Newcastle upon Tyne is one of the UK’s best cities, occupying a special place in the hearts of natives and visiting students alike. With an eclectic mixture of culture, history, nightlife and notorious hospitality, Newcastle is a great place to live.

However, for people moving to the city, it can be tough picking the right place to live. For most students, it boils down to a simple question: which place offers the best nightlife, restaurants and attractions while keeping within budget?

We’ve taken to TripAdvisor to discover where you might want to live in Newcastle based on your preferences are you more of a foodie or a boozer?

(For the purpose of this research: Bars that serve food are considered boozers rather than restaurants)


A popular student area, Jesmond is known for its ‘strip’ of bars along Osborne Road, offering busy, happy hour-fuelled nightlife (although most are shut by 12.00am).  Drinks are cheap, deals are plentiful but ratings aren’t hugely impressive. Nearby Sandyford is close to Jesmond and reduces walking distance into Newcastle.

Foodies, on the other hand, will love the amount of well-reviewed restaurants available in Jesmond from Italian eateries like Antico and Avanti to Fat Hippo’s legendary burgers and Peace and Loaf’s refined British cuisine, you really are spoilt for choice.

  • Average Boozer TripAdvisor rating: 3.6/5
  • Average Foodie TripAdvisor rating: 4.1/5
  • Average Two Bed Property Rent: £713 (though most people flatshare)


A student area that is more affordable than Jesmond but offers a huge array of takeaways and restaurants, Heaton is a great area to live thanks to easy transport links and a vibrant community. Whether you fancy a curry or a cosy café for a coffee, there’s something for every taste in Heaton.

However, boozers will note there are few bars to be had only The Chillingham and the Corner House hotel are nearby.

  • Average Boozer rating (Google reviews in lieu of TripAdvisor score): 3.9/5
  • Average Foodie TripAdvisor Rating: 4.2/5
  • Average Two Bed Property Rent: £493

City Centre

The centre of Newcastle offers a thriving metropolis of bars, clubs, restaurants and pubs and as such makes for a fantastic place for a busy student to live. Foodies can sample pretty much every cuisine, including everything from delicious Asian-fusion dishes at Fat Buddha to the slow-cooked barbeque goodness of Longhorns. Chain eateries are aplenty too, with more than one cheeky Nando’s on offer!

Likewise, boozers are overwhelmed by the city’s choice of bars and pubs. Whether you’re starting the night with one of Jalou’s signature cocktails or enjoying a pint The Old George Inn, Newcastle’s oldest pub, there’s plenty of refreshment on offer.

  • Average Boozer rating (TripAdvisor): 4/5
  • Average Foodie TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5
  • Average Two Bed Property Rent: £850


Newcastle’s Quayside is a popular area with students. Ideal in the summer, you can take in spectacular views of the River Tyne, Tyne Bridge and iconic Millennium Bridge from a nearby beer garden. Pitcher & Piano, Quayside Bar and The Waterline are great choices.

There’s plenty of restaurants to choose from too. For a budget Italian meal, choose Sambuca or Uno’s Trattoria. Hop and Cleaver is perfect for hearty meals in stylish surroundings, while the Michelin-starred House of Tides is ideal for fine dining.

  • Average Boozer rating (TripAdvisor): 4/5
  • Average Foodie TripAdvisor rating: 4/5
  • Average Two Bed Property Rent: £815

So, Boozers in Newcastle will love the city centre and the quayside. Despite Jesmond’s reputation as a student bar haven, scores weren’t as high in the area.

Foodies, on the other hand, will flock to the city centre for its huge range of diverse restaurants but will also find a number of impressively rated eateries in Heaton which is also the cheapest area to live.

So, for good food and cheap digs opt for Heaton. If you’re more of a party animal, you’ll have to stump up extra rent to live in the heart of the city centre or the Quayside, or live in Jesmond and pay for taxis.



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