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25/01/17

From Bathurst to Cambridge - Kieran and his partner did it and so can you, here's his journey and what he'd recommend to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

 

My name is Kieran, I’m 24 years old and hail from the small town of Bathurst in NSW, about 3 hours west of Sydney. I’ve lived in Bathurst my whole life so picking up everything and putting it in a bag and moving overseas was very exciting but daunting at the same time. Saying goodbye to everyone was extremely hard, the fact that I hadn’t ever left my little bubble of comfort made it all the much worse but I knew something like this would be the greatest thing for me.

I had 2 bigger bags and a backpack but if I can give one bit of advice it is to take as little as you can to save moving around so much stuff. My partner and I moved around a lot before we settled in Cambridge. We spent 9 days in New York City and then 6 days in London, we used these 2 destinations as our little holiday before we got into the hustle and bustle of working in Cambridge. Moving all our bags between these places wasn’t the most fun we’ve had, I definitely wish I had brought less but we got through it and loved it all.

Being the type of people my partner and I am, we thought we were right on top of everything and super organised so we had a much more laid back approach to moving to Cambridge, silly us. It turns out landlords here aren’t big fans of couples, we found it very hard to find places fully furnished and also okay with couples that wasn’t too far out of town allowing us to cycle everywhere. We were staying at the YHA hostel in Cambridge (definitely recommend staying here if you’re in Cambridge) we spent most of our time house hunting and setting up viewings. We were really feeling the pressure as we couldn’t set up bank accounts until we had an address, it felt like a vicious cycle that would never work out for us. Never the less, we stayed really positive, even though we wanted to lose it most of the time and it all worked out. We found a great place with everything we needed in a great location, we were able to move in right away which made it even better. That led to us being too able to sort out bank accounts with HSBC and give Protocol the okay for us to start working.

As hard as we thought it was, it all worked out in the end and we now really love Cambridge, it’s so much fun and such a beautiful place. We know we’ve made the right decision.

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