Student social life in Norwich Student social life in Norwich

We want you to make the most of your time here as a student so below is a quick rundown of what you can expect to find at UEA and in Norwich. During the Summer School we will also have a weekday reception desk for all general
queries including travel advice.


UEA’s Sportspark is the largest indoor sports centre in Britain, boasting a 50m Olympic size swimming pool, a full athletics field and a fully updated gym, not to mention a selection of courts, pitches and studios offering the opportunity to take part in a whole range of activities. There are frequent taster sessions as well as more intensive classes so you will be able to try something completely new or stick to something you are already familiar with. You will be able to use these facilities during your stay at a discounted student rate.
Find out more about our Sportspark.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) is UEA’s on-campus public art gallery, housing the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection which is comprised of over 1,400 items spanning 5,000 years of history, as well as prestigious temporary collections. More recently it has become the headquarters for the Marvel Avengers films, with stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans all visiting the SCVA. Entrance to the permanent collections is free for International Summer School Students.

Find out more about the SCVA.

Norwich: A Fine City

Norwich is the big small city where old meets new, nature meets technology and local and global culture collide. Always a good place for a night out, the city offers a variety of restaurants, stylish bars, theatres and nightclubs. Norwich is also one of the top 10 cities in the UK for shopping, with two large shopping malls and a thriving cross-section of eclectic boutiques and independent shops and cafes. There’s also a great deal of history within Norwich, with over 30 medieval churches, two cathedrals, art galleries, museums, and a Norman castle.

Find out more about Norwich.

Norfolk and the UK

In Norfolk you will be surrounded by some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside. Enjoy country walks, medieval villages, bustling market towns and stately homes. Go walking, cycling or sailing on the Norfolk Broads, an incredible National Park. Rail, bus and air links to the city allow students to make the most of their summer study period, with London being less than two hours away by direct train. The city also boast an international airport with daily connections to and from Amsterdam, making international travel easy.

Find out more about Norfolk.


During your time at UEA’s International Summer School you will be living and studying on our beautiful campus, situated on the outskirts of the historic city of Norwich. Set in over 320 acres of parkland, you will find everything you need for living and studying within only a few minutes’ walk from your accommodation. This includes a supermarket, a Post Office, a bank, bookshop, bar and a wide range of cafes and restaurants serving everything from coffee and cake to full main meals.

Find out more about our campus.

Student Support Service

The Student Support Service offers support to all students at UEA in a variety of areas, including study skills, English language, mental health and wellbeing. If you have a disability STS staff will make sure that reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that that this does not impede your experience. The Student Support Service will be running a compulsory Study Skills session during the first few days of the International Summer School covering a range of topics to ensure you are able to get the most from your academic modules.

Find out more about the Student Support Service.


The UEA Library is in the centre of campus and contains over 800,000 books and journals. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and will be easily accessible for International Summer School students throughout their stay in order to assist with completing their studies. It provides a range of working environments, from silent study areas and individual study rooms, to group study rooms and a 24-hour IT area with more than 250 computers, meaning it is the perfect place to complete academic work.

Find out more about the Library.

IT Services

During the International Summer School students will be given a UEA IT account which will allow them to access the Blackboard – the online platform where information about their module may be posted. This account will also give them their own UEA email address and computer log in, allowing access to the computers in suites around campus. The IT helpdesk, based in the Library, will be able to help students with any technical issues they may have.

Find out more about the IT Services.

Medical Centre

While students are here at UEA, they will be able to use the on campus medical centre if they need to see a doctor or dentist. For more urgent requirements, the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital is only a short distance away. It is essential you have suitable medical insurance before your arrival to UEA. There is also a Boots pharmacy on campus where you will be able to get over the counter medicine.

Find out more about the Medical Centre.

Multifaith Centre

The Multifaith Centre is a spiritual meeting place at the centre of campus and provides a space for quiet reflection, worship and conversation for staff and students of all faiths or none.

Find out more about the Multifaith Centre.