Student life in Norwich

Norwich is a fine city. Unique shopping experiences, vibrant nightlife, rich cultural community: Norwich has it all.

Voted in 2014 as one of Britain's top 10 best cities, located between picturesque coastal landscapes and a wealth of countryside, Norwich is a surprisingly bustling city. Always a good place for a night out, the city offers a variety of good-value restaurants, stylish cafe bars, theatres, nightclubs and festivals.

It doesn’t take long to take a bus into the city (check out for bus times and discount tickets), or get on your bike:



Grosveonr Fish Bar - Photo:

The people of Norwich love eating out! A firm favourite is the Grosvenor Fish Bar in the Norwich Lanes and Vegan restaurants include The Tipsy Vegan in the Norwich Lanes.


The saying goes that there is a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day. Favourites include Playhouse, Birdcage, The Wallow, The Plough, The Fat Cat (two-time winner of the Camra National Pub of the Year), Gonzo's Tea Room and the famous Frank’s Bar.  

Norwich has a lot going on with a vibrant cultural community. Here are some highlights:

Norwich Science Festival 

This fantastic event is held in the autumn, and encourages everyone (not just for students in the Faculty of Science!) to engage their curiosity and expand their knowledge. Find out more

UEA Spring and Autumn Literary Festivals 

The University of East Anglia's (UEA) first literary festival took place in 1991 and since then has welcomed a host of award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators, scientists, economists, broadcasters and more. Find out more

Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Unmissable performance, music, literature, art and free outdoor events in May. Find out more.

Norwich Beer Festival 

The Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) organise autumn and winter beer festivals: Find out more

In 2015 Norwich hosted Radio One’s Big Weekend; performers included Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Snoop Dogg (who sported a Norwich City football shirt). Whilst it was exciting to welcome some of the world’s biggest artists to campus, we’re even prouder of our city venues and the growing music scene.

  1. Norwich Arts Centre

    2015 NME best small venue, Norwich Arts Centre is firmly established in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community as the leading contemporary arts venue. Delivering a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art and spoken word, there is always something guaranteed to entertain and ignite creativity! 
    See what's on here.

  2. The Waterfront

    Run by the UEA Students Union, this live music and alternative nightclub in Norwich city centre is a music-lovers place to be. See what's on here.


  3. The Nick Rayns LCR

    Located in the heart of campus, this beloved venue is named after the former UEA entertainments manager, Nick Rayns, who for decades brought incredible events to campus and the waterfront. Dating back over 30 years, the LCR has played host to an array of excellent artists: U2, Kasabian, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden, Coldplay, Stormzy, Blossoms and Busted to name a few. See what's on here.

  4. Open

    The former Barclays Bank in the city centre has been converted into a not-for-profit gig venue with a growing reputation in hosting folk and jazz events. See what's on here.


  5. UEA Music Centre

    UEA Music Centre is open to everyone, no matter what degree programme you are studying or how much experience you have. This excellent facility offers a focal point for music on campus, in the City of Norwich and in the wider community. Staffed by a dedicated Director of Music and Music Administrator, the Music Centre provides a vibrant meeting place for musicians, runs UEA’s flourishing choir and orchestra, hosts practice and rehearsal spaces and is open to all.
    See what's on here.

If you’re hoping to get active when you arrive at UEA, you should think about joining one of the UEA sports clubs and take advantage of student membership at the UEA sportspark. Here are some other sporting highlights on offer in Norwich: 

  1. Norwich Park Run

    Norwich has two parkruns to take part in at 9am every Saturday. Located in Eaton Park and Colney Lane, both of which are very close to campus, the events are free, fun, and allow you to start off the weekend right with a friendly 5K run! Find out more

  2. Norfolk Snowsports

    Dry slope Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing for beginners and improvers on the outskirts of Norwich. Find out more

  3. Norwich City FC

    Carrow Road—home of Premier League competitorsThe Canaries—is often sold out and has an incredible atmosphere. Don’t forget to learn ‘On the Ball, City’ before you go! Find out more

  4. Sportspark

    UEA is home to the Sportspark, the UK's largest community sports venue, offering top-class sports facilities including: an Olympic size pool, twelve badminton courts, an eight-lane athletics track, six floodlit hockey and soccer pitches, a state-of-the-art gym and a large climbing wall! All of this, and more, all on your campus. Find out more

Once you’ve found your way around Norwich, you might like to catch a bus, train or bike (if you’re feeling energetic) to visit the rest of our beautiful county. You could try boating on the Broads, build a sandcastle on one of our unspoilt beaches, or swing through the trees of Thetford Forest

Visit Norfolk 

Here is a comprehensive website featuring all Norfolk attractions.



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