Anne-Sophie at UEA

An International Student of Literature in England.

En-Suite Village Accommodation at UEA

Thanks to UEA reposting my “Dear Freshers” article, my blog got soooo many views! I also got a few really nice comments that gave me inspiration for this post. A few people asked me about accommodation at UEA and the village. Since it was one of my biggest worries last summer, I thought it’d be nice to talk about it and show you as many pictures as possible, especially for those who, like me, couldn’t visit the campus. The one thing that bothered me was the lack of accommodation pictures and information on UEA’s website. It was all quite vague and I only found a couple of videos on YouTube. That’s something they should really work on.

Here is a video I made of the village accommodation!

The village accommodation is referred to as “en-suite village”. The village is only 15 minutes away from the heart of the campus! It really isn’t far. There are 8 rooms per flat. There’s a real sense of community and belonging there, and I guess the same can be said about UEA in general!

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Village entrance.

Village entrance.

It’s not too big and not too small either, just enough for you to feel secure without it being too noisy (unlike on campus accommodation during LCR nights). Some of the houses are pretty big but others only have four flats. It makes a big difference with regards to noise levels and socialising but you can’t ask to live in a particular house. Courtyard A and B are the biggest ones while Pine, Willow and Hawthorn are further away, at the back (nobody knows about them haha).

Pine House!

Pine House!

Lots of students choose it over the “en-suite campus” accommodation due to the price difference. En-suite campus rooms are bigger  and nicer (especially the bathrooms) but I genuinely think that living in the village was really cool. Living in Pine House made me feel like I wasn’t always on campus or at uni. The kitchens are bigger and some were refurbished recently. And of course, I saved a lot of money. I was further away from the campus than others, but on the other hand, Tesco and Aldi were pretty close (roughly 20 minutes) which is great when you need to carry heavy shopping bags.

The size of the rooms was decent and there’s absolutely everything you need. I actually expected something smaller and was really pleased with my room. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not huge either. There’s a veeery long desk (with two big drawers) and long shelves above it. You should have more than enough space to fit all you books, laptop, decoration etc. There’s some carpet on the wall in front of the desk so you can pin photos and stuff. You’ll allowed to have posters on the walls if you use white tac. UEA provides a wonderful plastic chair that will kill your back and your butt! Good luck… I’d often put pillows on my chair to help. There’s no desk lamp so make sure to bring or buy one! The bed is okay although my original mattress was awful. I had I changed after a few weeks.

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My room when I arrived. Desk and shelves on the left, bed, wardrobe and bathroom on the right.

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The room seen from the other side. You can see the white bathroom door on the left.

You can lift up the bed to have more storage under it by the way! I put all my suitcases there. That’s a big plus. Talking about storage, the wardrobe is huge and deep! I loved it. There’s also a full size mirror in it.

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It’s much bigger than it looks! The shelves at the back were also quite big and very convenient.

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The secrets hidden under my bed.

As for the bathroom, it’s tiny but it has everything you need and you don’t have to share. The sink is quite small, and so is the shower. There are two small shelves and two hooks. The annoying part is that the floor gets flooded after showering and it takes a while to dry even with the fan on and the door being open. Because of that, black mould can appear very easily so be careful. The cleaner will come once a week (always on the same day) to clean your bathroom. You have to clean the rest of your room and ask the cleaner to unlock to the hoover, which is kind of annoying sometimes.

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The kitchen size is decent but it gets tricky when more than 4 or 5 people cook at the same time. There are lots of cupboards and drawers too! There are only four electric hobs, which isn’t fantastic but hey. We had a grill and a microwave/oven. I wished we had two because as I said, cooking was tricky when everybody was there. The freezer was big but to me the biggest problem was the fridge! Two small fridges for eight students is ridiculous. Ours we full and yet, we were only seven in the flat and some people didn’t buy much fresh food. But I did and ended up using other people’s shelves. UEA really needs to change that. As for cleaning, the cleaner came twice a week! But she only cleans the floor, surfaces and appliances. In other words, nobody’s going to do your washing up!

