Living in Norfolk.

Whether you are coming to join us through a new job, or are just visiting, Norfolk is a great place to be. Living here is even better.

The best city to work in.

Norwich is a city of culture, with its rich history of art and writing, as well as a city of science - hosting some of the leading centres for life science research in the world. You'll find an exciting blend of the old and the new, with plenty of things to do for all ages, all year round.

Getting around is a breeze, with regular trains to Cambridge and London, plenty of city bus routes and an international airport. Life in Norfolk is relaxed and exciting at the same time, whether you’re into the vibrant nightlife or the stunning natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads. Voted the best place to work in the UK in 2015, Norwich is a city you are sure to fall in love with.

A beautiful place.

Norfolk is rich in natural beauty and has a hugely varied landscape, from stunning beaches along the coast to the world-famous Norfolk Broads, with over a hundred miles of rivers and lakes. There are many villages and towns to visit all across the county and the countryside is perfect for walking and cycling.

Top 10 for shopping.

Norwich is one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations, with two large shopping centres, one of the largest open air markets in the country and hundreds of boutique local shops. Whatever you need, you can get it here and if you can’t, there are several major shopping parks within just a few miles of the city centre.

A vibrant nightlife.

If you're after some excitement in your evening, look no further. Norwich comes alive at night with everything from trendy new restaurants to pubs, clubs and bars where you can dance the night away. The music scene is as varied as the range of local craft beers on offer - with bands from all over world coming to play at the numerous dedicated venues you'll find throughout the city.

Getting a place to stay.

Coming to live here is easier than you might think, with both affordable housing and flexible rental costs to suit your budget. It will be cheaper to live further out from the city, but living within the city itself isn't as expensive as you might think.

Monthly rents on a medium sized, two bedroom apartment come in at between £450 and £700 per month. Room sharing is very common in the city and can reduce your monthly rental costs, not to mention give you the chance to make some new friends. This can be a great permanent option, or it can serve as a temporary place to stay if you would prefer to find something your own, but don't have the time to look around.

Buying a house is another option many of our new starters choose. You can find information on local house prices easily on the internet through sites like Rightmove or Zoopla. They are usually affordable and significantly cheaper than those in cities like Cambridge. The average price for a home in Norwich is around £200,000, with a flat coming in at around £140,000.

If you have any questions on relocating, you can get in touch with our recruitment team below who will be happy to help in any way they can.

Cost of Living.

Norfolk has a very reasonable cost of living, with average monthly expenses for an individual at around £600 - excluding rent or mortgage payments. Utility bills can be as low as £40 per month in a rented flat, but will increase if you choose to rent or buy a house.

Eating out can cost between £10 and £25 depending on where you eat, and a pint of lager costs £3-4. You can expect a weekly shop for one person to be around £30 and the price for an internet connection, average speeds being around 16mb/s, is £20-25 per month. There are plenty of gyms and sporting facilities throughout the city and a monthly gym membership will cost around £30-40.

Family Life.

Norfolk is a great place for families. Not only are there plenty of things to do, such as wildlife trips, adventure trails and family-friendly holiday parks, but there are also many excellent nurseries, schools and colleges in the area.

Childcare costs are reasonable, varying between £90 and £120 per week, and there is a large range of schools to choose from all across the county, of varying sizes.

In terms of further education, there is an excellent network of high schools and colleges for 16-18 year olds, as well as two universities, the University of East Anglia, and Norwich University of the Arts.

Visit the Norfolk County Council website for more information on family services available in the area.

Some of our favourite places to visit with family are Banham Zoo, Go Ape!, and the Bewilderwood adventure forest.