Accommodation and Commuting

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Find out more about the UEASU HomeRun service

Whether you live on campus, in private accommodation or at home, you will be a key part of the UEA community.

Your accommodation options

Here you will find help with applying for UEA accommodation, if you haven't already done so, or finding out more about your accommodation options.  

We can also help you find off-campus accommodation either via the UEA Accommodation team or through the Students' Union's HomeRun service.

If you are a commuter student, then we can also help with information to help you settle into university life, from how to get to UEA, to making friends and settling into university life.

Making your application

If you haven't already applied for University accommodation and would like to be considered for a place, find out more about applying for and living in UEA Accommodation.

Next Steps

You can find out the key dates in the application process on our Accommodation webpages.  These will let you know when to expect us to be in touch to confirm your accommodation and the key arrival dates.  Your accommodation email will confirm the process when you arrive.

Arrivals Timeline / Key Dates

Key Collection Information


Need Help?

You can email us at Tel: +44 (0)1603 592092

Living in the City

UEA students can apply to live in Pablo Fanque House which is located in the city centre. To book a room in Pablo Fanque House, please apply through Homes for Students.

Accommodation Finder

Private Housing

Norwich is a vibrant city with lots to offer, and there are many rental properties available close to the university. You can get help to find a flat or house from the Students' Union Advice Team. They also have a dedicated website where you'll find a list of properties, plus a message board to find housemates.

UEA SU also have some helpful practical information about living in privately rented homes - on thing like Council Tax, Insurance and Utilities - on their support pages.

Start your property search

Over 21% of our undergraduate student body commute to campus, and it’s common to have questions about the quickest or most cost-effective modes of transport. 

  • For details on ways to get to campus: Travel and Transport
  • Try out our free Personal Travel Planner tool, for personalised information about your journey
  • Want to drive in with others and share the costs with other students? Check out our free Liftshare database
  • Remember to utilise the free park and ride service from Longwater in Costessey. This regular service takes students to both main campus and the hospital.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of annual savings on public transport. First Bus provide an impressive annual saving for UEA students, and for those who travel regularly by train, look at Totem cards for better savings on bookings.

If you have questions about ways to get to UEA, permit parking or anything relating to commuting to UEA, please email

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in the social side of university - find out more on our Information for Commuters page.

Information for Commuters

If you are moving into university accommodation when you start your study at UEA, you may be wondering what to bring with you.  

Our general advice when packing would be to think of your stay in residences as an extended trip, and don't bring too much!  Try not to bring expensive items, especially if you're going to store them in a communal area.

Below is a check list of essentials to either bring with you or buy in your first few days. To find out items that are not allowed in University accommodation see our accommodation terms and conditions.  

Packing list

  • Bedding - Bedding is not provided, unless you have pre-ordered it, so bring a sheet to cover the mattress, plus a duvet or warm cover, and pillows. You can order a bedding pack before your arrival from UniKitOut and this will be delivered to your room (if items are ordered before the deadline). Other items such as pans, plates and towels can also be ordered from UniKitOut. Alternatively, a bedding pack can be purchased from the Accommodation Office for £20, which includes, duvet, pillow, and sheets.
  • Towels and toiletries - These are not provided, but if you forget your toothbrush the UEA Shop on campus stocks a range of toiletries. 
  • Clothes and shoes - Bring some favourites, but don't forget that there are plenty of great shops in Norwich.
  • Books for your course - Shelf space is limited so just bring the books you need or can't bear to be without. There are several large shops in Norwich that you can buy books if you want to after you have arrived.
  • PC/Laptop/Tablet - You will need your own PC, laptop, or tablet if you want to use the network connection in your room. You can also access 24-hour computing in the Library IT suite, plus there's plenty of computing facilities available during the day right across campus.
  • Other electrical equipment - Electrical items you may wish to have in your room include an iron (ironing board provided in your flat), hairdryer, or shaver. You may wish to wait until you arrive before buying electrical items for the kitchen as flats can often end up with multiple kettles, irons and rice cookers. Some electrical items are not allowed in residences, and in particular items such as a fridge, microwave, mini-oven/grill, are strictly prohibited. If in any doubt, please check with us first.
  • Kitchen equipment - You'll need some pans, kitchen utensils (including a chopping board and knife), some crockery (plates, bowls, mugs) glasses and cutlery.
  • Bike - A bike is a convenient method of transport around Norwich, and there are some great second-hand shops to buy the perfect "getting around" bike. There are plenty of areas to lock up your bike close to the residences, but please note that bikes are not allowed anywhere inside the residences. There is also a 'Dr Bike' service on campus for bike checks and repairs. This is located next to Nelson Court.
  • Insurance - All students in an individual study bedroom will be automatically covered by the UEA block insurance. This offers basic insurance cover, which can be upgraded through Endsleigh if required. 

Find out more in our accommodation frequently asked questions.