Newcastle is regularly voted the best student city – the city has won the award 5 times in the last 7 years. One in 6 residents are students which means that the city offers a lively student environment.
As a vibrant student city, there are plenty of choices for you when it comes to your free time. On-campus you can find outstanding sports facilities, places to eat and drink and our Students’ Union which forms a large part of university life with lots of different societies and clubs for you to join. You can find a full list of our current societies and clubs here.
Off-campus, the city has one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complexes: Eldon Square, as well as a range of unique boutique stores and markets. Newcastle also has a range of galleries, such as the BALTIC, which are worth visiting if you’re looking for some inspiration.
The city also offers a great base from which to explore the North of the UK. Scotland is less than an hour away and you can get a direct train to Edinburgh from Newcastle station. Alternatively, you can even get a train to London, with fast trains taking 3 hours.
Places to eat
Whatever your taste, Newcastle has lots of options of places to eat, with restaurants of many different cuisines to sample. Many of the restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead serve halal food, you can check a list online here.
Places of worship
At Northumbria University, we provide spiritual and pastoral support to students of all faiths and beliefs. There are also regular trips and activities organised to help you meet new friends.
On-campus, we have a Peace Room, a Quiet Room and a Muslim Prayer Facility. Speak to our Chaplains to find out how to register.
Off-campus, there are a range of places of worship for you to join – we’ve included a short list below.