Established in 1963, the University of East Anglia (known as 'UEA') is a friendly, campus University located in the historic city of Norwich. It has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, which more than makes up for its Sixties architecture, as does the 320 acres of parkland it sits on, with its very own lake. It has an excellent 'village' atmosphere and provides a great sense of community for its 14,000 students, both from the UK and from overseas. This relative smallness in student population size is one of its assets - classes are small, teaching ratios are high and both students and staff have a strong sense of belonging.
Rated consistently highly in the league tables, with many outstanding subject areas (more specifically Environmental Sciences, English Literature, Pharmacy, Law and Computing Sciences), UEA is becoming a highly rated institution for research, with the Norwich Research Park and Norfolk & Norwich Hospital located next to the university, with strong links between the two.
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Norwich itself is a safe city with a friendly vibe, and has all the characteristics of a 'university city'. A major commercial and thriving cultural centre, it is steeped in history and retains its distinctive character.
The university is currently under going many changes, with older accommodation halls being updated, new research centres being created and the library has been extended, doubling the floor space. The Sports Park has recently undergone refurbishment, with the new addition of a gymnastics centre. All of these are just some of the reasons why UEA is such a great and exciting place to study! It is also a member of the 1994 group of research intensive universities.
Famous graduates at the UEA include sports commentator Martin Tyler, The Fast Show comedians Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, and David Cummings, and the actors Jack Davenport, John Rhys-Davies, James Frain, and Tim Bentinck. Ian McEwan, Tracy Chevalier and Rose Tremain became successful authors after studying at the UEA. Newsreaders Geriant Vincent and Selina Scott have graduated from the UEA, and Radio 1's newest DJ Greg James. Other graduates that have gone on to do well at the BBC include Jonathan Powell, Jane Root, and Jenny Abramsky. Actor Matt Smith, currently starring as the new Dr Who for the BBC, graduated from UEA with a degree in Drama and Creative Writing.
UEA has one main library in the centre of campus. It has recently been extended and refurbished. Every room in university accommodation has an internet connection to broadband included in the price of the rent, so it costs no extra whether you have a computer or not.
The sportspark is a huge multi million pound complex which includes huge sports hall, outdoor athletic track, olympic sized swimming pool, state of the art gym, climbing wall and dance and martial arts studios.
The UFO (Union Food Outlet) sells basic food and alcohol supplies, and is reasonably priced. Cafe Direct, along the street, sells coffee and baguettes, it is fairly reasonably priced and quite popular. The union bar also sells a good range of sandwiches which are very well priced. The campus has its own Broad which takes around half an hour to walk round.
UEA has one main library in the centre of campus. It has been extended and refurbished in recent years. The library is fairly easy to find your way around, during the first 4 weeks of term there are induction presentations to give new students an idea of how to find their way around, how to use the catalogues etc. There are lots of study spaces facing outwards with views across the Broad as well as group rooms with audio/visual and whiteboard equipment. Study spaces almost all have sockets to plug laptops in and wifi. There are also private carrels which can be booked for those that want to study in complete silence. The computer suite extension has a large number of computers available over two floors. All floors of the library are now silent, with the exception of floor 0 where cold food, drink and conversation is allowed. There are a couple of silent reading rooms on various floors too.
The library is currently continuing a 24 hour opening trial. The library help desk is open during the day.
IT and Computing
Every room in university accommodation has a wired internet connection equivalent to broadband speeds included in the price of the rent, so it costs no extra whether you have a computer or not. The network is usually very efficient, and the IT department do forewarn you of any likely disruptions due to maintenance work. The IT helpdesk is available in the library if you have any network problems.
Gaming is permitted, providing it does not interfere with the efficient operation of the network.
The university is connected to Cambridge and Colchester by a 1gbps (gigabit per second / 1000mbit) optical fibre connection and acts as the regional service provider for all institutions which require an academic or research connection from JAnet.
Networked computers are available 24 hours in the library and further computer rooms are available in ITCS and ARTS buildings.
