Secured a place at University in Newcastle upon Tyne? The next few years are going to be a wild ride. We’re renowned for our nightlife, and for good reason too – Geordie Shore seems to have done a pretty good job at advertising the joys of clubs like Tup Tup Palace, Bijoux, and Perdu.
Still, there’s more to Newcastle than just a club crawl. The city centre is packed with restaurants, bars, and cafés, and inside Eldon Square, high street brands rub shoulders with high-end boutiques.
We’re not that far from the coast either, plus the local Metro serves passengers heading as far afield as Sunderland, Gateshead and the airport. Of course, once you’ve explored the city itself, you’re going to need somewhere to live.
Thankfully, Newcastle has one of the highest rates of student housing in the entire country, with every one in 15 homes registered as a property for students.
Where do students live in Newcastle?
Student living in Newcastle is condensed into six main areas: city centre, Jesmond, Sandyford, Heaton, Gateshead Quayside and Ouseburn. Most students are in private halls for their first year, and unless you’re looking to really splash out, those halls will likely be recommended by your University and located close to the city centre.
What’s student living like in the city centre?
Finding private rented accommodation in the city centre doesn’t have to cost the better part of your maintenance loan. You have everything on your doorstep and many students find that city centre living suits them all the way through University.
Student living is scattered across central Newcastle, with flat and house-shares available in the Bigg Market, near Manors Metro Station, and on Westgate Road.
What’s student living like in Jesmond?
Jesmond offers a superb selection of fashion boutiques, fine dining restaurants and cocktail bars to give you the chance to let your hair down in style. Osborne Road has a great social scene, perfect for a few drinks to start your night out. With the lively atmosphere and mix of bars close together, it’s obvious why it has such a good reputation with both locals and students alike.
There are two Metro Stations, Jesmond and West Jesmond, so getting into town (or to the coast, for that matter) is a breeze.
In Jesmond you’ll find anything from stylish one bed apartments to 8 bed houses.
What’s student living like on the Gateshead Quayside?
Nestled within the Gateshead Quayside is the Bridges Quarter neighbourhood, a popular student location, surrounded by independent cafés, shops, butchers, pubs and restaurants. Only a 30 second walk from the Tyne Bridge, you can be in the Newcastle city centre or on the Quayside in minutes.
Minutes’ walk away is Trinity Square where you can find a 24-hour Tesco, gym, Vue Cinema and many restaurants.
You would also be living amongst some of the most recognisable features of the Newcastle Gateshead scenery – The Sage Gateshead and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The rent prices are affordable here as you don’t have the Newcastle postcode.
What’s student living like in Sandyford?
Sandyford borders the city centre to the west, Jesmond to the north, Heaton to the east and Ouseburn to the south. Its reasonable house prices and location to university has made it a popular home for students.
A hub of local businesses and shops have made it their home, including beauty salons, hairdressers, a sandwich deli, cinema, a fish and chip shop and even a local coffee roastery to get your caffeine fix. There are also several great restaurants in this area including Mascalzone, named one of the best Italians in Newcastle!
What’s student living like in Ouseburn?
Ouseburn and Shieldfield are both thriving student areas, heavily dominated by private halls and student accommodation. Both perfect for those wanting to retain their sense of inner-city living.
Plus, Ouseburn Valley is known for its laid-back approach to nightlife, though that’s not to say it’s lacking character! A varied assortment of bars and pubs saturate this popular area, and bar crawls are common. There’s also a variety of creative services available, such as print shops, paint shops, and studios. Ouseburn even has its own inner-city farm and stables so you can see creatures both great and small right in the heart of Newcastle.
Manors Metro serves locals as a direct link to the city centre and the Coast, and local buses take students directly to local shops like Asda, Morrisons and Iceland nearby.
Wherever you choose to live, we’re sure you’ll never forget your time in Newcastle! Click here to browse student properties.