A student’s guide to Suffolk

Suffolk customs house

After recently welcoming another academic year, many of our new and returning students will be busy exploring the college grounds and the surrounding areas. As well as being fortunate enough to have the student city of Cambridge on their doorstep, students here have access to the wider region of East Anglia, and some fantastic things to do and to see.

Following on from our student’s guide to Norfolk, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on another bordering region. Located to the east of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk is just a short walk away from our college, and the perfect excuse for a day trip or school holiday time break.

Join your fellow students in Ipswich

As the county town of Suffolk, Ipswich provides all the vibrancy and colour you’d expect. The town may be a little cosier than other student destinations around the country, but with a wide variety of nightlife on offer, it provides all the amenities university students look for as well as fantastic educational facilities at the University of Suffolk. Thanks to its waterfront location and maritime links, Ipswich offers plenty to do by day too, as The Guardian describes:

“Ipswich is somewhat overshadowed by prettier neighbours Aldeburgh, Southwold and Lowestoft, but this ancient town has some great modern attractions… St Peter’s Street is good for shopping, with independent vintage, homeware and gift shops. The Ancient House is an incredible 15th-century building with pargeting and wood carving (though today it houses a branch of Lakeland). The Ipswich Museum (free) is in a leafy part of town and has a great natural history collection (including Wool.i.am, a huge replica woolly mammoth). Christchurch Mansion (free) has a good collection of Constables and Gainsboroughs – both local lads – and is in a lovely park; look out for the colourful mandarin ducks.”

Escape the rat race at a Suffolk nature reserve

Westleton wetlandsSuffolk is home to a number of natural wonders, with thousands of rare birds, animals and native wildlife calling its many lagoons, marshes, woodlands, and wetlands home. What better way to unwind during your spare time than exploring some of the region’s incredible natural beauty?

One of the area’s most famed nature reserves, Minsmere, even hosted BBC Springwatch three years running, cementing its rule as one of the finest natural habitats in the UK. The Suffolk coast will also give you plenty to explore thanks to its 50-mile stretch of heritage coastline. It’s even an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The towns and villages lining the region’s famed coastline provide the freshest food, a unique insight into seaside living, and a chance to experience British culture at its most unique and authentic. Snape, Aldeburgh, Kessingland, Thorpeness, and Felixstowe are all must-visits for those looking for a quintessential seaside escape.

Explore the history and heritage of the area

History buffs will love Suffolk’s rich heritage, and with a plethora of educational attractions and stately homes to be explored, there is so much to learn. Woodbridge Tide Mill, Sutton Hoo and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Framlingham Castle, and Landguard Fort are all historic sites that provide the ideal day out for students who love history.

Visitors can also explore Suffolk Wool Towns, a collection of some of the best preserved historic towns and villages in the country. Some Suffolk Wool Towns date back to the 15th century.

Whether it’s the sights and sounds of Ipswich that intrigue you, the history and heritage of Suffolk Wool Towns, or the beauty of the region’s nature reserves and coastline, we thoroughly recommend that students use their time off to enjoy all the delights of nearby Suffolk.

Where to look next:

  • To find out more about our A Level and GCSE courses, click here
  • We have possibly the best boarding in the UK – have a look at boarding at CCSS
  • Our student profiles give you an insight into what life is like for students at CCSS
  • If you’re interested in seeing which universities our students go to, click here.

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