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Study in Newcastle

Renowned for its cracking nightlife, and with a staggering 42,000-strong student population, Newcastle will show you a good time.


John Gregg traded in his pushbike to open the first Greggs shop here, in Gosforth in 1951.



City life – Newcastle University student

'A fab place to live. There is so much going on all the time. The buildings are beautiful and there is always somewhere to go to study.'

Toon Army

Shearer, Keegan, and Gazza are considered gods by some of football's most devout fans.

Nightlife – second year student at Northumbria University, 2016

'Newcastle is beyond a doubt the best night out I've ever had. There really is something for everyone, from cheesy pop classics at Flares to R&B nights at TupTup.'

Geordie accent

The accent has won polls for being both the sexiest and most intelligent-sounding. Surprised?

Student life in Newcastle

Local gems, tips and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
Cycle along the Tyne to the coastal town of Tynemouth
Friday feeling
Take your pick – Newcastle came top for nightlife in our 2016 student survey!
Sunday chilling
Quayside turns into a beach during summer, complete with palm trees, sand and huts
When family visit
Explore Victoria Tunnel, a preserved waggonway and air-raid shelter
Feeling cultural
Catch a classic flick at the retro Tyneside Cinema
Grab a bite
Indulge in some street food at Grainger Market

Angel of the North

Built in 1998, The Angel of the North is one the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced.

City life – second year student at Newcastle University, 2016

'The nights out are incredibly cheap as are the taxis - usually about £4 to get home from town. The 'three trebles for £5' deal is amazing.There are also lots of alternative nights for people who don't like drinking [too].'

St Nicholas Cathedral

This Cathedral, a prominent landmark for the past 500 years, is one of Newcastle's most beautiful and historic buildings.

Second year student at Newcastle University, 2018

'Jesmond is a popular student area. It’s close to the uni and city centre (10-minute walk) and also five minutes from a metro station, as well as a large park (Jesmond Dene). The area is safe.'

Newcastle from above

With the Millennium Bridge marking its landscape, Newcastle may surprise you with its iconic architecture.

Second year student at Newcastle University, 2018

'There's not a lot to do in Sandyford. You would have to walk to Jesmond or the city centre, or drive to supermarkets. But it is close to Uni and the town centre.'

Living in Newcastle


Along the banks of the River Tyne, Quayside provides art, music, and culture venues including The Sage and BALTIC, a contemporary arts centre.

Living in Newcastle

Housing, transport, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £64 - £109
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Good deal
Local transport*
  • £17.00
  • 7 Day Go North student ticket
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Sandyford
  • Gosforth
  • HeatonJesmond
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Do your meat, fruit, and veg-shopping at Grainger Market for a deal.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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