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Why choose a UK university?

Why choose a UK university?

by Peter Jackson

Higher education in the UK is held to an incredibly high standard. It’s for this reason that a degree from a UK university is highly sought after by employers across the globe. But how do you know if the UK is right for you?  

British higher education providers are recognised internationally for their creative teaching methods and stimulating learning environments. With experts on many academic topics, they consistently rank highly in international university rankings. So it should come as no surprise that the UK is one of the most popular destinations for overseas students in the world. 

But moving to a new country to study is a huge decision. And it's important that you get it right. 

In this blog, we’ve broken down our top five reasons to choose a UK university. 


High standard of education 

Did you know that, according to the Higher Education Policy Institute, 55 of the world's leaders who were in power in 2022 had studied in the UK?

That’s because the UK has been the preferred choice for some of the most important minds in history, and you could be the next student to follow in their footsteps. 

The UK’s universities and higher education institutions are all held to strict standards by the government. This means that every institution is carefully moderated to ensure students are getting the best teaching, the best support, and access to the best facilities.

Newcastle University is no exception to this. In 2022, we were awarded 5 QS Stars for our teaching, student employability, facilities, and research.

Our graduates are in demand, too. In the latest figures released by the Graduate Outcomes survey, 93% of our 2019/20 graduates had progressed to employment or further study within 15 months of graduating.

Find out why international students choose Newcastle University


Graduate visas

On 1 July 2021, the new Graduate visa officially opened. This development lets students stay in the UK for two years after they’ve graduated, giving graduates plenty of time to build a life - and a career - in the UK. With a Graduate visa you can:

Although you can’t extend your Graduate visa once the two years are up, you can switch to a different visa - such as a Skilled Worker visa. 



Low cost of living 

There is a common misconception that the UK is an expensive place to live for students. 

But this assumption is based on universities in London, where the cost of living for everyone is significantly higher. In fact, students in London can expect to pay roughly double the rent costs compared to those who live further North. 

Even during the current cost of living squeeze, Northern regions of the UK tend to be much cheaper to live in, making degrees from Northern universities sound financial investments. In fact, according to QS Best Student Cities 2023, Newcastle is in the top ten most affordable cities in the UK. 


Campus locations

UK universities come in all shapes and sizes. From rural, satellite campuses to bustling city-centre locations, there’s a perfect space for you to thrive and grow in the UK, whatever your needs. 

Newcastle University campus is nestled at the heart of the city of Newcastle. You can expect contemporary ‘living laboratories’ next to Grade II listed buildings from the 1800s, and all within walking distance to lush, green parks, trendy independent cafés and shopping centres. 

But studying in the centre of this historic UK city isn’t just convenient. 

Newcastle is a diverse place that offers all the perks of city life, with the comforts of a town. Voted 5th in the UK for student life by Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022, Newcastle also boasts friendly local people, a cheap and easy-to-understand transportation system and - for anyone who loves football - it’s home to UK Premier League team Newcastle United. 


Safe and supportive environment

The UK has a progressive, multi-faith, multicultural society, with a trustworthy police force and one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world,

The country has a long history of welcoming international students to study here and its universities go to great lengths to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their student community.

Our city is known for being a welcoming place - one in six people here is a student, so you’ll feel like you belong in this diverse and exciting place.

At Newcastle University, we put our students at the heart of everything we do, so you will be supported by our dedicated Student Services to reach your full potential.

Could you have a future in the UK? Why not explore the Newcastle University experience and discover what it will be like studying with us.