A bustling, historical city, with the coast and countryside only a stone's throw away, laid-back Norwich offers the best of both worlds.
Norfolk's man-made broads offer 125 miles of lock-free waterways to float your boat down.
City life – second year student, Norwich University of The Arts
Everything you might want is around – many cafes, bars, bookshops, the city library, as well as many green spaces.
Norwich City F.C are nicknamed The Canaries after the local pastime of canary rearing.
Nightlife – first year Norwich University of The Arts student
Propaganda at The Waterfront (only £4!!) and the Playhouse bar are my favourites.
England's first UNESCO City of Literature
One of only 11 such cities in the world, Norwich has been host to a lot of literary history, from recent Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, to Julian of Norwich – the first woman known to have published a book in the English language, sometime in the 14th century!
Student life in Norwich
Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Have a rummage through the vintage shops down Norwich Lanes
Low on cash
The magnificent Norwich Cathedral has free entry and regular free tours.
Enjoy cheap drinks and live music at The Waterfront.
Cure hangovers with bacon 'n 'brie toasties at Timberhill Bakery.
When family visit
Take a picnic to the beautiful Plantation Gardens.
Check out the National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall, who host literary events the year round.
Norwich Castle Museum
Built for William the Conqueror around the year 1070, used as a prison for 500 years, and a museum and art gallery since 1894, this is a vital destination for any local.
Nightlife – second year Norwich University of The Arts student
Waterfront plays alternative indie, punk rock and rock music and the atmosphere is very relaxed. It's a bit grotty and grimy but I mean that lovingly!
More than just the offices for the local branch of the BBC, The Forum is a common meeting place for students – just watch out for the skateboarders!
Living in Norwich – third year student at Norwich University
Golden triangle area is by far the cheapest place for students.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
How many universities can boast an on-site museum and art gallery? The University of East Anglia can, which is where you'll be travelling to if you want to check out the collection on display here.
Living in Norwich – second year student at Norwich University
I started looking in May for accommodation in August, which is a good time to start looking because there is plenty of time to see lots of places and find what you really want. It's difficult to find a place under £700 a month, but it is achievable. Don't leave it too late to look.
Get some fresh air and explore the formal rose gardens, or if you're feeling a bit more whimsical, have a round or two of crazy golf.
Living in Norwich
Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.
Where you'll find students*
- Earlham Road
- Golden Triangle
- Dereham Road
*Average mean rents via Spareroom.co.uk (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.
Student money tips
Norwich is easy to cycle through or walk so buses and other transport isn't needed unless lots of work is being carried to uni.
The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.
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