Arriving at UEA
Miwa Uno takes us on a tour of the UEA campus
Not everyone will arrive at UEA on the same day. Nearer to your start date, you’ll find a registration, orientation and induction timetable on your Graduate School page. Check it carefully, you don’t want to be late (or early).
Norwich is easily accessible by road, rail, bus and coach. Get Google directions here
UEA is situated on the outskirts of Norwich, around two and a half miles (4km) west of the city centre, just off Earlham Road (B1108) which is one of the main roads out of the city. From London take the M11/A11 north. Just outside Norwich take the A47 towards Swaffham - the University is signposted from the next exit (B1108). If you are driving from the North or the Midlands, take the A47 via King's Lynn, or A14 as far as Newmarket, then the A11 towards Norwich.
If you’re coming by air, the easiest way to get here is to fly to Norwich Airport. There are regular flights from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Manchester and Paris. You can get a connection to Norwich from most cities at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam (KLM, Northwest, Air France). Once you land in Norwich, you’re a 15 minute taxi ride from campus. If you’re flying into London airports (Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted), you can get to Norwich by National Express coaches or by train (see below). Taxis from Gatwick or Heathrow are very expensive – it will usually cost well over £150.
You can get a National Express coach from most UK cities directly to UEA campus. If you want to get the bus from Norwich city centre, you should take the 25 or 26. Catch them at Castle Meadow and St Stephens Street, close to the Bus Station in Norwich city centre. Find bus times, routes and discounted tickets for UEA students at www.firstgroup.com/uea. Bus and coach enquiries (Traveline): (+44) (0) 871 200 2233. National Express enquiries: (+44) (0) 871 781 8181.
If you’re travelling by train, you can usually get a cheaper ticket by booking in advance. You can get to Norwich from London Liverpool Street in under 2 hours. Trains run every 30 minutes. Trains arrive direct from the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland or can be reached via Peterborough. The easiest way to reach UEA from the station is by taxi, which costs less than £10 and takes approximately 15 minutes. Or catch a bus, and see a little more of the neighbourhood. The 25 and 26 run directly from the train station.
Please complete your online registration task before coming to UEA. Registration is completed at an event organised by your Graduate School. There will also be orientation and induction events before you commence your research programme.
Getting into your accommodation
If you have UEA accommodation, unless advised otherwise, you will collect the keys from the Accommodation Office which is located at Nelson Court 0.353. If you need to contact the Accommodation Office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)1603 592092.
Please see I’ve arrived late on campus – what do I do? below.
If you’ve completed online registration you can use your UEA IT account to log on to any PC in the open access areas (there are over 350 computers in the library alone). If you’re living in a UEA residence, you’ll also be able to connect your computer to the free wifi. Get connected with a Mac or Windows device and take a look at our IT department's handy getting started guide.
Take a tour of campus
Optional campus tours are part of the orientation programme organised by your Graduate School.
If you are studying at UEA for more than six months, it is university regulation that register with a doctor.
As soon as you have your full/confirmed campus address, you can register online with the University Medical Centre on campus via www.campusdoctor.co.uk/umsuea.
Further details can be found on the UEA Medical Services website.
If you choose not to use the University Medical Centre, you still need to register with a doctor nearby. Please get in touch with your preferred practice now and find out how to register. And don't forget to give the name and address of your new doctor to the University Medical Centre in case of emergencies.
If you arrive on campus after hours for any reason, please go to the Security Lodge. If you need to collect your accommodation key, bring your accommodation confirmation email or some form of identification confirming your name, such as a bank card or a driving licence.
The Lodge is based on the corner of University Drive and Chancellors Drive and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you wish to speak to a Security Officer, need advice or guidance on parking or have a general enquiry, Lodge staff are happy to help. The Lodge is covered by Lodge Assistants from 7.30am - 7.30pm, Monday to Friday and by Security Officers at all other times.