Life in Ipswich
Life in Ipswich
Welcome to Ipswich. We know you are going to love living in Ipswich and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Ipswich a good place to live?
Yes, Ipswich is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Ipswich will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Ipswich
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Ipswich, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Ipswich. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Ipswich and want to find a job in Ipswich we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Ipswich for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
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Ipswich is a port town and borough in Suffolk, England, of which it is the county town. The town is located in East Anglia about 16km (10mi) away from the mouth of the River Orwell and the North Sea. Ipswich is both on the Great Eastern Main Line railway and the A12 road; it is 108km (67mi) north-east of London, 72km (45mi) east-southeast of Cambridge and 64km (40mi) south of Norwich. Ipswich is surrounded by two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale.
Ipswich’s modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, probably taken either from an Anglo-Saxon personal name or from an earlier name given to the Orwell Estuary (although unrelated to the name of the River Gipping). It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and is contested to be one of the oldest towns in the United Kingdom. Ipswich was a settlement of great economic importance to England throughout its history, particularly in trade. The town’s historical dock, present-day Ipswich Waterfront, was known as the largest and most important dock in the kingdom. In terms of its population, Ipswich is also the third-largest settlement in East Anglia (after Norwich and Peterborough)
Ipswich’s urban development overspills from the boundary of the town and borough significantly, with 75% of the town’s population living within the borough at the time of the 2011 Census, when it was the fourth-largest urban area in the United Kingdom’s East of England region, and the 42nd-largest urban area in England and Wales. In 2011, the town of Ipswich was found to have a population of 133,384, while the Ipswich Built-up area was estimated to have a population of 178,835 which extends from the town of Ipswich to Kesgrave, Woodbridge, Bramford and Martlesham Heath.
The town is divided into various quarters, with central and the waterfront drawing the most footfall. Central is home to the town’s retail shopping and the historic town square, the Cornhill. The waterfront is located south of the town centre on the bend of the River Orwell and is a picturesque setting housing the town’s impressive marina. The waterfront was historically an industrial port but has since been transformed into a trendy area lined with high-rise apartment buildings, restaurants, bars and cafés. The waterfront is also home to one of the UK’s newest universities, the University of Suffolk, which was formed in 2016.
Ipswich has become a tourist hotspot in the UK with 3.5 million people reported to have visited the county town in 2016. In 2020, Ipswich was ranked as an emerging global tourist destination by TripAdvisor. Ipswich was voted as the 7th most desirable place to live and work in England by the Royal Mail in 2017. In 2007, Ipswich was awarded the cleanest town award and, in 2015, Ipswich was rated as the third happiest place to live in the UK.
Hotels and Accommodation in Ipswich
There are all types of accommodation available in Ipswich. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Ipswich is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
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Doctors and Medical clinics in Ipswich
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
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