Is Newcastle right for your son or daughter?

Is Newcastle right for your son or daughter?

by Newcastle University

Managing your own anxieties about your child leaving home whilst encouraging your son or daughter to grow and pursue their passions isn’t easy. One thing many parents struggle with is knowing whether their child is moving to a place where they’ll be supported, happy and safe. 

In our latest blog, we’ve broken down some of the student benefits that Newcastle offers. From our safe, diverse city to our budget-friendly living costs, deep-dive into why your son or daughter may want to call our humble city home. 


1. Newcastle University is safe

Newcastle University campus is nestled in the heart of the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Our compact city and its surrounding areas are connected by easy-to-use transport links and busy streets. Not to mention a huge portion of the population of Newcastle is made up of students.

In fact, 1 in 6 people in Newcastle is a student, and Newcastle was ranked among the Top 10 Student Cities in the UK by QS Best Student Cities 2022. So you can rest assured your son or daughter will be surrounded by like-minded people who are similar in age. 

We work hard to make sure our campus is a safe space for all, too. We have cross-campus CCTV, 24-hour porters, security staff across campus at all times, and even a SafeZone app for students to instantly alert first aiders, security, or support staff should they need to.

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2. Newcastle is an affordable city

Newcastle ranks in the top three most affordable cities in the UK, in fact, it's the number one cheapest city in the UK to go on a date! 

With a budget-friendly transportation system (an unlimited Metro day pass can start from as little as £3.30), student-friendly haunts with plenty of food and drink deals, free galleries, free museums, striking hiking routes, and gusty coastlines to explore  - you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy student life in Newcastle. 

However, should your son or daughter need a helping hand financially during their studies, our student finance team are there to support them. With extra funding opportunities, short-term loans, scholarships, and financial advice, your son or daughter will always have a direct line to experts if they’re in need.


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3. Newcastle is a prime location for students

In 2017, more than a third of students in Newcastle chose to stay and work in the city after graduation, positioning Newcastle in the top 10 UK cities for graduate retention. 

And with good reason. 

Newcastle offers all the perks of city life - culture, diversity, convenience - with the comforts of a hometown. Recently crowned Britain’s favourite place, Newcastle is both steeped in tradition and a trailblazer in fields such as sustainability, the arts, engineering, and much more.

As a result, Newcastle is where your son or daughter can learn from leading academics, where they'll be happy, and where they could one day build a career. 


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4. Newcastle is easy to navigate 

Many students describe Newcastle as their perfect first step into independence because of its size, friendly locals, and simple transportation system.

In fact, you can walk across Newcastle within 15 minutes. But that’s not to say Newcastle compromises on all that you’d expect from a major UK city. Discover the top places to explore in Newcastle.

We understand that seeing your son or daughter fly the nest is a difficult time for both of you, but moving to a city with a safe, easy transportation system - and plenty of students in the same boat as them - can certainly help to soften the blow. 


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5. Newcastle is equipped to support your son or daughter’s mental health

Should your son or daughter need some time away from the hustle and bustle to decompress, Newcastle offers plenty of spacious, grounding spaces; from cows grazing on the town moor - an expanse of green that’s bigger than New York’s Central Park - to the seven iconic bridges that arch over the rippling waters of the River Tyne.

Newcastle also has the highest ratio of Grade I and II buildings as a proportion of all listed buildings, making even a quick trip to the shop a cathartic stroll through time. 

Not to mention the scenes that sit just a short Metro journey from the city centre. Newcastle’s expansive coastline boasts some of the most stunning scenery the UK has to offer, and popular hikes such as Simonside Hills and Hadrian’s Wall draw in visitors from across the globe.

Here at Newcastle University, we do everything we can to give students the best experience possible while they’re with us, but sometimes life gets complicated. If students need someone to talk to, our in-house counselling and mental health services offer 1-2-1 sessions and referrals to specialist resources. Read how universities support students. 

We hope you found this blog post useful. We have plenty more resources for parents of prospective students on our blog. If your child is considering going to university in September 2022, why not read our piece on the 2022 university application timeline?

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