International Study

Student Life at Newcastle

Student Life

Arriving in Newcastle

Starting university can be an exciting time, especially if you're in a different country. We aim to provide help and advice to make the transition to life at Newcastle as simple as possible.

When you receive your offer of a place at Newcastle, we'll send you pre-arrival information with details of our International Welcome.

We run an orientation programme for international students with events designed to help you settle in to life at Newcastle. This includes a schedule of information sessions to inform you about the practicalities of being a new student at Newcastle University and social activities to help you make new friends. It also includes 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.

Living Costs

Your spending patterns at university may be very different from what they are now. A lot depends on the standard of living you expect to enjoy. Find out what costs you might expect to incur during your studies.

As a city, Newcastle is a fairly inexpensive place for students to live compared with many other places in the UK. 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

Here is an approximate guide to living costs in Newcastle for 2015-16, excluding tuition fees and return fares:

  • 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)

Further details are in our leaflet on the Cost of Living in Newcastle (PDF: 665KB).

Support & Wellbeing

We have a dedicated student services building in the heart of campus, King’s Gate, and a Student Advice Centre in the Students’ Union.

King's Gate is home to our student services. You can find help, advice and support here on a wide range of issues.

Our student services teams provide support in a range of areas including:

  • academic support and information
  • accommodation
  • careers
  • student finance
  • student wellbeing
  • visa support

King's Gate is open every weekday. You can also access 24-hour support through our range of online resources.

Language Support

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

Support is available if you don't meet our English language requirements. You can complete a course designed to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at our INTO Newcastle University Centre.

If you haven't studied with INTO Newcastle you will take a short English language test on arrival. The test identifies if you need any extra study support.

We have free English lessons throughout the year, including classes in:

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

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.