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Whimsical, characterful and charming; Norwich has everything you'll need, tons of independent shops and a local feel encapsulated by cobbled streets and medieval architecture.

By member1189122 On 19th July 2023

Study in Norwich

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) and The University of East Anglia are the two universities located around Norwich, Norfolk’s only city.

 

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University of East Anglia

Located just two miles outside of Norwich you’ll find UEA, set on a 145 hectare campus and home to 17,000 students. Faculties at the university include Arts and Humanities, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences with teaching across these subjects recognised with a gold award by the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

 

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)

NUA traces its roots back to 1845 but is now a forward-thinking university specialising in art, design and media. Their city centre campus houses an impressive range of cutting-edge facilities and their reputation for teaching was awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework. A little over 2,000 students are enrolled.

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Norwich Student Life

Students rate their experience of the city highly, due to its shops, nightlife and the small-town-community-feel. Norwich crams a lot of activity into a very manageable space, while still keeping the relaxed attitude you’d expect from a county that is half seaside.

 

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Norwich is such great value for money and is so clean! There are student deals on most places so eating out is cheap. There are so many bars and pubs and a few clubs that nights out are great fun and affordable!

By member548719 On 27th May 20

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Public Transport

Firstbus operate direct and regular services from UEA and Norwich city centre, which is a quick 15-minute journey. Norwich is also an easy city to get around by bike, there are several dedicated cycle paths and easy routes to UEA. 

There is a frequent train service to London Liverpool Street which runs every 30-minutes and the takes about 2-hours. To get to other parts of East Anglia and the rest of central England there are hourly train services.

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Shopping

In Norwich itself, there are two big shopping complexes, Castle Quarter and Chantry Place, and the buzzing pedestrianised area around them caters to the shopping needs of the entire county, including a large covered market that runs six days a week.

 

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The Great Outdoors

Norfolk is best known for the man-made broads which are in a National Park and consist of over 125 miles of waterways. You can easily hire a boat, grab some friends and sail around, there’s plenty of picturesque villages and pubs that you can stop off at.

 

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North Norfolk Coast

Further afield, is the North Norfolk Coast, it’s a perfect spot for a day trip or even a weekend away, for some of that fresh sea air! This area is known for its stunning coastline, wonderful beaches, wildlife and historic towns and villages.

 

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Breckland and Thetford Forest

Drive 45-minutes in-land and you will find the Breckland and Thetford Forest. It is the largest lowland pine forest in Britain and boasts the best overall climate with low rainfall and warm summers. There are lots of outdoor activities on offer - a perfect way to take some time out from the books!

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13th June 2024

I love calm envir...

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12th June 2024

On average more e...

On average more expensive than Loughborough. And although it’s a lot bigger than Loughborough there isn’t loads more to do, tend to be repetitive and doing the same thing over and over again read more

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10th June 2024

Norwich is a grea...

Norwich is a great city containing a great mix of the generic mall shops you will find across England together with lots of intriguing independent shops and services. Public transport is generally alright, but there are several issues with it at times, such as the buses in particular being late. read more

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20th March 2024

Don’t go on night...

Don’t go on nights out but everything else is great read more

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20th March 2024

Transport is amaz...

Transport is amazing here to train station and buses read more

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20th February 2024

Good stuff and go...

Good stuff and going out is affordable read more

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member1391984
7th October 2023

Just a racist tow...

Just a racist town filled with jokes. Just be careful if you do decide to come over here. You will feel and see yourself extroverted by other students and members of staff and public. Unless you’re white! You should be fine :) read more

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22nd August 2023

Norwich is a grea...

Norwich is a great city with plenty to do and has buses to travel everywhere read more

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23rd July 2023

Norwich is a love...

Norwich is a lovely city and has added so much to my university experience read more

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member589158
21st July 2023

lovely area with...

lovely area with everything you need read more

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20th July 2023

Feels safe Lots o...

Feels safe Lots of places for food, clothes and essentials read more

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member489129
19th July 2023

Lots of things to...

Lots of things to do with family and friends that visit read more

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19th July 2023

Lovely city with...

