Accommodation and Commuting

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

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.  If you add this as an option on the accommodation application form as a top preference, we will refer your application to Homes for Students, who manage this residence,  and they will contact you about making a booking.

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.

Start your property search

Over 30% of our student body commute to campus and it’s common to have questions about the quickest or most cost-effective modes of transport. 


Park and ride

Park and Ride Konect Bus Service (number 511) is the University's free to use alternative to driving onto to campus for staff, students and visitors, and is a popular mode of transport for commuters.

To access the service for free, please ensure you have your UEA campus card. When first using the service, you may want to have evidence, such as a welcome email to show that you’re new and are yet to collect your card. 

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The service operates Monday to Friday, throughout the year (with exception of Bank & Public Holidays and UEA Concessionary Days). Standard wait times are between 15 minutes – 20 minutes. Travel time to the main campus is around 20 minutes during the morning peak (07.20 - 09.00) and just 15 minutes at all other times. 

View the Park and Ride 511 Service timetable


Travelling to the hospital side of campus (also known as Colney Lane)

The Costessey Park and Ride Konect Bus Service 510 serves the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital every 15 minutes and is suitable for those travelling to the Edith Cavell Building. This service is provided by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and UEA staff and students can travel for free on production of their campus card.

View the Park and Ride 510 bus service timetable
You may find other local bus services that better suit your travel needs, but please note that costs may apply.

Please also visit the Park and Ride Website  or follow on social media @nparkandride

Important note: this service gets busy over peak times so please plan accordingly.


Bus Discounts

  • UEA students can benefit from a highly discounted First bus pass, one of the lowest across the UK! This includes the popular 25|26 Blue Line Service connecting the UEA to Norwich City Centre and Rail Station. For full details of the passes available and areas covered, please visit First Bus website
  • Students travelling from Dereham or Watton, can benefit from Konectbus’ 3|4 service and discount on passes covering this journey are available, for further information, please visit Konectbus website


Train services

Norwich train station is situated 4.5 miles from the university but is easily linked by the number 25-26 First bus service running regularly throughout term-time. The bus service takes approximately 35 minutes outside of peak times.

Did you know that you can access railcards to provide discounted rail fare? The popular 16-25 railcard also includes mature learners, so make sure you check out what’s on offer by visiting:

Quick tip – if you’re looking for a student account, some providers offer incentives like free railcards!

To view the local train service, please visit


National bus services

If you need to travel a bit further or need to plan travel throughout your time at UEA, please note the regular services provided by National Express.

National Express provide coach services to London (service 490) and all major airports (service 727) with a pickup/set down point located in the lay-by on campus, outside the ZICER building (Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research)

Visit the National Express website for further information.


Car parking costs and accessible parking on campus

If you decide to park on campus, please note the following charges (term time only, non-permit holders/visitors):

Monday to Friday

06.00 – 10.00

£5 per hour (or any part of)


Monday to Friday

10.00 – 18.00

£3 for up to 2 hours

£3.50 for up to 3 hours

£4.50 for up to 4 hours

£5.50 for up to 5 hours

£6.50 for up to 6 hours

£7.50 for up to 7 hours


Monday to Friday

18.00 – 06.00


£1 flat fee

Weekends & Bank Holidays


£1 flat fee


Owing to the high demand for parking spaces on campus and limited supply, we generally do not offer parking permits to undergraduate or postgraduate taught students.

Blue badge holders are entitled to a parking permit and would need to contact the Transport team for the relevant forms. Please note, parking is not free of charge.

There is a request process which students can utilise if they have exceptional circumstances which necessitate bringing a car to UEA. Successful requests are usually upheld on the ground of ill health or caring responsibilities, while external commitments such as part-time work and extra-curricular activities, or simply preferring to have a car on campus, are not considered exceptional circumstances and permits will not be granted on those bases.

All requests must be submitted on the appropriate form. You are welcome to send in the paperwork in advance of joining the university. Requests, together with their evidence, may be submitted in person or electronically. To submit the form, please email

Postgraduate research students are eligible for parking permits. Therefore, if you are a PhD, professional doctorate or Master's by Research student, please contact Transport directly for the appropriate form.

If your programme has a placement component, you will be entitled to a parking permit for the duration of the placement plus ten days either side only.  You will receive further information about these permits and the application process during your induction.

For support and queries, please email or call 01603 592353.


Cycling to UEA

If you aim to bike to campus, there are over 3200 cycle parking spaces available, including secure cycle compounds which you can get the code for. Once you have your UEA credentials, you can request access to one of the secure cycle compounds on Travel and Transport’s Cycling page on My.UEA (login required). 

Don’t have a lock? You can purchase a D-lock to secure your bike from the Lodge on campus.

Also, it’s worth noting Dr Bike, who has a shop based on campus selling and repairing bicycles at a very reasonable cost. Please visit

There are over 580 Beryl Bikes located at 80 Beryl Bays across Norwich. Five of those bays are on campus, outside:

  • Sportspark
  • Dr Bike
  • Britten House
  • Hickling House
  • UEA Village Courtyard A and B

To use a Beryl Bike, simply download the app, find a bike near you and unlock it. Enjoy the ride, then park in a Beryl Bay or in a considerate location of your choice.

Beryl Bikes can be rented on a 'pay as you ride' basis or minute bundles. You can also pay for unlimited rides for 24 hours, or purchase bundles of ride minutes. For more information, visit the Beryl Bikes website.

To find out about bike storage, cycling routes and more, please visit


Rewards for being active with UEA MOVES app

UEA Sport have introduced a rewards system for activity, which is worth looking into if you walk or cycle into university (or generally an active person!). There are a fantastic range of rewards on offer from groceries from the UEA shop on campus to hot drinks in UEA catering outlets. Visit this page for more info and to download the app:

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 and towels. 
  • 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.