Top 10 reasons to study in Newcastle

Tuesday 03 May 2016

  • Newcastle bridges at night
1. Newcastle has been twice named the best university City in the UK. 

 

It is the largest city in the North-East and is diverse, vibrant and welcoming.

 

There are two main universities in Newcastle and Northumbria University and there is Newcastle College that now offer full degree courses. Newcastle University have recently overhauled their facilities and campus with a £200 million investment programme.

 

2. Both Universities are highly recommended

 

Newcastle University is always ranked around the top 25 University in the UK and they have a proud history of teaching dating back to 1834. Today Newcastle University offers world-class education in one of the most exciting student cities in the UK, attracting almost 25,000 students from across the globe.

 

Northumbria University meanwhile is doing consistently well among the new UK universities. Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

 

3. Bars and Nightclubs

 

Newcastle is probably best known for its lively nightlife which is why students love Newcastle! Just to name a few top bars and clubs to check out include; Digital, Floritas, Bijoux, The Empress Bar, O2 Academy, TupTup and The Bierkeller.

 

4. Shopping

 

The North East is blessed with shopping facilities where we have intu Eldon Square and independent quirky shops in and around the city. Also we have intu Metro Centre just across the River Tyne which is one of Europe’s largest shopping centres!

 

5. Sports

 

Newcastle is well known for the famous Newcastle United Football Club where they are based at St James’ Park which is in the heart of the City. Newcastle Eagles play their games at Northumbria University's Sport Central.  They are the most successful British basketball team in BBL history. If you fancy a having a bet then Newcastle Racecourse is just to the north of the City Centre that hosts over 30 race days each year. If you head north of the City to Kingston Park then you can watch Rugby Union’s Newcastle Falcons and the Rugby League’s Newcastle Thunder.

 

6. Everything is in easy reach!

 

Newcastle City Centre is compact and accessible; you can walk through the City in about 15 minutes. It’s also simple to get from the City Centre to the East coast in minutes thanks to the Tyne and Wear metro. Newcastle Central Station, meanwhile, is well connected to all major UK cities, with London being just three hours away.

 

7. Bags of History

 

Newcastle is named after the Norman castle of the City Centre and the City’s history spans from the Roman period; through its time as an important industrial centre for coal-mining, engineering and shipping during the 19th century. Newcastle’s aptitude for engineering continues to this day, with award-winning structures such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

 

8. Brilliant Job Prospects after graduation

 

Northumbria places a big emphasis on employability and it shows – 94% of students are in work or further study six months after graduation and it is ranked 7th in the UK for the number of graduates in professional employment on permanent contracts.

Newcastle University offers an award-winning Careers Service, and is one of the largest and most innovative in the UK. Advice and support includes one-to-one sessions with a professional careers adviser, drop-in CV checks, academic modules, online resources and skills development workshops covering topics such as how to succeed at interviews.

 

9. One of the UK’s top Classical venues

 

Newcastle’s Sage Gateshead is fast becoming appreciated as one of the leading classical venues in the UK, regularly running a range of classical, operatic, jazz, world and alternative music productions and recitals. As well as being home to the Northern Sinfonia, it also embraces other less-appreciated musical genres as well, such as dance, electronic and country.

 

10. Culture

 

As well as meeting the friendly local ‘Geordies’ whilst studying here, you can expect to meet a range of people from different cultures too – 23% of students at the ranked universities in Newcastle are international.

 

The City is a buzzing hive of educational and eye-opening experiences from day to night, including its Chinatown district (one of only five in the country); the wonderful art deco Tyneside Theatre; the Great North Museum and the Baltic Centre, which is an internationally recognised centre for contemporary art.

 

It is also the location for Anthony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North statue, measuring 66 ft tall and 177 ft wide, and its annual “Vamos! Festival” embraces the delights that Brazilian and Spanish culture has to offer.

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