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Top Reasons to Attend University in Norwich

  • Population 133,000
  • Student population 15,000

In medieval times Norwich was one of the greatest cities in England, and today the regional administrative centre and county town of Norfolk offers a blend of historic interest and modern sophistication. An ancient, walled city boasting thirty-two medieval churches, a cathedral and a Norman castle, Norwich offers much for the tourist but plenty, too, for the student. Norwich is a safe place to live with hundreds of student-friendly pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Some of the best universities in Norwich

Getting around

Norwich is easily reached by road, rail and air nationally and internationally.

  • By car – major trunk roads to the Norwich area are the M11, A11, A12, A140 (from London, the south, the ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel) and the A14, A47, A1/M1 (from the north and west).
  • By train – fromLondon direct trains take approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes and run every 30 minutes to and from London’s Liverpool St Station. Norwich Railway Station is located in central Norwich, a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
  • By air – Norwich International Airport offers domestic routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Exeter, Jersey and Manchester. Norwich/Amsterdam allows to you to then fly on to 400 international destinations.
  • By coach – National Express coaches travel to Norwich from London and other major cities several times daily. The London to Norwich journey time is around 3 hours. All coaches stop at Norwich’s Bus Station at Surrey Street. The bus station houses an information desk, café, secure cycle storage and comfortable waiting facilities.
  • By bus – a good local network covers Norwich. Check with Traveline (0870 60 82 608) for up to date timetables. A variety of tickets can be bought on the bus or at the Bus Station in Surrey Street. In Norwich many local buses stop in Castle Meadow.
  • By bike – the Norwich area is on the National Cycle Network, Hull to Harwich route and the North Sea Cycle Route.

Attractions for students


  • Norwich City is the main football club, owned by celebrity chef, Delia Smith.  There are many sports opportunities.  UEA has a renowned Sportspark for its students.  Norwich also offers BMX, skateboarding and all the usual outdoor pitches and courts, leisure centre, swimming pools as well as leisurely walks in the parks and gardens.

Culture and nightlife

  • Museums and Galleries include Norwich Castle Museum and GalleryandThe Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  The Bridewell, once a prison for women and beggars, is now home to a collection of historic objects and machinery revealing how Norwich people earned their living.
  • The Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse host major productions and the Red Card Club and Comedy Store in the Forum, provide alternatives.  Norwich Arts Centre plays host to live music.  Cinema City shows the independent, art house movies.  Other cinemas in Norwich include Odean at Riverside, Vue at The Castle Mall and Hollywood in Anglia Square.
  • A wide range of restaurants, pubs and bars allows for a flourishing nightlife.


  • High street stores, designer brands, independent shops and unusual gifts are all on offer in the city. Outside of London’s Oxford Street, Norwich is the only place in the UK to have four national department stores as well as a local independent department store, Jarrold, within its city centre.
  • Norwich houses two shopping centres, The Mall, Norwich, and the newly built Chapelfield.

Proximity to city centre

  • University of East Anglia – campus is a 15 minute bus ride from Norwich city centre.
  • Norwich University College of the Arts – campus around St George’s St in the city centre.

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For further information

Web Email Phone
  • 01603 213999 or 00 44 1603 213999
  • Norwich Tourist Information Centre
    The Forum
    Millennium Plain

Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

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