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Best spots to celebrate National Picnic Week 22-27 June

Best spots to celebrate National Picnic Week 22-27 June If you’re not already gearing up for National Picnic Week 2021 next month then regard this blog post as a reminder. At the same time, if you happen to be living in – or heading towards - Cambridge around the week of 22 to 27 June, …

Interesting historical sites to visit in Cambridge

Interesting historical sites to visit in Cambridge Whether you’re staying in historic Cambridge for business or fun, it seems only fitting to visit a few of the fascinating historical sites it has to offer. Many of our city-centre medium-term rentals make the perfect base for immersing yourself in the history of Cambridge City. We’ve put …

Discover Cambridge’s most Cosmopolitan Street – Mill Road

Discover Cambridge's most Cosmopolitan Street - Mill Road It may only be a mile long, but Cambridge’s Mill Road can take some time to get along. That’s due to all the quirky, independent shops, and delectable food destinations it has to offer and that you’ll want to check out along the way.   World food …

Top 10 spots for outside dining in Cambridge

Top 10 spots for outside dining in Cambridge With the weather warming up and restrictions easing across the UK, there has never been a better time to try out some of Cambridge’s top spots for alfresco dining. Cambridge boasts a vast array of traditional pub gardens for you to sample during your stay. To help …

Celebrate Local History Month in Cambridge!

Celebrate Local History Month in Cambridge! Did you know May is local history month? If you’re lucky enough to be in the historic city of Cambridge for this fantastic event, you’re in for a treat! If you’re not aware of what local history month is about, it’s an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the …

Money-Saving Tips for Professional Renters

Money-Saving Tips for Professional Renters Now that summer’s approaching most of us are thinking of where we’ll head for our holidays. Going abroad may not be an option again this year because of coronavirus but there are endless possibilities in the UK alone. Trouble is, a week in Cornwall can prove just as costly as …

Cambridge at Night – Hot Spots and Must-visit Venues

Cambridge at Night - Hot Spots and Must-visit Venues Yes, Cambridge is gorgeous by day, but it’s exciting at night too. From live music venues to ghost walking tours, cocktail making classes, and challenging escape rooms – plenty is going on. And that’s before we’ve even touched on the eclectic pubs and first-class restaurants. So, …

Why Cambridge is Bliss for Book Lovers

Why Cambridge is Bliss for Book Lovers From haunted bookshops to vintage versions and three-storey superstores with fab stationery, Cambridge is a book-lovers dream. And that’s before we’ve even touched on the library. Here are some of our favourite hang-out havens for getting lost between the pages of a fascinating tome or two:   The …

Millennial Movers and Accommodation in 2021

Millennial Movers and Accommodation in 2021 In the 1980s, we were all encouraged to own our own homes – thanks to PM Margaret Thatcher’s Right to Buy Bill. Today, of course, the discounts for the Right to Buy our council home simply aren’t as generous. That’s if the right exists at all (Scotland being a …

Moving Between Moves: Top Tips for Finding Short Term Housing

Moving Between Moves: Top Tips for Finding Short Term Housing Looking for a short-term rental because although you’ve managed to sell your flat, you’re still waiting to find your ideal property? Don’t worry, there are a surprising number of options for you out there right now. In the meantime, you may want to write yourself …

Short term rental options – from extended stay hotels to holiday homes and everything in between

Short term rental options - from extended stay hotels to holiday homes and everything in between Now that we have dates for the gradual lifting of lockdown in England more of us will be able to travel further afield - certainly out with our designated local authority areas. With uncertainty over whether or not we …

Romantic Things to Do in Cambridge

Romantic Things to Do in Cambridge From first dates to wedding anniversaries, whatever the reason for your need to up the romance ante, Cambridge can cater for your special celebration. Many people are surprised by the numerous places that there are in Cambridge that offer the possibility for romantic liaisons. That might well be a …

How to Spend Easter In Cambridge

How to Spend Easter In Cambridge We have talked previously about the many amazing things to do in Cambridge at Christmas time but did you know Easter in the city is just as fun? Easter is a special time, whether you are a child or an adult, and finding fun things to do is just …

World Water Day 2021 – A Look at Cambridge’s Lakes and Rivers

World Water Day 2021 – A Look at Cambridge’s Lakes and Rivers Water is one of the most important resources we have on the planet – if there was no water, there would be no life. It is second only to air. Held on the 22nd of March every year since 1993, World Water Day …

Celebrating National Science Week

Celebrating National Science Week National Science Week is soon approaching, a ten-day celebration between the 5th and the 14th of March 2021. It is a time for celebrating all things scientific, technological, and more. You may be wondering just why it is important to celebrate science and how we do so and @BazzaCC on Twitter …

Top Five Free Things to Do in Cambridge

Top Five Free Things to Do in Cambridge The brilliant news is that there is plenty to do in Cambridge if you’re going there for a weekend away. But is any of it free? We’ve brought you the best of what Cambridge has to offer if you’re short on pennies and feel the urge to …

