Discover Norwich as a Postgraduate Researcher

Here's some tips on what to bring, living with your new flatmates, and some practical items on living on campus.


Our general advice when packing would be to think of your stay in residences as an extended trip, and don't bring too much! Storage space is limited, both in your room and in the kitchen. Try not to bring expensive items, especially if you're going to store them in the kitchen.

Packing List: 


There are four launderettes on campus for you to use. There is one at the heart of campus on The Street, one at The Village accommodation, one at the Medical Centre and one at Hickling and Barton accommodation. 
All of our launderettes use the Circuit Managed Laundry Systems and other unis use this company too. You will need to get a laundry card and then you can top this card up to pay for your washes and drying, there are prices depending on which type of wash and/or drying you wish to do. The best advice is pop into your nearest launderette on campus, purchase your card and plan around the prices stated when you visit.

If you are living on campus, you will collect your post from the Post Room, which is located under the Arts Building and open Monday to Friday 10.00-16.30. Make sure to bring your campus card. 

For more and help with your campus address visit here

Visit the Post Room online or contact them by

Good Communication 

Having a good open line of communication with your flat/house mates makes life a whole lot easier. So when you need to discuss something about the flat/house or their behaviour it will not be difficult. It can also help when you need to talk to someone about something. 

Before you move in or just after, have a meeting to discuss rules, everyone’s likes, dislikes and expectations, how you will handle when problems, issues or disagreements arise, how to avoid confrontations and social rules. 

Talk about meals and food, shopping, rent and bills, shower schedules, cleaning and other household responsibilities. Have monthly meetings as a house/flat to talk about any issues. It will also be a great way to plan other activities and bond as a group. 

Most important, make sure you are open to communicating with others. Listen to others and also talk to them if there is a problem. Often talking about a problem early on before it becomes a big deal will save you a lot of stress. 

Be Responsible 

Respect others and shared space. If you made a mess, make sure you clean it up. Even if it is the next day. Make sure it is clean, and let others know you will clean it up tomorrow. Being respectful of others is key to living together happily. Whether it is noise and music, having people other, eating other’s food, or doing your turn to clean. If you do what you are responsible for, others are more likely to be responsible too. 

Here are a few tips to help 

  • Have a cleaning rota. If someone does not do their turn, have a penalty like cooking a meal for everyone. 

  • When someone does not do their fair share of washing up, try doing just yours and if it is still there after 24 hrs, ask them nicely to wash their dishes. 

  • Do not make a lot of noise late at night or early in the morning so you do not disturb the others living with you. 

  • Arrange group activities such as house/flat meals, film nights or nights out together. 

  • Respect your house/flat mates’ life choices. You may have the right to challenge them on their living habits but not on their beliefs or sexuality. 

  • Respect others’ privacy. Always knock before entering their rooms and do not interfere in their personal lives. 

  • If you are living in the private rented sector, set up a joint account from which bill can be paid from. Then have all housemates set up a standing order or transfer into this account so it is not one person’s responsibility to collect money for the bills. 

Health and safety are important to all of us at the UEA. Whether it's about staying safe at night, or making sure you keep your body active, we would like to help you get the best out of your time here.

If you are studying at UEA for more than six months, you need to register with a doctor. The University Medical Centre on campus require you to fill out a registration form and health questionnaire - both of which can be found on their website along with a helpful checklist on the ‘what to bring with you' tab. 

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. 

UEA Medical Services 

Nightline (8pm-8am term time and exam period) 

Confidential. Anonymous. Supportive. Whatever is on your mind, talk to Nightline. 

Nightline is run for students, by students, and you can talk to us about anything you like. Often people feel that what they’re experiencing isn’t serious or important enough to talk to someone about, but Nightline is here for you no matter what is going on. If it’s on your mind, we want to hear about it. We are a confidential and anonymous organisation so whatever you tell us stays within the organisation.  

Phone: 01603 597158 


Text: 07794924366 

Email - 

Drop-in: We are located in the Student Support Centre. Use the side door at the end of the building and ring the doorbell. 

Skype - norwichnightline 



The University is committed to providing a safe environment to all students, staff and visitors. The University promises to thoroughly investigate all reports of inappropriate behaviour and conduct, and will implement recommendations and/or actions in line with the disciplinary policy, equality and diversity policies, and contracts of employment.  

The University has zero tolerance towards: 

  • Sexual Assault and Harassment. Unwelcome sexual advances, verbal, written or physical contact without consent.  

  • Hate Incidents. Physical or verbal abuse towards a person or property based on the individual's real or perceived race, religion, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 

  • Relationship/ Domestic Abuse. Emotional or physical behaviour by a person in a relationship to control another. 

  • Bullying and Harassment. Any unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended.   

  • 'Honour' Based Abuse , FGM, Forced Marriages.  Enforced activities, including marriage, female genital mutilation or violence against women.  

Consent matters video:  

Personal Safety is important to us. Generally Norwich is a safe city, but as with any city it is important that you are aware of the potential for crime and take your personal safety seriously. 

Keeping safe both on and off campus 

Useful telephone numbers:  

  • Norfolk Police (non-emergency) - 101  
  • UEA Security (open 24 hours a day) - 01603 592352  
  • Emergency numbers: Police, Fire & Ambulance - 999  
  • UEA Security Emergency - 01603 592222

The UEA plays host to the £30 million Sportspark, the biggest indoor sports centre in Britain. It features the tallest indoor climbing wall, state of the art Olympic sized swimming pool, athletics track and gym, as well as an extensive range of activities including yoga and archery. 

If you are a full-time student, you can apply for an educational membership for as little as £10 a year.  

For more information, consult the Sportspark’s membership page.