If you are on the fence about moving to the North East, take a look at letslivehere’s Newcastle area guides to see why this city is a great place to live.
Newcastle has one of the highest student populations outside London. Over 40,000 students – Newcastle and Northumbria universities plus further education colleges – live in the city giving the place a real buzz and energy. It’s a relatively small city – less than 300,000 population – which means it’s quick and easy to get around. Most people walk or cycle, or use the Metro or bus.
The famous Geordie friendliness is absolutely true! No-one feels a stranger for long – which you’ll quickly discover when you walk into one of the city’s many bars and pubs. The nightlife is seven-evenings-a-week – clubs, gigs, comedy, dance – You name it, Newcastle has it. And the prices are friendly, too; you can eat out for around £20 a head. Culture? We’ve got it, from an independent arthouse cinema to Royal Shakespeare Company visits, Turner Prize-winning artists to national blockbuster exhibitions.
Of course you might want to live right in the hub of Newcastle's City Centre with 24-hour activity, entertainment and amenities on tap. Voted 'Great Britain's' no.1 tourist attraction' by The Rough Guide to Britain, you'll be the envy of all your friends in an exclusive Tyneside apartment.
For those of you looking for an upmarket property which has a road of bars as far as the eye can see, Jesmond is right up your street, literally! Boutiques and cafes line the streets and the beautiful parkland of Jesmond Dene which borders Jesmond creates the perfect getaway from city living. Home to students, professionals and locals alike, Jesmond is the ideal place to live.
For life in the token student area, surrounded by cafes, cake shops and chic independent retailers, Heaton is full of Victorian terraced properties at very reasonable costs. While Heaton is an ideal walking distance from the City Centre, it offers access to two parks and so is perfect for enjoying some time-out or relaxing with family.
If you fancy being just a hop, skip and a jump away from Newcastle's shops, bars, work or university while saving on transport costs, Sandyford will present you with just the right terraced abode you want to call home. Nestled into a charmingly quiet area of the city, you will feel miles away from urban life - and the views of the beautiful Jesmond Dene will help your imagination go far.
The Ouseburn area, situated just a short walk down-hill from the City Centre is the definitive location for relaxation and entertainment. With its own river - yes, you guessed it, the Ouseburn - is a main attraction at weekends and on summer afternoons, and boasts what is arguably Newcastle's most popular live music venue.
Maybe you want to escape to the suburbs after a hard day at work but still get home in time to enjoy your evenings? More out of town locations include Gosforth, Long Benton and Forest Hall. All have the amenities you need for when you run out of milk, or fancy a night in your local with easy access to the city for work or a night out.