Newcastle University is a prestigious world-leading university, dedicated to leading the way in innovation, creativity, and excellence. It seeks to find solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges, to pioneer new ways of thinking, and to provide students with the high-quality learning experience they need to start changing the world. Its campus is at the heart of a lively and cosmopolitan student city, famous for its arts and culture, sport, shopping and nightlife.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: N21

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 94%
  • Part Time 6%

Where students come from

  • UK 74%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The university library service is the only one in the UK to be awarded five Charter Marks in a row for excellent customer service, and two prestigious Customer Service Excellence awards.
  • As well as the main library, there are libraries in the Medical School and Law School. These libraries house over one million print books, an wide collection of rare books and manuscripts, half a million e-books, a computerised online catalogue, and 600 computers.
  • There are over 3,000 networked computers across campus, many accessible 24/7, plus free Wi-Fi. A virtual learning environment (VLE) provides 24/7 access to reading lists and course handouts, and online discussions with tutors and fellow students. The university has one of the largest and most comprehensive lecture capture services (ReCap) in the UK, allowing students to revisit selected lectures online.

Student jobs

  • Newcastle's popularity as a regional centre and tourist destination means that plenty of part-time work is available for students in a range of sectors.
  • The Careers Service provides a rich variety of tools to help students find part-time work while they are studying and full-time work in the holidays.
  • There are also jobs available on campus; the on-campus job agency matches students with temporary or casual work assignments within the university.

Careers advice

  • Newcastle graduates benefit from careers support and business start-up support for up to three years after graduation. The award-winning Careers Service provides one-to-one sessions with a careers adviser, drop-in CV checks, academic modules, online resources, and skills development workshops covering topics such as how to succeed at interviews.
  • The Graduate Connections online networking tool enables current students to access the careers-related knowledge and experience of past graduates.
  • An online job search facility includes vacation work, placements and internships, and a searchable directory of over 600 graduate employers in the North East. The university's internship programme offers Newcastle University students paid placements in local businesses.
  • The university's STARTUP programme offers students with entrepreneurial ideas support from a dedicated team of business advisers, a programme of workshops and events, and access to workspace. The university has a good record of supporting students, with 179 start-up businesses currently trading with an annual turnover of £26.8m, creating 449 full-time equivalent jobs between them.

Health services

  • Newcastle University is committed to the physical and mental well-being of all students.
  • All students are encouraged to register with a doctor on arrival; the university facilitates this with an on-campus registration service.
  • In addition, the university actively contacts all students to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and the ACWY vaccine.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Newcastle University Counselling and Mental Health Team provide support for students who may be struggling with life concerns which cause unmanageable emotional or psychological distress.
  • A programme of well-being workshops facilitated by the Counselling and Mental Health team is provided throughout the year, with face-to-face and telephone appointments with internal and external specialists also available.
  • All students have access to the online self-help tools available through the Newcastle University website, and the Mental Health team provide a consultancy service for anyone with concerns about the physical or mental well-being of a student.

Disability support

  • Disability support is available to students with long-term physical, sensory, medical or mental health condition, autism, or specific learning difference at all stages of their university career.
  • The service liaises with applicants and current students to identify and put in place support and adjustments, and works with academic schools and external agencies regarding students' support requirements.
  • The service provides specialist study skills support for students with specific learning differences. The service facilitates the Asperger's and Autism Support Network (AASN) to enable students to engage with, and develop, peer support networks.

Other services and facilities

  • Dedicated maths and writing support is available for students studying any subject; and the option to learn a language for free, with access to facilities in the award-winning Language Resource Centre.
  • A number of subject-specific facilities on and off-campus include two farms, a marine laboratory and vessel, purpose-built music studios, and one of the largest exhibition spaces in North East England – which includes in its permanent collection works spanning five centuries of art.

Students' Union

  • Newcastle University's Students' Union building, at the heart of campus, is the hub of student life. NUSU hosts an on-site Domino's Pizza, Starbucks, and Subway, a student bar and shop, weekly club nights and regular gigs, and dedicated quiet and social study spaces, available 24 hours a day.
  • NUSU has over 200 student societies and sports clubs covering different sports, subjects, cultural interests, politics and religion. Students can get involved with over 150 volunteer projects to develop their skills, benefit the community, and to make new friends. There's also the award-winning Courier weekly student newspaper, Newcastle Student Radio, and NUTV (The Courier Television).
  • NUSU's Give it a Go scheme offers one-off taster activities to help students make the most of their spare time, while the Go Play programme lets students try a new sport under the guidance and support of coaches, with no experience or commitment necessary.


  • Newcastle University has a long and fascinating history dating back to 1834, when the School of Medicine and Surgery was established.
  • In 1911, the university’s iconic arches – known worldwide as a symbol of the university – were erected in memory of King Edward VII.
  • Newcastle University is a proud founding member of The Russell Group.

Fascinating Fact

  • In 1967, the civil rights activist and spokesperson Dr Martin Luther King Jr visited Newcastle University and was awarded an honorary degree. To mark the 50 year anniversary of his visit a bronze statue of him was unveiled at the university in 2017.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Rowan Atkinson CBE − actor, comedian and screenwriter.
  • Ann Cairns − president of international markets for MasterCard.
  • Dr Chiau Beng Choo − former CEO of Keppel Corporation Limited.
  • George Clarke − architect, TV presenter and writer.
  • His Excellency Alexander John Gosse Downer AC − Australian high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
  • Graham Wylie­ ­– founder of Sage, and entrepreneur.
  • Sir Terry Farrell CBE − architect planner.
  • Bryan Ferry CBE − singer songwriter.
  • Chris Gibson-Smith − business leader and former chair of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Anna Jones − CEO at Hearst Magazines UK, including brands such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire and Red.


Newcastle University, Student Services, King's Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU