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University of Suffolk

The University of Suffolk is a transformational university, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty first century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. We are a distinctive, thriving academic community which makes a clear and immediate impact.

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Our two validating universities, the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex, established UCS in 2007, working with Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Otley College, Suffolk New College and West Suffolk College.


University of Suffolk offers an attractive portfolio of courses within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science and the Faculty of Health and Science.

Degrees range from Foundation, Honours and Postgraduate, to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. We currently employs around 200 academics who ensure the institution continues to provide students with a high quality and innovative teaching and learning experience.


We aim at University of Suffolk for teaching and learning to be underpinned by applied, professional and practice-based research which has national/international recognition and demonstrable impact. Research, advanced scholarship and knowledge exchange will make a major contribution to society and the local economy.

Research is carried out within our academic departments and through our Research Centres, Units and Institutes.

Research and Enterprise Services provides professional support to the Faculties and across the university supporting the implementation of the institutional research and enterprise strategy and the development of our research environment.


Across our Network and within our Faculties we want to ignite your imagination and create opportunities for learning and for life. In short, if it makes the student experience more engaging and rewarding, you’ll find it at the University of Suffolk.

Learning Services works with you from the time you join the university community through to your graduation and your future career.

Our team of eLearning Developers, Academic Liaison Librarians and Academic Skills Advisors works alongside your course to support you in the developing the skills and confidence you need to succeed academically.


Student services

At the university of Suffolk we recognise the importance of being here if you need us. Our Student Services team offers a range of information, advice and guidance services to students.

The Student Services team offers a range of information, advice and guidance services to international students, including:

  • Immigration information and guidance
  • English language and study skills advice
  • Cultural adjustment advice
  • Mentor scheme
  • Organised trips and events
  • General advice, guidance and counselling

Housing services

On campus we have an attractive, large accommodation block, Athena Hall, especially built for students, with 600 en-suite study bedrooms in self-catered shared and studio flats. Athena Hall is only a two minute walk from the main teaching buildings on the Ipswich Waterfront.

Living in Athena Hall is a great way to meet people and make new friends.

We work with private landlords and companies to offer a variety of safe and affordable student accommodation through our Accreditation Scheme.

Off campus we have a choice of accommodation including flats, houses and purpose built blocks.

Library services

All of the students and staff at all of our centres are able to visit and use resources at all of the university Libraries. Each centre has its own collection, and our customers will need to take their student ID card with them and register at each library before they can begin to borrow.

ICT services

Computers, Wifi & Printing is different at each centre's library. Accessing these services are through your student ID number that is displayed on your ID card.

Student Life

Campus life

At University of Suffolk whatever you are studying you will be doing it in state-of-the-art surroundings. We have invested across the university to create environments that showcase the latest teaching methods and support our students to achieve great things.

The main Waterfront campus is located in the town of Ipswich, the county of Suffolk. Ipswich is approximately one hour from central London and from all major international airports. We also have centres in Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Otley.

  • Ipswich

Ipswich is a vibrant town combining a cosmopolitan waterfront with a lively town centre, providing a wealth of culture and entertainment.

Sports facilities

University of Suffolk and UoS Student Union work closely with a range of partners to develop new offers and activities to help both students and staff access sporting activities within easy reach of the Ipswich campus.

  • Offers and discounts for Ipswich Borough Council facilities

Ipswich Borough Council offer a range of sporting facilities, including swimming pools, fitness classes and gyms, which are open to the public either through a monthly direct debit package or on a pay-per-visit basis.

Concessionary prices are on offer, entitling students to a discounted price for either memberships or individual visits.

Ipswich, England, United Kingdom

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