International Study

Student Life at Newcastle

Student Life

Arriving in Newcastle

Starting university is an exciting time, especially if you're in a different country. We will give you help and advice so that your journey here is as simple as possible.

Watch what our international students think about the city of Newcastle

International Welcome Week

International Welcome Week

We will send you your pre-arrival information once you have a place at Newcastle. This includes a link to our pre-departure guide.

You will also receive an invitation to our International Welcome in late September.

We also have special events and services for international students. This is to make sure that you settle into life in Newcastle, including:

  • information sessions about being a new student at Newcastle
  • social activities to help you make new friends
  • Our Meet and Greet Service from Newcastle International Airport

You'll find more information about preparing to come to Newcastle and our welcome service on the pre-arrival website.


We can guarantee accommodation to all international students for one year subject to certain conditions.

Find out about our secure and reasonably priced accommodation.


Newcastle is a small city with a big personality.

Fun, friendly and affordable, Newcastle has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK's favourite student cities. It's the cosmopolitan capital of the North East and has the University at the heart of the city.

One in six people in Newcastle is a student, helping create the city's vibrant social scene.

International students living in Newcastle enjoy the mix of:

  • city life - shopping, music, restaurants and more
  • being near the beach - just 25 minutes away by Metro
  • stunning countryside - wonderful countryside and various World Heritage sites are all on your doorstep

Find out more on our undergraduate and postgraduate webpages.

Find out what our international students like to do in their free time.

Cost of Living

Newcastle is an affordable city for students to live in, compared to other UK cities. One in six people in Newcastle is a student.

Approximate living costs, excluding tuition fees and return fares, are:

undergraduates – allow approximately £8,600 for a 9-month period (£956 per month)

postgraduates – allow approximately £10,500 for a 12-month period (£875 per month)

Newcastle is a budget-friendly city for international students. This is because:

  • accommodation is reasonably priced
  • many amenities are within walking distance of your accommodation
  • the city is very compact, with most of the shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants a few minutes' walk from the campus
  • there are many discounts for students

Further details are in our leaflet on the Cost of Living in Newcastle (PDF: 650KB).

Student Support

You will be well supported by us, we want to make sure that you have the best experience possible.

We’re experienced in answering questions from international students. We will also assist you before you leave your country and when you live in Newcastle. On campus you can visit our student support teams every weekday. We also have 24 hour support through our website.

We can help you with:

  • academic support and information
  • accommodation
  • careers
  • student finance
  • student wellbeing
  • visa support
Watch our current international students talk about how we support them.

Language Support

English will be the main language you use socially and for study.

If you don't meet our English language requirements extra support is available. You could also complete a course to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at our:

If you haven't studied with INTO Newcastle, you will take a short English Language test when you arrive. This is to identify if you need any extra study support.

We also have free English lessons throughout the year. You can attend classes, workshops and interactive lectures on a range of topics including:

  • academic reading and writing
  • listening and speaking
  • presentation skills
  • pronunciation and grammar

Each week, you can also book a one-to-one writing tutorial where you choose to discuss a particular aspect of an assignment you are working on.

Our Language Resource Centre is open to anyone who wants to learn or improve a language. It has:

  • newspapers, books and other resources in over 50 languages
  • 24 satellite channels in 17 languages
  • over 800 foreign language films

Take a virtual tour of the Language Resource Centre.