I chose Newcastle University as it had a very good reputation and offered the perfect course for me. I had studied my undergraduate degree here and was so happy here I just did not want to leave. All alumni get a 10% discount on tuition fees which also encouraged me to stay on.
Living in Newcastle
Newcastle is a great city. The local people are so friendly and welcoming and there is a large student community too. There is so much to do here. You have the normal bars, restaurants, clubs and shopping you would expect of a city but there is also so much more. The beach is just 25 minutes away and they are award-winning beaches; the water is crystal clear and it is great to go to one of the cafes at the coast and watch the surfers. There is also a lot of countryside and parks around, it is very easy to escape the city and find some tranquility!
The restaurants and cafes in Newcastle are very good value and there are so many to choose from. We always went out for happy hour and got 3 courses for just £5!
I lived in a flat in Sandyford, about a 15-minute walk into town. It was perfect as it meant I did not need to spend any money on travel and could walk home after a night out so saved a lot of money on taxis.
Studying at Newcastle
I really enjoyed the course and found the lecturers very supportive. The best aspect of the course wasthe field trips. They were great fun but also very informative, you learn a lot more in the field than you do in a classroom. The library had all the books and journals I needed and the study rooms were perfect for group work. I could always get a computer when I needed one and they were good quality computers.
Best things about Newcastle
The best thing about Newcastle is the Geordies! Once you come here you won't want to leave.
Before postgraduate study
I completed a degree in Wildlife Biology BSc Honours at Newcastle University.