Where to live once you’ve graduated

Every year, more graduates decide that they don’t want to leave the city that they’ve called home for the duration of their studies.

Now, a huge amount of graduates are based in Newcastle, but one of the trickiest things to decide is where to live once you’ve inally got your degree.

Newcastle offers a variety of vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods that are the perfect place for new graduates. Here, we explore some of the best areas that cater to different preferences and lifestyles.

Fenham

Nestled just 2 miles from the city centre, Fenham boasts a prime location with excellent transportation links, ensuring quick access to city centre amenities. Whether you prefer walking, cycling, taking public transport, or driving, you can reach the heart of the city within 10 minutes.

Fenham offers a plethora of local amenities, with plenty of shops, restaurants, and pubs. Due to its proximity to the centre of Newcastle, Fenham is a location that is popular with students and professionals alike. 

Housing options in Fenham come pretty cheap, and depending on whether you want to live alone or don’t mind sharing, rent prices generally fall between £115-£150 pppw. 

Jesmond

Jesmond stands out as one of Newcastle's most exciting neighbourhoods, known for its lively atmosphere and trendy inhabitants. With a high student population, this vibrant suburb offers a range of dining options, late-night bars, and charming cafes.

While a popular student hotspot, Jesmond is also a great option for finding graduate accommodation, as commuting to the centre, or anywhere in Newcastle, is very convenient. Jesmond is serviced by 2 metro stops, and has plenty of bus routes, which makes cheap travel a breeze, and it’s also only a short 15-20 minute walk into the city centre.

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, Jesmond provides ample opportunities for leisurely activities, such as picturesque walks on the Town Moor, trips to Wylam Brewery, and visiting the Dene. Jesmond Dene is a favourite amongst locals, featuring serene river walks by the waterfall, picnic spots, a cafe, and a petting zoo.

Prices can be on the higher end due to overall demand. A one-bed property comes in at around £190 pw, or if you’re looking to share, then rent can be anywhere from £100 pppw and £130 pppw.  

Jesmond presents an enticing option for those seeking a sophisticated and diverse community.

Heaton

Not far from Newcastle's centre, Heaton attracts a diverse range of residents, from students to families. Its relaxed atmosphere and cheaper house prices make it a favoured choice for many, and its huge range of student and graduate accommodation make it the perfect place for you to start looking.

Heaton's famous Chillingham Road is a culinary haven, with Italian, Punjabi, and traditional British cuisine options, as well as some small supermarkets, perfect for grabbing all of your weekly essentials. 

The rental prices in Heaton make it a great choice for graduates who are getting used to not having a student loan to fall back on, and can range from £70 pppw for a room in a house share to £130 pw for a one bed property.

Gosforth

Gosforth, a northern suburb of central Newcastle, combines historical charm with modern conveniences. With roots dating back to 1166, this area boasts a rich history that includes mining and archaeological discoveries.

Gosforth offers excellent local amenities including a bustling high street, featuring supermarkets, shops, cafes, and local pubs, that ensure an atmospheric local scene.

Gosforth is a noteworthy consideration for university graduates seeking a balanced lifestyle, and with the average property costing £150 pw in rent, it makes financial sense too.

The Quayside

Nestled along the banks of the River Tyne, the Newcastle Quayside seamlessly connects the city and Gateshead. Once an industrial dockside, the Quayside has transformed into a hub of art, culture, and modern living, perfect for graduates who want to explore more of what the city has to offer.

On the Newcastle side, you'll find restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and a bustling weekly market, which are all in close walking distance to the city centre. Gateshead Quays houses the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and the iconic Sage building home to regional music talent.

If you're drawn to history, cultural experiences, and convenient access to the city, the Quayside presents an alluring option within the Newcastle area. Due to the area, prices for a one-bedroom flat can start at around £200 pw, which is definitely more pricey than some of the other locations mentioned, but if it’s within your budget, then it’s a great place for graduates to live. If you don’t mind sharing with other professionals, prices per week for a flat on the Quayside can start at around £150 pw.

If you’d like to find out more about our graduate-friendly properties, please get in contact or visit our Percy Street office.