Student Life

A view of Newcastle's Quayside and the Tyne Bridge taken from the Gateshead side of the river

Hi everyone. My name is Paulina and I’m currently a 2nd year International Business Management with German student at Newcastle University.

In this post, I will tell you what I love the most about living and studying in Newcastle.

Architecture

I remember that before moving to Newcastle, I used to go on Google Maps and do virtual walks trying to imagine what would be like to live there. And I must admit that the pictures I saw don’t do enough justice to this city. The architecture here is absolutely stunning and you don’t have to be an architecture student to appreciate it. Wherever you go and lift your head up, you are stunned by a piece of unique history and soul of this city.

Architecture in Newcastle city centre
Newcastle’s architecture

Northumberland Street (which is the biggest shopping street in Newcastle where you can find basically anything you need.) combines old and modern architecture in a pleasant to the eye harmony which is not easy to achieve. As cheesy as it sounds, whenever I walk through the main University campus (where you get that wizardry academic vibe) I feel so utterly lucky and cannot believe I get to study at such a prestigious institution.

Size

Before moving to Newcastle, I had lived in London for a year which made me realise that I wanted to study in a less chaotic and more relaxed place. Newcastle is exactly like that.

It has that friendly and cosy atmosphere that makes you feel welcomed and helps you to settle in quickly- which is especially important when you are an international student.

Haymarket Metro and Northumberland Street - taken from above
Northumberland Street at night

I believe it is the perfect size for a student city – it’s easy to get around as it is very compact and anything you need is located in the city centre. As I am living within a walking distance of everything I need, I save quite a lot of money on transportation – which would be impossible in London. Whenever I want to go to the seaside or for a day trip to Durham there are busses, trains and even metros available which makes it so convenient and easy to explore the area.

Closeness to nature

I love spending time in nature as it helps me to relax, reflect and feel more present and grounded in myself. Newcastle has so much to offer in terms of that – there are so many parks like Leazes Park, Heaton Park, Jesmond Dene or even the Quayside which is a great place for a walk just by the riverside.

A waterfall viewed through a bridge at Jesmond Dene
The Waterfall at Jesmond Dene

Once in a while I also visit the coast as the sea has something magical in it and after coming back, every time I feel more inspired and reset. Everywhere you look, there is nature around and the National Parks located nearby are a perfect hiking destination to go to with a couple of good friends.

Two students look out to sea from some wooden steps which lead onto a sandy beach
Longsands Beach at Tynemouth/Cullercoats

Northumberland National Park, Kielder Forest or the Lake District are some of the top recommendations. Also, for any tennis players – there are tennis courts located in most parks here which are very convenient, and the best thing is they are all free of charge.

Vibrant city life

Newcastle has so much to offer when it comes to culture, restaurants and bars.

Students sit outside at a restaurant on the Quayside with The Sage in the background
The Quayside

The Sage and O2 Academy are the gig spots in the city where you can see many famous bands and artists live. There are spots for both a night out and amazing food located all over Quayside and the city centre. Some of my favourite restaurants include The Supernatural, The Dispensary, Wagamama, Las Iguanas or Zapatista where you can easily find delicious vegan options.

Some of the very unique places that should be on your list too are the Kiln (which is a restaurant/bar/café and a pottery studio where you can make your own unique creations) and Ghetto Golf (mad place for mini golf as well as a night out). If you are an art lover, you definitely need to give the Laing Art Gallery and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art a go.

Even after living here for almost two years, I still have so many new places to go to and discover. You simply cannot get bored of Newcastle.

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Paulina is an undergraduate student studying International Business Management at Newcastle University Business School.

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