Grande cuisine, beaucoup de rangement, frigos

Enjoy the kitchen, while it’s clean and empty!

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Long corridor in my flat.

Despite the few annoying things I mentioned about the village accommodation, living there was amazing. Improvements are needed, especially in the kitchen (some flats have been refurbished in the village and they have nicer kitchens) but what made my first year incredible was living with the flatmates who became great friends. They’re the ones who’ll make your uni experience special, fun and memorable. In the end, who cares whether you had one or two microwaves? 😛

I hope this helped!

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19 comments on “En-Suite Village Accommodation at UEA

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  2. Silvia del Álamo
    7 November, 2016

    Hi Anne!! I’m Silvia from Spain and I am searching accommodation near to UEA.
    Thank you for your post beause it’s very useful!!! CONGRATULATIONS

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    • Anne-Sophie
      8 November, 2016

      Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 Let me know if I can help in any way!

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      • Silvia
        4 January, 2017

        By the way, do you know any cheap english academy in the city? Because I am looking for, but everything is very expensive, around 2000 pound per 9 weeks…
        THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!

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      • Anne-Sophie
        4 January, 2017

        Hi! I am not sure what you mean bu English Academy? A place where you study English?

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  4. Chloe Howcroft
    28 June, 2016

    Hi Anne-Sophie!

    As many have already said, this is a really useful post and extremely easy to follow. I just received my accommodation offer to live in the University Village this year, come September, which I am really excited about especially because it was my first choice! Just wondering if you had any idea about the room names at all. Mine is UVCA23C, so I’m assuming it’s in Courtyard A? Not that it makes much of a difference like you say, but just wondered if you could decode this 😀

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    • Anne-Sophie
      29 June, 2016

      Hi! The village (like UEA) is an excellent choice! You’re right, your room is in Courtyard A, the biggest residence in the village (with CB). I hope you enjoy your time at UEA 🙂

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  5. Aimen
    22 February, 2016

    This proved to be really helpful! I’m considering living in the UEA village rather than sharing a house next year (2nd year undergrad)
    Could you please tell me which house is closest to norwich business school or the campus in general?

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    • Anne-Sophie
      22 February, 2016

      I’m very glad this was helpful! I found the village really good. The closest houses are Courtyard A or B, but Beech, Yew, Ash etc are all in the same place (higher village) so it shouldn’t make a big difference.

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      • Aimen
        22 February, 2016

        Alright!
        Also one last thing, is there a bus stop for bus 25 or 26 near the UEA Village or do you need to go to the bus stop at UEA to get to the city centre, rail station etc

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      • Anne-Sophie
        22 February, 2016

        Unfortunately, you need to go to the main bus stop on campus which is a pain. The 26 goes on Earlham Road but I don’t know if that’d be quicker than going to campus. The 22 goes on Wilberforce Road which is right next to the village but I don’t know where that bus goes.

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      • Aimen
        22 February, 2016

        Thank yout so much! 🙂

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      • Anne-Sophie
        22 February, 2016

        Glad to help! 🙂 I’m here if you have any questions! 🙂

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  6. Ben Plummer
    15 September, 2015

    Do you know what accomodation in the village as ovens? I am going to be in courtyard A and heard some flats got refurbed with ovens! So not sure if mine will or not. I can cope without but it could be helpful sometimes. Good post btw 🙂

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    • megalomania29
      15 September, 2015

      Thank you! I don’t know about that sorry, it depends on the flat. You do get a combi microwave/oven anyway.

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  7. student nurse adventures
    10 August, 2015

    So easy to understand! I think it will really help new students! Totally agree with you on the scarcity of pictures and videos of the accommodation.

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    • megalomania29
      10 August, 2015

      Thanks a lot! Yep, I hope they’ll add a lot of pictures in the future because honestly it kinda sucks.

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  8. Fred
    6 August, 2015

    EXCELLENT EXPLICATIONS….. TRES UTILES 😉

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