Top Reasons to Attend University in Newcastle
- Population 280,000
- Student population 42,000
Newcastle upon Tyne, in North East England, is known as a friendly, lively city. Students enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping facilities and an excellent standard of living, all at a relatively low cost. Within 15 minutes of the city centre, you can find yourself at the glorious North Sea coast, or amidst the peace and tranquility of the surrounding countryside.
- Tyne and Wear Metro connects the city centre with Jesmond, Gateshead, Sunderland and the coast in under 30 minutes.
- Newcastle Central Station is on the East Coast mainline and well connected to all the major cities across the UK. London is just 3 hours by train.
- Newcastle airport is 6 miles north of the city with regular domestic and international flights.
- There is also a daily ferry from the International Ferry Terminal at North Shields (7 miles) to Amsterdam.
Attractions for students
- Football is something of a religion in the North East. Newcastle United Football Club is based at St James' Park, right in the heart of the city.
- Newcastle also boasts successful top flight rugby union, basketball and ice hockey teams.
- If you fancy a flutter, Newcastle Racecourse, just to the north of the city centre, hosts over 30 race days each year.
- Across the river, Gateshead International Stadium is regular host to international athletics.
Culture and nightlife
- Bars and pubs in the city centre are cheap and welcoming to students at weekends and on special student nights.
- Over the past 20 years, the Quayside area has undergone significant redevelopment. Home to a range of bars and pubs, restaurants, art galleries and live music venues, the Quayside is a must and popular with students.
- Newcastle boasts a rich collection of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues to inspire and entertain any student. The Art Deco Tyneside cinema shows an eclectic range of new, cult, international and old-time classic films. The Gate cinema and leisure complex boasts a 12-screen cinema alongside a range of restaurants, bars and clubs all under one roof. The Metro Radio Arena plays host to major music tours in addition to basketball and ice hockey. The O2 Academy and the City Hall complement a range of smaller venues. With four theatres in the city and numerous art galleries you're guaranteed a culture fix. Many of the museums and galleries in the city are free entry. If you have a spare hour or two why not head to Discovery Museum and discover Newcastle's history; the Great North Museum is a spectacular natural history museum; learn all about life at Life Science Centre or climb the 132 steps to the top of the Castle Keep for unrivalled panoramic views across the city.
- The Gateshead Millennium Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists now links the Quayside area, with its many pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels, to Gateshead Quays and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Above the Quays, Norman Foster's the Sage Gateshead offers a wide range of musical events from jazz and world music to performances from the great orchestras.
- Newcastle is a shopper's paradise. The recently extended Eldon Square Shopping Centre boasts over 150 shops.
- Northumberland Street is the main shopping street leading to Grainger Town, the historic heart of the city, based around the classical streets built by Richard Grainger in the 1830s and 1840s. You'll find a colourful blend of restaurants, galleries, vintage stores and record shops on High Bridge.
- The Metrocentre, in Gateshead is Britain's best and Europe's largest shopping and leisure complex. It's easy to get to by public transport and there is free car parking.
Proximity to the city centre
- Newcastle University: campus in the city centre.
- University of Northumbria: two sites in the city centre, another site 3 miles outside.
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Content was accurate at the time of compilation. Population figures are compiled from the 2011 censuses for England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.