The University of Suffolk takes the best of UK university traditions, aligning them to twenty first century students and the modern world of employment and entrepreneurship to create a transformative experience. The university is a distinctive, thriving academic community which makes a clear and immediate impact. Their purpose is to change lives – of individuals and communities – for the better.​

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

UCAS Code: S82

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 91%
  • Postgraduate 9%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 97%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Library and Learning Services team provide access to printed books and journals, over 300,000 e-text books and over a million streamed broadcasts.
  • Open study areas are on all floors of the Waterfront Building, with networked computers and iMacs, as well as computers in the library.

Student jobs

  • The online JobShop enables students to search and apply for casual and part-time paid work or voluntary experience.
  • The student ambassador scheme offers students part-time work on a casual basis.
  • The university works with employers to offer a range of summer internship programmes. Many of these opportunities enable students to get valuable experience while getting paid. 

Careers advice

  • Strong connections with local, regional and international employers ensure that all courses are built with the student's future work in mind.
  • The commitment to careers and employability across the curriculum is an important characteristic of courses offered at the University of Suffolk and students are encouraged to get involved in exciting opportunities to enhance their employability. Careers events and fairs each year enable students and potential employers to network.
  • The Careers team offer confidential advice, mock interviews, and the opportunity for students to realise their vocational potential. Support is available to develop important careers-related skills and knowledge, such as CV design and interview techniques. There are also work experience opportunities in the internship programme.

Health services

  • The university offers student services for health and well-being, including counselling services, arrangement of specialist support, mental health advisers and disability support.
  • The Students' Union also run a variety of sports sessions to encourage students to keep fit and active during their time at university.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university can provide independent, impartial and professional counselling. The support is confidential and can offer students the opportunity to explore topics such as exam anxiety, low mood, stress, relationships and personal issues.

Disability support

  • The university is there to support students if they have a disability, a mental health difficulty, or a specific learning need. It aims to create an environment that is accessible and inclusive for all students.
  • Support Teams will work with individuals to ensure that appropriate individual support is in place, and can advise on eligibility for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Individual needs and support arrangements can be discussed before students start their course or at any time after.

Other services and facilities

  • Among other specialist teaching facilities, a Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) 3D training system allows radiotherapy students to become familiar with industry technology and treat virtual patients.
  • The Innovation Hub provides a range of Fujitsu technology, including tablets, notebooks, laptops, desktop PCs and workstations. Running on the latest Intel® processors, they provide students with the chance to hone their digital skills.
  • The Arts Building has painting, sculpture, drawing and print studios, installation and video spaces, and a film studio, dark rooms and digital suites specific to photography.

Students' Union

  • Suffolk students are automatically members of the Students' Union, giving them access to support through representation, activities and advice.
  • There are a variety of sports and societies to join, from politics to gaming. The Students' Union can help students start their own club or society if there isn't one to suit their interests.
  • Students have access to Cult Café Bar for food, drink and live music as well as two other cafés on the Ipswich campus.


  • The University of Suffolk opened in 2007 and is one of the newest higher education institutions in the UK. Originally known as University Campus Suffolk, it was awarded its university title in 2016.
  • There are over 4,000 students – of which over 70% are based at the main campus in Ipswich. With students representing 68 different nationalities, the university has a varied and diverse student body, which creates a stimulating and inspiring place to study.

Fascinating Fact

  • Gaining university status in 2016, Suffolk is one of the newest universities in the UK.


University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