After the Christmas holidays in your first year, you should start thinking about securing accommodation for your second year. The Union of UEA students Home Run service has a housing event around this time every year and it is an ideal starting point for your search. Most students will have to find private accommodation for themselves, and living in a student house in Norwich is one of the defining experiences for UEA students.
The most popular area for students is affectionately known as the Golden Triangle, which encompasses Earlham Road, Unthank Road, and Colman Road (but also unofficially Dereham Road). Properties in this area benefit from great bus links, and residents can enjoy local pubs, shops and takeaways. The golden triangle is within walking distance of both the university and the city.
There are several important differences between accommodation in the private sector and living in student residences:
- Most rooms are in houses which share bathroom facilities, although you will find some en suite options.
- Utilities are not usually included in the rent, and residents are responsible for dealing with utility providers. Some bed-sits and rooms with resident landlords come inclusive of utilities.
- You will have a different type of contract, a tenancy agreement. The minimum length of the tenancy agreement will be 6 months but 10, 11 or 12 month agreements are most common for student accommodation. When you sign a contract, there will probably be some initial costs such as agency fees (unless you use Home Run) and you will likely have to pay a deposit or provide a guarantor.