For more information about IT within the University, visit the IS Homepage
You'd be crazy not to take advantage of the sports facilities at UEA - the Sportspark is a huge multi million pound complex which includes a huge sports hall, outdoor athletic track, tennis courts, hockey pitches, 4G 7-a-side football pitches, an olympic swimming pool, gym, climbing wall and dance and martial arts studios. Prices are fairly good for students to hire any of the facilities. The centre is also open to the public. Best access to facilities comes from joining sports clubs, most of which are around £10-15 to join for the year, opening the facilities to all club members at their booked times.
To see which sports clubs run at UEA see the union website here. They include American Football, Athletics, Golf, Climbing, Kayak, Rugby, Netball, Squash, Sailing and Badminton. If intense sport isn't your thing then there's cheerleading, Tai Chi, Yoga and Riding.
The main welfare for students is Nightline, a service run by students (directed by the Union Welfare Officer) for students, where you can ring up anonomously or go any time of the day or night for a chat, a pizza delivery number or even a condom! It is located in Suffolk Terrace.
The Dean of Students also offer support for students, whether it's essay plans, statistics reminder leaflets or a desperate £100 interest free loan to help you through the last few weeks of the semester.
In the first 4 weeks you have to register with the university health service, there is a new health practice with full time doctors (appointments available some evenings and saturdays as well as standard opening hours) and a boots pharmacy on campus, as well as a dentists, and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is also very close should you need it!
Shops, Food and Facilities
The Street has a run of shops:
The UFO (Union Food Outlet) sells basic food and alcohol supplies, it's the on campus corner shop, stocked good quality with co-op food it is reasonably priced. Laundry can be done next door to the UFO. The Accommodation Office is here if you have any queries. There is also the Paper Shop, which sells stationary the Tuesdays 50p chocolate and a paper offer is always tempting. There is a Post Office, which also stocks cards and UEA merchandise like hoodies. There are many cash machines along the street as well as a Barclays bank branch. At the end of the street there is a Waterstones which stocks many of the main textbooks for most courses, as well as books for leisure reading. The staff are friendly and will help you work out which textbooks you really need!
Around the outside of Union House there is Employability (student jobs shop), the Advice Centre, the Travel Shop for buying bus passes, coach (National Express/Megabus go from UEA) and train tickets etc. The Box Office sells gig and LCR tickets.
There are a range of food options on campus, the pub sells baguettes and snacks, full cafe type facilities are found in the Hive, Blend and the Sainsburys Centre. Full cooked meals are available from Zest in the square and INTO. Most takeaways in the city will deliver to the UEA too for a very small delivery charge and student offers for well known takeway brands are always around.
There are plenty of choices as to where to eat on campus - Cafe Direct, along the street, sells coffee and baguettes and is fairly reasonably priced and quite popular. The union bar also sells a good range of sandwiches which are very well priced. Upstairs in the Hive they sell baguettes, tea, coffee, smoothies, soups and juices! There is also Blend - a cafe and sells a small range of hot food as well as sandwiches and rolls, coffee and cold drinks - and downstairs is Zest which serves hot meals all day during the week. The INTO building also serves food. The Sainsbury Centre also has a cafe.
Barclays has a branch on campus, and they are open between 10am and 3pm Mon-Fri. There are plenty of ATM machines. Other banks can be found in the City Centre.
First buses stop on campus and are very frequent throughout the day. Single tickets to the city centre cost £2.40. A return ticket can be bought for £4.00. Buying a bus pass at the beginning of term works out cheaper if you go to the city more than twice a week, and also stops the hassle of finding change for bus fare every week! An annual pass costs £220 with an optional £25 insurance. Buses run right through the city centre to the train station.
- 22 (Uni-Hospital-Bowthorpe-Dereham Rd-City Centre-Sprowston) (longest route)
- 25 (Uni-Unthank Rd-City-Prince of Wales Rd-Rail Station/Riverside)
- X25 (uni-Newmarket Rd- City Centre) .This is a new fast route that goes straight into town.
