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Living & Working In The East of England

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Living in East of England

The East of England has a range of cities and countryside areas. It is the 2nd largest region in the country with the 4th largest population (roughly 5.8 million). The Southernmost part lies within a commutable distance to London, which makes it a popular choice for those who want a more rural lifestyle but work in the City. The region also has some counties and cities with large student populations, like Essex, Peterborough and East Anglia.

East of England Jobs

Actuary£33,000 per annumNationwide
Business Tax Summer InternshipCompetitveNationwide
Retail at Cancer Research UKCompetitveNationwide
Network Professional Programme £20,000 to £28,000 per annumNationwide

Cost of living in East of England

The average cost of a house is £279,000 in the East of England, above the national average of £242,268. In rural areas houses can be particularly expensive, especially in the Southern part of the East of England because it is commutable to London.

Renting Prices in East of England

The average property rental cost in the East of England is £907 pcm. However, this figure includes very expensive rental properties in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that are commutable to London. It also includes Cambridge, which is one of the most expensive cities in the UK. There will be cheaper alternatives available within other cities and towns in the East of England.

Nightlife in East of England

The East of England has some cities and towns that are notorious for wilder nightlife, such as Chelmsford or Romford in Essex, while Peterborough has a strong student body that gives the city a varied music, theatre and clubbing scene. The region also has the calmer countryside of Bedfordshire that does not have as much in the way of nightlife, but some areas are within striking distance of London for a night out.

Notable Attractions in East of England

Audley End House and Gardens – This historic Jacobean mansion is near Saffron Walden, Essex, and is considered to be one of the finest period houses in England. The house brings history to life through members of staff in period costume acting in various roles and there are also occasional concerts or events.

Kentwell Hall –This stately home in Suffolk is grand is size and décor. It has its own farm and gardens that visitors can explore. It also frequently hosts historical re-enactments from the Tudor period.

West-Stow Anglo-Saxon Village – This village in Suffolk is a reconstruction of how historians imagine Anglo-Saxon settlements to have been, based on extensive research. Event days in the village allow visitors to be transported back through time and see what life would have been like in England for the early Anglo-Saxon settlers.

Norfolk Broads – The Norfolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and used to be a primary mode for transporting goods. Nowadays, the naturally beautiful areas that surround the waterways make it a prime holidaying destination that attracts more than one million visitors per year.

Poppy Line, North Norfolk – This heritage train line runs from Sheringham to Holt, boasting restored train stations in Old-English style and full-sized steam engines. The whole trip is 10.5 miles round and offers picturesque views of the coast and the countryside in a historic setting.

Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary – It’s home to Norfolk’s leading seal sanctuary, but this aquatic wonderland also has otter sanctuary and penguin enclosure - alongside tropical wildlife exhibits - for a truly mesmerising experience.

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich – Christchurch Mansion dates to the Tudor period, but has a collection of restored period rooms spanning the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras.

Holham Hall, Norfolk – Holham Hall is an incredibly grand, private-owned period building that caters for weddings and once hosted an open air concert for Elton John. It also boasts a nature reserve where you can hire boats and also bikes, so there are plenty of activities. Oh, and there’s a beach too!

Pensthorpe Natural Park –This was voted Norfolk’s best tourist attraction in 2014 and 2015. Formerly home to the BBC’s Springwatch, it is a dream location for wildlife enthusiasts and has beautiful postcard-worthy natural areas.

Chilford Hall, Cambridgeshire – Chilford Hall’s vineyard and winery is situated near Cambridge and is one of England’s oldest established vineyards. It is an excellent day out for those who enjoy wine-tasting, tours and tasty food.

Bickling Estate, Norfolk – The Estate has a long history that dates back to the 15th century and is still kept in pristine condition. It has large woodlands, a lake and awe-inspiring gardens.

Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth – The collection of rides and games at the Pleasure Beach make it fun for everyone. On top of this, free entry means it attracts more than one million visitors every year and makes it one of England’s top free attractions.

Lincoln Cathedral - Lincoln Cathedral is an outstanding example of English medieval gothic architecture. Begun in 1185 and completed in 1315, Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world until the mid-16th century. It is also home to one of the four remaining original copies of Magna Carta in existence!

Education institutions in East of England

Anglia Ruskin University
University of Bedfordshire
University of Cambridge
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Cambridge Regional College
University of East Anglia (UEA)
University of Lincoln
University of Essex
University of Hertfordshire
University of Suffolk