Last year, around this time, after I had accepted the offer to come and study at Newcastle University, I then focused my attention on choosing a suitable accommodation from the various University halls which were available for postgraduate students.
As I had studied and worked away from home in India for five years, I didn’t mind not having an en-suite room, if that allowed me to save on several hundred pounds. Location was the primary factor in my decision to list the Jesmond Road halls as my first choice and then living here eventually.
I live in Windsor House, which is located in the lane next to the University Library and is about a five minute walk from the University and city centre. The rooms are reasonably sized with ample furniture and, in spite of its strategic location, the street I live on has residential buildings on both side, giving it a very homely and comforting vibe.
My apartment itself is quite the melting pot of cultures as people from India, China, Nigeria, Germany and the US live here together. The kitchen becomes the place where we catch up with each other, while also being constantly amazed at the vastly different kinds of food we all make under the same roof.
After living in a University hall for six months now, I am inclined to recommend it to anyone who is moving to Newcastle for their postgraduate studies. A lot of care, attention and meticulous checking by the accommodation services goes into helping you live here as comfortably as possible, while also making some great memories and friends along the way.