An independent review
- Newcastle, an overview
Google Newcastle and you’ll probably be directed to their famous football stadium, St James Park, home of ‘The Magpies’. However, not far away in the search options will be links to the equally famous, beautiful and renowned, Newcastle University.
Newcastle is situated on the northern bank of the river Tyne, hence the city’s correct, and full title, Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle’s twin city, Gateshead nestles on the southern bank of the Tyne.
All in all Newcastle has a lot to offer visitors, or temporary residents, by way of spectacular views, entertainment (not just football) and a fantastic shopping centre.
Furthermore, Gateshead is easily reached via one of the seven bridges that span the Tyne.
- The best area of Newcastle in which to live
So, before choosing your accommodation for students in Newcastle, decide which area would best cater for your leisure activities; the fabulous scenery of the river with walks and activities for all ages, or the close proximity to the city centre with its bustling diverse community, entertainment galore and of course, shop after shop after … you get the idea.
Or, how about a Toon Army season ticket and residence close to St James Park? Hmm, perhaps not on a student loan.
Nevertheless, wherever you choose to reside in this culturally rich city, you’ll always be assured a warm Geordie welcome and a pint, or two, of Newcastle Brown Ale.
- Where to start looking for accommodation?
Undoubtedly the easiest, most efficient way is to go online. Fortunately, the Newcastle offers its student population a ‘spoilt for choice’ range of accommodations. Hit the search button and be prepared to become overloaded with accommodation options.
Many students simply comply with the university’s advice to book accommodations through them; and, in all fairness, you’ll find an array of well located, well maintained properties, something for everyone.
However accommodation aimed at Undergraduates, Postgraduates and even couples and families is also available within the private sector, at competitive rates and attractive locations.
Furthermore, wherever you ‘shop’, you should be able to find a domicile with facilities and rent to satisfy your requirements and your pocket.
En Suite and a full English breakfast
Well, I’m not too sure a full English will be on many menus. However there will be plenty of eating choice; you may wish to go fully self-catered or partially catered’ Also, yes there are en suite options and less expensive communal ‘wash’ areas.
Take a browse around not only with the Newcastle University, but also others that operate within the private sector. Take for example the FindSpace website, it’s most comprehensive, with photos offering you a virtual tour of all properties; all prices and facilities are clearly indicated.
Private sector renting
Many students, for many reasons, prefer to rent within the private sector. This can, without recommendation and guidance, be a very tricky and harrowing experience.
Fortunately, FindSpace have had the foresight to offer free help and advice for those wishing to rent within the private sector. They vet and all the premises and ensure good service, quality accommodations and value for money. No agent fees, no fuss … no brainer. Good for them!
Go to their site and view recommendations before committing to a potentially disastrous contract.
- In conclusion
Check out all the deals; but be swift, the halls fill quickly and FindSpace accommodations are booked well before any others.
Remember, many are willing and able to assist with your attainment of karma; a convivial learning and living environment awaits all you lucky applicants.