Studying in Newcastle

Newcastle has a reputation for being both one of the friendliest and liveliest cities in the UK and definitely a great place for you to be a student.

With 45,000 students making the choice to study in Newcastle every year you can be assured that the city is set up to make students just like you feel at home and part of the community.



During your time in Newcastle you will not be short of options when it comes to shopping. Your choice of shops range from small local markets in the Quayside featuring independent traders often found selling their handmade goods, to more international markets in the city centre. As well as markets you’ll also be well catered for when it comes to high street shops and big name brands.

If you choose to venture out of the city then you can experience the intu Eldon Square, one of the largest city centre shopping malls in Europe. Here you’ll find department stores, a huge array of high street brands and a cinema complete with IMAX theatres.

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There’s plenty for you to see and do during your time in Newcastle.

Within the city centre you can take a walk around the Quayside and see iconic attractions like the Millennium Bridge, the Tyne Bridge, Sage Gateshead and the BALTIC Arts Centre.

If you enjoy sport then you must pay a visit to St James’ Park stadium to watch the famous Newcastle United in action. Or if running is your thing then the Great North Run is held in Newcastle every year and is a great opportunity for you get involved either as a runner or a spectator.

For those wanting to venture outside of Newcastle, then you can experience the amazing sights that the North East of England has to offer. You can see the Angel of the North, Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle, all within a short journey of Newcastle. Those wishing to travel further afield can explore the sights of Scotland taking in the famous Highlands and picturesque cities.

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Download our International Student Guide to help you prepare for life at Northumbria University and studying in Newcastle.

Getting around

Getting from A to B in Newcastle is really easy with many different options available. As the campus is located right in central Newcastle you’ll find that almost everything you need is within a convenient walking distance.

Travelling around the city centre of Newcastle is even easier with the Quaylink bus service, offering reasonably priced, convenient travel to many of Newcastle’s must-see attractions. The city is also served by the Metro, which offers regular train travel to and from many areas surrounding Newcastle including Newcastle Airport (25 minutes) and Sunderland city centre (30 minutes).

Newcastle train station offers direct travel to many destinations all around the country. Destinations such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds can all be reached in a few hours by train, meaning you can explore the rest of the UK with ease.


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Around the campus

Our Newcastle City campus is where you’ll be studying and is central to many of the activities that go on at the University. Here you’ll find our main library, high-tech labs, Students’ Union, state-of-the-art sports facilities and much more. The award-winning facilities and vibrant student atmosphere make the Newcastle City campus a place where you’ll feel at home straight away.

Living costs

In addition to your fees, you should allow enough funds to cover the cost of living whilst you’re studying with us. The amount you will need will vary depending on lifestyle, but the UKVI recommend you allow a minimum of £1,015 per month to cover living expenses, including accommodation, heating and food.

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We know that it is a big step to move to a new country and we offer a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking to socialise and meet new friends from the UK and around the world, or prefer a quieter environment, we have something for you.

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“Some of my friends and family recommended the International Foundation Programme. I visited Newcastle before I started my studies here and I fell in love with Newcastle, especially the atmosphere and the buzz of the city.”

Majid Abdulrasheed Maw Ahmed Nooh
International Foundation Programme - Engineering



We run start dates throughout the year depending on your chosen course. Check our application deadlines, tuition fees and payment plans we offer here.



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