Northumbria University is a research-rich and business-focused university with a reputation for academic excellence and impressive graduate prospects. It is based in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea


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: N77

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 11%

Student gender

  • Male 44%
  • Female 56%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Northumbria's three libraries provide a multidisciplinary collection encompassing both print and digital resources. This includes around 500,000 print books covering a broad subject range; over 914,000 e-books; an extensive print and electronic journal collection of more than 83,000 publications; and 100 subscribed scholarly resources, including databases, collections of early historical books and primary digital archives.
  • The main City Campus Library is open 24/7 during term-time and the Coach Lane Library and Law Practice Library offer extensive opening hours.
  • The library's Northumbria Skills Programme provides instruction and training in information and digital literacy along with study and research skills. Delivered face-to-face and online, topics include getting started with information skills, advanced information skills, critical reading, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, report writing and group work.

Student jobs

  • Newcastle is a thriving city and there is a huge range of part-time work available for students in its city centre shops, bars and restaurants as well as in contact centres on neighbouring business parks. In addition, the university offers its students internships and casual roles across a range of departments.
  • JobsOnline, the university online vacancy system, offers hundreds of opportunities to find part-time work, temporary one-off jobs, and vacation placements. Northumbria also hold an annual Student Jobs and Volunteering Fair at the start of the academic year.

Careers advice

  • One-to-one advice and support is provided in Student Central by careers professionals, helping students with planning, job applications and job search, or figuring out what role would suit them.
  • Careers advisors also deliver sessions as part of courses, and a central programme of workshops and events on a wide range of careers topics helps students to make decisions about their future and compete effectively for job or further study opportunities.
  • A Student and Graduate Enterprise team provide free enterprise skills training and start-up support delivered through one-to-one support and enterprise workshops.
  • Careers Online and JobsOnline portals, available 24/7, help students explore careers options, find out about different roles and vacancies, prepare for selection processes with simulated interviews, and create winning applications or build their CVs.

Health services

  • All students can access free, impartial and confidential advice from Northumbria's Ask4Help team on a range of health and welfare issues including registering with a GP or dentist, prescription charges, personal security and insurance.
  • With the demands that university life can bring, the university encourages students to maintain a healthy lifestyle; and students from overseas are advised to get vaccinations and travel insurance before they arrive in the UK.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A counselling and mental health support team provide advice and guidance on personal, emotional or mental health issues.
  • Support ranges from appointments with counsellors and mental health practitioners, through to 24/7 online support, referrals to self-help materials, and therapeutic workshops.

Disability support

  • Disabilities Advisers provide students with advice, guidance and support for dyslexia or dyspraxia, autism, long-term medical conditions, sensory or mobility impairments, or diagnosed mental health conditions.
  • Depending on a students' individual requirements, the university can provide a range of services. These may include study support, applying for funding, providing specialist mentoring, tutorials or exam arrangements, advice on assistive technology, adapted and accessible accommodation and the use of a support worker service for students who require one-to-one educational support.

Other services and facilities

  • Student Central is at the heart of both of Northumbria's campuses in Newcastle. Staff offer professional advice and guidance on accommodation; careers, placement and study abroad options; and course information, including assessments. Students can also access support with learning skills and using the library; money and finance, welfare issues, counselling, disability support and visas.
  • The Ask4Help service provides a single 24/7 contact point for all queries and requests for support. Queries which cannot be resolved by Ask4Help are referred to expert advisors across the university. The Ask4Help team can be contacted 24/7 by telephone, email, via the online student portal, or face-to-face at all campuses.

Students' Union

  • Northumbria Students' Union delivers free, confidential and independent academic advice.
  • It has over 130 societies and volunteering opportunities that are inspired by the hobbies and interests of the passionate students who run them.
  • The SU delivers affordable and quality food and drink at its stylish café-bar, Habita.


  • With roots dating back to the 1880s, Northumbria has become one of the UK's most vibrant universities with a range of global partners, a rising research reputation and good graduate employment.
  • Over the last decade Northumbria has invested more than £252 million in its campuses to transform the student experience for learning, teaching, research and social activities.

Fascinating Fact

  • Northumbria University has produced some of the world's most outstanding innovators – including Sir Jonathan Ive, senior vice-president of Apple and designer of the iPhone, iPod and iMac.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Jonathan Ive – Apple's vice president of industrial design and designer of the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.
  • Sting (Gordon Sumner CBE) – internationally renowned musician, songwriter and actor.
  • Victoria Pendleton CBE – double gold-medal-winning Olympic cyclist, and now jockey.
  • Amanda Berry OBE – chief executive of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
  • Stephen Miller MBE – three-time gold medal-winning Paralympic athlete and captain of the Team GB athletic squad at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics.
  • Rob Law MBE – founder of Magmatic and designer of the children's Trunki suitcases.
  • Bibiana Aido – Spain's youngest ever minister, appointed to government at the age of 31.
  • Lady Edwina Grosvenor - philanthropist and prison reformer.
  • Owen Farrell - professional rugby union player and England captain.
  • James Rowan - chief executive officer, Dyson.


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