Whether you live in Newcastle or somewhere else in the UK, Newcastle has two highly sought-after universities. Both Newcastle University and Northumbria University have huge successful accolades regarding education in this award-winning city. Newcastle upon Tyne has been named the best university city in the United Kingdom twice. This is partly due to its affordable cost of accommodation and of course fantastic nightlife.
Newcastle University has had a £200 million invested resulting in magnificent facilities and a vibrant campus. Students from all over the UK come to this university to study town planning, cancer studies as well as civil engineering.
Great job prospects
Another good reason to study in Newcastle is that there are great job prospects. With many multinational companies in the area, it’s a perfect place for careers in engineering and manufacturing. The retail and service industries also make up a huge part of the economy here with many graduate schemes being offered for those students who are interested.
Affordable accommodation within reach of the universities
There’s plenty of affordable accommodation in Newcastle within easy reach of universities so it’s not difficult to see why this lively city is very popular with students. The city has a huge choice of property ranging from flats, apartments, terraced, semi and detached houses for those who might wish to share. Transport too is handy with the Tyne & Wear Metro playing a huge part for travellers.
Newcastle Central Station is well connected to all the major UK cities with London just three hours away. The airport is only six miles from Newcastle providing domestic and international flights. There’s a daily ferry crossing to North Shields across the busy River Tyne with the option to visit Amsterdam on a much larger ferry.
Nightlife in Newcastle
After studying hard all week, students can enjoy amazing nightlife in Newcastle. The Quayside is one of the most popular hot spots for students with bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. There’s something to suit everyone here from live music venues, museums and art galleries. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge offers magnificent views of the River Tyne while linking the Quayside to the Baltic Centre and Gateshead Quays.
Students will be in awe when they see one of the UK’s top classical venues, the Sage. It’s a futuristic looking building which hosts jazz and pop concerts, operas, plays, music productions and recitals. The Sage is also home to the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra. There’s also dance, electronic and country entertainment.
A touch of culture
For students who enjoy a touch of culture, Newcastle has its own Chinatown district, a must-visit area. The Tyneside Theatre is also an inviting place to see along with the Baltic Centre and the Great North Museum. You’re sure to spot the Angel of the North statue as you approach Newcastle. Created by Anthony Gormley, this statue measures 66ft in height and is 177ft wide.
As you become more familiar with Newcastle you’re bound to walk along Grey Street. This street was voted one of the finest in Britain with its beautifully designed Georgian architecture and pretty street lights. Always busy, Grey Street has lots of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants and isn’t too far away from the universities.