With a huge range of societies, sports clubs, student representation and support, the Students' Union is the focus for many social activities on campus - and thousands get involved every year.
Being a postgraduate at Newcastle isn't just about academic learning, you also have the chance to meet new people and discover new interests.
The Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU) is the focus for many social activities. It has venues for gigs, cafe, shops, an award-winning student newspaper, radio station and more than 200 student societies.
Newcastle is a great place to be a postgraduate - it's the cosmopolitan capital of the North East, famous throughout the UK for its friendly character, and has the University at the heart of the city.
Located in the beautiful north east of England the city is surrounded by countryside, while the dramatic coastline is only a 20 minute drive away. We are extremely proud of our friendly and welcoming city, and our students agree.
Newcastle is exceptional for shopping with around 600 shops in the city centre. One of the UK’s largest city-centre shopping centres intu Eldon Square is just a few minutes walk from campus.
The traditional Victorian Grainger Market provides an authentic market experience right in the city centre. A short train or bus ride will take you to the MetroCentre, Europe's largest indoor shopping and leisure complex. You can also visit over 200 stalls at the Quayside Sunday Market.
Newcastle has a lots to offer including mainstream, art-house and foreign language films and a lively comedy circuit.
Contemporary art is on offer at BALTIC art gallery and the traditional but eclectic Laing Art Gallery. The Great North Museum is right on campus, with the excellent Discovery Museum nearby.
All types of live music can be found at Newcastle's venues, ranging from small bars to the huge Arena stadium. Theatre lovers can delight in the annual visits by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Opera North.
The city is home to Premier League Newcastle United and the Newcastle Falcons rugby club. Newcastle also hosts the world’s biggest half marathon, the Great North Run.
Sage Gateshead music centre and the BALTIC share the river with many bars, cafes and restaurants.
Find out more about Newcastle Gateshead - attractions, events, shopping, nightlife, culture and hotels:
With our multi-million pound on-campus sports complex, we are one of the top universities for sport in the country.
Sports CentreSports Centre
Our on-campus Sports Centre houses a fitness suite, sports halls and studios. It acts as a base for our Physical Recreation and Sport Service, which supports a wide range of sporting activities.
Intra Mural Sport
Over 2,500 students take part each week in our Intra Mural sport programme, which is one of the most extensive sports programmes in the country. There are eight sports on offer:
- football (11-, 7- and 5-a-side)
- mixed hockey
- rugby union
- rugby 10s and 7s
We offer a varied and vibrant programme of exercise classes throughout the year for all ability levels. These include:
- mind/body classes such as pilates and yoga
- dance classes such as Zumba
- fitness classes including aerobics, pump and tone, cardio combat and spin cycling
Annual varsity competition
Each year we compete against neighbouring Northumbria University in over 20 different sports for the honour of lifting the Stan Calvert Memorial Cup.
This competition is an action-packed day that sees over 1,000 students from over 50 teams compete in 22 different sports.
Our indoor facilities are located in the Sports Centre on campus and include:
- 125-station health and fitness suite
- a dance studio
- four squash courts
- a double court sports hall
- two multi-purpose rooms
- a strength and conditioning suite
- sports massage clinic
Take a virtual tour of Sport Centre.
We have a range of high-quality pitches for:
Sports ClubsSports Clubs
Sports Centre holds over 60 student-led sports clubs, covering a wide range of competitive and recreational sports. We're currently in the top 10 of around 150 Higher Education institutions in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league.
Some of the sports clubs at Newcastle University include:
- thai boxing
Go Play is a taster session programme that gives you a chance to try up to 20 sports per term:
- table tennis
- horse riding
- ice skating
Performance SportsPerformance Sports
Our sports scholarships and specialist support help promising students achieve great things in the national sporting arena.
Athletes representing the University at the very highest level receive additional support through:
- enhanced team funding
- professional coaching
- sports science support
Performance Club Programme
The University's leading sports clubs form the Team Newcastle Performance Club Programme. These clubs are headed up by dedicated performance coaches and have access to elevated funding and support. This allows them to compete at the highest level in BUCS and national leagues.
Some of the Performance Clubs: