When making your university choice, it’s important to find the right course for you but to also consider the practicalities of what you can afford.

London is not a cheap place to live whether you’re a student or not. A simple comparison between Norwich and London shows that:

  • The cost of living in Norwich is 49% cheaper than in London 
  • Rent prices in Norwich are 60% lower than in London
  • Restaurant prices in Norwich are 17% lower than in London

Source: Expatistan.com & Numbeo.com

Norwich – Affordable accommodation and a highly rated place to live

Not only is Norwich a cheaper place to live than some other university cities in the UK, like London, but average on-campus student accommodation costs at UEA are also considerably cheaper than many other university cities (StudentCrowd). Take a look at our wide variety of accommodation options, starting from under £100 per week.  

City Average cost of shared flat with shared bathroom (per week) Average cost of shared flat with en-suite bathroom (per week)
UEA (Norwich) £123 £140
Lancaster £122 £148
Leeds £137 £168
Sussex £144 £179
York £152 £172
Manchester £159 £167
Reading £159 £180
Nottingham £162 £171

Sources: StudentCrowd.com and University of Sussex

In addition to the above, UEA can also offer you:

  • Subsidised travel – We've partnered with local transport providers to make travel cheap, simple and convenient.
  • Subsidised memberships – Whether it’s saving on Sportspark activities (our on campus sports facility) or free membership to enjoy our on campus art gallery, there are many ways to enjoy university life without it costing you more than it needs to.
  • More than a degree – As part of your student fees you get access to all of this.

If that wasn’t enough, Norwich was recently identified as one of Europe's hidden gems by CNN. Low cost accommodation and one of the most underrated places in Europe. What’s not to like?

Budgeting tips from Beth

Whilst all circumstances are different, Beth has recently created the following YouTube video to help you understand more about how much it costs to live as a student in Norwich:


Supporting current students with financial costs

UEA has a range of initiatives to support students with budgeting and to reduce the financial strain that current cost of living challenges present. Some of the services in place:

  • We’re aiming to ensure that all reading list books are readily available in our library. We’re buying extra copies, so you don’t have to.
  • Free urgent food and personal care products available for all students
  • We have a student services fund in place, which all current students can apply for
  • A new opportunities fund to cover or part-pay for the cost of participating in extracurricular activities
  • Supporting the Too Good to Go initiative, ensuring that many of our on campus food outlets are reducing the amount of food wastage by offering it at a discounted price to students

Scholarships and bursaries

Take a look at our Scholarships Finder to find out about available schemes and opportunities.

Scholarships Finder

Further advice and guidance

There’s a lot of advice for you to consider. Some of our favourite student budgeting tips are:

Martin Lewis – Money Saving Expert

Martin and the team have created some great tools and tips to help you manage your budget

Which – How much it costs to live at university

There are some great tips and considerations to consider when planning your university budget over on the Which website