Your University Questions, Answered.
What's the nightlife like?
In short there's plenty to do depending on what you want your nightlife to be as Norwich is a vibrant student city!
As a fresher you’ll likely find yourself in The LCR on campus on a Saturday or Tuesday for a LCR themed night out - plus you'll have the opportunity to see a whole host of famous faces on the stage for gigs.
If you fancy something a little different from the LCR, Norwich has a great nightlife in the city which you can easily get to on the bus from campus. You’ll have plenty to choose from, whatever your taste! You’ll have clubs like Mantra and Mercy on Prince of Wales Road who offer student nights out, to bars in Tombland like Brewdog, Revolution, Revolucion de Cuba, Bar 11, plus others.
There is also Norwich Lanes, an area of Norwich that sits adjacent to the main city centre with a series of historical lanes. There are many independent pubs, clubs, café bars and restaurants for you to enjoy and explore. The best way to experience it is to wander through the lanes to take it all in. Try out some of Norwich’s quirky bars too, like The Bicycle Shop, Frank’s Bar and Gonzo’s Tea Room – some of which have live music nights too.
Talking of live music, Norwich has a vibrant live music scene with a range of venues and gigs happening across the city. As we mentioned before, there is The LCR that regularly hosts gigs, The Waterfront in the city (which is managed by the SU), Norwich Arts Centre, OPEN Norwich, Epic Studios, plus gigs happening at a range of pubs and bars across the city so keep an eye out for the latest updates. You will be able to see touring bands and discover new bands in Norwich too to get your live music fix.
If you’re after some culture, there is the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May each year in which is the flagship arts festival for the East of England. There’s also an annual beer festival at St Andrew’s Hall each October, Norwich Fashion Week in March, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair (where you’ll find loads of vintage clothes and other bits and pieces), plus others so keep an eye out for events.
Norwich has many theatres that put on a range of touring productions, comedy, amateur performances and much more. Norwich Theatre Royal is the largest theatre in the city, there is also Norwich Playhouse, Maddermarket Theatre, and Norwich Puppet Theatre plus others.
Norwich is also home to Sundown Festival which takes place each year with chart-topping artists performing. And if you feeling like a community celebration, then there’s the Lord Mayor’s Procession weekend with lots of street performers, music and fireworks!
Last but not least, Riverside is just opposite Norwich Train Station and is home to many restaurants and bars; there is also a cinema, a gym and trampoline park – what more could you want!