One of the UK's friendliest cities
Looking for a friendly city to study in? Newcastle will welcome you with open arms. It's vibrant, energetic and full of character, and well known for being one of the UK's friendliest cities.
It's one of the most popular student cities, so you'll be part of a strong community. The city has great nightlife and shopping, along with iconic landmarks such as the Angel of the North and the Tyne bridge.Find a course in Newcastle
What makes Newcastle unique?
- Cosmopolitan city with a bustling atmosphere and friendly locals
- Mix of industrial heritage, Georgian architecture and modern touches
- Fantastic nightlife with a wide range of bars and clubs to enjoy
- A rich arts scene with countless museums, galleries, theatre and live music
- Compact city centre that’s easy to navigate
Food in Newcastle
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Newcastle. There’s a huge variety of restaurants and cafés, including many budget options.
The Settle Down Café is a cool spot to hang out with friends and enjoy a slice of cake or a comforting bowl of soup, while the Tyneside Bar Café offers a great menu of grilled sandwiches, curries and salads. Ernest is a popular café-bar which is perfect if you’re looking for tasty homemade food at a reasonable price.
Eldon Square and Grey Street are great spots for dining, with plenty of restaurants, cafés and snack spots to choose from, and Newcastle’s own Chinatown is within walkable distance from the city centre.
Whether you’re looking for comfort foods to remind you of home or are looking to try some of the local specialties, you'll find plenty of choice here. Newcastle is known for stotty cakes, pease pudding and brown ale. You could also try Pan Haggerty, a hearty potato dish.
For more budget-friendly options, Newcastle has a collection of great street food outlets. You'll also find popular chain restaurants in The Gate entertainment centre and intu Metrocentre. If you want something a little more special, the Quayside and Gateshead offer a brilliant selection.