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 no surprise that the UK is currently home to more than 120,000 Australians.”
If you’re considering moving to the UK for work, or simply to take full advantage of the travel, leisure, and cultural opportunities on offer, research is key if your move is going to go smoothly. To help ease your trans-globe relocation, we’ve put together a quick guide to living and working in Cambridge for Australians.
If you’re planning on staying in the UK for more than six months, or working in the country when you arrive, you’ll need to arrange for a relevant visa. There are a number of different visas that Australian citizens can apply for when planning a move to the UK.
If your parents or grandparents were born in the country, you can apply for an Ancestry Visa. This will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to five years.
If you’re aged between 18 and 30, you can apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa. This visa allows you to live and work in the UK for a period of two years, but can only be granted once during your lifetime. If you apply for this visa, you can’t bring dependants with you to the UK, and you’ll need to prove you have $3,000 in savings before you travel.
A number of other specialist visas are also available for Australians who want to relocate. Get in touch with the British Embassy to find out which visas you might qualify for.
Finding accommodation in Cambridge will be the first challenge you’ll face during your relocation. The easiest way to find somewhere to live is to go through a company like Checked Inn.
We offer a fantastic choice of high-quality properties in and around the city centre that are available on both short- and long-term contracts. There are no hidden fees and rental costs are transparent, making it easy for you to budget for your UK relocation.
If you opt to find your own accommodation, there are a number of additional costs you’ll need to bear in mind. For a start, you’ll need to pay a variety of agents’ fees when signing your contract, and will also need to budget for utility bills and council tax.
Getting out to explore the city and the local area will help you to make the most of your time in Cambridge. In the city centre itself, walking and cycling are generally the best ways to get around. There is also an extensive bus and rail network if you want to travel further afield. Booking train tickets early and investing in travelcards are two good ways to keep your travel costs to a minimum.
Things to do
If you’re a fan of Aussie Rules Football then “The Cambridge University Australian Rules Football Club (CUARFC) is the home of men’s and women’s Australian rules football in Cambridge. And if you’re looking for fellow Aussie’s to discover the city with, check out InterNations which holds events for you to “Mix and Mingle with Australians in Cambridge”.
Find out more about living in Cambridge and relocating to the city by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.