Chelmsford is a lovely city with a Uni and a College, that gives you a Safe feeling. The main reason I decided to live here instead of London was that it’s basically cheaper. As long as you live close to city centre (I live next to the train station) you can walk anywhere and you don’t have to use public transportation all the time. The best part is that you only take about half an hour to get into London, it’s a really good solution for people working in London. My Flatmate commutes to London for work daily and she’s really happy with it. There are busses specifically for going to Stansted airport which only takes 35 Minutes and costs £10 for one way and £15 for return. With the same bus it’s possible to travel to Southend. Shopping in Chelmsford is really nice, the high street is lovely and offers a wide range of shops. There are 2 shopping centres on the high street and a few retail parks around the city. Eating out in the city isn’t a problem either because there are so many different options to go. On Bond Street, which is right next to the High Street, are many different restaurants and offers a lot for any taste. But also around the city there are different options from pizza to kebab, from Asian to Italian to Turkish. For nights out there are also some nice options as there are 2 very nice and we’ll known pubs in the city Centre. The Golden Fleece is a very lovely one with a Beer Garden in the Backyard. They serve nice food and great drinks. Another popular one is The ship public house which also offers accommodation for a reasonable price. All in all it’s definitely a nice city to live in with the possibility to travel into London quickly (or anywhere in Essex). It’s a safe area with a lot of shopping opportunities and some for going out.