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People and Places

People and Places

Your University city becomes a second home and its not long before familiar faces become friends. BA (Hons) Photography student Poppy West tells us about the places and faces that have become part of her everyday student experience.

Being from a small town in Essex, coming to NUA to study photography was a very exciting experience as there is so much going on in the city of Norwich. Now in my third year there are a few places that have become a big part of my day within the city that I now consider my home!

Starting my day with Café Pure is quite a new addition to my routine as its only been open a little while but is a great place to grab a quick coffee or snack before heading to uni as its only just a few yards from NUA’s Guntons building and St Georges. The staff members are always friendly and offer a great student discount.

Cafe Pure

Just across from the café is the Playhouse, which is probably my favorite place to hang out as the coffee and tea is cheap and there is always something to look at, whether it’s a new addition to the quirky décor or an exhibition in one of the spaces. The Playhouse is also a theater that puts on a range of plays, performance and stand up comedy acts.

The Playhouse Bar

"The Fine Art studios around the university are one of the most interesting spaces to go and look around. Weather its to find someone to collaborate with or as a way to get inspiration, I guarantee you will find it!"

Poppy West, BA (Hons) Photography

Mike and Fergus are the NUA photography technicians that can be found in the East Garth building. These guys are two of the most helpful and approachable people you will ever meet! No matter what course you are on, if you need any technical support to do with Photoshop or advice on how to light something for a photo shoot, they will do everything they can to help. They even let me subject them to having their photo taken!

Mike and Fergus, Technicians at NUA

Menna is a Fine Art student whose studio is down in the basement of the Guntons building. The Fine Art studios around the university are one of the most interesting spaces to go and look around. Weather its to find someone to collaborate with or as a way to get inspiration, I guarantee you will find it!

Menna Payne, Fine Art Studio

After a long day at uni or exploring the city, the Grosvenor Fish Bar is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. The staff are always welcoming, there is a cool underground seating area and its hands down the best fish and chips in Norwich!

Grosvenor Fish Bar

Opposite the Grosvenor’s is St Gregory’s Antiques and Collectables. Not only is the old church building a sight to behold but the contents is also remarkable with stacks and stacks of interesting records, clothing, photographs and objects to be found

St Gregory's Antiques and Collectables

Norwich has an abundance of charity shops to wade through, however Sue Ryder Vintage store is one that has something a bit more special. Stocking the most over the top dramatic and colourful vintage and retro clothing the city has to offer!

Sue Ryder Vintage

The Norwich market is by far one of the most exciting places to explore in Norwich. My favorite stool yet has got to be Taxi Vintage Clothing, which sells the coolest retro clothing. Mark who runs the stool is a wonderful character who is always more than happy to help students out if they need to borrow clothing for a shoot and has even bought prints off of students to hang pride of place within his space.

Taxi Vintage
Image of a female student sitting on a window sill. She is wearing denim dungarees

Poppy West

"Being from a small town in Essex, coming to NUA was a very exciting experience - there is so much going on in the city and so many places too explore!"