Lovely city with plenty of places for young people to spend during the day or night read more

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19th July 2023

Whimsical, charac...

Whimsical, characterful and charming; Norwich has everything you'll need, tons of independent shops and a local feel encapsulated by cobbled streets and medieval architecture. read more

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19th July 2023

Norwich is an awe...

Norwich is an awesome place for studies as it has many beautiful places as well as river wensum passing through heart of the city. It also has every kind facilities you need for day to day life. read more

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19th July 2023

Chill city but no...

Chill city but not much place to hang out read more

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19th July 2023

26 bus could be m...

26 bus could be more reliable.! read more

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member1089116
19th July 2023

Everything is in...

Everything is in close range. Good quality products. I feel safe at night as Police are constantly patrolling at night. I know a lot of parents are concerned for their children, especially if it's far away from home. However, in my 3 years here I've never felt so safe. I really recommend Norwich. read more

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19th July 2023

Good transport li...

Good transport links everywhere especially via beryl, but nights out for instance are just not great read more

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19th July 2023

Perfect city, cou...

Perfect city, could not ask to live some where better. read more

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18th July 2023

Norwich life is v...

Norwich life is very great, not overly cheap but you can find places to go for cheap and have a good night out! read more

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member488017
24th June 2023

I’ve been to Norw...

I’ve been to Norwich a lot as I nearby and it never fails to amaze me, Norwich is a beautiful city with a perfect blend of history and modern. Eating out with friends after a day of shopping is how I spend every Wednesday, the market has the best food read more

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member1387950
23rd June 2023

Best university c...

Best university city - very safe and amazing range of shops and small businesses. 365 pubs makes for a lovely city. read more

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member1187605
15th June 2023

Norwich is quite...

Norwich is quite beautiful and safe i really loved it I used to live in london and i think norwich is a perfect mix between the loud city if london and a small town. The norwich market and charity shops are definitely on my list when hanging out with friends. read more

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member1187598
15th June 2023

Really great city...

Really great city with everything I have needed. I have not needed to take transport very much in the year and have a great experience with the nightlife and food. It has a nice mix of history, nature and modern city. read more

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15th June 2023

good for food and...

good for food and shopping, lots of buses but not reliable. train station is near . not many big supermarkets unless you walk ages read more

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15th June 2023

I love Norwich! I...

I love Norwich! It is a sleepy city that is very pleasant to look at. read more

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15th June 2023

Lived here the ma...

Lived here the majority of my life and love it! read more

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15th June 2023

Norwich is a city...

Norwich is a city that is perfectly made for students read more

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15th June 2023

Norwich is a wond...

Norwich is a wonderful city to find anything for anyone, from the cathedrals and many pleasant walks, to the incredible nightlife. read more

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24th May 2023

Been okay, not mu...

Been okay, not much to do but nice countrysides read more

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member884728
22nd April 2023

Great bus service...

Great bus service, and plenty of supermarkets nearby. read more

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member884263
16th April 2023

Norwich is a nice...

Norwich is a nice clean city for a student it’s super safe and I feel safe living here. There’s a lot of food places and easy transport. there is a lot of homeless in Norwich. read more

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member484199
14th April 2023

Nightlife is good...

Nightlife is good - especially waterfront - some of the clubs feel a little dangerous to be in because of the crowd. The restaurant selection is good but quite a few are overpriced read more

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13th April 2023

Pretty good, lots...

Pretty good, lots of different spots to hang out eat and visit. read more

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member1084095
12th April 2023

There’s so much t...

There’s so much to do in norwich I’m finishing my second year and still haven’t tried everywhere i want to yet! read more

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11th April 2023

I have only lived...

I have only lived here for 3/4 years, I am loving it so far and really want to experience more of the night life and the benefits of the market read more

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4th April 2023

Expensive to shop...

Expensive to shop and live. Public transport is not very accurate read more

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member681081
13th March 2023

I have lived in N...

I have lived in Norwich my whole life, it is a smaller city packed with everything you need. From shops to clubs to entertainment, there is a lot you can do. read more

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member580318
3rd March 2023

Possibly one of t...

