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Norwich is a beautiful city that is known for its picturesque surroundings and its colourful history. But Norwich is also a fun, modern city with two universities to its name and a large student population. Norwich rules the roost in Norfolk being the biggest and best city around.
If you’re new to the city, our Norwich City guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Norwich is fairly compact, so once you’re in the city centre, you shouldn’t need any buses to get around. Most places you go will be within walking distance and are conveniently located.
If you’re going to the University of East Anglia from the city centre, you can catch the number 25 or 26 bus to get there. You won’t need a bus to get from the city centre if you’re studying at the Norwich University of Arts, as the campus is a short walk from the centre.
In terms of getting around by taxi, there are lots of taxi ranks in the city centre. An average fare shouldn’t cost much more than a fiver.
TIP: If you want a speedy way to get around, you can rent a bike from one of the cities various cycle stations for as little as £3.80 a day! It’s a great way to see the city and have a look at the surrounding countryside!
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Norwich has got lots to do to keep you entertained. Whether it’s learning a about its ancient past, or having a night out on the town, Norwich has got everything you’d want!
Having a look around Norwich Cathedral is a must. It’s over 700 years old and is stunning to look at. There’s also a large labyrinth just outside of it, which you can take a walk around.
If you’re still in the mood for more history, be sure to check out the Castle Museum! The castle was converted into a museum in the 1800s. It’s home to a wide range of fascinating historical artefacts and even hosts dungeon and battlement tours. It’s also home to one of the largest collection of teapots in the UK, so its perfect if you love a cuppa!
If you’re in the mood to explore some shops, take a walk around Norwich Lanes. These streets are filled with great independent shops and cafés.
Norwich Market is also a must-see. This market has been here since the days of William the Conqueror and is great to pick up some clothes or rummage for some records.
If you fancy getting some sea breeze, Norwich is located about half an hour away from the coast by train. There are lots of beaches to check out, all within a short distance!
If you’re looking to wet your whistle, Norwich has plenty of great bars and pubs on offer. You’ll find all of the main pub and bar chains here, as well as lots of independent establishments. The Fat Cat is great for any beer connoisseurs as it offers over 30 ales and beers. The Birdcage is a great place to hang out and get some interesting cocktails. Frank’s Bar is a good choice for a few drinks with mates. The Playhouse Bar is gorgeously decorated and has lots of outdoor seating for sunnier days!
For night-owls (or night canaries, seeing as we’re in Norwich!) there are lots of places to party all night. Mercy nightclub is a student favourite and even has fire-breathing performers hanging above the dance floor! It’s perfect for anyone looking for good DJs and dance music, as well as cheap drink deals! Mantra is another student favourite and hosts lots of great themed nights. For any LGBT students, the Loft NR1 is the place for you. It’s a great gay bar in Norwich and has loads of great drink deals and a spacious dance floor! Mojo’s is a great place for fans of Hip-Hop, R’n’B and Grime as the club prides itself on spinning those genres all night long!
If you fancy a nice café to grab a coffee at No.33, Strangers Coffee House and Olives are all great places to check out.
If you’re a fan of football, you’ll want to head down to Carrow Road to see Norwich City F.C aka The Canaries play. The club has tons of great history and heritage and currently plays in the Championship tier. Their fierce rivalry with Ipswich Town is over 100 years old and the East Anglia Derby is a must-watch.
Norwich has got plenty of great places to grab a bite. As Norwich is a decent sized city, you’ll find all of the main restaurant chains here.
If you’re looking for something a little different, grab a bite at the Moorish Falafel Bar for some excellent falafel.
If you fancy something a little spicy, Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina is a great place to get some great grub. If you want to go even spicier, check out Namaste India. It’s a lovely cosy curry house that has a great vegetarian selection.
Any meat-lovers should pop into Middletons Steakhouse and Grill.
Brick Pizza is another good place to share a freshly made pizza with some mates. They’ve got a great selection of beer on tap and their pizza is awesome value for money at only £6 for a margarita!
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For any vegan or vegetarian students, take a look at the Wild Thyme Vegetarian Café. It’s got a stripped down homely interior and is the perfect place to grab a meat-free meal. It’s got a great selection of gorgeous veggie dishes!
Norwich is home to a whole host of shops. You’ll be able to find anything you could want here.
Intu Chapelfield and Castle Mall are two shopping centres right in the middle of the city centre. They’re great for finding the latest brands and labels. You’ll find all of the major brands and clothing chains here.
If you fancy going off the beaten track and finding some more quirky threads, take a stroll around Norwich Market or Norwich Lanes. Retreat Vintage and Lulu Vintage Clothing are two good places if you want to find some hidden gems.
Norwich has a fairly large student population and there’s a strong student presence in the city. There’s plenty of accommodation to go around, with lots of nice, affordable housing available.
Norwich is a little unusual in that one student area soaks up most of the students. The Golden Triangle is an area that most students tend to go for. This refers to a section of Norwich, which is characterised by the fact the roads form a large triangle. It’s a very popular place for students to choose as it isn’t too far from the city centre or UEA and has a lot of pubs and restaurants scattered around it. You can catch a bus to town quite easily as well. The most popular roads are Unthank road and Earlham road. Students like these places especially thanks to the wide variety of pubs and restaurants right on their doorstep.
West Earlham and Bowthorpe are two other options students go for, but you’ll find a smaller concentration of students here. The location isn’t quite as convenient as the golden triangle. You can often get a bit more bang for your buck here though, as the golden triangle is mostly made up of tightly packed terrace housing. Having a look at properties in the city centre is also an option as well, although you may find that you’re not living close to many students.
All of the areas are lived in by students from both unis and each has something that makes them special.
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