first split here, penicillin discovered and the structure of DNA demystified. It’s also the home of football – the first ever game was played on the wide green expanse of Parker’s Piece.
Punting, a great favourite with romantics and students, first arrived on the River Cam in the early 1900s and remains hugely popular today. And the cycling heritage is even more impressive. The number of bikes in the city soared in Victorian times as an increasing number of dons and students chose two wheels as their preferred form of transport. Today over 50% of people in Cambridge hop on a bicycle at least once a week – the most in the whole country.
Cambridge University is one of the great educational institutions. Dating back 800 years, its list of alumni is a who’s who of great thinkers and personalities past and present. From Charles Darwin to David Attenborough, visionaries, scientists, politicians and wordsmiths have found inspiration in its libraries and lecture theatres. Courses are diverse and challenging, standards are exceptional, research is often ground breaking.
The University is woven inseparably into the fabric of the city. Its unmistakable architecture dominates the skyline. The local economy is rooted in academia and research, while the streets and halls are a bustling hive of students. Out of hours the more famous colleges, such as King’s with its world renowned chapel and choir, draw crowds of tourists, photographers and dreamers.
Cambridge lives and breathes business. It has the most skilled workforce in the UK* and offers access to unrivalled employment opportunities. Home to a world-leading university, hospital and science park, it’s not surprising that academia, healthcare and scientific research are the main employers.
However, there are so many global high-tech and IT companies in the surrounding area it has become known as ‘Silicon Fen’. Organisations such as Napp, Abcam, CSR, ARM and Microsoft all have operations here, while Astra Zeneca are in the process of relocating to the city.
Cambridge is booming, and for career driven individuals that makes it a very attractive place to set up home.
High street brands, designer boutiques, bustling markets and delicious delis. Cambridge has it all. Shopping is easy and stress free. The compact layout of the city means you can easily browse the range of stores and stalls, and a great bargain is never too far away.
For a selection of big brands, the Grand Arcade is right in the middle of town and holds over 60 shops, including John Lewis, Apple and Ted Baker to name but a few. Altogether craftier, All Saints Garden Market is a friendly collection of stalls near the city centre with the motto ‘we make what we sell’. Open every Saturday, you can browse the pottery, jewellery, paintings and photography, meet the artists and find a treasure.
Traders have been peddling their wares in Cambridge’s Market Square since the middle ages. These days goods range from books and music to second hand bikes and clothing. Pop down on Sunday for a selection of food, arts and crafts from local farmers and artists.
Cambridge is overflowing with restaurants, pubs and cafés catering for all tastes and budgets. From Michelin stars to noodle bars, you can find cuisine from all over the world and excellent local ales to wash it down with.
At the top end, two Michelin-starred Midsummer House offers sophisticated food with outstanding dishes designed to thrill. The roof terrace at the Varsity Hotel offers spectacular views over the city and a great place to meet for an after work drink.
For a buzzing atmosphere and big portions, Browns dishes up the best of British cooking. There are also cafés in abundance. Auntie’s Tea Room is a particular local favourite while Fitzbillies and Patisserie Valerie are renowned for their great cakes.
Numerous direct transport links connect CB1 not just to the City’s historical centre, but also to London, Stansted airport and beyond. Access to everywhere is on your doorstep, this is Cambridge’s best connected postcode for both business and leisure.
- TRAIN With fast, regular services to King’s Cross St Pancras and Liverpool Street stations, you can be in central London in three quarters of an hour.
- BUS Local buses run from just around the corner to Vesta. They leave every 10 minutes at peak times and travel to the Science Park, City Centre and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
- BICYCLE Cambridge loves bikes, and the city is full of cyclists. There are 3,000 planned new cycle spaces in the CB1 station area, which will make it the biggest bike park in the country.
- CAR The M11 and A14 roads are just under four and six miles away respectively.
- PLANE London Stansted airport is only 30 miles away, putting you within easy reach of over 150 destinations.
* Source: Centre for Cities – November 2013