- 25A (Uni-Northfields Estate-The Avenues-Earlham Rd-City Centre-Prince of Wales Rd-Rail Station/Riverside)
25/25A are most regular, every 15 minutes during the day time, and run less often throughout the night. They take around 30 minutes to get to the city centre.
For up to date information about buses and to see route maps, visit the First Bus website for Norfolk and Suffolk.
National Express coaches to London stop at the University on a Saturday and Sunday morning on the way there and on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays on the way back. This is often a cheaper alternative to the train. In addition there is a service 10 times a day to London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports via Thetford and Newmarket which calls at the University. From Norwich bus station you can catch any number of services to London running 5 times a day. Megabus also offer coaches to London.
Greater Anglia operate most of the trains here. The Norwich to London Liverpool Street intercity service runs every 30 minutes, and it costs £6 single if you book in advance but will cost £30.00 (with a rail card) if you decide to go last minute. With a 16-25 student railcard which gives you 30% discount, return tickets to London booked in advance can be as low as £10. The Norwich to Liverpool cross country service runs approximately every hour and will connect you to virtually every major city in between. There are also local services to north Norfolk (Cromer and Sheringham - ideal for the beach!) as well as the other seaside resorts Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. You can get the '25/25A/X25' bus to the station, and you will usually a find a taxi waiting outside the station.
Norwich also has an international airport. There are frequent flights to Amsterdam Schipol where you catch a connection to major destinations around the world! FlyBe now offers flights to UK destinations too, such as Belfast.
A careers centre is located on campus and runs several careers fairs throughout the year. Also talks and advice sessions are frequent - current programs of events are available on their website. You can pop in and book an appointment to get your CV into shape.
The Union runs 'Employability' which has a small shop on campus and advertises part time work available on and off campus from the university and local employers. Otherwise part time jobs are relatively easy to find as long as you are fairly flexible. The university offers students to apply to be Student Ambassadors, working at Open Days and various other events throughout the year. Applications open in the first week of term, and involve a short interview, and if successful require a days training. Work for this is flexible, and you can apply for as much as you want (the minimum is 24 hours for the whole year, but you can work more.). Other work is available on open days through the individual schools. The union also employ a good number of students to run the Hive, LCR and bar.
The Chaplaincy on campus is somewhere for any person to go, no matter what religion, to meet other people and learn more about faith. There is time for quiet reflection and worship too. Prayer facilities for Muslim students are available in the UEA Islamic Prayer Centre on campus.
Clubs and societies are the best route to an active social life at University, adding to flat and coursemates. Norwich offers the usual social opportunities a city would, shopping, nice restaruants, three cinemas, a good number of bars and clubs. You can find somewhere with a student night on pretty much most of the week in Norwich.
The on campus gig/club venue has two club nights a week during semester time, every Tuesday is a fancy dress night - legendary amongst students, themes range from 999, disney, jocks vs. geeks, under the sea, Skool Daze...the list goes on! The Hive ( a cafe during the day) becomes a second room for the LCR club nights featuring a alternative genre to the main LCR. Every Saturday night is 'A List' popular and chart music, a night of the week where students tend not to go to town. It's a guaranteed good night out.
The union also owns The Waterfront, which just out of the city centre, offers the best alternative club night on Saturday nights,
City Centre Bars and Clubs
There are a good number of clubs in the city centre which tend to open and close every few years as each gets popular.
Prince of Wales Road is the road with all the clubs on or very nearby. Headed by Mercy XS and Uber (Formerly Mercy) it is one of the largest clubs in town. Lola Lo's (Formerly Po NaNa's), Vodka Revs, Hideout (Formerly Knowhere and Carnival) and TAU (Formerly Optic) are popular choices for students with nights usually finishing around 3am. Kartel (Formerly Havannas) is the last stop of the night, open til 5am. The other big club is Wonderland (Formerly Project) a little further at Riverside, it currently entertains the Propaganda indie night every Friday. Plenty to choose from catering for all tastes! Prices are reasonable for the student nights.
