Over 700 University of East Anglia (UEA) students have discovered where their new university homes will be located, following the closure of some accommodation spaces due to RAAC (Reinforced Autoclave Aerated Concrete).
On Friday (8 September), UEA announced that Norfolk and Suffolk Terrace (the Ziggurats) and the top floors of Nelson Court and Constable Terrace would be closed until further notice, in line with the new Government guidance on RAAC.
All students affected were emailed by UEA’s Accommodation Office yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 12 September) on the location of their alternative accommodation and new room number.
Just under 600 students will remain on campus, with a further 170 students in private accommodation in St Crispin’s House on Duke Street, Norwich. All students in St Crispin’s will receive the offer of a free bus pass or a voucher to purchase a bicycle.
The arrival date for all students remains unchanged and there will be no financial impact on any student as a result of any change to their planned accommodation, with all reallocated room facilities being either equivalent to or an upgrade on the initial accommodation.
Students with accessibility and mobility issues have been prioritised with on-campus accommodation and flat share groups, who may have contacted each other ahead of their arrival, have been kept together where possible.
Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire said: “A lot of hard work has gone into minimising disruption for our students and I’m very pleased that we’re now in a position where every relocated student knows where they are going to be moving in to when they arrive with us for the new academic year. It’s been a huge logistical challenge to find accommodation for around 750 students at such short notice but this has been completed successfully.
“I would like to thank our students for their patience while we’ve dealt with this change, and I remind you that additional support is still available via our Student Information Zone. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming our new students over the coming days and weeks as they settle in to their new life at UEA.”
Further FAQs are also available via the UEA website.