Students are an important part of the culture here in Newcastle and as the Summer approaches we get ready to welcome a fresh batch of students into our city.
As you can imagine from such a popular university city there are several options when it comes to student accommodation in Newcastle. With housing in Newcastle City Centre and the popular residential suburbs of Jesmond, Heaton and Sandyford, it can be difficult to make a choice.
Having been a new resident of the Toon myself and a proud explorer of all that Newcastle has to offer I thought this little guide might be helpful if the various house locations are leaving you confused.
Whether you are studying at Newcastle or Northumbria University a City Centre location is ideal if you love the idea of being in walking distance of university.
Newcastle has a buzzing high street (we have one of the largest Primark stores in the UK!) and amazing clubs on the famous diamond strip (anyone else a secret fan of Geordie Shore?) as well as the convenience of banks, supermarkets and gyms on your doorstep. The City Centre also offers some beautiful places to relax with Exhibition Park (the new home of the fantastic Wylam Brewery) and the famous Quayside perfect for a break from studying.
There are plenty of coffee shops and cheap eats to be found in the City Centre (let me know if you'd like me to do a separate post on cheap eats!) and with everything you need on your doorstep, living in the heart of Newcastle can really enhance your experience of university.
Every time I visit Heaton I can't help but think how effortlessly cool it is and how I secretly wish I lived there.
Chillingham Road is a hot spot if you're a foodie. Man Vs Food do mammoth portions, The Butterfly Cabinet do breakfasts that see people queuing round the block or, if you fancy something healthy, the delicious Naked Deli serves clean food that tastes amazing.
For study sessions Teasy Does It tea room offer a very warm and friendly welcome to students wanting somewhere peaceful to work and they also make fantastic homemade cake.
With all the amenities you need at your door and great transport links to the city, Heaton is an ideal place to look for your student accommodation.
Jesmond is one of the most popular areas in Newcastle for student accommodation. Located a few miles outside the city it's a happy suburb of students and families. The travel links are great and if you're feeling particularly energetic it's not a bad walk from the city centre.
The bustling Osborne Road is very popular with lots of bars offering cheap deals for students. Jesmond is also home to Fat Hippo, serving the best burgers in Newcastle and Arlo, a great place to meet friends for coffee (they also do fantastic breakfasts ideal for hangover mornings!).
For a break from studying the nearby Jesmond Dene is a peaceful place for a stroll and once a month you'll find a food market on the Armstrong Bridge serving the very best in local street food. With its own food stores, bank and gym Jesmond has all of the amenities you need close to home.
Still can't decide? If you fancy living in a residential area but still walking distance to uni, Sandyford is the ideal spot with most student accommodation a short 10 minute walk from the city centre. Located half way between Newcastle and Jesmond you can experience the very best of both worlds.
Located close to the popular bars Mr Lynch and As You Like It you'll never be too far away from a great night out. With local shops and amenities, Sandyford is a great location for students.
If you're a student heading to Newcastle at the end of the Summer let me know!
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts are my own.