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What working from home means for UK’s workforce

What working from home means for UK's workforce The COVID-19 pandemic has seen millions of UK employees working from home. Companies across the country have asked their staff to work remotely in order to minimise person to person contact and potentially save lives. While for many businesses these changes will be temporary, some companies are …

How can Cambridge businesses bounce back post-COVID-19

How can Cambridge businesses bounce back post-COVID-19 As businesses across the UK tentatively start to reopen and return to work, a lot of people are looking ahead to the potential economic consequences of the COVID-19 lockdown. While many companies will be able to reopen and begin trading again immediately, there are lots of businesses across …

Consequences for corporate travel beyond COVID-19 crisis

Consequences for corporate travel beyond COVID-19 crisis Businesses have had to cope with a lot of changes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Where possible, employees have been working from home. Where this isn’t an option, companies have been operating with a skeleton staff to help keep everyone safe. For many companies, one of …

What relaxing lockdown looks like for Cambridge

What relaxing lockdown looks like for Cambridge Since the COVID-19 lockdown was first introduced back in March, residents of Cambridge have been doing their best to stay home and stay safe. Cafes, shops, pubs, and public spaces across the city have been closed for over two months and many people have been working from home …

Ways to donate towards the fight against Coronavirus in Cambridge – from food banks to fundraising initiatives

Ways to donate towards the fight against Coronavirus in Cambridge - from food banks to fundraising initiatives Across the UK, charities, individuals and organisations have been working hard to support people impacted by coronavirus. From donating money to volunteering their time, people across Cambridge have stepped up to meet the challenges of COVID-19. If you …

Cambridge cares – The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund exceeds expectations

Cambridge cares - The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund exceeds expectations As well as being home to a host of international companies and as one of the world’s best universities, Cambridge has a fantastic community feel. People in the city have always gone out of their way to look after each other, especially in difficult times. …

How to tell the difference between coronavirus and hay fever

How to tell the difference between coronavirus and hay fever According to Allergy UK, between 10% and 30% of adults, and 40% of children, suffer from hay fever. Also known as allergic rhinitis, the condition can make springtime a nightmare for millions. Bringing runny noses, itchy eyes, and coughs to people across the country. As …

Cambridge University at the heart of the search for a coronavirus vaccine

Cambridge University at the heart of the search for a coronavirus vaccine Cambridge University has been at the forefront of countless scientific breakthroughs. From hovercraft to to heart transplants, the university, and its associated institutions, have been pushing the boundaries of science and technology for generations. The city’s brightest and most innovative minds are currently …

Key workers offered free parking in Cambridge amid COVID-19 crisis

Key workers offered free parking in Cambridge amid COVID-19 crisis Since the UK lockdown began, many Brits have chosen to work from home in order to minimise their risk of infection and help support the NHS. However, there are some people out there who don’t have the option to stay home. These key workers have …

List of freebies and discounts for NHS staff in Cambridge

List of freebies and discounts for NHS staff in Cambridge The current COVID-19 pandemic is hard on all of us, but, as @MoneySavingExp says, “While everyone in the country's doing their bit, it's our NHS staff, emergency services, and healthcare workers who are on the front line.” In order to help these key workers, show …

COVID-19 has caused chaos with my income – where to go for advice

COVID-19 has caused chaos with my income - where to go for advice The current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of daily life. From shopping and socialising to travelling and eating out, we’re all having to think more carefully about what we do and how we do it. One of the main areas impacted …

How Cambridge compares to the rest of the UK – from property prices to people’s happiness

How Cambridge compares to the rest of the UK - from property prices to people's happiness When choosing a new place to live, it’s important to consider as many factors as possible. From property prices to job opportunities, education to happiness, your new home needs to offer everything you’re looking for. To help you decide …

Food bloggers’ favourite places to eat in Cambridge

Food bloggers’ favourite places to eat in Cambridge As anyone who lives in the city will know, Cambridge is a great place for foodies, as @cambridgefoodblog regularly writes about and reviews. The city is home to a fantastic choice of eateries and a great range of cuisines. Whether you’re in the mood for Thai, Italian, …

Insta-worthy spots to capture around Cambridge

Insta-worthy spots to capture around Cambridge As one of the most historic cities in the UK, it’s no surprise that Cambridge is home to some spectacular sights and attractions. From ancient colleges to pretty parks and picturesque streets to unique bridges, the city has an almost endless choice of outstanding photo backdrops. Here are some …

Combat 20% house price premium in Cambridge tech cluster with Checked-Inn affordable accommodation

