International Preparation Courses

City Life

City Life

Looking for a friendly city to study in? Newcastle is welcoming, vibrant and full of character.

Find out what our international students love about Newcastle.

Newcastle University is in the centre of the city. It's easy to get to and is also close to the coast and Northumberland countryside. One in six people in Newcastle is a student. So it's no surprise that the city has an international reputation for a vibrant social scene.  

Our unique galleries, live music venues, shopping, restaurants and famous sporting venues mean that Newcastle has something for everyone. Newcastle is the UK's third most affordable student city (Royal Bank of Scotland Student Living Index 2016). This means you will be able to enjoy all we have to offer.

Exciting social life

Newcastle is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Even better, the city centre campus makes it easy for you to explore what's on offer. We have an exciting music scene that should suit even the most diverse tastes. Why not try to catch a show at the landmark Sage Gateshead while you're here?

There is also a huge range of bars, clubs, restaurants and cafés, so you won't struggle to eat well.

A shopper's paradise

The city centre has over 600 shops. This includes the UK's largest city-centre based shopping centre, intu Eldon Square. Newcastle even has its own Fashion Week, making it one of the top shopping destinations in the North. 

Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre, intu MetroCentre, is also just a seven-minute train ride away.

Live sport

Sport is an integral part of life for many people in Newcastle. This means you won't be short of opportunities to watch or take part. Why not watch Newcastle United play at St James' Park, or catch some athletics at Gateshead International Stadium? The city is also home to top basketball and rugby union teams, Newcastle Eagles and Newcastle Falcons.

Or if cricket is more your thing, why not visit the Emirates International Cricket Ground in nearby Chester-le-Street?