BEST STUDENT CITIES UK: NEWCASTLE

October 22, 2014

Newcastle’s famous Quayside and Tyne Bridge

 

If you’re looking for a student city that packs plenty of punch, then Newcastle should definitely be at the top of your list. With an array of sights, sounds and experiences on offer, Newcastle is a vibrant city that has something to suit all tastes.

It’s difficult to know where start with a city that plays host to world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture; all joined together by the famous ‘Geordie Spirit’. It’s true, you’ll never find a more cheerful bunch and the city has been continuously voted ‘Friendliest City in the UK’ year after year.

Universities

If you’re weighing up your university options then Newcastle has plenty on offer as it is home to both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. Originally founded in 1834 as a school of medicine and surgery, it is a traditional red-brick university that is ranked highly in the university league tables. With an extensive international study programme, it is home to more than 4,000 overseas students from 120 countries around the world, with even Dr. Martin Luther King receiving an honorary degree and attending the university back in 1967.

However, if a red-brick university is not for you and you’re looking for a more hands-on experience, then Northumbria University is another great option, offering a wide range of vocational undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Research-rich and business-focused, the university works with a range of top employers and has been ranked fourth in the UK for graduate business start-ups, making Northumbria a great choice if you’re a budding entrepreneur.

Architecture

With a whole host of Grade I and II listed buildings, Newcastle’s architecture is second to none and the favour Grey’s Street has been regarded above London’s Regent Street for its majesty and perfection. Although many UK cities boast beautiful bridges, Newcastle is unique in the fact it is home to seven, all of which are visible from its world-famous Quayside. Its Tyne Bridge is an international icon and was the basis for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and its millennium bridge is a work of art that most definitely warrants a walk along the quayside at night in order to take in its beautiful lights in full effect.

Culture

With something to suit all tastes, Newcastle city centre is host to a number of interesting museums and galleries. While the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art holds exhibitions from leading contemporary artists, there is also a wealth of smaller, commercial and public galleries welcoming well-known and emerging contemporary artists to the area and displaying sought-after pieces from the greats. For example, you can visit The Laing Art Gallery if you’re looking for historic pieces or The Biscuit Factory, which is the UK’s largest commercial art gallery.

However, if you’re looking to take a step back in time and get a taste of the real history of the North East, Beamish Museum is the best option and will give you a feel for what it was like to live in the area during Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods as actors bring the living museum to life.

Sport

With a deep rooted history in sport, Newcastle is home to some of the UK’s biggest sporting legends and it is something that plays a big role in the city’s culture. Home to the famous Newcastle United Football Club, the city lives and breathes Geordie spirit and arguably, has some of the most loyal supporters in the world. A match day is an event that should not be missed and a day out at St. James’ Park is a must. The famous rivalry between Newcastle United and Sunderland A.F.C makes for a tense local derby and is an experience you will never forget, even if it does sometimes get a little out of hand!

If football is not your sport then there is no shortage of other teams to support, with the Newcastle Falcons leading the way for rugby fans having produced world-class players such as ex-England Captain Jonny Wilkinson and Newcastle Eagles covering basketball. There’s a whole host of other sports just a stone’s throw away, with Gateshead Stadium famous for its athletics and Durham County Cricket Club just down the motorway. 

Nightlife

There’s nothing quite like a night on the ‘toon’ and Newcastle’s nightlife is well-renowned throughout the country. Being classed as the ’15 minute city’, Newcastle is the smallest big city in the world, meaning you can literally walk anywhere by foot, making it extremely easy to bar hop.

If you’re looking for a more classy night out with upmarket bars, the famous diamond strip is the place to be. Located right next to Newcastle Central Station, the street of bars mixes up delicious cocktails, funky music and a cracking atmosphere for the perfect night out. Top picks include tropical themed bar, Floritas, which serves up an assortment of Hawaiian, tiki-themed cocktails and Tup Tup Palace that will have you dancing until the early hours.

The famous Bigg Market offers a range of cheaper pubs and bars and is an iconic part of Newcastle’s history, or you can head down to the quayside where you’ll find an array of pubs, clubs and restaurants overlooking the famous river Tyne. With endless number of places to go, you’ll never be sick of a night out in Newcastle.

Shopping

Home to some of the best shopping in the UK, Newcastle’s Eldon Square is one of the UK’s biggest indoor city centre shopping centres. Offering a wide range of high street favourites including a flagship John Lewis store, a huge Debenhams and the UK’s first, original Fenwick’s department store, shopping in Newcastle can certainly put a dent in your bank balance.

And located just across the river is the UK’s largest shopping mall, The Metrocentre, making Newcastle a true paradise for shopaholics everywhere.

If you’re considering studying overseas and looking for a friendly city with an atmosphere like no other, Newcastle is definitely a great option. With so much to do, Newcastle offers a unique, vibrant culture making for one unforgettable student experience

Don’t forget that if you are moving from overseas to study, then you don’t have to leave everything behind. By using a trusted shipping company like 1StopShip, you can ship some of your prized possessions for as little as £99.

 

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