Possibly one of the most depressing cities I have ever witnessed. The nightlife is shocking, however Mantra can be OK sometimes, I would avoid the other clubs or bars. Shopping doesn't really exist, theres a few stores here and there but no flagship stores. The buses seem really inconsistent and stop early at night. Nothing really to eat past 10 PM also. The people here seem different to other cities... read more

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16th February 2023

Nights out in Nor...

Nights out in Norwich can be a hit or miss. Sometimes they are great, and sometimes there's a creep that follows you home. Stay in a group, do not go alone. If you feel unsafe please talk to a bouncer. Eating out is lovely! Theres so many nice little cafes. read more

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3rd February 2023

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Hdudiififckkckckckckkvkfkckckoc read more

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member1073631
24th November 2022

Norwich is a love...

Norwich is a lovely city small enough to emulate the feel of Brighton before it became the place to be but big enough that you still have everything there you need. Norwich has multiple malls, cinemas (ODEON & VUE incl. a little old-timey cinema which plays films that have already been released), plenty of restaurants and so much more. read more

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31st July 2022

The public transp...

The public transport system is very unreliable... best to cycle / drive read more

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21st July 2022

Not much brand na...

Not much brand name to shop here.eating out has been very expensive and taste less but i guess it s just British read more

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member969211
27th May 2022

A city of stories...

A city of stories indeed. Visit soon. read more

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26th May 2022

Always easy to fi...

Always easy to find a place to go out. Shoppings always good. read more

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25th May 2022

Norwich is a real...

Norwich is a really nice city. Everything is really close together and easy to get to. read more

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25th May 2022

Great city with a...

Great city with a good population. Small enough to travel around yet with great amenities. read more

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24th May 2022

Norwich has a num...

Norwich has a number of great amenities, eating out can be relatively expensive though, many expensive cocktail bars too. read more

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24th May 2022

Lovely city. Stay...

Lovely city. Staying here after I graduate read more

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23rd May 2022

Norwich has many...

Norwich has many enjoyable activities, variety of shops and decent public transport. read more

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14th April 2022

Norwich is a real...

Norwich is a really nice city to live and study in, it has lots of things to do at the same time as it is a walkable and has a cosy citycentre. read more

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14th April 2022

I really like nor...

I really like norwich, there are a nice range of things to do and everything is in walking distance of each other. There are a good variety of bars and restaurants, such as Haggle, Zaks Diner and Playhouse. Also, the nights out are good, and are usually quite safe. read more

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14th April 2022

There could be mo...

There could be more clubs or events go on for nights out. There could be a more diverse range of clothing shops. read more

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14th April 2022

Norwich is a grea...

Norwich is a great city to live in especially as a student as there is a lot of student benefits with shops and going out. Also transport to and from UEA campus is useful for students there and NUA students are right in the centre read more

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14th April 2022

Norwich is what I...

Norwich is what I call a "human-sized" city. It is as entertaining as any bigger city, but as safe as any smaller town. It is historical and yet modern, urban and yet full of green spaces. The theatre, the tea rooms, the market, and the independent local shops are my favourite to visit! read more

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14th April 2022

Peaceful yet live...

Peaceful yet lively. Lots of fun places to visit read more

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14th April 2022

Not really a city...

Not really a city, in my opinion but still a lot to do. read more

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14th April 2022

I definitely feel...

I definitely feel safe in Norwich and find that it’s perfect when friends come to stay as there’s lots to do. The nightclubs are good, would love to see some different ones open up read more

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12th April 2022

Lovely place to l...

Lovely place to live in, have been here for two years now. Very close to loads of shops read more

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1st April 2022

Norwich is the pe...

Norwich is the perfect combination of city life but also country side too it you like to escape. there is a great city centre with two shopping centres and also the Norwich market. for students there are plenty of places to visit for cheap as everywhere holds discounts. and places like Cromer are only a 40 minutes on the train so its easy to get around. read more

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1st March 2022

Don’t ever trust...

Don’t ever trust to get a bus but a great day out read more

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9th December 2021

Prince of wales a...

Prince of wales and the LCR are pretty decent. However, does get repetitive and boring sometimes compared to other cities with more clubs and crazier night life. read more

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2nd December 2021

Buses are the bes...

