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10 Reasons Newcastle Is The Best Home For An Archaeology Student

When it comes to studying Archaeology at university, there are loads of courses and choices available. But when you’re looking for the perfect place to call home for the next 3 years of your life, there’s only one place that stands out.

Here’s why third year Archaeology student Daisy thinks Newcastle is the best home for an Archaeology student.

1 – Hadrian’s Wall


We live on the doorstep of Hadrian’s Wall, with a direct bus route to a number of Roman forts including Vindolanda and Housesteads.

2 – There’s a museum on campus

A T-Rex skeleton in the Great North Museum: Hancock

We have the Great North Museum on campus, where artefact handling seminars take place…

3- You can enjoy a night in the museum

…It’s also where we host our annual Christmas party, Night at the Museum.

4 – Things start practically straight away

Bonfire on a beach with pottery
Induction Week involves learning to make pottery, flint knapping, wood carving and a bonfire on the beach.

5 – Life’s a beach

Ruins of Tynemouth Priory by the beach

Beautiful beaches are only a 20 minute Metro ride away, meaning trips to Tynemouth Priory, the aquarium and mini golf are great weekend activities.

6 – There’s a castle in Newcastle

Newcastle castle next to a railway bridge

Newcastle has its very own castle, right in the centre of town…

7 – A castle with a view

The tyne bridge and river Tyne from the top of Newcastle castle.

And climbing to the top provides some amazing views.

8 – We have our own union society

Group photo of Newcastle University's Archaeology Society standing on stairs

We have a vibrant nightlife and a close-knit archaeology society which runs regular socials – great for all those post-essay celebrations!

9 – We go on digs

Students on a dig in the UK

There are loads of opportunities for getting involved with University-led excavations in the UK…

10 – Worldwide digs

We also get the chance to travel abroad for adventures in places like Sicily, Greece or Rome.

Which is why I think Newcastle is the best home for an Archaeology student.

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