Combat 20% house price premium in Cambridge tech cluster with Checked-Inn affordable accommodation Where tech companies go, house price rises tend to follow. These dynamic – and often wealthy – businesses tend to grow quickly, hiring large numbers of employees as they rapidly expand. As a result, areas that see an influx of tech startups …

Cambridge named in top 20 of annual quality of life survey

Cambridge named in top 20 of annual quality of life survey Anyone who lives in or around Cambridge will know it’s a great place to be. With fantastic countryside on the doorstep, a wide choice of shops, pubs, bars, and restaurants and excellent schools, the city has something for everyone. In fact, the lifestyle on …

Hertford Street

Hertford Street Cambridge, CB4 3GH Overlooking Jesus Green - Checked Inn's property at Hertford Street offers a range of studio and one bedroom properties. With on site parking available subject to availability, these properties are ideally located for contract or project workers visiting Cambridge. By being able to access all that Cambridge has to offer …

Spring is coming to Cambridge – what’s on

 Spring is coming to Cambridge - what's on Spring is a fantastic time to be in Cambridge. The season sees the city’s parks burst back into life, and the return of the long evenings and sunshine tempt residents out into the pubs, restaurants and green spaces. Spring is also a great time for events in …

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update Checked Inn wish to assure all our incumbent and prospective occupants that we are aware of the issues around the Coronavirus, and although the risk of infection is low /moderate in the UK currently and the level of risk of having severe symptoms is even lower we are monitoring the situation and taking …

Tenant Fees Act 2019 explained

Tenant Fees Act 2019 explained Since 1st June 2019, landlords and management companies have had to abide by the Tenant Fees Act. Designed to reduce the financial burden on tenants and stop unscrupulous landlords from charging over the odds for tenancy agreements and other essential documents, the Act applies to rented property throughout England. If …

What matters to millennials when it comes to rental accommodation?

What matters to millennials when it comes to rental accommodation? According to research published by the BBC, up to a third of Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – will end up renting for their entire lives. Currently, 40% of people aged 30 live in rented accommodation, that’s more than twice as many …

Secret Cambridge – 5 things you never knew

Secret Cambridge - 5 things you never knew Cambridge is famous around the world and the city is home to a number of iconic attractions. From the Fitzwilliam Museum to the Bridge of Sighs and the University Botanical Gardens to King’s College Chapel, many of the city’s sights are instantly recognisable.  However, there are plenty …

All-inclusive accommodation

All-inclusive accommodation Budget is one of the most important factors to consider when searching for somewhere to live. Most people have a rough idea of the monthly rent they can afford, and focus their search on properties within this price range. However, if you’re looking for a standard rental property, you also need to think …

Best areas to live in Cambridge

Best areas to live in Cambridge Although Cambridge is a relatively small city, it still has a number of distinct neighbourhoods. From the vibrant streets of the city centre to the calm, quiet suburbs, Cambridge has something for everyone. As the neighbourhood you live in will have a big impact on your experience of the …

Cambridge property market – prices and predictions

Cambridge property market – prices and predictions The cost of housing is always going to be an important consideration when moving to a new city. If you’re currently planning on relocating to Cambridge for work, university or any other reason, you’ll need to factor the cost of renting or buying a home into your move.  …

Cambridge schools feature in The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2020

Cambridge schools feature in The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2020 Cambridge has long been known for the quality of its education. Famous around the world for its ancient university, the city has attracted academics and scholars for hundreds of years. As well as an excellent university, Cambridge is home to a number of outstanding schools. …

What’s happening in Cambridge in 2020?

What's happening in Cambridge in 2020? As anyone living in Cambridge or the surrounding area will know, there are exciting things happening in the city throughout the year. From comedy and music to beer and boating, Cambridge’s calendar of events has something to suit everyone. To help get you in the mood for 2020, and …

A studio made for two

A studio made for two When searching for an apartment of your own, you’ll notice that, in general, the most affordable option will always be a studio. This is especially true if you want to live in a city centre location or another desirable spot. For many couples, the idea of living in a studio …

How ‘utilities included’ can save you more money

How 'utilities included' can save you more money When renting property in the UK, most tenants want a home that’s as affordable as possible. Although they want their property to be of a high standard, they don’t want to pay over the odds when it comes to bills and other extras. As a result, the …

Will it be a white Christmas in Cambridge?

 Will it be a white Christmas in Cambridge? In order for Christmas to be picture postcard perfect it needs one key ingredient: snow. Helping to transform towns, cities, villages, and fields into magical winter wonderlands, a blanket of snow is the best way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and ensure all our festive …

Here’s to the industry disruptors – the future comes to Cambridge

Here’s to the industry disruptors – the future comes to Cambridge Thanks to its world-famous university, affordable office space and proximity to London, Cambridge has long been a popular location for innovative UK companies. Businesses are drawn to the area by the promise of access to the bright minds of Cambridge University as well as …

Cherry Hinton Road

Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge, CB1 7BS Located at the city end of Cherry Hinton Road, Checked-Inn provide a selection of brand new, fully furnished and fully equipped, 1 Bedroom and Studio properties. Offering ease of access to the railway station, leisure park and historic city centre, this modern development represents city living at it's best. …

Consumers want instant gratification – grab and go accommodation

Consumers want instant gratification – grab and go accommodation Thanks to the rise of the internet, and the increased personalisation of marketing and sales, customers now demand instant gratification from their preferred brands. Waiting for days, weeks, or even months for a new product or service to be delivered is no longer acceptable. As @salesforce …

Cambridge festival of ideas asks if robots will replace lawyers

Cambridge festival of ideas asks if robots will replace lawyers? Over the past few years, the impact of robots and AI on the UK jobs market has been huge. Already, thousands of people have found their jobs have been replaced by robots, with a study published by the BBC estimating that 800 million workers could …

River Cam gets cleaned up by pirates!

River Cam gets cleaned up by pirates! Although it’s one of the most beautiful rivers in the UK, even the Cam needs a little tidy up every once and awhile. Rubbish, reeds and other debris need clearing out to keep the water flowing and the wildlife safe. The riverbanks also need cleaning to remove the …

Cambridge celebrates new state-of-the-art trains

Cambridge celebrates new state-of-the-art trains Although East Anglia and Cambridge in particular, have long benefitted from excellent transport links, the trains crisscrossing the area have become a little dated. Offering very little in the way of extras, these old-fashioned locomotives have been trundling across the East Anglian countryside for decades. This year, however, things are …

Christmas in Cambridge – what’s on

Christmas in Cambridge - what's on As @VisitCambs says, “Cambridge has a full calendar of events, festivals and attractions that make it ideal to visit all year round – a destination for all seasons." However, during November and December, things in the city really step up a notch as Cambridge goes all out to celebrate …

Formula for the success of silicon fen

Formula for the success of silicon fen When most of us think of Cambridge, the first things that spring to mind are generally its imposing colleges and ancient traditions.  The city is famous for its centuries-old university, while its period properties, and pretty streets have been attracting and delighting visitors for generations. However, over the …

Moving to Cambridge with a family

Moving to Cambridge with a family With its pretty parks, beautiful river and excellent choice of schools, Cambridge makes a great base for families of all ages. What’s more, with a great selection of family-friendly properties available at relatively affordable prices, moving to the city will be kind on your finances as well as your …

How to save on housing costs in Cambridge

How to save on housing costs in Cambridge Thanks to its great choice of attractions, excellent employment opportunities and world famous university, Cambridge attracts residents from across the UK and around the world. And while this helps to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the city, it can make finding high-quality, affordable housing a challenge. To …

Why Cambridge is awesome in the autumn

Why Cambridge is awesome in the autumn If you love nothing more than hot weather, sunbathing and ice cream, the end of the summer can be difficult to deal with. Luckily, Cambridge has a lot to do throughout the year. In fact, the autumn months can be just as exciting as the summer season. Offering …

University of Cambridge to completely cut carbon emission and what it means for living in Cambridge

University of Cambridge to completely cut carbon emission and what it means for living in Cambridge As @CambridgeIndy says, “Cambridge is the first university in the world to announce a ‘1.5 degrees’ target, based on goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit the rise in global temperatures.”  This landmark decision has set …

Practical guide to Cambridge – from parking to permits

Practical guide to Cambridge – from parking to permits With its iconic colleges, beautiful river, picturesque streets, and great career opportunities, Cambridge is a dream destination for many people looking to relocate.  However, if you’re thinking of moving to the city, you need to consider the practicalities, as well as the romance of a move. …

10 things to do off the beaten track in Cambridge

10 things to do off the beaten track in Cambridge From the Fitzwilliam Museum to Trinity College and the River Cam to the botanical gardens, Cambridge’s top attractions are famous around the world.  And while no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to its iconic sights, there are also a lot …

