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Top 5 reasons to study in Norwich

Norwich is a city rich in culture and history, located in the rural county of Norfolk. Known for its picturesque and scenic countryside, the historic city also has a lively urban buzz with no shortage of entertainment. To celebrate our Norwich campus, we have compiled the top five reasons to study there.

By Elena Carruthers. Published 12 January 2022. Last updated 11 January 2023.

Cafés Galore

Whether you need a caffeine kick to help you get through the day or want to catch up with a friend over a warm cup of coffee, you will find an abundance of quirky and charismatic cafes in Norwich.

Some top picks include Kofra, a coffee shop which proudly developed its own brewing style and boasts a unique flavour and quality of coffee. Or head on down to family-run café, Wilkinsons of Norwich, which offers an extensive range of hot drinks and homemade snacks. The Wilkinsons know their tea, so be guided by the experts and indulge in various exotic tea flavours.

With a huge range of family-owned cafes and the classic high street brands such as Costa Coffee and Pret A Manger, a cuppa is always quite literally round the corner.


Norwich Cathedral

Home to one of England’s largest medieval cathedrals, the Norwich Cathedral is a sight not to be missed.

The cathedral was founded in 1096 by Bishop Herbert de Losinga and after building was completed in 1145, the church fell victim to fire, riots, and extreme weather conditions. Its chequered history fortunately took a more positive turn in 1463 when Bishop James Goldwell commissioned the rebuilding of the spire which still towers over the city today. The spire stands at 314 feet tall, making it the second tallest in England.


Royal Norwich Theatre

Enjoy a performance at the Theatre Royal which caters to a variety of tastes. Upcoming shows in 2022 include The Book of Mormon, a witty and dark-humoured show that is bound to entertain.

Other upcoming theatrical shows adaptations of the gothic classics Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The theatre also hosts a range of live music events with tribute concerts to iconic pop sensations from Queen, Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley, to 70s themed disco nights.

Students can also enjoy priority booking on most shows, discounted tickets and 10% off food and drink.


Take a stroll to the beach

One of the most fortunate things about studying in Norwich is its proximity to the beach. In addition to the many scenic countryside walks, you can take a leisurely walk at the nearby beaches to wind down or meet up with friends.

There are several to choose from with both pebble and sandy beaches including Sea Palling, Cart Gap, Happisburgh, and Cromer beach.

Norwich is home to six Blue Flag beaches, meaning they have high levels of cleanliness, quality of water, facilities and environmental management.


Winbirri Vineyards

If you want a bit of fun with a splash of culture, the Winbirri Vineyards might be the perfect place.

Enjoy delicious wine and more than twenty-five acres of glorious countryside. The vineyards are an ideal location for post-exam celebrations, with tasting tours occurring between May and September.

For an even more leisurely afternoon, you can just sit down in the Wine Garden and watch as the wine-making process takes place. The garden is open to all guests with no booking required, offering on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Find out more about The University of Law’s Norwich campus based at The University of East Anglia’s campus here.