Why choose Suffolk?

A floating walkway in the Waterfront Marina

We are not just another university.  

The University of Suffolk is young and ambitious. We have absorbed the best traditions in higher education and aligned them with the modern world of employment and entrepreneurship. We’re committed to being distinctively more personal and supportive, we’re a community with students at the heart. We work together with you to share our knowledge, provide support and help you to make a difference.  

Our philosophy — we equip you to lead and succeed in a changing world.  

Our support — Our approach is personal; we support you through every stage of your learning journey.  

Our location — Our main campus in Ipswich is set on the beautiful Waterfront.  

Your individuality — We treat you as an individual. You’re a name, not a number.  

Your future — Employability is embedded in everything we do.  

92% of our graduates are in employment or further study (15 months after graduating) according to Graduate Outcomes 2019-20 and we are ranked 26th in the UK for graduates in career 15 months after graduation (Guardian University Guide 2023).

This high percentage of students in work of further study 15 months after graduating confirms the strong emphasis on employability and enterprise across all our degrees.

Employability is not just about developing relevant skills, or getting a job; it is about your whole personal, academic and professional development. Studying at the University of Suffolk, you will have the opportunity to hone your personal strengths, and identify and work on your areas of development. All of our degrees enable you to get involved in problem solving, creative thinking, team working, delivering presentations and using digital technologies; all of which are essential skills needed in the world of employment. Many of our degree courses incorporate modules in professional practice, or graduate development programmes to enable you to put into practice your learning, engage with employers and outside organisations, and discover where your studies will take you in life. 

At the University of Suffolk, you’ll receive an exceptional education, richer and more rounded than many.

Our students ranked us in the Top 10 for Lecturers and Teaching Quality and for Facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022). The University also rose 30 places overall in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and 17 places in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Suffolk offers a rich and diverse cultural life, with bustling towns, thriving bars, restaurants and cafés, and an extensive arts scene. Suffolk is a county steeped in history, with beautiful scenery, world famous beaches and a glorious coastline, all within easy reach of London.

Two destinations in Suffolk ranked in the top 15 UK seaside towns (Which?, 2022)  and Ipswich, the County town of Suffolk, was ranked 14th in the Emerging Destinations category of TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards 2020 - the only UK destination in the global ranking.

Inspiration for artists Constable and Gainsborough, host to the annual Latitude and Pulse festivals, and weekend escape for famous faces wanting to get away from it all, Suffolk is the place to be.

Known for its hospitable and friendly nature, Suffolk has a growing student community and provides a ‘home away from home’, with a mixture of dynamic urban centres, coastal resorts, and historic market towns. The University of Suffolk provide an ideal base to explore the beautiful surroundings of this exciting county. 

Suffolk is home to both international and local industry. Award winning UK brewer, Adnams, is located in Southwold and cider producer, Aspall, is based in Debenham, just outside Ipswich. As one of the fastest developing areas of urban regeneration in the UK, Suffolk is well positioned to benefit from the developing technologies in the energy arena and the growing tech cluster businesses rising in the county. Multinational companies such as AXA, BT, and Willis have also made their base here, charmed by the location and accessibility of the county to London, Cambridge and beyond.

Facts about Suffolk

  • 82 miles to London (just over an hour on the train)
  • Only one hour to Stansted Airport
  • 2 castles and 7 national trust attractions
  • 3 seaside piers
  • One of the driest counties in the UK
  • 403 square km of outstanding natural beauty
  • As the UK’s most easterly point, we are the first to see the sunrise
  • Suffolk has a population of 730,100

Find out more about living in Suffolk

Open Days and Campus Tours

Come and see Suffolk for yourself. Our Open Days are a great way to get a taste of student life, explore our waterfront campus, view the accommodation, join subject talks with academic staff and chat to our students.

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Explore the University of Suffolk

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Suffolk is perfectly located to be the best of both worlds, a picturesque landscape of bustling towns, over 60 miles of beautiful coastline to explore, and all within easy reach of London.


for Career Prospects

WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023


in the UK for Spend on Academic Services

Complete University Guide 2024


in the UK for Social Inclusion

Good University Guide 2023