Cambridge international airport – flights and getting there

Cambridge international airport – flights and getting there Cambridge is well known for its excellent transport links. From trains and planes to bikes and buses, residents of the city have a great choice of connections whether they’re travelling near or far. For international students, business people and holidaymakers, the airport is probably the most important …

Turkish food a favourite in Cambridge

Turkish food a favourite in Cambridge Although the city might be more famous for its universities and colleges than its restaurants and cafes, Cambridge’s food scene is one of the best in the UK. Home to a fantastic choice of eateries and a wide variety of cuisines, the city makes a great destination for a …

Taking on a tech-related contract in Cambridge? Guide to short-term renting

Taking on a tech-related contract in Cambridge? Guide to short-term renting Thanks to its world-famous universities and rich history, Cambridge is home to a vibrant culture and an enchanting old-world feel. Visitors can spend their days exploring ancient churches, wandering the halls of centuries-old colleges and learning about the events that have taken place in …

Where to stay when studying at a language school in Cambridge

Where to stay when studying at a language school in Cambridge With almost a billion speakers around the globe, English is one of the world’s most useful languages.Having a good grasp of the language can help jobseekers to secure their dream roles, make travelling easier and enable learners to meet new people and make the …

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Americans

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Americans If you’re an American about to embark on living and working in Cambridge, you have a lot to look forward to. Located 50 miles outside of London, it’s a thriving city renowned for its prestigious university and high standard of living.  It has also recently been …

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Middle Eastern people

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Middle Eastern people Cambridge is a beautiful city, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular destination for people from the Middle East. Whether you’re visiting this place for work or to improve your language skills, you can expect an exciting and rewarding adventure.  There are many …

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Europeans

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Europeans Are you considering the possibility of relocating to Cambridge for your work? If so, you’ll be excited to hear that it’s a vibrant and charming city with plenty to offer Europeans.  It’s a thriving cluster of tech businesses, within easy travelling distance of London, and popular …

What is inclusive accommodation?

What is inclusive accommodation? If you’re moving to a new location for work or study, then you’ll be eagerly researching your accommodation options. Though you’ll already be familiar with options such as hotels and rentals, you may not be aware of inclusive accommodation.  For many, inclusive accommodation effortlessly bridges the gap and provides the ideal …

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Australians

Guide to living and working in Cambridge for Australians The UK has long been a popular choice for Australians looking to broaden their horizons, explore the world and experience new cultures. As @movehub says, “They might be at opposite ends of the Earth, but Australia and the UK have always been inextricably linked. So it’s …

The cost of moving to Cambridge

The cost of moving to Cambridge Thanks to its world-class university, dynamic business landscape, and countless historic buildings, Cambridge is a fantastic place to live. Attracting professionals, students, and entrepreneurs from around the world - the city’s period properties, stunning green spaces, and vibrant cultural scene make it one of the best places to relocate …

Biggest and best events in Cambridge Summer 2019

Biggest and best events in Cambridge Summer 2019 Although Cambridge has a lot to offer all year round, the summer is an especially good time to be in the city. A great choice of events take place across Cambridge throughout June, July, and August, ensuring there’s always something going on to keep you busy.  To …

Cambridge’s scientific gifts to the country

Cambridge's scientific gifts to the country From telescopes to IVF and webcams to heart transplants, Cambridge has given the world a huge variety of groundbreaking inventions. To help you understand just how impressive the city’s innovators are, we’re taking a look at some of the most important scientific gifts Cambridge has given the country over …

Forget the boat race – which city is best to live in? Cambridge vs Oxford

Forget the boat race – which city is best to live in? Cambridge vs Oxford The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge goes back centuries. Even today, the two cities battle it out every year in the boat race while their universities are constantly vying to be crowned best in the UK. This friendly competition has …

CheckedInn leaves you with more money to spend on the things you love in Cambridge

CheckedInn leaves you with more money to spend on the things you love in Cambridge Cambridge has a lot to offer. Great job opportunities, a fantastic choice of cultural attractions, and a lively city centre have made Cambridge a top destination for professionals and academics. As Cambridge is in such high demand, it should come …

5 hidden cultural hidden gems in Cambridge

5 hidden cultural hidden gems in Cambridge Cambridge is home to a fantastic range of sights and attractions. And although its stunning colleges and libraries are well worth a visit during your time in the city, there are also a number of hidden gems for you to explore. To help ensure you don’t miss any …

Cambridge named easiest place to find a job in the UK – CheckedInn makes finding somewhere to stay a doddle too