Aside from the LCR nights, the union also gets very good bands, many big names have played here. Gig tickets are usually around 8-20 depending on the band and the venue (gigs are held both in the LCR and the Waterfront). See the box office website for details.
Fresher's Week Events
The first week of semester features an action packed selection of nights out at the LCR on campus typically a few club nights, a comedy night and a gig. Below are the acts who have been in the last few years:
Club Nights - Icebreakers, fancy dress (farmers, t-shirt party), R&B night. Nights with special guests like B*Witched, Fake That. These culminate in a Freshers Bash with minor celebrity DJing and fairground rides outside.
Music - Zane Lowe, Pendulum DJ set, Chase & Status DJ set, Jaguar Skills.
Comedy - Ed Bryne, acts from Michael McIntyre's hypnotist acts, contortionists
The freshers fair happens on Monday providing freebies from local businesses like free pizza! Tuesday is Socmart where all societies have a table to invite everyone to join up for the year. Wednesday is Sportsmart, so as above but for the sports. A one off Sports Membership costing £40 is required to join any number of clubs.
Clubs and Societies
Most interests are represented by a society or sports club! If you can't find anything that suits you, you can start your own society - you need 30 signatures and a risk assessment! Societies start at £3 to join, sports clubs more expensive depending on type of sport and how often you had practice etc. But prices are for the whole year (so if you join the swimming club for £10 you have free access to the swimming pool during training times, even if you don't train with the club). The Union is active in supporting clubs and societies which make up a very important social aspect to university life.
Accommodation is offered to students in their first year of University, and also for most of those students who are spending a year abroad at the university itself. All residents are open throughout the year on a 38 week (or 50 week for Postgraduates if needed) letting, therefore charging students an annual fee. Students are required within UEA's halls to follow rules such as to keep the place in a clean state, but also to be sensitive to the needs of other students. Currently all residences are allocated a Senior Resident, who is often an older student. The SRs act on a strictly confidential basis therefore if you report a problem it is not discussed with any third parties, unless there is need to. All reports are written by hand and therefore there is no record of them post the initial report.
Residences and Facilities
Facilities vary from residence to residence. The UEA currently has around 3500 bedrooms and there are both En-suite and Standard Options available. About two thirds of the rooms are en-suite.
Standard rooms on campus are to be found in the pyramid shaped Ziggurats Norfolk and Suffolk Terraces which overlook the UEA broad and are one of the most central residence on campus. The two terraces have both been refurbished in the last two years, and are now much more comfortable than previously. They have large-ish single rooms with sinks and plenty of storage and there are 3 bathrooms and one kitchen per floor which can cater for up to 14 people. One disadvantage of the Ziggurats is that the large windows quite often cause the rooms and kitchens to turn into greenhouses, but they are probably the most social accommodation and are significantly cheaper than other accommodation on campus. There are also more standard rooms on campus in Orwell and Wolfson Close, these are slightly cheaper than the terraces but you don't get a washbasin in your room like you do in Norfolk or Suffolk Terrace. In Orwell and Wolfson Close the rooms are grouped in flats of 5 to 10 people depending on the house.
There are also standard rooms available in the City Centre in Mary Chapman Court. The floors in this residence are smaller than most of the ones on campus, therefore only 5 people share one kitchen and bathroom. However, the kitchens are spacious and can hold more than the 5 people who live on the floor. Since these rooms are in the City Centre, they give you the advantage as a resident to learn the layout of Norwich, which has proven useful for students when they move out in their second year. Students are within close distance to the Market, and a variety of pubs, clubs and other activities such as cinema and theatre.
Within the more expensive en-suite rooms you see the introduction of the personal shower and toilet. The pods which are named 'shower pods' resemble something out of Star Trek and give you the luxury of a personal shower, sink and toilet. Residences range from the University Village which is just outside the main gate of the University, to Nelson and Constable Terraces, Britten, Victory, Colman Kett, Browne and Paston Houses all of which are situated around the main campus and allow you to stroll in without travel. The amount of people you share a kitchen with in these residences is 8 up to sometimes 12. However there is enough storage space for everyone.