The Magic of Market Square, Cambridge

The Magic of Market Square, Cambridge Cambridge’s Market Square has been a bustling centre for the city’s inhabitants to stock up on delicious food and drink since the middle ages. Even during the Saxon era, Cambridge had a market on Market Hill (the official name of Market Square). Market Square, as it is affectionately known …

Cambridge to become better-connected thanks to £794m rail investment

Cambridge to become better-connected thanks to £794m rail investment Cambridge is set to become an even more sought after location to live in thanks to a huge financial boost. The sum, an enormous £794 million, will be given to East West and Northumberland rail lines. @ewrconsortium tweeted, “Welcome announcement today from @transportgovuk @grantshapps confirming East …

Best Places to Celebrate the Snow in Cambridge

Best Places to Celebrate the Snow in Cambridge Whenever we see the first few flurries of snowflakes, we regress to our childhood years. Everyone gets excited when it starts snowing, even if you know full well that you still have to go to work! Once you have left school, you say a sad goodbye to …

CheckedInn Properties Boast Top 5 Things Tenants Want

CheckedInn Properties Boast Top 5 Things Tenants Want Rental income is shrinking for the first time in a decade, according to Hamptons International. Tenants paid less in 2018 than in 2017 and this situation remained unchanged in 2019 and is even worse in 2020 due to global events. So, how can you safeguard your rental …

Research Shows Parking a Priority for Tenants

Research Shows Parking a Priority for Tenants With so many rental properties on the market, there is fierce competition amongst landlords to make their properties stand out in a saturated market. However, new research by Zoopla is shedding some light on the factors that are ‘must-haves’ for tenants. Parking is an absolute essential for tenants …

Pet-Friendly Places in Cambridge

Pet-Friendly Places in Cambridge Whether or not your pet is the master of puppy dog eyes, when you get posted away from home because of work knowing what to do with Fido can be tough. In an ideal world, you would take Rex or Tinkerbell, your much-loved ginger moggy with you on a big adventure …

How to Make a House a Home for £500 or Less

How to Make a House a Home for £500 or Less If you are in medium-term accommodation (anything between 3-6 months) then making your new home feel like your home can be quite a challenge. However, you must be living somewhere that you feel like you can relax and unwind. This is especially important if …

Practical Advice for Travelling to Cambridge on Business

Practical Advice for Travelling to Cambridge on Business Travelling anywhere for business is very tricky right now. Of course, to a certain extent, we are almost used to it but there is no getting away from the fact that things have changed enormously. Our way of living is different from anything anyone living has ever …

What does 2021 have in store for landlords?

What does 2021 have in store for landlords? 2021 is going to be an important year for landlords for a couple of reasons. First of all, 2021 is going to start with the UK officially coming out of the European Union. A no-deal Brexit is currently still on the cards, unless we are able to …

Landlords – How to reduce rent arrears

Landlords - How to reduce rent arrears @NRLAssociation recently picked up on the current big news for landlords in a tweet. They tweeted that “Rent dodgers will be rewarded under new rules allowing tenants to build almost 18 months of rent arrears without any sanction…” This is due to the government’s new regulations, which were …

What’s the difference between serviced and inclusive accommodation?

What's the difference between serviced and inclusive accommodation? The terms ‘serviced’ and ‘inclusive’ are bandied around a lot in the rental property industry. But one question we receive a lot from prospective tenants is, ”What's the difference between serviced and inclusive accommodation?”. That’s why, here at CheckedInn HQ, we have put together this handy go-to …

What people expect from city centre accommodation

What people expect from city centre accommodation City centre accommodation is a real must-have for lots of professional people in search of their next new home to rent. When people are searching the rental market for properties, there are a few factors that make a property desirable. This time, we have put together our top …

Things to do in Cambridge for a cracking Christmas

Things to do in Cambridge for a cracking Christmas @caitlinmoran says “Why don’t we knock Xmas 2020 on the head – then have a mahoosive, week-long Bank Holiday in summer, when we’ve got the vaccine? Just, for one year only, have a summer Christmas?” While the idea of eating your Christmas Dinner al fresco sounds …

Best Takeaways in Cambridge

 Best Takeaways in Cambridge 2020 has been all about staying at home in style as @elleuk made very clear with their recommendations for what to wear when you are working from home. They say, “Whether its ‘polished’, satin pyjamas or a colourful Scandi-inspired, printed dress that’s voluminous and comfortable, here are our three quick and …

Average age of renters across the UK

Average age of renters across the UK In the UK, the majority of people living in rented accommodation are relatively young. This is largely because a lot of renters aim to save up enough money for a deposit and eventually buy a home of their own. However, in the last few years, the average age …

What you need to rent a property in the UK

What you need to rent a property in the UK If you’re planning on relocating into the UK, or if you’re moving into rented accommodation for the first time, you may well be wondering where to start.  Aside from finding the right location, and the right property, one of the most important things you need …

Awesome autumn ideas for things to do Cambridge

Awesome autumn ideas for things to do Cambridge With its beautiful green spaces, stunning countryside and an excellent choice of activities and attractions, Cambridge has a lot to offer throughout the year. During September, October, and November, the town is even more beautiful with trees bursting into colour and the soft autumn sun bringing the …

How to have a cracking Halloween in Cambridge

How to have a cracking Halloween in Cambridge Although Halloween 2020 is set to be a relatively quiet affair, there are still some things happening in Cambridge. Whether you want to enjoy some ghoul-themed cocktails with friends, share a spooky Halloween with your kids, or explore the darker side of Cambridge, you’ll find something to …

What’s behind the rise in the rental market?

