Newcastle University was recently voted one of the most friendly places to study according to a unique league table of the country's higher education institutions. (Compiled by the Friends Reunited website.)
It's not just students who rate Newcastle: in the last decade Newcastle has transformed itself into one of Europe's most exciting places. For four consecutive years (2002-2005), NewcastleGateshead was voted the nation's favourite English city-break destination in The Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.
Newcastle can boast some of the UK 's best attractions, arts facilities, shopping and nightlife.
Newcastle can trace its origins to the second century AD, when it was occupied by the Romans who built a fort and early village. During this time the Romans constructed Hadrian's Wall, some of which still stands today. After the Romans departed, the area endured raids from the Scots, the Angles, the Saxons and the Vikings. In 1080 came the construction of the 'New Castle' which would give the city its modern name. By 1168 the castle was rebuilt with stone under the orders of Henry II. The keep still exists today and parts of the ancient city wall still stand, and can be seen from the Business School 's new Citywall complex.
Today Newcastle is a thriving city of a quarter of a million people, at the heart of the social, cultural, sporting, economic, and political life of the north-eastern region.
Today Newcastle is a thriving city of a quarter of a million people, at the heart of the social, cultural, sporting, economic, and political life of the North East region.
Today the East Coast mainline railway connects Newcastle to London in less than three hours and Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, in around an hour and a half. The city itself has two universities, excellent shopping and leisure facilities and a virtually unsurpassed nightlife. It was recently voted eighth best party city in the world (and the only UK city to reach the top ten!) by American travel experts Weissman Travel.
Known worldwide in the sporting arena, Newcastle United continue to be one of the country's most well supported football clubs and its impressive ground is directly opposite the Business School's Citywall headquarters. Newcastle is also host to the Great North Run, which annually attracts the world's top distance athletes and tens of thousands of fun runners.
Newcastle’s ‘Metro’ rail system allows thousands of commuters and students to travel easily around the city and connects the City to the airport and nearby city of Sunderland. It is also the ideal way to visit the beautiful North East coastline and seaside towns, which boast golden sands and surfing (for the brave prepared to venture into the North Sea!): Tynemouth and Whitley Bay are about 25 minutes away
Further up the coast is Alnwick Castle, which featured as 'Hogwarts' in the first two Harry Potter Movies.