Norwich is the big small city where old meets new, nature meets technology and local and global culture collide. Located only a few minutes away from UEA, Norwich has everything you could want of a university city – it is a major commercial and thriving cultural centre which is steeped in history, yet a safe and friendly environment, ideal for a short period of study in the UK. We make the most of the city and the beautiful country of Norfolk in our short programmes, to enhance the experience of the British culture and to encourage engagement with the local community.
The city has many historic buildings including two cathedrals, a Norman Castle and well preserved city walls. Located in the region of East Anglia, Norwich is easily accessible with daily flights directly into Norwich International Airport from Amsterdam, and trains to London departing every 30 minutes, arriving to the capital in less than two hours. The city centre is just three miles from the University campus, with buses departing every 10 minutes and the campus and city being well served by local taxi providers. Museums and galleries in the city centre include the contemporary Norwich Gallery and the Castle Museum, not to mention the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts based on campus.
The Millennium Forum in the city centre houses the finest regional public library, as well as hosting regular concerts, jazz brunches and comedy nights. There is a range of music and theatre venues catering to a wide range of genres. Norwich has a huge selection of cafes and restaurants, with many independent eateries and shops lining the award-winning Norwich Lanes, as well as the two shopping malls. There are also many boutique coffee houses and patisseries, a multitude of supermarkets and takeaways, and specialist supermarkets and restaurants catering for halal, Asian and vegetarian. For sportier people, the Premier League Norwich City Football Club’s stadium is only 5 minutes from the city centre and the famous cook Delia Smith owns a restaurant there.
Norwich is situated in the heart of one of the most popular counties for tourism in the UK. The very different seaside resorts of Southwold and Great Yarmouth along the south-east coastline and the wild perfection and solitude of Blakeney, Holkham and Wells-next-the-sea to the north can be accessed by bus or train, with regular departures from the city centre. Coaches and trains depart for London and Cambridge every 30 minutes for those wishing to travel further field. Norfolk boasts the unique waterways of the Norfolk Broads, perfect for a glorious boat trip from Norwich city centre, and award winning fish and chips from the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham. It is also possible to take a traditional steam train into the countryside, visit the Queen’s second home at the Royal Sandringham residence, or relax with a picnic or British barbeque at one of Norfolk’s beautiful rural parks, beaches or nature reserves. Norfolk provides a wonderful insight into a unique British county steeped in history and culture.