Newcastle

A Guide to Living in Newcastle

Newcastle – also known as Newcastle upon Tyne or The Toon to locals – can be found in the county of Tyne and Wear in northeast England. If you are unfamiliar with the city our Newcastle Area Guide gives you an overview of this city.

The county is named after its two rivers Tyne and Wear and outside of Newcastle is home to quayside cities and North Sea beaches, like Tynemouth Longsands. Previously Newcastle was a proud industrial city supported by the coal industry, now its once derelict factories and warehouses are being regenerated for businesses and residents. The most popular tourist attractions still include Hadrian’s Wall built by the Roman Empire. In more recent times The Angel of the North, an iconic contemporary sculpture that overlooks the region has become associated with this northern city.

Getting Around Newcastle

Newcastle is on the northern bank of the River Tyne and seven bridges connects it with Gateshead, a town on the south bank of the river. On the north side you can discover a number of new developments including The Forge, Quay Side Lofts and Hanover Mills.

“The location is perfect, right next to the Quayside and train station, with all shops, restaurants and bars within short walking distance” David T, Verified Resident of The Forge

The heart of Newcastle is Grainger Town, where many of the properties are Grade II or II listed. This is where you will find Grainger Market – Newcastle’s first indoor market and Theatre Royal. Just to the north of the city centre is Jesmond, popular with students and younger professionals it is also one of the posh areas of Newcastle. This is one of the most desirable areas of Newcastle and is where you can find Jesmond Three Sixty by Jomast. Up and coming areas in Newcastle include historic Ouseburn Valley. The once bustling factories and warehouses have been regenerated into a new and vibrant area of the city. Also to the east along the river is a suburb called Byker. This area made its name as the setting of BBC TV series Byker Grove where TV hosts Ant and Dec found fame. It is also home to one of Newcastle’s most well-known housing developments, Byker Wall.

“I like that the train station is close but there is no school nearby for my children” Mosab, Verified Resident of Hanover Mill

“There are some really great bars and nightlife, but the area is still quiet enough at night. The views over the water are great, especially with the sunrise.” David C, Tenant of Quayside Lofts

Newcastle is serviced by the Metro system offering convenient connectivity around the city. Over 60% of the population of Newcastle live within a mile of a station and as you move further from a station house prices reduce. In addition homes closer to stations are worth more and bought and sold less often.

Culture

Newcastle has built a reputation as a northern city that offers a variety of cultural and social activities. From museums, galleries, shops and music venues it is also known for a buzzing nightlife and the friendly ‘Geordie’ people. Famous Newcastle residents include pop star Cheryl, the sports presenter and ex-Newcastle United player Alan Shearer as well as Sting, lead singer of the Police rock band.

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It is noisy during the weekend nights and you can hear the police sirens really loud.

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I love this place. Really new and clean. The building is beautiful and warm plus well maintained and secure. What i love the most is the location. Really close to basically everything. I dont even need a car.

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The noise during the weekend and the fact that the meters are outside of our reach.

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Good but not always safe

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Good but not great, don’t feel very safe here with my two kids because the same code is used for all buildings and has never been changed in 5 years. So on multiple occasions drunk and homeless people sleep in the lifts and lobbies. Since it’s near the bars lots of nuisance people pass through the area which is very scary.

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The apartment is good but the building can be maintained a lot better. Trash gets left in the lobby and none collects it. It will block doors which is very dangerous incase of emergencies and fires. I live in the penthouse, but the lift seems to always be broken which is hard for me and my children to climb all those stairs, especially with groceries. The corridors outside the apartments need to be cleaned better and more often as it smells quite bad.

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It is more dangerous than I’d thought. Not as secure as I’d like it to be.

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Didnt do anything or took too long to respond to the problems.

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Sometimes have problems with the buzzer

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I personally don’t mind but it can get noisy so that may be an issue.
I like the accessibility.
It is a nice area and feels safe.

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I sometimes have problems with the buzzer which is annoying.
I like the layout of the flat.
My neighbours are very friendly and I know a lot of people who live here too. It was easy for me to make friends.

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I wish I had known how awful the customer service was going to be.

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I would add more bathrooms and rooms in the flat as there are not many.

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It is a little bit small

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Near train station, you can go everywhere in Newcastle using the metro.
I like where it is situated, it’s near lots of restaurants and shops.
I dislike the noise, especially weekend noise.

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It is a little bit small and there are no options for bigger rooms, it is only 2 bedrooms as the largest option so I suggest adding more rooms.
We have had lift problems and customer service doesn’t help with it.

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I wish I had known how small it was and how noisy it would be at weekends.

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Not very well and very hard to get a hold of with problems we have had so far.

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