Living in Norwich
Voted one of the best places to live in the UK (The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021), Norwich is the UK’s best kept secret.
Norwich combines all the best elements of a big city with the friendliness of a smaller town. It brings together the old and the new, celebrating diversity and championing creativity – making it a great place to be an international student.
Why students love Norwich
Exploring Norwich and beyond
This public building hosts amazing free events and activities all year-round.
In Norwich, you’ll surely find a career you love. From health sciences and finance to energy engineering and IT, you’ll get valuable experience in this city. Plus, you’ll be provided career support and opportunities to explore your career path, so you’re ready to land your dream job after graduation.
You can enjoy a world of cuisines in Norwich. If you fancy dining out, you'll find restaurants serving everything from French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Thai and Indian meals to American and British food. There's no need to worry if you have a special dietary requirement – many places have vegetarian, vegan and halal options.
If you want to eat on campus, there are lots of supermarkets nearby to pick up your groceries. Sometimes specialist ingredients are needed to make meals from home, but you won't have a problem sourcing them. In Norwich, you'll find several Chinese and Asian supermarkets, an international food store and health food stores.
The cost of living in Norwich is 35% more affordable than London (Numbeo 2022). This is an inexpensive place to live if you're good at budgeting and find the right places to shop. To help you plan your expenses, here’s a sample of estimated budget (for illustrative purposes only):
Transport (single journey)
Eating out (inexpensive meal)
Weekly grocery shop
University accommodation (weekly)
Sources include Numbeo.com 2023
* Save even more when you buy discounted bus tickets exclusively for INTO UEA and UEA students; get unlimited travel around Norwich for just £1.16 per day with the UEA Annual Norwich pass
** Based on weekly cost for a comparable university in London
If you've chosen an accommodation option with a Meal Plan, your estimated monthly food budget will be much lower.
Norwich is easy to get around on foot or bicycle, but there’s also a frequent bus service that will take you around the city. UEA and INTO UEA students are eligible for a discounted bus pass that makes public transport even more affordable.
If you are eager to explore the rest of the UK and Europe, Norwich has great transport links. Fly to Edinburgh or Amsterdam from its international airport or get the train to Cromer Beach (1 hour), Cambridge (1 hour and 20 minutes) or London (under 2 hours).
There's a wealth of fun activities for students to do while living in Norwich. You’ll discover:
Live music venues – you'll find top music acts performing at The Waterfront, run by the UEA Students' Union.
Museums – explore Norwich’s best exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Museum of Norwich, Stranger’s Hall and more.
Historic tours – discover ‘The Norwich 12’ – a list of buildings of historical importance in Norwich, by taking a tour through the city.
Games – challenge friends to ten-pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl or a unique game of basketball at the High Altitude Trampoline Park.
Cinemas and theaters – Norwich is home to four cinemas and six theaters showing blockbuster films and must-see shows all year round.
Discover more things to do in Norwich here.
If you’re a football fan, you can watch Norwich City Football Club matches at Carrow Road stadium. If you prefer playing sport, you can play just about any sport in UEA's Sportspark, including:
general fitness activities like swimming and working out in the gym
indoor activities like rock climbing, squash, badminton and martial arts
outdoor activities like athletics, football, hockey and tennis.
For fans of watersports, you’ll never be more than an hour from the coast. You can enjoy miles of sandy beaches and all forms of watersports, from water skiing and windsurfing to paddleboarding and rowing. You'll also find an outdoor watersports center and a dry ski slope to practice skiing, snowboarding and tubing within a few miles of the university.