What's behind the rise in the rental market? When the UK went into lockdown in March, the housing market came to a standstill. Both renting and buying were pretty much out of the questions, with tenants and homeowners staying put until things got back to normal. By the end of May, the market was beginning …

Coffee in Cambridge – best brews and coffee shops

Coffee in Cambridge - best brews and coffee shops If there’s one thing residents of Cambridge like, it’s a great cup of coffee. The city is home to some truly outstanding cafes, most of which are independent and unique. If you’re looking for somewhere to refuel during a day out in Cambridge, or if you …

The pitfalls of holiday lets and the lucrative, long-term alternative

The pitfalls of holiday lets and the lucrative, long-term alternative If you own a rental property, letting it out to holidaymakers can be tempting. These short-term tenants pay a premium for their accommodation and so it’s easy to make a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. However, renting a property as …

Cambridge’s most haunted houses

Cambridge's most haunted houses As it’s one of the most historic cities in the UK, it’s no surprise Cambridge is home to more than a few haunted buildings. For centuries, people have lived, died and suffered gruesome fates in the city, and many believe some of these souls have been unable to move on. As …

Are long term lets more profitable for landlords than Airbnb?

Are long term lets more profitable for landlords than Airbnb? If there’s one thing all landlords want, it’s to maximise the profits from their investment properties. For a long time, this meant long term rental. Landlords would get tenants in for year-long contracts and many would stay for even longer. In recent years, however, things …

Research shows renters in Cambridge want outside space

Cambridge home to UK's most eco-friendly shopping street Gardens have always been a strong selling point for properties of all types in the UK. Families love having outside space to play in, while young people like to entertain alfresco and older residents enjoy having gardens in which to relax and unwind. Recently, gardens have become …

Cambridge home to UK’s most eco-friendly shopping street

Cambridge home to UK's most eco-friendly shopping street With its bike-friendly streets, beautiful green spaces, and walkable centre, Cambridge has always been an eco-conscious city. So it’s no surprise that Cambridge often comes high on the list of UK areas doing the most for the environment. One recent study revealed that Cambridge is home to …

Renting in Cambridge – the facts and figures

Renting in Cambridge - the facts and figures Though small, Cambridge has a lot to offer and people relocate to the city from all over the world. Cambridge attracts people who want to study at its world-class university, entrepreneurs looking for a dynamic place to set up business and companies who want to take advantage …

5 things you probably didn’t know about Cambridge

5 things you probably didn't know about Cambridge Cambridge is one of the most famous cities in the UK. As a result, a lot of people think they know the place well and most people could probably tell you a few facts about the city. However, one of the things we love most about Cambridge …

Fixed-term contract in Cambridge? Affordable accommodation

Fixed-term contract in Cambridge? Affordable accommodation As well as its world-famous university, Cambridge is home to a large number of international corporations and innovative homegrown companies. As a result, the city attracts a lot of talented professionals from around the world. Many of these professors, IT experts, consultants, researches, and academics are employed in the …

Combat the cost of high rent in Cambridge with CheckedInn

Combat the cost of high rent in Cambridge with CheckedInn Anyone currently renting in Cambridge, or looking to move to the city, will know that property doesn’t come cheap. Recent figures released by the Valuation Office Agency reveal that an average two-bed property costs a whopping £1,219 a month. As @Cambslive says, “Two-bed rents in …

Our update on Aquaid Lifeline Fund

Our update on Aquaid Lifeline Fund Checked-Inn has long supported the work of the Aquaid Lifeline Fund. Based in Cambridge, but focused on helping orphans in Malawi, the fund helps to provide housing, medical treatment and emotional support to those who need it the most. With Malawi, like many countries in the world, currently suffering …

Cambridge to get greener

Cambridge to get greener The city of Cambridge has always tried to be as green and as sustainable as possible. From promoting bike routes to encouraging walking, the local council is always looking for ways to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. One of the newest green schemes for Cambridge is The Greater Cambridge Greenways. A …

Property market in Cambridge

Property market in Cambridge In the months prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, property prices in Cambridge were on the up. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit seemed finally to be more or less resolved and confidence was returning to the market. However, the current lockdown and pandemic has thrown a fresh spanner in the …

Top 10 things people look for when house hunting

Top 10 things people look for when house hunting If you’re on the hunt for a new home, take a look at our list of the most important things to consider before signing on the dotted line.   1. Location As @sprucehq says, “The three most important things to think about when buying are home …

Life after lockdown in Cambridge

Life after lockdown in Cambridge Across the country, shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and attractions are starting to reopen. After months with their doors firmly closed, thousands of establishments are welcoming customers back once more. In Cambridge, many of the businesses forced to close by the COVID-19 pandemic are now open and life in the city …

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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