7 Reasons to study in Newcastle

05 May 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Newcastle upon Tyne is famed for being one of the best places to go to university - and it’s no surprise why. From its notorious nightlife to the friendly locals, students from all over the country head to the North East to study undergrad and postgrad courses every year.

So, what makes it so special? Well, if you’re looking for rich culture, a place to party and a beautiful skyline, Newcastle might be the place for you.

To help make your decision easier, though, we’ve put together a list of reasons why you should study in Newcastle and make this destination your university city.

1) A thriving student community

First off, Newcastle is home to several prestigious higher education institutions, with Newcastle University and Northumbria consistently ranked as two of the best universities in the UK.

That means you’ll not only leave Newcastle with a highly valuable degree, but also have numerous opportunities to make friends among the 45,000 students joining each year.

In fact, with this fantastic student community, there’s no better place to make friends, network with like-minded people and have an all-round great student experience.

2) A vibrant culture

Newcastle is a diverse city with a thriving scene for pop-culture, famous sporting grounds and a rich history. So, if you’re looking for a city of culture? Newcastle isn’t short in supply.

Visit the Baltic Centre or the Great North Museum for an art exhibition or keep an eye out for famous artists who grace venues such as the Metro Radio Arena or the O2 Academy. Names like Anthony Joshua, Tom Jones and Bill Bailey have all headlined in here – another reason why studying in Newcastle could be for you.

3) Where football is first

Geordies are also known for being passionate football fans, and we have no doubt you’ll get right on board with the sense of pride that comes with walking down to St James’ Park; unless you’re a Sunderland fan, of course!

Even if you’re not a Newcastle United supporter, the experience alone is worth buying a couple of tickets.

4) A night out for everyone

Newcastle’s nightlife is frequently cited as one of the key reasons why students decide to study here, and the city is notorious around the country for its affordable bars and busy nightclubs.

There’s something on every night in Newcastle, and, whether it’s Sinners on a Saturday or Digital on a Monday, you’ll find a great night out somewhere. From student-friendly triples bars for pre-drinks, to the kebab shops for the walk home, planning your night will be a breeze.

If there’s one thing we can guarantee in this city, it’s that you’ll never complain about the amazing nightlife here.

5) A welcoming people

Widely known for their accent and love for Newcastle United, you’re guaranteed to find company during your time in the city - even when you’re off campus.

And did you know that Newcastle was previously voted one of the happiest cities in the UK? We already mentioned it’s excellent student community, so, if you’re looking to make the most of connecting with people, this is the place for you.

6) Food for all tastes

Aside from late-night takeaways, Newcastle’s selection of restaurants and eateries is the place to be for the student foodie. There is a huge variety on offer, whether you’re looking for something budget-friendly or want to go a little more upmarket.

The city is also famous for stotty cakes and the chicken parmo, which are both definitely worth a try during your time here. A few places we recommend are The Bridge Tavern, Dabbawal Jesmond and Sushi Me Rollin’.

7) Minutes from the coast

During the summer months, nothing beats going to the beach - and not many university students can say they have a beach close to their student accommodation.

For sea and sand, Tynemouth is just a short Metro journey away, or, if you want beach vibes closer to the city, the Quayside Seaside attracts huge crowds of people. The perfect place to escape the busy city centre to relax.

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Staff writer at The Common Room