Cambridge named easiest place to find a job in the UK – CheckedInn makes finding somewhere to stay a doddle too Thanks to its world-famous university and outstanding research institutions, Cambridge has long attracted talented professionals and ambitious companies from both the UK and around the world. As a result, the city is home to …

Cambridge dictionary vs Oxford dictionary

Cambridge dictionary vs Oxford dictionary The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge goes back centuries. The cities’ famous universities compete every year to reach number one on the global academic league tables. Additionally, their rowing teams, rugby teams and cricket teams battle it out every year to see who comes out on top. What’s more, as …

Changes in Cambridge in 2019

Changes in Cambridge in 2019 Although it’s one of the most historic cities in the UK, few things in Cambridge stay the same for long. From new restaurants and pubs to new commercial developments, things in the city are always on the move. Whether you live in Cambridge or are just visiting, exploring these new …

Secured a fixed-term contract at the University of Cambridge? Check out CheckedInn

Secured a fixed-term contract at the University of Cambridge? Check out CheckedInn According to The Times World University Rankings, Cambridge University is the second-best higher education institution in the world. Coming in ahead of world famous names like MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Yale, the university is only pipped to the top spot by long term …

Cambridge emerging as one of the top cities for tech companies in the UK

Cambridge emerging as one of the top cities for tech companies in the UK Thanks to its world famous university and cutting-edge research institutions, Cambridge has long been at the forefront of innovation and technology. Attracting top talent from around the world, the city is one of the most exciting places to be for tech …

How much help do UK employers offer transient workforce with living arrangements?

How much help do UK employers offer transient workforce with living arrangements? Finding good quality accommodation is one of the most fundamental challenges that transient workers face when moving to a new position. Not only do they have to get to grips with the layout and neighbourhoods of a new city, they also have to …

Best and newest places to eat in Cambridge

Best and newest places to eat in Cambridge Whether you’re a foodie or just someone who enjoys a good meal out, Cambridge makes a great destination. As @CambridgeNewsUK says, “From restaurants to bars, cafes and everything in between - there is no shortage of brilliant places to go and eat.” And with more eateries opening …

The challenges facing a transient workforce

The challenges facing a transient workforce The world of work can be very competitive. From chasing promotions to securing that perfect new role, professionals have to constantly push themselves if they’re going to climb the next rung of their career ladder. One thing that can really benefit your career is flexibility. Being willing to adapt …

Tips for travelling to and around Cambridge

Tips for travelling to and around Cambridge Thanks to its beautiful scenery, wealth of attractions and rich history, Cambridge has been a popular destination for day trippers and weekend breakers for decades. As a result, the city is well connected to London, the surrounding area and destinations further afield. Whether you’re travelling to Cambridge by …

The differences between Checked Inn and short term accommodation

The differences between Checked Inn and short term accommodation One of the main difficulties of modern living in the UK is sorting out appropriate accommodation. Although the world has grown smaller in so many ways, corporate travel and finding a place to stay can still be challenging. For those of us that travel for work …

Types of accommodation in Cambridge – from the quirky to quintessential

Types of accommodation in Cambridge - from the quirky to quintessential Thanks to its wealth of attractions and beautiful scenery, Cambridge has long been a popular destination for a UK city break. As Lucy Dodsworth says “Like Oxford, it’s got a fascinating history, beautiful architecture, punts on the river, cobbled streets, bikes and enough museums …

The differences between Checked Inn and a tenancy agreement

The differences between Checked Inn and a tenancy agreement In an increasingly hectic working world, our accommodation needs to better reflect the way we live. More young people than ever before are choosing to avoid the traditional route of saving for a mortgage, not only because securing a mortgage has never been harder but because …

Rental prices in Cambridge

Rental prices in Cambridge Thanks to its rich history, world famous university, pretty city centre, and close proximity to London, Cambridge has long been popular with renters looking for somewhere to live. As a result, good-quality properties are always in high demand and the general cost of renting is constantly creeping up. Fortunately, although prices in …

Cambridge named as one of The Sunday Times best places to live in Britain

Cambridge named as one of The Sunday Times best places to live in Britain In 2018, The Sunday Times released its list of the best places to live in the UK. Based on a variety of factors, including house prices, schools, crime rates, access to green spaces, and sociability, the list highlighted some of the …

Introducing Checked Inn

Introducing Checked Inn - A New Innovative Property Rental Service. The world is getting smaller and the way we live is changing as a result. Whereas homeownership was once seen as the definitive goal for millennials, a shrinking world has necessitated a more nomadic lifestyle for many. With house prices so high, most of this …

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