None of the on campus residences (including the University Village) are more than 15 mins walk from the teaching blocks. If you live in Mary Chapman Court in the City Centre you will need to get a bus or bike in since its around 3 miles away.
Should you be unfortunate to ever lose your keys there is the delight of having security bringing you a spare set; all for the price of £25. Many students do lose their keys and therefore they are open 24 hours, but also act on other emergencies such as fire alarms, robberies etc. During the Accommodation Office opening hours (9-5 Monday to Friday) however you can come and get a spare set for no charge to use while you find your old ones.
There is plenty of student housing available in Norwich. Most students live within the Golden Triangle (Unthank Road, Colman Road, Earlham Road) between the city centre and University. Students are increasingly living in Three Score, Bowthorpe, West Earlham and Dereham areas too. Typical rent is probably currently around the £260 mark however it varies house to house.
As per usual with universities we can see that prices within UEA are quite expensive. Students are used to forking out around £5 for lunch, or £1 for a cup of coffee. However there is a good variety of outlets on campus.
Waterstones encourages many students to buy their books first hand from the shop on-site. Therefore students end up giving hundreds of pounds worth of money to them to receive the books. The Waterstones staff are knowledgable and communicate with the faculties to stock the correct books, they are very helpful at cutting down the list to only the ones needed for your course.
Gig prices however range from the cheap to the expensive, averaging around £16 for the LCR, the Waterfront offers smaller, cheaper gigs averaging around £10. The LCR events on Tuesday nights, fancy dress Tuesday is reasonably priced at £3.50 and normal Saturday nights at £4.50; however tickets can sell out very quickly and often gig tickets are all sold out by the beginning of the term.
A well established student run Facebook group entitled 'The spare LCR ticket group' provides reselling of sold out club night and gigs tickets between students; the union encourages prices at face value or very little above.
The Architecture of UEA is a contentious issue, some love it and some love to hate it. Famous for the unusually high proportion of concrete, it’s certainly not to everyone’s taste and can seem pretty grim on a rainy day! However, there is a certain beauty to be found in Sir Lasdun’s listed Ziggurats, Norfolk and Suffolk Terraces. There is also the world famous Sainsbury Centre designed by Norman Foster, and one of the most energy efficient buildings in England, the Zuckerman building.
The campus is centred around the main square, a wonderful space for initiations and lazing about on a summers day on the steps, and according to legend, the campus was designed so that no one building is more than 5 minutes from another. Unfortunately this is no longer the case due to expansion and new residences, but it remains compact and practical, located in a wonderful environment, overlooking the Norfolk Broads.
Ranked the eight most prosperous shopping destination in the UK in 2006, the city of Norwich contains some lovely historical buildings including Norwich Castle and Norwich Cathedral. There is an ancient market place, and the two shopping malls provide most things you could possibly need. This is before you even make it on to the high street!
As for entertainment, the Norwich Theatre Royal is a great place to see comedians, performances, and pantomimes. The Forum is Norwich's biggest library and it houses the BBC for the Eastern region.
Meanwhile, there is a great selection of music venues ranging from the Norwich Arts Centre to the Waterfront and on-site UEA LCR. Detail be found here.
It was once said that Norwich had a pub for every day of the year back in the medieval times, and it's reputation is still going strong. As for night clubs you will find Uber Cocktail Bar and Lounge, Lola Lo, Liquid, Mojos and the Mustard Lounge to name but a few.
There is also the Norwich City Football Club where on a match day you can sample the half-time cuisine of Delia Smith - when she isn't on the pitch giving the fans a boost of morale!
The city is also very close to the seaside resorts of Cromer, Southwold and Great Yarmouth, and is very close to the Norfolk Broads.
In 2008 The Times newspaper ranked the UEA the 20th best university in the UK, while in the same year the UEA ranked 22nd in The Sunday Times league, 20th in The Telegraph, 40th in The Guardian, and 20th in The Independent.
In 2011, The Sunday Times ranked UEA 28th, and The Guardian ranked it inside the top 20 at 19th. The Independent placed it 27th.
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