Life In Britain’s First City: 7 Reasons To Move To Colchester
9th August 2019

Life In Britain’s First City: 7 Reasons To Move To Colchester

If you’re considering a move to Colchester there has never been a better time.

Boasting strong commuter credentials, world class art galleries and charming old rustic pubs serving up gastro delights, the list of reasons to move to Colchester is endless.

With a spate of exciting new developments underway this cathartic cathedral city should be top of your relocation list. Here’s why..

Cheaper than London

To state the obvious: the cost of living in Colchester is substantially cheaper than London.

But do you know just how much you could save?

According to the cost of living comparison tool, Numbeo rent for a one-bedroom apartment is approximately 58% cheaper. The average rental value of £712.

It’s easier to get around as well. A monthly transport pass will cost just £63 compared to the average £150 paid in London.

Thriving cultural and arts scene

Colchester is home to a burgeoning cultural and arts movement that is encapsulating every square inch of this charming, characterful place.

There’s the Firstsite art gallery, the Colchester Arts Centre and its new Curzon cinema to name a few.

If you want to enjoy a spot of independent shopping the Bazaar at Firstsite is a monthly market showcasing some of the finest arts, crafts and street food traders in Essex.


Removals ColchesterDon’t let the hip new student crowd piling into Nandos fool you, this town has a rich history to explore.

Colchester lays claim to being the oldest town in Britain. It has a diverse history spanning almost 2,000 years, including Roman conquests.

Colchester Castle is the standout attraction as the largest Norman keep in Europe. It’s also one of England’s most significant heritage sites.

Amazing attractions

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Colchester is home to an enviable range of attractions which provide a wide selection of things to do.

Colchester zoo is listed in the top 2 zoos in the UK and the 11th best globally. It is also home to many rare and endangered species and stages late-night meet and greets.

But the real star attraction is the jumbo Victorian water tower, the town’s answer to the Eiffel tower.

It recently been subject to a multi-million-pound revitalisation. You can now even enjoy a fresh beer at the top.

And as one local councillor remarked “Who wouldn’t want to have a beer in the sky?”.

Enjoy the stunning Essex countryside

Whether you’re moving from the monotone greyness of London or not, the green pastures of the postcard picturesque Colchester countryside is likely to be a welcome development.

The Borough of Colchester stretches well beyond the town itself, encompassing 135 square miles of coast and countryside.

Day trips to the seaside at Mersea Island are a popular affair. It’s a great place to sample the local wine or go for a paddle.

Real Foodies Haven

Foodies will rejoice at the plethora of food options available. These range from budget dining to world class Michelin star restaurants.

Romans are believed to have loved the town for its oysters and let’s face it if there’s one ample justification for an invasion it’s good seafood.

If fish is not your vibe there’s a ton of chic, rustic old pubs to quench your thirst and a regular farmer’s market showcasing the best local produce.

For more reasons to love Colchester read this entry from Essex Life.

Commuting credentials

The only way to commute is from Essex.

Or so says the Daily Mail after it reported earlier this year that the best value place to live and travel to the capital for work was yes you guessed it… Colchester.

The rail commute between Colchester and London Liverpool Street station takes just 49 minutes and season tickets are more competitive than many other Essex towns.

New developments for sale

The average house price stands at £320,163 according to property market analysts Zoopla with prices falling £6,453 (2%) on average over the last year.

This is substantially cheaper than the average house price in London which stands at £647,488 on average and is less expensive than the average for the county of Essex which stands at £370,054 as of July 2019.

What’s more there are a spate of new housing developments springing up courtesy of Bellway Homes and Taylor Wimpey offering everything from 3-bedroom terrace town houses perfect for young professionals to substantial detached homes close to good local schools for families.

How can I move to Colchester?

Moving to Colchester is made an easy task when you choose to move with GoodMove Moving & Storage.

Having been based on our current site in Great Horkseley in Colchester for nearly 25 years we have built up an enviable reputation locally for providing a first-class home removals service.

We take great pride in ensuring everything runs smoothly and seamlessly, helping you to settle in your new home right away.

As such in addition to our competitively priced removals package we can also offer additional services such as temporary or long-term storage facilities should you require them.

We cover all areas of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and our friendly estimators can call round at a time convenient to you and strategically plan your move to perfection.

To find out more about how we could get your dream move to Colchester or any other location underway don’t hesitate to call us on the number listed above.

Alternatively, fill out a quick quote form and a member of our customer services team will be in touch shortly.