Living in Newcastle city centre

Newcastle upon Tyne; once officially announced as one of the happiest places to live in Europe, according to a European Commission survey, is full of culture and beauty and is a fantastic place to live.

You can choose to live by the Quayside and enjoy easy access into the city centre and the Ouseburn, or live close to university or work – the RVI Hospital and both Newcastle and Northumbria Universities are major employers in the city.

Newcastle has a great, compact, city centre, and a strong sense of identity. There’s a real sense of belonging.

Living in Newcastle City Centre 

Affectionately referred to as "the Toon" by locals, the City Centre serves as the central business and cultural district of Newcastle upon Tyne. 

The architectural charm of Grey Street, adorned with stunning Georgian buildings, is a focal point and houses the renowned Theatre Royal. This area, known as Grainger Town, is a designated conservation zone, preserving its historic and architectural significance.

You likely won’t find large student houses in the centre, but there are plenty of flats and apartments that benefit from being in the centre of the city’s action.

Local Amenities and Food Options

In terms of shopping, Eldon Square stands out as the main shopping centre, offering a diverse array of high street and designer stores. Northumberland Street, the bustling highstreet thoroughfare, is lined with an array of shops, boutiques, and department stores, contributing to the city's vibrant retail scene.

The city centre has a range of small supermarkets, like Tesco and Sainsbury’s, and of course there are a plethora of banks, the post office, and gyms, giving you everything you could possibly need in one convenient place.

The food spots in the city centre are unmatched, with easily the biggest choice of cuisine in Newcastle and the surrounding suburbs. Choose from American, like Five Guys and Meat Stack, to Greek with Acropolis and Kafeneon. Or take a trip into Chinatown, where you can find authentic Chinese restaurants, supermarkets, and takeaways to satisfy your cravings. Don’t forget the Grainger Market, not only is it a great place for  fresh produce on a budget, but also for foodies seeking convenient and delicious street food options.

Recreational activities and Things to do

Newcastle's city centre is celebrated for its lively nightlife. The Bigg Market is particularly famous for its multitude of pubs, bars, and nightclubs, as well as The 'Diamond Strip’, being the main hub for bars and clubs.

Culturally, the city centre boasts prominent venues such as the Theatre Royal, hosting a variety of performances from plays to musicals, and who could forget the iconic St. James’ Park, home to Newcastle United.

Art lovers can explore the city's diverse art galleries, each showcasing a spectrum of artistic styles and mediums. These galleries feature both local and international artists, and offer a visual feast for those with an appreciation for the fine arts. The exhibitions often change, providing a dynamic and ever-evolving experience for repeat visitors.

Transport Links

Local transport options enhance Newcastle's accessibility. Buses, a vital component of the public transport system, offer comprehensive coverage, connecting various neighbourhoods and suburbs.

The Metro system efficiently links key locations, providing a reliable and quick mode of transportation for daily commutes or leisurely journeys, and extends its reach to popular coastal destinations such as Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Central Station also provides a swift means of travelling across the city and across the UK. 

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