Welcome to Newcastle Upon Tyne, the most populous city in the North East of England. The regional nickname and dialect for people from Newcastle and surrounding areas is Geordie. “Geordies” are known as very friendly and welcoming people who will no doubt help you settle into student life in this beautiful, vibrant cosmopolitan city.
You may be familiar with certain celebrities that come from Newcastle including Sir Bobby Robson, Ant & Dec, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rowan Atkinson and Sting.
Newcastle is host to two universities, Newcastle and Northumbria University. Both universities are located in the city centre and Newcastle University is in the top 1% of the world’s Universities. Newcastle has been voted the UK’s best city for students as Northumbria University received the best ‘City Life’ award in this year’s WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
With one in six people in Newcastle Upon Tyne being a student, there is a huge array of activities for you to do so that you can enjoy every minute of your time here.
There is plenty of green space. The city’s town moor is larger than London’s Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath put together. It is host to the Hoppings Fun Fair, the largest travelling funfair in Europe, held in June each year. There is also Exhibition Park which contains the only remaining pavilion from the North East Coast Exhibition of 1929. This houses Newcastle’s Military Vehicle Museum.
Chinatown is located in the city centre on Stowell Street. A new Chinese arch, a paifang, providing a landmark entrance which was handed over to the city in a ceremony in 2005. Newcastle is one of 7 cities in the UK that has a Chinese village.
The UK’s first biotechnology village, the Centre for Life, is located close to Central Station. The village is the first step to transform Newcastle into a science city.
The Tyne Gorge, between Newcastle and Gateshead is famous for its series of bridges including the Tyne Bridge. The High Level Bridge was the first road / rail bridge in the world. There is also the Swing Bridge and the more modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
There are several major shopping areas in Newcastle City Centre. The largest of these is Eldon Square Shopping Centre, one of the largest city centre shopping complexes in the UK. The main shopping street is Northumberland Street which is home to Fenwick department store, which houses some of the most luxurious designed labels. Close to Newcastle, the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe, the Intu Metro Centre is located in Gateshead. There is also a wide range of boutiques and markets throughout Newcastle.
Newcastle is regarded as one of the UK’s best nights out. There are plenty of bars and clubs in The Bigg Market, The Gate, Quayside, The Pink Triangle, Collingwood Street’s “Diamond Strip” and Osborne Road in Jesmond.
The city has a wide variety of restaurants such as Italian, Indian, Persian, Japanese, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, American, Polish, Malaysian French, Mongolian, Moroccan, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Lebanese.
The city has a proud history of theatre. It has hosted a season of performances form the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 25 years. There are also various touring productions of West End Musicals. The modern tower in the city is also a major venue for poetry readings in the North East.
There are plenty of festivals and fairs throughout the year including Chinese New Year, comedy, beer, science, music, cycling and food festivals. There is also the Northern Pride festival, and the Mela Festival which is an annual two day multicultural event blending drama music and food from Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindu cultures.
If you are into music then there are plenty of venues for you to choose from to including Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Hall, and the O2 Academy. All of these venues regularly get international acts playing. The Sage Gateshead hosts international jazz, folk, classical and pop artists.
If museums and galleries is your thing then you will not be disappointed as there is the Centre for Life, Discovery museum, Laing Art Gallery and The Biscuit factory. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art attracts a wide array of people. Northumbria University has partnered with BALTIC in opening a new cultural hub for art, called BALTIC 39.
There are plenty of sporting events. Newcastle United Football Club plays in the Premier League at St James Park, England’s fourth largest football stadium. There is also the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, the most successful team in the history of the British Basketball League. The Newcastle Falcons Rugby Team play at Kingston Park. Each year Newcastle is host to one of the World’s most popular half marathons, The Great North Run. International Athletics is also held at Gateshead International Stadium.
As can be seen from the above there is something for everyone and we hope that you will enjoy your time in this wonderful city.