Newcastle is a favourite destination for students due to its friendly nature. There are 2 universities in Newcastle – Newcastle University and Northumbria University, both ranked highly in the UK. Newcastle also has a focus on business and it has recently seen an increase in investment within the city.
Newcastle is a great city which has something for everyone. One thing is guaranteed – as a, student you will never get bored!
Take a look at a few interesting facts about Newcastle:
- Newcastle is the the biggest city in the North East of England.
- The library inside The Lit and Phil is the biggest independent library outside London, with more than 150,000 books.
- The Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge was opened in 1849 and is the world's first road/rail bridge.
- The city has produced two of the best strikers in the history of English football - Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer.
- Jimi Hendrix was discovered in New York City by Chas Chandler, a Geordie musician, record producer and manager.
Newcastle is one of the biggest and most attractive cities in North England and attracts people from all over the region just to shop. The city has recently been redeveloped and modernised which improved the shopping experience.
There are quite a few shopping areas in Newcastle including two of the biggest shopping centres in the UK – Eldon Square and MetroCentre. Notable stores you will find here include Debenhams, John Lewis, Next, Mark & Spencer, Fenwick and many others.
Eldon Square Shopping Centre was opened in 1977 and is located right in the city centre. It’s got a total retail floor area of 1,400,000 sq ft over 2 floors.
MetroCentre is situated in Gateshead by River Tyne and very close to Newcastle city centre. With a total retail floor area of over 2,000,000 sq ft, MetroCentre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe.
People in Newcastle take food seriously so you never have to worry about running out of food options. Restaurants in Newcastle can satisfy even the most demanding appetites and preferences. The city's diners are getting more and more sophisticated and give the South a good run for their money. From street food and takeaways, to Michelin star restaurants, there are places for every budget.
Here are some of the most popular restaurants in Newcastle:
- Luigikhan’s – lovely restaurant with a Punjabi menu and classic Italian dishes, served in a modern hotel dining room with exposed bricks.
- Sapori Café – authentic Italian food-serving café. Great value for money, delicious home cooked food and deserts with a friendly atmosphere. You can’t go wrong with this!
- Peace and Loaf Jesmond – artfully crafted British cuisine in a sleek restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere and friendly staff.
Newcastle was ranked as the 3rd best University City for nightlife in a recent study carried by The Telegraph. The city has a reputation for its nightlife due to the wide variety of bars, pubs and nightclubs. As a student, you will not be disappointed!
Some of the best nightclubs include Stage Door on Stowell Street, which has a good DJ and cheap drinks. Krash on Market Street, the student unions and the Gate always provide great night outs. If you’re up for some comedy, then you must check out The Stand, Hyena and a few other comedy clubs. The entry is normally under £15.
There are several art galleries and museums in Newcastle which welcome emerging contemporary artists from all over the world. Here are some of the most popular museums:
- Beamish Museum – exhibitions that showcase how life was like in the Newcastle region back in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
- The Laing – an art gallery on New Bridge Street which hosts a very impressive collection of art and sculpture.
- The Great North Museum: Hancock – established in 1884, the museum is located on the campus of Newcastle University. It showcases natural history and ancient civilisations.
Newcastle has a long and strong sporting tradition, in particular football, hockey, basketball and horse racing.
Established in 1892, Newcastle United is a professional football club, currently playing in the Premier League. With a capacity of 52,405, St James’ Park has been the home of Newcastle United since the club was established.
Newcastle Eagles are the most successful team in the history of the British Basketball League. The city is represented in hockey by the Newcastle Warriors and the Newcastle Vipers. Finally, Newcastle was one of the 11 host cities for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. St James’ Park hosted three matches – South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Tonga and Samoa v Scotland.
Newcastle has a buzzing music scene and is widely considered to be one of UK’s best venues. It attracts big stars from all over the world and huge crowds, so if you love live music then Newcastle is most certainly a great place to spend your university years.
The Metro Radio Arena, Sage Gateshead the O2 Academy and even Newcastle’s City Hall are some of the best live music venues in Newcastle, so you might want to check them out.
There are several different travel methods within Newcastle. The city centre is very compact which makes walking a great option. Tyne and Wear Metro, Newcastle’s rail system, is very quick and efficient. Alternatively, you can jump into the one of the numerous buses and taxis.
Newcastle 1 is ideally located 17 minute walk from the city centre, or 9 minutes on the bus. Furthermore, Newcastle University and Northumbria University are both within walking distance.
I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, it has been amazing!Ashleigh Fletcher, BSc Adult Nursing - 1st Year Student, University of Nottingham