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A Snapshot into.. Norwich

  • May 18, 2020

Norwich is a vibrant City in Norfolk, situated on the River Wensum in the East Anglian countryside with an estimated population of 132,512. The City is within easy reach of London, Cambridge and the Norfolk coast with a thriving medieval centre, rich in historic architecture.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust carries out nearly one million outpatient appointments, day case procedures and inpatient admissions annually. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is a 1,200 bed teaching hospital with state-of-the-art facilities for modern patient care with more than 8,000 members of staff.

Facts About Norwich

  • Norwich was the first place in the UK to use postcodes.
  • Norwich has the largest walled centre and longest run of medieval defences in England.
  • Norwich started as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement north of the river Wensum. Known as North Wic. The name Norwich first appears on a coin minted in the early 10th Century.
  •  A thousand years ago, Norwich was the second-largest city in England, behind London.
  • Norwhich has the title of being one of the safest cities in the UK, with a consistent record of having some of the lowest crime rates recorded.
  • Norwich market is one of the oldest and largest open air markets in the country.
  • Legendary theatre actor Sir John Mills and author of His Dark Materials Phillip Pullman, were both born in Norwich
  • Norwich Cathedral has the second-tallest spire in England, exceeded only by Salisbury Cathedral.

Cost of Living in Norwich

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Norwich to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


1 Hour 57 Minutes


4 Hours 41 Minutes


5 Hours 38 Minutes


5 Hours 6 Minutes


5 Hours 44 Minutes


3 Hours 48 Minutes


5 Hours 22 Minutes


6 Hours 25 Minutes

Education in Norwich

According to the government website, Norwich has access to 24 Secondary Schools and 61 Primary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Norfolk County Council Education website here.

Norwich is also home to both the Norwich University of Arts (NUA) and the University of East Anglia (UEA). The NUA is a dynamic and creative community providing arts, design, architecture and media education to around 2,000 students and is home to international learners from over 40 countries. The UEA is ranked in the UK Top 25 (The Times/Sunday Times 2020 and Complete University Guide 2020), and the World Top 200 Universities (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020).  The University is home to around 20,000 students and offers 450 undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Things to do in Norwich:

Norwich has been ranked in the Top 10 shopping cities in the UK.  As well as the market, there are also two modern shopping malls, or you may visit the quaint and historic Royal Arcade and Norwich Lanes, where you can find independent shops, cafés, restaurants, galleries and an abundance of other cultural exhibitions.

Norfolk and Norwich festival
For 17 days each May, the Festival transforms Norwich’s public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events. The flagship arts festival for the East of England spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events.

Broads National Park

One of the UK’s 15 National Parks, the Broad’s beautiful landscape, diverse wildlife and important cultural heritage are all protected – meaning they can be enjoyed for many years to come. The Broads National park is made up of over 60 open water areas, with more than 125 miles of lock free waterways and home to more than a quarter of Britain’s rarest animals and plants.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 

The museum & art gallery holds significant objects from the region, especially works of art, archaeological finds and natural history specimens. The castle is one of the city's Norwich 12 heritage sites. Here you can also tour of the castle keep, battlements, dungeons and the Victorian Shirehall courthouse.

Relocation to Norwich

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Norwich, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

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