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Newcastle upon Tyne is known as one of the UK’s friendliest cities, and you’ll want student accommodation that is equally welcoming!
Over 40,000 students, from 2 famous universities, enjoy Newcastle's busy mix of nightlife, shopping and sporting venues... as well as beautiful countrysides and beaches.
Newcastle is regularly hailed as one of the best cities for student life. It’s partly due to the city’s compactness, which makes it large enough to be vibrant and exciting, but small enough to feel like home. It’s also due to the sheer number of students: one in every six people in the city is a student!
Almost every area in Newcastle is lived in by students, and that means that shops and supermarkets are located right on your doorstop...without having to wait for public transport.
Newcastle's reputation for nightlife is unparalleled with plenty of places to party until the early hours with an eclectic mix of bars, pubs and clubs to rival any major European city.
Students love it so much that Northumbria University and Newcastle University were rated the best universities for nightlife in the UK by Which?.
When it comes to shopping - there is something for everyone! Outstanding shopping centres include Eldon Square, one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complex based on the main shopping area; Northumberland Street.
Intu Metrocentre, one of Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex, is located just outside of the city centre. You can easily access this by a short bus or car journey.
Newcastle also offers global food stores such as Back Home International and HiYou Oriental Food Emporium, which caters to the city’s large international student population.
The North East has lots to offer for all you sports fanatics! If you like football, there is St James’ Park stadium right at the centre of the city, with Sunderland’s Stadium of Light not far away.
There are high-profile events such as the Great North Run and international athletics at Gateshead International Stadium. A fan of basketball? Newcastle Eagles have just opened up a brand new Arena!
Love going to the gym? Northumbria University has a fabulous sports centre which offers discounted memberships for all students. BodyZone and PureGym also do some great student memberships, and these are located in the centre of town.
With hundreds of restaurants, ranging from typical fast-food chains such as McDonalds, to independent eateries, such as Shijo- which is famous for their delicious katsu curry, to high-end steakhouses such as Miller and Carter, you will be spoilt for choice!
Not to forget, Newcastle is also home to the famous Greggs; a bakery selling sweet and savoury baked goods at a very cheap price- so it’s a must try!
You can find tons of different restaurants across the city, where you’ll be guaranteed to receive a warm Geordie welcome.
Newcastle has something for everyone; from DJ sets to live gigs, to a club student night listening to the current chart music- the city (almost) never sleeps!
Whatever your taste, Newcastle has gained international recognition for showcasing a huge variety of musical genres. Venues such as the Metro Area, hosts big artists ranging from different genres, whereas Digital is known as the most technically advanced and forward-thinking club in the North.
Art and Culture
You'll find everything from Hollywood blockbusters to international art-house at Newcastle's cinemas. Tyneside Cinema offers the best films in stylish surroundings right in the centre of town. Looking for something a bit cheaper? Cineworld, located in The Gate, offers student discount on Tuesdays for cinema-goers.
Newcastle is packed with culture, with world-class attractions and venues. There's even an art gallery and award-winning museum on campus.
Speaking of art, The Baltic- located on the Quayside, hosts temporary shows by contemporary artists, and even better… admission is free for anyone!
Surrounded by stunning countryside’s and World Heritage sites, Newcastle is only 25 minutes away from these on the metro.
Blue flag beaches, such as Tynemouth and South Shields are also within the same reach… and they are the perfect place for a spot of award-winning fish and chips!
Durham and York are also within easy reach on the train, where you can explore the historical town, shop ‘til you drop… or even experience their nightlife! But we will guarantee you, nothing will beat Newcastle.