12 Reasons to Study in Newcastle
1. Was Twice Named Best University City in the UK
Newcastle has not once, but twice been named the best university city in the UK. One can only presume that this is due to its highly affordable cost of living and its amazing nightlife.
Newcastle University itself also recently overhauled its facilities and campus with a £200 million investment programme, making this the perfect time to dive in and see what it has to offer.
2. Both Universities Come Highly Recommended
Newcastle University ranks around 21st in the country’ university league table, and reaches in the top five for civil engineering, cancer studies and town planning. Northumbria University, meanwhile, also ranks consistently well among the top new UK unis, making it a logical choice for courses like social care and business management.
3. Fantastic Job Prospects in Engineering and Retail
Although Newcastle’s industry is no longer based around construction and mining, many multinational companies like Nissan and AkzoNobel still reside in the area, making it a prime place for jobs in engineering and manufacturing.
Jobs are also rife in the service and retail industries, which now make up a large part of Newcastle’s economy. Newcastle is home to one of the largest shopping centres in the EU, and many of its chains offer lucrative graduate schemes, meaning those wanting to get into the industry are in the right place.
4. It’s Easy to Reach Places
When inside the boundaries of Newcastle, it’s easy to get from the city centre to the East coast in minutes thanks to the Tyne and Wear metro. Newcastle Central Station, meanwhile, is well connected to all major UK cities, with London being just three hours away.
For those travelling further afield, Newcastle’s airport is just six miles from the city centre and runs routes both domestic and international. And the ferry terminal at North Shields even has a daily ferry that can take you to Amsterdam at a moment’s notice
5. It Hosts Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall, no doubt one of the most highly visited tourist spots in the UK, stretches right through Newcastle Upon Tyne, making it extremely easy for students to get to.
Once there, you can enjoy spectacular views, impressive archaeology, rare wildlife, warming pubs and friendly locals.
6. An Eclectic Nightlife
The nightlife in Newcastle is more than mixed, with something to suit everyone. The Quayside has been a popular meeting point with students since undergoing a significant redevelopment in recent years, and has a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and bars, galleries and live music venues to tempt you.
At the same time, Gateshead Millennium Bridge offers breathtaking views of the River Tyne, as well as linking the Quayside to Gateshead Quays and the Baltic Centre and being home to a cluster of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
7. It’s Home to One of the Most Successful British Basketball Teams in BBL History
You may not be a Basketball fan, but if you knew that Newcastle is home to one of the most successful teams in British Basketball history, wouldn’t you be impressed?
The Newcastle Eagles have been the winner of many a trophy and they play regularly at Northumbria University’s Sport Central, if you fancy catching a game.
8. It’s Alive with Culture
Nobody could ever accuse Newcastle of being deprived of culture. The place is a buzzing hive of educational and eye-opening experiences from day to night, including its Chinatown district (one of only five in the country); the wonderful art deco Tyneside Theatre; the Great North Museum and the Baltic Centre, which is an internationally recognised centre for contemporary art.
It is also the location for Anthony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North statue, measuring 66 ft tall and 177 ft wide, and its annual Vamos! Festival embraces the delights that Brazilian and Spanish culture has to offer.
9. It has One of the UK’s Top Classical Venues
Newcastle’s Sage Gateshead is fast becoming appreciated as one of the leading classical venues in the UK, regularly running a range of classical, operatic, jazz, world and alternative music productions and recitals. As well as being home to the Northern Sinfonia, it also embraces other less-appreciated musical genres as well, such as dance, electronic and country.
10. Brazilian Language & Culture is Appreciated
Newcastle is city where all cultures are embraced and celebrated, and this couldn’t be truer for Brazilian and Portuguese culture. The city is home to one of the only universities to teach Portuguese and Latin American Studies, as well as house a national resource – the Centro de Lingua Portguesa.
This makes Newcastle a popular study spot for international students and invites native students to expand their experiences as well, with staff and student exchanges and opportunities to study abroad.
11. It Produced the Most Successful Turner Prize of All Time
In 2011, a piece exhibited in Newcastle’s Baltic Gallery along the River Tyne managed to pull the highly coveted Turner prize away from London’s district for the first time in quite a while.
Although the Tate didn’t think the piece would ‘work’, it turned out they were wrong. Almost 150,000 visitors turned out to see the project in all its glory, nearly double the number that normally views the prize-winners in London.
12. Its Grey Street was Voted One of the ‘Finest in Britain’
In a BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme survey, Newcastle’s very own Grey Street was voted one of the finest streets in Britain thanks to its exquisitely designed Georgian architecture, pleasant width and enchanting street lights. It easily beat some of the UK’s busiest southern streets, such as Oxford Street in London, Cornmarket in Oxford and the Strand in Liverpool.