Buses are the best, cheap on nights out and only a short ride to town read more

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22nd November 2021

Really nice and f...

Really nice and fun city with lots to do read more

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21st November 2021

Just the right si...

Just the right size to not be too busy but still have anything you could want. read more

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9th June 2021

A fine city, lots...

A fine city, lots of shops and places for people to eat out. Right in the town center is the bus stop. However the train station is a bit of a walk from the center of town read more

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9th June 2021

Norwich is a beau...

Norwich is a beautiful city, small but it has everything you need read more

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9th June 2021

Great city good c...

Great city good combination of urban and rural read more

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member659703
8th June 2021

Personally I don’...

Personally I don’t go out much for nights out but for food there’s plenty of places to eat and drink. Lots of local pubs as well as larger chain restaurants. Buses run every few minutes in the city centre and around 15 minutes to UEA and back. There’s 2 shopping centres as well as the royale arcade and market to do shopping as well. Great small city for someone who is moving from a village or another city read more

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8th June 2021

It’s a nice littl...

It’s a nice little town. And friendly people read more

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8th June 2021

We'll its like an...

We'll its like any other city, shops are close by and there's plenty to choose from. Loads of restaurants and all the rest of it. Bus stops everywhere. Norwich is a fairly small city so nothing is ever to far away. read more

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8th June 2021

Norwich is a love...

Norwich is a lovely looking city with a nice atmosphere for the most part. There a many places to shop for different types of interests and there a many nice and diverse restaurants around. There are things that are more expensive, however there is something here for everyone. read more

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member1359688
8th June 2021

It's an alright c...

It's an alright city. The bus has its moments where it cancels without warning every now and then. read more

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member559684
8th June 2021

Small cozy city,...

Small cozy city, relatively cheap, short walk from anywhere to anywhere else. Super comfy though, safe city. read more

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member859394
1st June 2021

Good amenities, d...

Good amenities, delivery service good as well. The center of the city is very well connected and traversable on foot. read more

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25th May 2021

I love the city i...

I love the city its old but also new at the same time read more

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member1057493
8th May 2021

Norwich overall i...

Norwich overall is a very safe place to live, there is also a multitude of different shops (including two shopping centres), restaurants, and bars. I didn’t take part too much in nights out, but the ones that I did go to were very good, however I would not go down Prince of whales road, as it can be very sketchy at night. Public transport is very efficient and reasonably priced, but the cost of living in some areas can be a little pricey. read more

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8th May 2021

Lovely place to l...

Lovely place to live! Lots of places to go and explore! read more

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member857477
7th May 2021

An all round love...

An all round lovely city to live in and study in! read more

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7th May 2021

I love Norwich, o...

I love Norwich, one of the nicest cities I've ever been to. It's a safe and charming place. There everything I could ever need in the city center read more

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7th May 2021

Norwich is reason...

Norwich is reasonably priced. However I felt like I was on a very tight budget everyday. This may be because I am paying for private doctors since the NHS waiting lists are too long, and it took quite a big chunk of my student loan. There are plenty of places to eat in nowich, some favourites among me and my friends were: Byron Burgers (The staff were great there and the food was always good) The market (There was always something for everyone) Pizza hut (They managed to accommodate such a large group of friends on short notice) Weatherspoon's (On multiple occasions they got a group of about 30 of us in there. We were able to pull tables together and it was lots of fun and the drinks were cheap.) read more

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7th May 2021

Norwich is one of...

Norwich is one of the best cities i could recommend to anyone to visit or stay in. There is always something to do from eating out to clubbing or shopping. Everything is all within walking distance too but if your not the walking type then you can use the cities rent a bikes also know as beryl bikes to get around. Despite it being hilly and sometimes a workout i always find myself wanting to come back to Norwich. read more

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7th May 2021

Can’t fault Norwi...

Can’t fault Norwich, has everything you need. Great public transport to campus. read more

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member1356783
23rd April 2021

Incredible city w...

Incredible city with lots of culture but can be pricey read more

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17th April 2021

Lived in Norwich...

