Newcastle named best university town in Britain

Newcastle is the best place in the UK to be a student, according to the results of a survey of more than 36,000 students.

Newcastle is the best place in the UK to be a student, according to the results of a survey of more than 36,000 students.

Newcastle University's reputation as a great place to be a student has been given a boost with the news that Newcastle upon Tyne has been named as the top university town in Britain in a survey carried out by the UK's foremost student accommodation website, accommodationforstudents.com

Newcastle tops the accommodationforstudents.com table with an overall score of 64 per cent, based on over 36,000 student reviews from 56 university towns around the UK.

In their reviews, students rated (out of 10) their university location across five criteria: going out (restaurants, pubs, clubs), shops (supermarkets, corner shops, book shops, video shops), transport links (buses, trams, train, underground), community (safety, student population, surroundings) and facilities (gyms, libraries, parks).

At the same time, the University climbed three places to joint 20th position in The Times Good University Guide 2009 league table. The publication is the most authoritative and widely respected guide to universities in the UK, and is as an essential and comprehensive tool for students and parents at home and abroad. It ranks 113 UK universities according to eight criteria, including student satisfaction, research quality and degree results.

Lesley Braiden, Director of Marketing and Communications at Newcastle University, said: 'These results confirm the fantastic reputation Newcastle University, the city and the North East, have built up as being an excellent place for students to live and study.

'That student satisfaction is a key factor in both results is particularly pleasing for the University, because it means that the work we continue to put in to improving the standard of our student services and facilities is being reflected in the views expressed by our students,' added Mrs Braiden.

The relatively low cost of living in the North East, coupled with Newcastle's vibrant social and cultural scene, are also among the factors that attract students to the University.

Gemma Davies, former Editor of student newspaper, The Courier, who has written a student guide for The Times describing what Newcastle has to offer students, published online with the guide, comments: 'The City of Newcastle has the ideal balance between work and play for university life. Despite its popularity with weekend visitors, Newcastle is a cheap city to be a student in, and the cost of living is among the best in the country.'

Web links to further information:

Press release: Newcastle rated top town in UK to be a student

The Times Good University Guide 2009

Gemma's Davies' student guide to Newcastle

published on: 24th June 2008