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Living in Norwich

Norwich combines a rich heritage and history with an exciting and contemporary atmosphere. 1,500 historic buildings, including the 900-year-old cathedral and Norman castle, share the city with modern developments such as The Forum, Norwich’s state-of-the-art central library and media centre.

Norwich is a thriving cultural centre with a number of galleries, museums, theatres and events, including the oldest international arts festival in the UK. One of the top 10 shopping centres in the UK, Norwich is a major regional focus for business and commerce. It is a city with a warm and welcoming attitude to its student population.

Beyond the city limits, the county of Norfolk’s great houses and medieval villages provide their own historical and architectural interest. Norfolk enjoys a tranquil coastline strewn with beaches and small fishing communities. The world famous Norfolk Broads National Park comprises a network of lakes and rivers stretching 200km.

Student Experience at NUA

Watch a film about the student experience at NUA, featuring some of our student’s favourite locations and sights in Norwich City including galleries, the independent collective ‘Norwich Lanes’ and the beautiful Norfolk coastline.



One of the top 10 shopping centres in the UK, Norwich is a major regional focus for business and commerce, including the country’s largest permanent six-day market.

Sheep at the Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival

This summer will mark the eighth edition of Latitude, the UK’s favourite award-winning multi-arts festival which takes place at Henham Park in Suffolk from 18th -21st July. Bloc Party, German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk (performing their highly celebrated 3-D concert) and Foals headline the 2013 event. Rudimental will be bringing their energetic mix of beats to the stage, with other special appearances from Bobby Womack, Calexico, CocoRosie, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Mark Lanegan Band, Japandroids and Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt. Latitude also offers an unrivalled selection of innovative arts programming, with eleven dedicated arts spaces offering comedy, film, dance, theatre, literature, poetry and cabaret. Eddie Izzard has recently been announced as special guest, adding to Latitude’s star-studded Comedy line-up. Other comedy highlights include Daniel Kitson who will bring six performances spread over four different shows, Sean Lock, Russell Kane, Dylan Moran, Seann Walsh, Tim Key, Lee Nelson and BFI presents Adam Buxton’s Bug. Other art highlights include British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the legendary Germaine Greer, Duckie in the Cabaret Arena and dramatic performances including the National Theatre Wales’ and Neon Neon Praxis Make Perfect. For a full list of artists appearing and the full list of national and regional ticketing outlets please visit the Latitude website.

Norwich Cathedral


The City of Norwich combines a rich heritage and history with an exciting and contemporary atmosphere.

Live performance art


Consistently rated as one of the safest and ‘greenest’ cities in the UK, Norwich is alive with the creative arts.

“Norwich is a thriving, living city, a contemporary place, which has consistently moved ahead in its own distinctive, radical and independent way.”

Stephen Fry
TV personality

“Once you get to know Norfolk, there is no better place to live.”

John Timpson
Journalist and radio presenter

Jake Bugg performing in Norwich


Norwich has a welcoming and warm attitude to its student population, you’ll find the city a safe place to live with hundreds of student-friendly pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and bars to keep you entertained when you’re not studying.

Students eating ice lollies at the beack


Contrasting the energy of the city you’ll be spoilt for choice of stimulating natural places to go beyond the city limits. The county of Norfolk enjoys a tranquil coastline strewn with deserted beaches and small fishing communities.

Norwich City player Alexander Tetter beats Manchester United's Robin van Persie to the ball


Norwich is a sporting city with excellent facilities provided including a large number of gyms and sports fields. Whether you’re interested in participating or watching Norwich provides a variety of opportunities from grassroots level all the way up to the highest tier of professional sports.