If you’re thinking of studying in Newcastle, you’ve probably already heard about the legendary nightlife, friendly locals and two brilliant universities. Choosing a city to move to (and study in) for three years or more is a big decision though – and one you probably shouldn’t base entirely on the price of a night out!
Here are our top five reasons why we think you should study in Newcastle.
1. The student population is massive
In Newcastle, one in every six people is a student, particularly in the city centre. This makes it a lively and vibrant city and, thanks to its compact nature, you’re never far away from the action.
You’ll never feel out of place in Newcastle. The city centre is student-central and most shops, bars, clubs and restaurants will cater to your demographic before anyone else. That’s right – students in Newcastle are the driving force behind much of its vibrancy and you’ll find you’re treated as such!
2. Lush scenery, parks, and beaches
Even Newcastle city centre boasts leafy green spaces like Leazes Park and Exhibition Park, which, when combined, are bigger than Central Park in NYC! A short walk away from the bustling business of Northumberland Street is the Quayside, where many a student will stroll down the banks of the Tyne on a crisp Sunday morning.
Or, hop on the Metro at Monument and you’re only thirty minutes away from a variety of beautiful beaches in either direction. For a chilled day out and maybe a café stop off, try Tynemouth or Cullercoats and if you’re heading out afterwards, South Shields offers a brilliant selection of bars and clubs with a sea view – and all just minutes away from your student accommodation back in Newcastle!
3. All your shopping needs in one place
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Newcastle, you’re not looking hard enough. Northumberland Street boasts one of the UK’s biggest Primark stores (yes, that’s four huge floors of fast fashion goodness), as well as high end retailers like Fenwick; one of Europe’s most recognisable department stores.
The area surrounding Grey’s Monument and heading down towards Grainger Street has recently enjoyed quite a refurbishment, with popular fashion stores like Urban Outfitters and End bumping shoulders with Doc Martens, French Connection and Cath Kidston.
Get thrifty with your student discount in intu Eldon Square, the shopping centre boasts a range of popular fashion, technology, and food outlets. Not satisfied? A Dayrider ticket on the No. 100 shuttle bus to Gateshead’s intu Metrocentre (the largest shopping centre in Europe) costs just under a fiver and once there you’ll have access to over 370 different shops and stores, restaurants and a cinema.
4. Two brilliant Universities
In Newcastle, both universities are in walking distance from each other and there’s a healthy amount of uni rivalry that keeps the atmosphere… lively, to say the least.
Currently, Northumbria University is known for its high level of graduate employment, as well as its dedication to research and practical experience for students, especially in the fields of medicine and law.
Newcastle University is a Russell Group University known for its contributions to public research. As a civic university, Newcastle University is responsible for bearing light on issues faced by communities (local, national, and international) through research.
Newcastle University is ranked in the top 25 of most UK rankings, and in the top 200 of most global rankings. Its courses are also routinely recognised as some of the best in terms of teaching excellence.
5. Cheap student accommodation in Newcastle
Student accommodation in Newcastle is objectively more affordable compared to the rest of the country, especially if you consider how close everything is and how low the cost of living can be!
You’ll also find that student accommodation in Newcastle is split into well-defined areas – like Jesmond, Heaton and Sandyford – all offering different benefits and slightly different takes on quintessential Geordie culture but all equally as popular to the thousands of students that move into the city each September and make Newcastle the vibrant student city that it most definitely is.
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If you’re thinking that Newcastle might be the place for you to study, check out our range of student accommodation in Newcastle’s most popular areas, or even those that are slightly better hidden (if that’s your preference.)
We’ve got something to suit every budget, and once you’ve settled in, we’re pretty certain you won’t want to leave!