Living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Consistently voted one of the UK’s favorite student cities, Newcastle is a great place to start your studies – and you’ll be in great company, with a cosmopolitan community of university-goers from across the globe. The city is known for its exciting knowledge, great local and high street shopping, iconic landmarks, friendly locals and rich history. No matter who you are or what you enjoy, Newcastle will feel like home from day one. What makes Newcastle unique?

Newcastle is a truly iconic city in the North of England, with a contrasting blend of industrial heritage and stunning Georgian-era architecture. It is the friendly and modern heart of England.

  • Cosmopolitan city with a bustling atmosphere and friendly locals
  • Mix of industrial heritage, Georgian architecture and modern touches
  • Rich arts scene with countless museums, theatres, galleries and live music venues
  • Compact city center that is easy and safe to explore

Whether you prefer to unwind by walking across stunning countryside or by getting friends together for an escape room, Newcastle has something for you. You can enjoy:

  • the stunning Northumbrian coastline – with unspoilt beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty and historic sites like Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle.
  • incredible shopping – from top high street brands in the Eldon Square shopping center to independent retailers and Tynemouth’s weekly market, Newcastle is a shopper’s paradise.
  • world-famous nightlife – from top-class theatre and concerts at the Sage to some of the UK’s best bars and clubs, you’ll never run out of things to do
  • Harry Potter’s castle and gardens – many of the Hogwarts scenes were filmed at nearby Alnwick Castle, which is a great day out for fans of the films

For more information about everything Newcastle has to offer, check the latest updates on the Newcastle Gateshead Tourism website.

Where can I go to watch sport in Newcastle?

Football is the sport of choice for many ‘Geordies’ (an affectionate name for people from Newcastle) – and their professional games, are played by Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Newcastle United fans are known for their passion, and match day is a big event in the city.

If you’re not that into football, the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Union team play at Kingston Park in the Rugby Premiership – and the Newcastle Eagles are the most successful basketball team in Britain.

What are the main festivals and events in Newcastle?

Newcastle is home to some great festivals and events throughout the year, including:

  • Mouth of the Tyne Festival – a varied mix of musical acts.
  • Tipping Point Live – a small music festival taking place in multiple venues in Ouseburn Valley.
  • Winter Festival – an annual celebration featuring New Year fireworks and an ice skating rink.
  • The Great North Run – The world’s largest half marathon, every September.
  • Newcastle Poetry Festival – celebrating some of the best poetry from around the world.

What is the best way to travel in and around Newcastle?

Newcastle is a compact city, so making your way around on foot or on a bike is often a great option.
The Tyne and Wear Metro rail system (much like the London Underground) is one of the best ways for getting around the city – it services the city centre, airport and railway station, and there are stations close to the campus.
If you need to travel a little further, the central train station offers quick connections to London, Scotland and the UK’s major cities.
And the Metro has over 60 stations across Newcastle for easy access to a host of locations, including Gateshead, North Tyneside and Sunderland. A bus ticket will cost you around £3 and Metro tickets range from around £2 to £4.
You can use your Newcastle University Student ID to buy tickets and travel around the city on the Metro. Prices start from £26 for four weeks.