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Life in Newcastle

For exploring. For finding hidden treasures. For getting a taste of local culture.

Newcastle is a big city in a small space and it has a sizeable student population. It's easy to get around and is well connected with the Metro rail network running across the city, from the airport, to the North Sea coast.

Newcastle is famous for its friendly locals and their hospitality. Living here will be friendly on your bank account, too

The city has a proud reputation for sport, and is home to several professional sports teams, such as: Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and the Newcastle Eagles. It has an unrivalled, eclectic nightlife where there's something different to do every day of the week. 

In 2018, Rough Guides named Newcastle the number one place to visit in the world - find out why while studying at Newcastle University.


Newcastle's reputation for a great nightlife is well-known and one of the reasons the city is always voted as one of the UK's greatest student cities. Newcastle has so much to offer after dark. 

There's a great mix of bars, pubs and clubs across the city, boutique bowling alleys, live music venues, late-night cafes, theatres and restaurants.

Newcastle is also home to several independent cinemas, as well as Empire Cinema in the city's under-one-roof leisure complex, The Gate. 


Sport is integral to Newcastle's identity and there are many opportunities to see first-class sport in and around the city.

Whether it's watching Premier League football at Newcastle United's St James' Park, rugby at Kingston Park Stadium or cricket at Durham's Emirates Riverside, there's a whole host of world-class sporting events to enjoy. 

Newcastle also hosts the world's biggest half marathon, the Great North Run, athletics events at Gateshead's International Stadium and is home to British basketball's most successful side the Newcastle Eagles, who are based in the west side of the city. 


Newcastle's thriving arts and culture scene is packed with world-class music venues, award-winning museums, a diverse mix of galleries and several stunning theatres.

There are so many different ways to take in the local culture in Newcastle. 

Enjoy the city

You'll be able to enjoy all the city has to offer when you're not in lectures and seminars.

There are plenty of places to eat, from nationwide chains in the Grey's Quarter at Eldon Square to independent eateries across the city.

There's also By the River Brew Company, a container village which host some of the city's most popular street food vendors.

For shopping, high-street names and department stores line Northumberland Street and in Eldon Square – one of the UK's largest city-centre malls.

There are boutique stores in Grey Street, quirky independent retailers in the High Bridge Quarter and a range of sellers in the Victorian Grainger Market.