Norwich sparks with creativity. It’s one of Britain’s greenest cities, safest places, and with a thriving arts, music and cultural scene.
Behind its medieval architecture, award-winning outdoor market, and vintage style of the Norwich Lanes, lies a history of radicalism, of innovators, creators and makers.
The Sunday Times ranks Norwich as one of the best places to live in the UK: “A fashionable city with a growing sense of cool and a reputation for architecture, style and innovation. Cool, comfortable, relaxed and at one with itself.”
What’s Norwich like? Nowhere else.
The city centre is rated as one of the UK’s top cities for shopping and is famous for independent shops and cafés you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Norwich is the UK’s most vegan-friendly city and its historic open-air market is one of the biggest in Europe and bustles with life and the sights, sounds and flavours of a cosmopolitan city. And it’s all within easy walking distance of our campus.
A city of stories and culture
The city has a proud history of creativity, performance, and storytelling. Each summer, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival sees the streets, parks, galleries and theatres of the city taken over by artists, musicians, and performers from all over the world.
Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and home to the UK’s National Writing Centre. And as a key player in the city’s cultural life, NUA was ranked as one of the UK’s top universities for creative scene by Which Student Survey 2018 and 2019.
In 2018, Norwich was recognised as one of five most affordable cities in the UK.
A growing creative economy
Norwich is home to a thriving community of creative businesses and digital start-ups: from design studios, film and production companies, to web and app builders.
Some of them have grown from NUA’s own start-up incubator, Ideas FactoryNUA. The city is one of the UK’s most highly concentrated and diversified creative industry clusters (The Geography of Creativity in the UK, NESTA, 2016).
Norfolk’s beaches and Broads
Norwich is at the heart of a county famed for its 90-mile long coastline of big skies and stunning beaches.
The tranquil waterways of the Norfolk Broads National Park stretch over 200 km of rivers and lakes – a perfect place to seek inspiration. Green spaces and medieval villages offer up historical and architectural interest within easy reach of the city.
Textile Design graduates selected for the OUTPOST Graduate Scheme
Gabriela and Morgan gain access to shared studio space and budgets for research and exhibition
Norwich University of the Arts wins Bronze Award for University of the Year
Two further awards for Local Life and Prospective Student Engagement were presented.
Graduate launches exhibition of work at Norwich Playhouse
Rebecca Hiscock worked with Norwich Playhouse to exhibit a variety of prints, weaves and research
10 things to watch right now – suggested by NUA students and staff
We asked staff and students what they are watching right now - see their suggestions here!
Student blog: My top five festive films
BA Film and Moving Image Production student Emily discusses her top indie choices.
Student blog: Norwich’s Covid-19 safety in the city centre
BA Acting students Abigail and Daniella explore Norwich's Covid safety measures.
In review: Luke Wright and Cobbler at the Norwich Arts Centre
BA (Hons) Acting students Bethany Howden-Smith and Aidan Harris review the pre-lockdown performance.