Campus life at Newcastle University

Everything you'll need in one place

Newcastle University provides everything you'll need for a fulfilling student experience. The University ranks in the top 5 in the UK and top 20 in the world for international student satisfaction (International Student Barometer Autumn 2018).

While your studies are the main reason for coming to the UK, how you spend your leisure time is also important. You'll find a great selection of facilities here, catering to a wide range of special interests.

Your orientation programme

In your first week, you'll take part in an orientation programme which will help you get settled in to life in Newcastle. You will find out more about:

  • Visas and collecting your biometric residency permit
  • Registering with the police
  • Opening a bank account
  • Registering with a doctor and dentist
  • Social activities, clubs and sports

The INTO social programme offers even more opportunities to meet new people and make friends, including:

  • Chinese New Year celebrations
  • Christmas, Halloween and end of semester parties
  • Trips to places of interest in Newcastle like Alnwick Castle
  • Excursions to Edinburgh, York, Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District

Newcastle Students' Union

You'll automatically become a member of the Newcastle University Students' Union (NUSU), located at the heart of the campus. There are all kinds of facilities run by students, including:.

  • Venue – the place for club nights and gigs
  • Luther's – a trendy café bar with weekly live music and quiz nights
  • NUSU Central – a study space open 24/7 with 80 computers and a café

Sports and recreation

With more than 60 student-led clubs and societies, as well as extensive on-site sports facilities, Newcastle University offers a wide range of activities and events for sport enthusiasts to enjoy. Highly ranked in the British Universities & Colleges Sport league, it’s one of the best UK universities for sport – so there’s always something for to get involved with throughout the year.

From the traditional sports such as hockey, rugby and football to the more specialist activities such as mountaineering and parachuting, there’s sure to be something for you here, whether you’re an expert or a beginner.

The University Sports Centre is open from 7am to 10pm during term time, giving you plenty of time throughout the day to keep fit around your studies and social life. There’s a contemporary health and fitness suite, indoor sports hall, squash courts and dance studio, to name just a few of the great facilities the University has to offer.

Opening times:

Term time Mon–Fri: 7am to 10pm; weekends 9am to 9pm.

Holidays Mon–Fri: 7am to 10pm; weekends 9am to 5pm.

A multi-faith community

Newcastle University offers regular faith services, including Christian, Buddhism and Muslim, as well as links with the city's major religious communities. Whether you want to attend worship services, discuss a confidential matter or to explore your faith, the chaplaincy is open to all students of any or no faith.

The University Chaplaincy is situated behind the Robinson Library and provides prayer rooms which students and staff are welcome to use.

There are also student societies within the Students' Union which represent other major religions, such as Catholic, Pagan, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Sikh societies. If you find that your faith is not represented at the University, we can also help direct you to groups in the wider community.

Eating on campus

Sometimes you just want food that reminds you of home. At Newcastle University, you'll find a wide range of cuisines matched to the university's international student community.

And if you can't find what you're looking for at one of the many university cafes, we'll do our best to help you find it in the local area! Great places to eat, drink and relax

When you want to grab a quick bite between lectures or relax with friends over a coffee, you'll find a selection of venues on campus. Newcastle University has 13 outlets, including an INTO café and restaurants serving hot meals, so you're sure to find something to suit you just a short walk away.

Dietary requirements are also catered to, so you'll find vegetarian and vegan options available daily, and Halal chicken meals available at the INTO café. The University accommodates dietary needs wherever possible, so if you're unsure, just ask a member of the team and they'll be happy to point you in the right direction. Loyalty cards and meal deals are available too, helping you budget and save money throughout the week.

For opening times and more information about each of the venues, click here.