Lived in Norwich all my life, great place to hang out with friends and get some food. Not much away from Prince of Wales for the night scene but it is quite enjoyable. Mainly stands out for its history and active market boasting a large amount of varied products. Anyone would have a blast in Norwich read more

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member556247
14th April 2021

I think its alrig...

I think its alright. Not too bad. read more

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member956060
12th April 2021

Norwich is a grea...

Norwich is a great equal with nice nature filled areas and historical areas to places which are modern and offer places to eat out places to meet and hang out with friends and a variety of different shops. Transport is also good with bus services taxi services and the train station not too far away read more

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member456029
11th April 2021

Norwich is the be...

Norwich is the best city to live in the UK read more

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member1356010
9th April 2021

I don't want to l...

I don't want to leave here! Such a nice and peaceful city to live in - I'll never forget Norwich and what this place has done for me, and that includes all the amazing people I've met over the past 3 years. read more

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member955976
9th April 2021

Norwich is a beau...

Norwich is a beautiful city, plenty of clubs, shopping and things to do read more

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member1054666
25th February 2021

The cost of livin...

The cost of living in Norwich 31% cheaper and is one of the safest cities Ain the UK with statistics Numbeo rating the level of crime low and safety walking at home at night as high. read more

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10th January 2021

My uni-run studen...

My uni-run student accommodation is cheap and well worth the money so I'm happy with it. Not all are like this. I believe renting outside of uni-accom is pretty reasonable. Loads of different places to eat out Haven't been on any nights out due to covid Shopping places are high in numbers and varied- loads of shops Public transport is EXPENSIVE read more

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member1352600
26th November 2020

Norwich is a love...

Norwich is a lovely city with lots to offer. There are multiple shopping centres, gyms and plenty of restaurants to choose from. read more

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member1152586
26th November 2020

can't really comm...

can't really comment on nights out as i haven't really wanted to go on any, lots of pubs and clubs either way, all the clubs are on one road so easy to stay away from them or find them all - whatever floats your boat! unexpected the large amount of homeless people, mostly found near the market square so i tend to avoid the market for sake of being stopped and asked for change nice shops and the lanes are very nice for walking around castle, theatre royal, biddys tea rooms, vue cinema come recommended! read more

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member650088
27th July 2020

Love Norwich, get...

Love Norwich, get yourself down to the market for a breakfast bap. read more

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4th July 2020

Eating out is soo...

Eating out is soo dead just because food is wackyy don’t trust those shops unless it’s like dominos or something Transport is there but there is only one route to city centre which is like 20 min away Nights out are good (for me) I got wild friends read more

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member749460
21st June 2020

Small city, doesn...

Small city, doesn't disappoint or astound. read more

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member548719
27th May 2020

Norwich is such g...

Norwich is such great value for money and is so clean! There are student deals on most places so eating out is cheap. There are so many bars and pubs and a few clubs that nights out are great fun and affordable! There are so many more shops and the local market and independent shops as well as high street stores so shopping environment is great! Buses are fairly reliable but timetable can be inaccurate so missed quite a few buses read more

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23rd May 2020

The bus routes ar...

The bus routes are perfect for getting into the city easily, and norwich is great for shopping with a mix of Branded shops and independent and quirky shops. Same when it comes to eating out, with lots of options including for vegetarian and vegan! Has one of the best markets in the country and the historical aspects of the city such as the castle and cathedral are truly beautiful. You will love norwich! read more

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member1148527
20th May 2020

this is a brillia...

this is a brilliant place to live. local shops takeaways restraunts clubs pubs all on your doorstep.and people sem so friendly read more

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member1148423
18th May 2020

It's a great plac...

It's a great place to live, it's a great place to retire, it's safe, it's quiet, you can buy what you want, it's not far from London read more

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Chloe Moss
3rd March 2020

The little coffee...

The little coffee shops are my favourite place to do work and just chill. Nights out are good. Some places can be expensive but worth the money. read more

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member643197
6th November 2019

nice small city w...

nice small city with modern twist read more

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member69170
16th June 2015

Great vibrant, fr...

Great vibrant, friendly and cultural city! Amazing places to eat!! read more

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