Norwich, A Fine City. That is what the sign says when you enter and to be honest it is a fine city. It’s a great city, and we are lucky enough to experience it on a daily basis. Over the past ten years, it has become a popular location for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London however still maintaining that city centre living. In this article we have put together a guide to living and working in Norwich.
Where is Norwich?
Norwich is located in the East of England and is the main city of Norfolk. In terms of surroundings it is about one and half hours from Cambridge and 40 minutes to the local beaches of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Overall, as a city it is very accessible via car, train and also coach. There has been an increase of hotels, and adequate parking to support the rise in population numbers, as well as visitors.
Housing In Norwich
The housing market in Norwich is thriving, and shows no sign of slowing down. Many of counties leading house developers are building new homes in locations such as Sprowston, Trowse and also Cringleford to name a few. This is due to the vast amount of relocators to Norwich from neighbouring counties, as well as across the country.
The same can also be said outside of the new build market. Popular areas around Eaton, Thorpe and Costessey are thriving with those looking to buy a home to renovate. In terms of house prices, these are increasing yearly, and this also does not look to slow down. Therefore if you are to purchase a home you are securing your future.
Schools In Norwich
For families relocating to the area of Norwich they will not be short of schooling. With the local area growing rapidly many of the countries largest academy trusts have a standing in the local area, this covers Primary and Secondary Education. Norwich is not without its private schooling as well. With one private school being located within the city centre itself, as well as a few in neighbouring locations.
The standard of schooling in the area is also very high. Many of the schools in the local area are rated Good or Outstanding on their ofsted reports.
Working In Norwich
Finding employment in Norwich has never been easier. If you work in the tech space there are many startups and well established businesses recruiting all year round. For sectors such as retail, healthcare and also finance there is also a budding amount of roles with some local, and also national companies. Aviva and also the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital being two of the biggest employers in the region.
Travelling In Norwich
Travelling in Norwich has also developed over the past 10 years. Bus routes have extended to neighbouring villages, and links within the city centre are a lot easier to utilise. Outside of the buses, trains are also a very popular mode of transport. If you choose to live in the more remote places within Norfolk, most will operate a direct line into the main train station.
The influx of relocators from major cities has also made the transport links a lot more frequent and of better quality. Norwich to London can be done in just over an hour and a half, with Cambridge also being within easy commutes. This opens up the opportunity to maintain your job role.
Entertainment In Norwich
What is relocating without knowing what you can do where you live. The entertainment side of Norwich is where the city stands out. If you are into pubs, then you will never be in short supply. With each pub in Norwich offering something different be that food, drinks or setting.
Norwich is also well known for its independent restaurants and also coffee shops. The Norwich lanes offer the best independents in East Anglia, as well as some great places to eat. The Theatre Royal is also the hub of entertainment as well within the city centre. Many west end shows have graced the stage there. However, be quick to get your tickets as it sells out fast.
As you can see from the points we have made above, Norwich is a great city to live in. With the development it has undertaken over the past 10 years, it is a city with great foundations and even better prospects for relocators. If you want more information outside of our guide to living and working in Norwich then also look at our other local articles.