Student social life

Student social life @ TSL

Allocating time for fun and friendship is as important as dedicating time for research! That’s why we are constantly organising social activities for recreation and bonding.

Photo of TSL students in 2018
TSL Student cohort 2017

We usually hold events to welcome new starters in October with a fun pumpkin carving contest, we celebrate Christmas with a tasty dinner and a fun Secret Santa game, and enjoy the lovely summer weather with an outdoor activity and a nice BBQ at the rec centre. Other activities in the past have also included making our own tie-dye T-shirts, baking pizza, house parties and farewell parties to say good-bye to our senior 4th year students.

Trying to keep the student community close together in times of COVID has been challenging, as in-person interactions are, of course, extremely restricted. We are all a bit overwhelmed by the number of virtual meetings and time spent in front of screens, but we still try to keep some sense of normalcy and togetherness by organising a couple of virtual socials. Last year, we were still able to enjoy our pumpkin carving on Zoom, had fun making Secret Santa guesses, and tested our knowledge with a virtual pub quiz.

Social life in Norwich and at the University of East Anglia

Norwich, as small as it may seem, has a vibrant nightlife! Whether you’re after a quirky café, some top-notch dining, a pint at a local pub, a late night out at a club, or some live music, we’ve got you covered.

In addition, during non-pandemic times, all the institutes across the NBI have access to the rec centre, which has a bar that opens on Friday evenings. Many students and staff used to go there after work to grab a pint and socialise. The rec centre is also open during the day for recreation (badminton, squash, table football and basketball), and we have access to the heated pool during late-spring and summer.

If you’re into hobbies or enjoy activities, the UEA student union has many clubs and societies you can join! Have a look at