Newcastle is a great place to live, and there are loads of areas to choose from.
The type of accommodation available and price of rent will vary widely, depending on which area of Newcastle you're looking at.
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This area is popular with students because of the convenient location and access to facilities. Accommodation is often situated above shops or in purpose built residential blocks.
Rents range from £90 - £190 per person per week.
Fenham is to the west of the University and close to the Medical School. It provides students with an affordable housing option, with rents ranging from £55 - £65 per person per week.
Heaton is around two miles east of the city centre, bordering Jesmond Dene and Sandyford to the west. Heaton is a large area with good local amenities, well-served bus routes and a metro link into town. The neighbourhood is home to a mix of students, young professionals and families. The area is served by Chillingham Road metro and bus links to the city centre making it one of the best areas to live as a student in Newcastle with an all-important short commute to the city.
The main local shopping street Chillingham Road has a number of small food shops and cafés, plus well-known food outlets and mini-supermarkets. The area is also served by larger supermarkets such as ASDA, Morrisons and Sainsburys.
Properties in the Heaton area are made up of flats and houses ranging from 1 to 7 bedrooms. Houses and flats often have small gardens or yards and many have on-street parking (there are plans to introduce residents’ and permit-holder parking in some streets). The majority of properties are located on terraced streets and rooms within the flats and houses are spacious and inexpensive. Escaping the toil of student life, Heaton Park is a hub for community activities ranging from outdoor productions and silent movie nights to festivals and fête days.
With all the amenities you need at your door, Heaton is an ideal place to look for your student accommodation.
Heaton has a long tradition of housing students, and there are a lot of available properties. Rents have not increased as rapidly as in other locations, and are currently about £55 - £65 per person per week.
Jesmond is one of the city's most popular areas for student accommodation.
Journey time to University from Jesmond on foot is approximately 10-20 minutes depending on where you live. There are also two metro stations in Jesmond and local bus services which will get you to Haymarket in a matter of minutes.
In central Jesmond, Acorn Road and Brentwood Avenue have a good selection of local shops, supermarkets and a range of cafes, restaurants and takeaways.
Due to its popularity, Jesmond can be an expensive place to live for a student in Newcastle – rents are normally in the range £70 to £90 per person per week. These prices reflect the high level of services and amenities available to the Jesmond student community and also the ideal location of the area in relation to the centre of town. With its own food stores, banks, ATMs and gyms the area has all of the amenities you need close to home.
Time away from studying can be spent in the local beauty spot of Jesmond Dene where once a month you'll find a food market on Armstrong Bridge with plenty of reasonably priced street food. Jesmond Dene Market is a monthly art, design and craft market in the heart of the Dene this takes place on the third Saturday of every month.
Very close to the University and city centre, rents in Sandyford typically range from £65 to £75 per person per week.
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This area is close to the University campus. There are not many student properties on offer in this area so rent has increased recently, and is currently around £65 - £75 per person per week.
Nearly all student properties in Newcastle are terraced houses and flats. There are houses with four to eight bedrooms and, flats or maisonettes with two to five bedrooms.
Properties must include:
- bedrooms (with bed, wardrobe, drawers and a study desk and chair)
- lounge (with sofa and possibly a dining table and chairs)
- kitchen (with a cooker, fridge-freezer and washing machine)
Some properties may have an extra bathroom, toilet or shower room.
Each tenant should have their own study bedroom.
You'll need to bring your own bedding, kitchen utensils, crockery and small kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters.
To ensure your health and safety at your new property you must check the following items
Check that all safety certificates are current:
- electric – renewed every five years
- gas – renewed annually
- Energy Performance Certificate – renewed every 10 years
Check that fire safety measures are in place:
- smoke detectors
- door closers
- fire doors for larger properties
Doors and locks
Properties must have well fitted doors of sound construction.
The front door must be fitted with a secure and substantial lock (thumb turn lock internally for houses in multiple occupation).
The rear door must be fitted with a mortice lock in addition to a barrel bolt mechanism.
All ground floor and other accessible windows must be fitted with suitable locks and keys.
Houses in Multiple Occupation
An HMO (house in multiple occupation) is a property that is shared by three or more tenants who aren't members of the same family. HMO landlords must have a licence from the council for every HMO.
You can find further details of HMO's on the Newcastle City Council website.
Shelter have a lot of excellent information and advice on HMO's and you can contact them here.