Fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, Norwich offers everything from affordable housing, great schools and spectacular scenery to excellent career choices.
If you’re currently considering a move east of UK, here’s our guide to living and working in Norwich to help you plan your relocation.
Housing in Norwich
Norwich is lucky enough to have a fantastic choice of period properties as well as a number of high end modern developments. Unlike other desirable parts of the UK, house prices in Norwich have remained affordable. Although some parts of the city are of course more expensive than others, in general, those moving to Norwich from other parts of the UK will find their money goes a long way.
The average cost of a flat in Norwich is just £161,500. A terraced house will set you back around £217,000 while a semi-detached property will have an average price tag of £233,000. If you want to buy a detached property in Norwich, you’ll need a budget of around £357,000.
Schools in Norwich
Norwich is home to some of the best schools in East Anglia. The highest rated school in the city is Norwich School, an independent school for boys and girls aged 4-18. Norwich High School For Girls GDST generally comes in second place in the league tables while Notre Dame High School is ranked third.
As Norwich is a small city, most schools will be within easy reach of your home. This makes it quick and easy for kids to get to school and helps families living in the area to maintain a good work/life balance.
Shopping in Norwich
Whether you enjoy hunting for bargains in second hand shops, picking up unique souvenirs in independent boutiques or looking for designer goods and high street brands in your local shopping centre, Norwich has just the thing for you.
The city is jam-packed full of fantastic shops of all shapes and sizes. Regular markets mean that there are always great deals to be found while the city’s independent shops offer a fantastic range of clothes, jewellery and other hand picked items.
If you want to find a new outfit from your favourite high street label, head to Chapelfield or Castle Mall. These two modern shopping centres offer a great choice of well-known brands as well as a number of food outlets and entertainment centres. Norwich Market, which has over 200 stalls, is open six days a week and a fantastic choice of independent shops can be found in The Lanes.
Culture in Norwich
If there’s one thing that Norwich has in abundance, it’s culture. The city is home to a large number of theatres, museums, galleries and events spaces and cultural activities take place in and around Norwich every week.
In 2012, Norwich was named as the UK’s first ever UNESCO City of Literature. Among the main literary highlights you’ll find in the city are The University of East Anglia’s Spring and Autumn Literary Festivals, The City of Literature Festival, the Worlds Festival ‘Festival in a Day’ and Norwich Crime Writing Festival.
On top of all that, you’ll find plenty to get your teeth stuck into at The Museum of Norwich, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, the Maddermarket Theatre, Strangers’ Hall, The Forum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. What’s more, with two universities in the city, there are always new and exciting cultural projects to discover.
Community in Norwich
As many of the people who live in Norwich work in and around the city, there is a real community feel in the area. There are lots of community projects to get involved with and many of the city’s cultural and historic institutions rely on volunteers to keep them going. If you’re looking for an action-packed city with a small town community feel, Norwich will suit you perfectly.
Transport in Norwich
One of the things that draws people to Norwich is the city’s excellent transport links. A direct train will have you in central London in just two hours while Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield are also easily accessible by rail. Local destinations such as Cambridge, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Lowestoft are also on direct train lines to the city.
Within Norwich itself, you’ll find a good choice of bus routes linking various parts of the city. These routes run regularly throughout the day and make it easy to get out and explore.
In recent years, Norwich has invested significantly in its cycling infrastructure. Bike lanes can now be found across Norwich and in the surrounding countryside. As well as being great for the environment and good for your waistline, cycling is a fantastic way to explore. Why not dig your bike out from the back of the garage, or hire some wheels from a local rental shop, and see what you can discover?
Countryside in Norwich
The countryside around Norwich is some of the most beautiful in the UK. You’ll find a fantastic choice of beaches within a short drive or train ride of the city and the spectacular Norfolk Broads are just outside of Norwich. Whether you enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching or simply love nothing more than sitting in the garden of a country pub on a sunny day, the local countryside will have something that suits you perfectly.
One of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the UK, Norwich has something for everyone. Whether you’re relocating to the area to improve your work/life balance, want to live somewhere with a real sense of community or can’t resist the city’s cultural riches, it’s the perfect choice for your next move.
Jobs in Norwich
Whenever you move to a new city, it’s important to consider the type of jobs that are available in the local area. Luckily for those moving to Norwich and the surrounding region, this is another area where the city does incredibly well. Not only does Norwich offer an excellent choice of traditional careers, the city is also one of the UK’s most vibrant tech hubs. This has tempted a large number of starts ups and entrepreneurs to move east, creating a great choice of exciting and innovative jobs in the process.
As it’s within easy reach of the capital, many businesses in Norwich work with, and provide services to, companies based in London. This ensures that professionals moving to the city have an excellent selection of positions at innovative and ambitious companies to choose from.
One of the major benefits of working in Norwich is that almost any job you take will be within easy reach of your home. Not having to spend hours every day commuting to work can dramatically improve your work/life balance and ensure that you have plenty of time to get out and explore your new home.