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A guide to living and working in Colchester


Matt Darvill Blog, Lifestyle, Career Advice...

Colchester is a historic market town, with close proximity to the capital and the coast. Colchester has existed in the same site since the Bronze Age, and has laid claim to being Britain’s oldest town. For a time it was the Roman capital of Britain, with the sites of amphitheatres and chariot racing tracks being found in the town.

A major landmark that still stands is Colchester Castle, a largely complete Norman castle from 1100 AD. The Castle Park hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and provides a green space to walk around in the centre of town. Staying with the town’s history, the Hollytrees museum exhibits local artefacts, and is free to enter.

The Red Lion Yard Shopping Centre is in the middle of the town, and hosts all the established high street brands. The surrounding streets are home to a variety of independent stores, so there is something for everyone. There are loads of independent and chain restaurants in the centre, so you will never be short of choice.

There is a Cinema, indoor rollerblading centre and family swimming centre conveniently located in the town, if you fancy something outside of the history. In terms of sport, the local football team, Colchester United, are an established football league club.

Our Branch

We’re located right in the town centre, within the Red Lion Yard Shopping Centre, just a 5-minute walk from the Colchester Town train station.

Ambitions Personnel
6 Red Lion Yard
Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Tel: 01206 560523

Ambitions Personnel Jobs in Colchester

Job opportunities in Colchester and the surrounding area are very varied. From temporary roles in Factory, Warehousing and Driving amongst others, to permanent opportunities in a whole range of industries including Engineering, Sales and Production.

The average starting salary for an admin role in the area is well above the national average, sitting between £18-£22k per year.

Getting Around

Colchester is only 45 minutes away from London by train, and with two stations in the town it’s easy to get anywhere. The A12 runs on the outskirts of the town, and can take you to London by car. Buses and Coaches run to Clacton, Ipswich, Chelmsford and Cambridge. The coast is only 15 miles away, so a day beside the seaside is always an option.

House Prices / Rent

2 Bedroom properties are available from around £130,000, and the average rent is around £700 per month for a 2 bed house/flat. The rental price is mainly due to the proximity to London, but with salaries above the national average as well, the cost of living is in line with much of the UK.