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Norwich is a historical city located in the east of England, and is home to four higher education institutions, including The University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). With a bustling student population of over 20,000 – Norwich is a great place for students to live, learn, and thrive. So, we bet you’re wondering, what is there to do in Norwich for students?

Well, look no further, as we have collated our handy city guide to Norwich, detailing all of our favourite spots for students.

The top places to eat in Norwich

Norwich has an abundance of great eateries across the city, ranging from all-you-can-eat buffets, to boujie breakfast spots.

Check out our top picks below…


Do you love sushi, tacos, chow mein, and chicken nuggets? If you’re looking for the ultimate all-rounder, Cosmo’s world buffet is the place for you. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat feast, and even better, enjoy 10% off with your student discount.

Urban Munch

Urban Munch is the home of homely, value for money munch. Famous for its iconic hog roast (for under a fiver, might we add!), Urban Munch has a bunch of options, from roast dinners to baguettes. They even do a roast dinner in a baguette, if this is your thing!

Middleton’s Steakhouse

If we told you that you could grab three courses and a drink for under £15, would you believe us? Middleton’s Steakhouse offers a range of budget friendly bites, including steak, salmon, and sticky toffee pudding. Delicious.

And Eat It

Got a sweet tooth? The And Eat It market stall, located in Norwich Market, is home to fully loaded bakery goods, including brownies, blondies, and cookies – in every flavour under the sun. We recommend the Kinder blondies, if you think you can handle them…

Best pubs in Norwich

Is there anything better than a refreshing drink after a day of lectures with friends? If you’re wondering where the best places to drink in Norwich are located, check out our favourites below…

Gyre & Gimble

Boasting one of the largest drinks menus in Norwich, Gyre & Gimble is sure to have something on the menu for every taste. Plus, everything on the menu is 100% zero waste, so you can enjoy your tipple with a guilt-free conscience.


Located inside the Royal Arcade, Yalm is a great location filled with tons of local vendors – serving everything from artisan pizza to cheese toasties. Plus, you’ll also find one of our favourite bars in Norwich, boasting creative cocktails, 15-taps of beer, and a great selection of spirits.

The Playhouse

If you’re looking for the ultimate spot for alfresco drinks in the summer, The Playhouse is at your service! With great outdoor seating, a perfect selection of local ales, and a unique interior design – The Playhouse is perfect for pre-drinks with all of your pals.

The Ribs of Beef

This riverside free house has everything you could wish for from a traditional pub. Great outdoor seating with a view, live sports, live music, and even a regular pub quiz – plus a varied selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.

Best nights out in Norwich

After a long week of lectures, we all love to let off a little steam and dance the night away. Luckily, Norwich has a great selection of nightclubs to choose from, no matter your music taste.

Check out our favourites below…

The Waterfront

If you’re into the heavier stuff – The Waterfront is the place for you. With a very cool history of live music, including shows from the Arctic Monkeys and Foals, and indie club nights on Fridays and Saturdays – this alternative club is ideal for something a little different.

The Loft

The Loft is commonly known as the only LGBTQ+ bar in Norwich – and everyone is welcome! With fun themed nights, DJs, and a great bar with fun cocktails, there ain’t no party like a Loft party!


Mantra is home to the biggest student night in Norwich! If you’re a fan of afro beats, dancehall, and grime, Mantra’s three-room venue is the perfect spot to hit the dance floor. With drinks from as little as £3, what more could you ask for?

Best days out and attractions in Norwich

Norwich is a city rich with history and culture, alongside a variety of great modern attractions to explore. Looking for something fun to do on your day off?

Check out our top suggestions below…

Cinema City

Whether you’re a massive film buff, or simply like to see the box office hits, Cinema City is a great venue for all things on-screen. Set in an old-fashioned venue, this three screen Cinema is a little more special than your average Odeon – with showings of the latest movies, plus independent films, and more.

Chantry Place

When a little retail therapy is calling, Chantry Place is the place to be. Jam packed with over 60 stores, ranging from fashion to food, Chantry Place also offers special student events with great discounts available. Everyone loves a bargain!

Norwich Market

Norwich Market was recently awarded as the winner of the ‘Best Large Outdoor Market in the UK’ – and with its huge selection of local produce, jewellery and fashion, flowers, and crafts, it’s no wonder! Explore the numerous rows of stalls and see what you discover.

Boom Battle Bar

If traditional really isn’t your thing, what about axe throwing, crazy golf, beer pong, and electric darts? Boom Battle Bar offers an adventurously alternative day out, with hilarious activities, delicious drinks, and a great bar menu. You’re not competitive, are you?

So, there you have it! That’s our student-friendly guide on what to do in Norwich. But, have you thought about your accommodation? Yugo’s St Crispin’s House is the ultimate base for your new life as a student in Norwich, if we do say so ourselves.