Accommodation

Student Areas: Where to Live

Student Areas: Where to Live

Student areas

Newcastle is a great place to live, and there are loads of areas to choose from.

The type of accommodation available and price of rent will vary widely, depending on which area of Newcastle you're looking at.

Accommodation Types

Nearly all student properties in Newcastle are terraced houses and flats. There are houses with four to eight bedrooms and, flats or maisonettes with two to five bedrooms.

Properties must include:

  • bedrooms (with bed, wardrobe, drawers and a study desk and chair)
  • lounge (with sofa and possibly a dining table and chairs)
  • bathroom
  • kitchen (with a cooker, fridge-freezer and washing machine)

Some properties may have an extra bathroom, toilet or shower room.

Each tenant should have their own study bedroom.

You'll need to bring your own bedding, kitchen utensils, crockery and small kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters.

Checklist

To ensure your health and safety at your new property you must check the following items

Safety certificates

Check that all safety certificates are current:

  • electric – renewed every five years
  • gas – renewed annually
  • Energy Performance Certificate – renewed every 10 years

Fire safety

Check that fire safety measures are in place:

  • smoke detectors
  • door closers
  • fire doors for larger properties

Doors and locks

Properties must have well fitted doors of sound construction.

The front door must be fitted with a secure and substantial lock (thumb turn lock internally for houses in multiple occupation).

The rear door must be fitted with a mortice lock in addition to a barrel bolt mechanism.

Windows

All ground floor and other accessible windows must be fitted with suitable locks and keys.

Houses in Multiple Occupation

Houses in Multiple Occupation

An HMO (house in multiple occupation) is a property that is shared by three or more tenants who aren't members of the same family. HMO landlords must have a licence from the council for every HMO.
You can find further details of HMO's on the Newcastle City Council website

Shelter have a lot of excellent information and advice on HMO's and you can contact them here.