Way up in the North East, you can find the (in)famous city of Newcastle: the unofficial party capital of the UK, and Rough Guides’ Best Place to Visit in the World in 2018. With some of the best universities in the country and world-class nightlife, Newcastle is the perfect place to call home throughout your studies. But if you need a little extra convincing, we’ve put together the top eight reasons why you should study in Newcastle.
1. Top Universities
That’s right, Newcastle has not one, but two world-class universities to choose from. Both Northumbria and Newcastle are great unis that both offer academic and vocational degrees. You can benefit from great resources, especially if you want to study engineering, because Newcastle is known for leading the way when it comes to construction.
2. Amazing Coastline
When you think of ‘the Toon’, visions might come to mind of crazy nightlife and late-night kebabs – but did you know that you’re not too far away from the seaside? That’s right: when the weather’s nice, the Quayside Seaside draws in huge crowds of people who are looking to soak in a few rays – so grab your sunglasses and your factor-30, because the Newcastle coastline is calling for you.
3. The Culture
All year round, Newcastle hosts plenty of cultural events and festivals that have people lining the streets. It has everything from Chinese New Year celebrations to food-and-drink festivals, where you and your mates can hit the Toon for a great day out. We recommend the ‘Hit the North’ music festival, where you can see the likes of Jungle, Circa Waves, and The Horrors for as little as £30
4. It’s the Perfect Size
Newcastle is the smallest big city in the UK, which means you get to experience all the charms of big-city life without losing that sense of community that comes with smaller places. This also means that you’ll be able to walk or cycle all around the city, making it easy to get from your flat to your lectures and even to your next night out – keemon.
5. The Sports
Okay, so when it comes to football, Newcastle are a bit of a turbulent team, but the one thing you can’t fault is the sense of pride that you experience when you head down to St James’ Park to watch them play. Even if they’re not your team, we recommend getting yourself a couple of tickets the next time they play at SJP – you won’t regret it!
6. Exhibition Park
Another tip for when the sun is out: Exhibition Park is a huge green space that’s not too far from Jesmond (one of Newcastle’s popular nightlife areas). This scenic space has everything you need for a sunny afternoon, with plenty of space to relax and an on-site brewery. You can easily spend most of your weekend enjoying the largest park that Newcastle has to offer.
7. Grey Street
People come from far and wide to see the famous Grey Street. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time when you walk down this road, which is one of Newcastle’s most historic. It was voted ‘The Finest Street in Britain’, and you can see why – with grand buildings and a nostalgic feel, you’ll really be able to soak in a bit of Newcastle’s heritage
8. The Skyline
Newcastle offers a combination of the old and the new, and that’s most obvious when you take in the city’s skyline. With modern buildings towering over older structures, you’re in for a treat when you find that perfect spot to watch the sun set over the city. We recommend heading up to the Free Trade Inn, where you can grab a pint while you look at the Tyne in all its glory.
9. The Nightlife
We’ve left the best for last, because Newcastle is well known for its amazing nightlife. There is a reason why so many students choose to call the Toon home throughout their studies, and that’s because it has everything that you need to enjoy a good night out. The streets are lined with clubs and kebab shops, meaning you can have a few and then grab yourself a delicious snack on the way home. From Floritas on a Monday to Sinners on a Saturday, you’re never too far away from a good night out.
Experience Everything That Newcastle Has to Offer
Whether you’re studying at Newcastle or Northumbria, you want to be close to your next lecture or your next night out, or you just want to have the best uni experience that you possibly can, take a look at our Knoll Court accommodation, where you’ll be right in the heart of the Geordie action.