After spending a year in the bubble of university halls, you’ll probably be excited to get out into the real world and experience living in another side of Newcastle. But when everyone’s frantically arranging viewings and signing tenancy agreements, how do you avoid rushing into a decision you might regret? Think location, location, location…
An affluent and generally ‘nice’ area of Newcastle. Very popular with students, probably due to the multitude of bars, restaurants and shops on Osborne Road and St George’s Terrace. The decent-sized Tesco and Waitrose are handy for groceries (plus there’s a Sainsbury’s under construction). Two Metro stations provide good transport links around the city, and Jesmond Dene – a beautiful public park – is within walking distance.
It’s not in a central location, so walking to uni and the city centre takes a while (over 30 mins from the furthest side), although you could always cycle. Rent is more expensive than the Newcastle average, and it’s not always justified – make sure you’re not getting ripped off. You’ll likely be surrounded by other students, so be prepared for the possibility of noisy neighbours!
A historic area next to the Town Moor, with a more ‘villagey’ feel. Rent is more affordable here, and the location is very central. It’s a 5-15 minute walk to uni (very close to the Dental + Medical Schools), and 15-20 minute walk to city centre. There are two convenience stores, a pub, chippy and wine shop there (what more could you need?) It’s close to Castle Leazes and Richardson Road halls – ideal for first years not living in halls, but wanting to be close to friends.
The closest Metro station is Haymarket in the city centre, but there are good bus links, plus taxis home after nights out are cheap!
Sandyford is bordered by the city centre to the west, Jesmond to the north, and Heaton to the east. It is very close to the uni and city centre, and rent prices are good. Heaton is further out, which is reflected in the much cheaper rent prices.
There is a well-established student population in these areas, helped by the range of shops, restaurants and takeaways, but they aren’t as lively or as ‘studenty’ as Jesmond, which might be what you prefer. Metro and bus links are good in these areas too.
Of course, there are many students who choose to live in other areas. Transport links around the city mean that wherever you decide to rent, convenience isn’t really a problem. Things worth considering are how much you can spend on rent, how much time and money you’re willing to spend on travel, and also where your friends will be living.