The region has a distinctive blend of modern towns, old villages and hamlets, ancient castles and churches, and forest, heath and farmland. Suffolk has 45 miles of coastline made up of glorious stretches of unspoilt beaches, nature reserves, sandy cliffs and peaceful marshes.
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and with its metropolitan atmosphere is packed with shops, restaurants, cosy bistros, pubs and clubs, all within walking distance of the Ipswich Campus. Many of the nightclubs in Ipswich run nights especially for students. The Cardinal Park leisure complex provides a multiplex cinema, restaurants and nightclubs; ideal for students looking for varied nights out.
The Ipswich Campus is located close to Portman Road, the home ground of Ipswich Town Football Club. There are three theatres in Ipswich. The newly renovated Wolsey Theatre offers a rangeof modern adventurous productions. The smaller Sir John Mills Theatre offers an eclectic selection of amateur and professional productions. There is also the Regent Theatre which offers major touring acts, both in drama and music. Ipswich has developed a thriving music scene across a range of genres with lots of opportunities for new bands to play in smaller venues. Larger bands play at Portman Road, where acts such as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, REM and Elton John have played to over 20,000 fans.
The seaside resorts of Felixstowe in the south, Lowestoft in the north and Great Yarmouth just over the Norfolk border, offer all the fun of traditional piers and a great day out for students. Southwold is one of the most picturesque towns in England with its landmark lighthouse and famous Adnams brewery. At Aldeburgh students can taste the world famous fish and chips.
Bury St Edmunds is home to the splendid St Edmundsbury Cathedral with its magnificent Millennium Tower. Abbey Gardens, in the heart of the town, is an ideal place to relax in the summer. Bury St Edmunds also boasts a fantastic mixture of shops, a brand new leisure complex with restaurants and a multi-screen cinema, and an enjoyable nightlife. The Theatre Royal, built in 1819, is one of the most elegant and sophisticated theatres of its time, with a wide, varied and popular programme. Bury St Edmunds also has a growing reputation for its annual programme of classical, jazz and blues performances.
Suffolk as a county offers a diverse range of cultural and arts events. The county is well served for both major professional events and smaller scale and amateur events. The region has also generated a significant classical music culture. Its focus is on Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh where the internationally famous annual festivals attract visitors from all over the world. Suffolk is also well served with art galleries and museums.
Suffolk offers the best in urban environments or rural and coastal retreats. London is only just over an hour away and there are excellent road, rail and air links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond.