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Everything a student could need

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a self-contained university, where everything you need is in easy reach.

There's a small supermarket, bank and Post Office for the day-to-day essentials, as well as a bookshop, medical centre, and careers office for more specialist services.

And as an INTO student living as part of UEA's dynamic campus community, you'll enjoy all the fantastic study and leisure facilities that the University has to offer.

There's a range of fun clubs and societies to join, including first aid, photography, medicine and music. Plus international societies including Chinese, Malaysian, Korean, Khazakhstani, and many more!

Caleb Ong

Caleb Ong
from Singapore

"The classes in INTO are small and we have many English classes to help develop writing skills, listening skills and even speaking skills."

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Meet Caleb Ong from Singapore, who studied the International Diploma in Business Management and Economics and is hoping to go on and complete a master's.

"The classes in INTO are small and we have many English classes to help develop writing skills, listening skills and even speaking skills. INTO also helped me to familiarise myself with the environment here, which helped me to adapt better in my second year of studies at UEA.

"The most memorable thing at UEA that I will miss is the clubs and societies that I participated in. I've participated in so many clubs and societies and it brings back so many memories. I've met lots of great people and we’ve build great friendships together."

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On-campus and off-campus faith facilities

All students can access UEA's Multifaith Centre which is a spiritual meeting place and community centre on campus. It offers chaplains and services for a number of religions, and provides a safe and quiet space - whatever your beliefs.

Faith groups available on campus
  • Baptist/United Reformed/Free Church
  • Buddhist Community
  • Church of England (Anglican)
  • Coptic Christian
  • Eastern Orthodox Christian
  • Hindu
  • Islamic Community
  • Jewish Community
  • Quakers (Society of Friends)
  • Roman Catholic
Other faiths

Staff will also be happy to help you find local groups for other faiths. In addition to the above, Norwich offers places of worship for:

  • Assemblies of God
  • Christian Science
  • Church of Jesus Christ & Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
  • Elim Pentecostal
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Octagon Unitarian
  • Sabud
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Sikh Temple

The largest indoor university sports centre in the UK

You'll have full access to UEA's university sports facilities, which were ranked fourth in the UK by the The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016.

At the £30 million Sportspark, you can enjoy:

  • a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • an indoor fitness centre with cardio equipment and weight stack machines
  • badminton, squash, basketball and volleyball courts
  • a ten-metre high climbing wall with bouldering cave
  • six floodlit artificial turf pitches
  • the Soccerpark with four five-a-side, and three seven-a-side pitches
  • six floodlit tennis and netball courts
  • 40 acres of playing fields, including pitches for rugby, American football, lacrosse, cricket and baseball

Want to try something new? You can take part in over 60 sports clubs, covering everything from athletics, hockey, and snow sports, through to table tennis, martial arts, and yoga.

Library, IT and specialist facilities at UEA

You'll benefit from extensive IT facilities across campus, all with essential software packages for both PCs and Macs. Staff will be happy to help you develop your IT skills, and to direct you to tutorials and guides for any specific needs you may have.

The University library is only a few minutes' walk from the INTO Study Centre. Open 24/7, it offers access to over 260 computers, as well as over 800,000 volumes of books and journals. You can also take advantage of quiet-reading rooms, group study and seminar rooms, and a helpdesk for any questions.

Specialist learning facilities at UEA include:

  • a media suite
  • a film and TV studio
  • science labs
  • a computer graphics lab
  • an Apple Mac lab
  • a pharmacy dispensary
  • a virtual reality suite
Orientation programme

Orientation programme

In your first week, you’ll take part in an orientation programme to help you settle in and give you all the information you need. You’ll find out more about:

  • Visas and collecting your biometric residency permit
  • Registering with the police
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor and dentist
  • Social activities, clubs and sports

The INTO social programme is also a great way to meet people and make the most of your student experience. You'll be able to take part in activities such as:

  • Chinese New Year celebrations
  • Karaoke, quiz and dance nights
  • Sports activities such as football, netball and frisbee
  • City trips including London, York and Cambridge
  • Excursions to theme parks like Thorpe Park and Harry Potter Studios
Students' Union

Students' Union

You'll automatically become a member of the Students' Union. In Union House, you will find all sorts of facilities run by students, for students, including:

  • UNIO – an ethically-focused coffee shop
  • bar SU – two bars which host regular student events
  • Scholars – a relaxed cafe bar with regular music and quiz events

A menu to suit all tastes

You’ll eat in INTO's fantastic restaurant, conveniently located in the INTO Study Centre just minutes from class and your student residence.

Here we cook fresh local produce to meet all tastes. The restaurant caters for a range of dietary requirements, including vegetarian and halal options at every meal.

Take a look at some of the delicious meals you’ll be able to choose from:

  • Spiced butternut squash soup
  • Red Thai chicken curry (halal)
  • Beef and root vegetable casserole
  • Lamb kofta balls coated in a rich tomato sauce
  • Vegetable frittata
  • Egg fried rice
  • Sweet chilli vegetables noodles
  • Fresh fruit and mixed salads

The restaurant is open seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Hot meals are served three times a day, with tea, coffee, and snacks available all day.

You can also sign-up to our great value meal plan that includes breakfast plus either lunch or dinner.

Food on the University of East Anglia campus

You can enjoy twelve unique food and drink outlets spread out across the UEA campus.

Each cafe and restaurant offers something different - from chatting with friends over a barista coffee, to savouring hearty homemade soups, or grabbing a freshly-made sandwich or cake.

For more details on eating at UEA, including opening times, please visit https://portal.uea.ac.uk/campus-kitchen/cafes-and-restaurants.

Past UEA graduates

The University offers many benefits to its alumni, including access to the CareerCentral service to help further the employment of students.

Past UEA graduates

UEA students have gone on to work for many major companies, including:

  • Apple
  • Aviva
  • BBC
  • British Airways
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • British Medical Journal
  • Christian Aid
  • English Heritage
  • European Parliament
  • European Union
  • IBM
  • ITV
  • Medical Research Council
  • Microsoft
  • NATO
  • O2
  • Royal Navy
  • RSPB
  • The Guardian
  • The Times
  • United Nations
  • V&A Museum
  • Virgin

Three UEA graduates have won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction, and Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine winner Sir Paul Nurse studied for his PhD at the University of East Anglia.

Other notable alumini include:

  • Gurinder Chadha (director of 'Bend it Like Beckham' and 'Bride and Prejudice')
  • Tracy Chevalier (author of 'Girl With a Pearl Earring')
  • Karen Jones (co-founder of Café Rouge)
  • King Tupou VI (the current King of Tonga)
  • a number of politicians serving countries across the globe
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