So, if you’re on your way to Newcastle or Northumbria University as an international student, you’re in good hands. Whether you’re starting an undergraduate or postgraduate course, here’s all you need to know about life in this vibrant city.
You’ve probably heard Newcastle described as lively, friendly, and welcoming - and this is certainly true! In fact, it regularly tops the polls on lists of the friendliest cities in the UK, making it a great place for anyone moving from overseas.
What’s more, it’s home to two fantastic universities (Newcastle and Northumbria) and offers plenty of varied study opportunities.
Are you looking to study medical Science, Business or Engineering? As a Russell Group uni, Newcastle has a strong academic reputation in these fields. However, you can also study an array of other subjects — from Archaeology and Classics, to Music and Fine Art.
Newcastle is a prestigious university and it attracts thousands of students from all over the world. Each year, over 5,000 international students from more than 120 countries attend, making it a wonderful and welcoming multicultural hub.
When you arrive in Newcastle, you’ll be invited to the university’s International Welcome. Here, you can attend information sessions and get involved in social activities to meet other students. What better way to settle into your new home city?
Will you be flying into the UK? The university can even arrange a Meet and Greet team to come and collect you from Newcastle International Airport. So, from the moment you land, you’ll be treated with that iconic Geordie warmth!
Once you’ve sorted out your university place and settled in, it’s time to explore all Newcastle has to offer. With a compact city centre, it’s easy to get around Newcastle and there’s a wealth of sights to explore — from museums and art galleries to amazing bars and shops, you’ll never be short of something to do.
We’ve already talked about Newcastle’s friendly reputation, but what else is the city known for? Aside from a distinctive regional accent (which was voted the nation’s favourite in 2021), Newcastle is famous for its notable architecture, industrial heritage, and, of course, Geordie Shore.
Why not sip on a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale as you admire the city’s impressive bridges? Browse the Metrocentre — Europe’s largest indoor shopping mall — and look out for the Angel of the North.
Moving to a new country brings a lot of changes, not least working out what you can afford in a new currency. The cost of living has gone up everywhere. Luckily, Newcastle is one of the cheaper cities to study in, with average prices for accommodation coming in at 50% less than London and Birmingham.
When studying in Newcastle, you have a few accommodation and location options. Are you moving to the UK for your undergraduate degree? To get the full Newcastle or Northumbria uni experience, you might want to spend your first year living in halls of residence.
Alternatively, you could opt for a studio apartment or a house share. This can be a great way to experience life in the heart of Newcastle, particularly if you’re applying for a postgraduate course or looking for accommodation in your second and final years. The city centre is a great choice for finding the perfect studio apartment, close to university campus, shops and places to eat, but Sandyford, Jesmond, Spital Tongues, and Heaton are also popular student areas in Newcastle, especially for friendly student house shares.
Welcome to Newcastle Upon Tyne! At Seekers, we recognise the extra pressure that can come with travelling overseas for your studies. And we aim to relieve some of that pressure. We’ll help you find your perfect digs — whether that’s a city-centre apartment or a large house share.
Our team members can offer support and make your move as stress-free as possible. We’ll help you arrange everything ahead of time so you can move in and enjoy your home quickly and smoothly. You might be wondering how you can view a property without being in the country but don’t worry. We can book virtual online viewings so you feel 100% confident in your choice.
Will your flight arrive in the middle of the night? No problem, we’ll make sure you can access your new home 24/7.
Take a look at our properties for international students. We can’t wait to welcome you to Newcastle!