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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Customer isn’t the best

Verified Resident

The building is quite nice, very central and easy to get to places, train station is so close so i like that loads of shops so never bored, but very busy so annoying at night.

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Customer service isn’t the best, hard to get hold of. Everything you need is in the one place. Value for money is a bit too expensive, considering moving to somewhere more affordable, but really enjoying my time living here.

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I wish I had known how noisy it was going to be, but apart from that it is a good flat

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Very slow at getting things done, wish they were so much more helpful than they actualy are.

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Best place I’ve ever lived

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The location is perfect, right next to the Quayside and train station, with all shops, restaurants and bars within short walking distance.

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The Forge is an amazing place to live, the apartments are an ideal size, the building itself had all the facilities you could ever want and more, the location couldn’t be better – a few steps from the Newcastle Quayside, 5 minutes walk to Central Station, and all the shops, restaurants and bars of the city centre (many of which offer exclusive discounts to Forge residents). However, being slightly off the main road and just past the police station, the Forge always feels perfectly safe and is very quiet, given its central location.

The 24/7 staff are always friendly and helpful, and the frequent events are brilliant for getting to know other residents and have fun in the amazing lounge area.

The Forge is by far the best place I have ever rented and I could not recommend it more highly.

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Dear David,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience of The Forge. We’re so pleased that we can offer you the “Best place” you’ve ever lived.

Best wishes and regards from The Forge team,

Simon Manley
General Manager

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A beautiful place to live

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As the building is directly in the city centre you are spoiled for choice. There are bars, restaurants, clubs, The Theatre Royal, Eldon Square for shopping and much much more. You are also five minutes from Central Station which provides, trains, metros and buses.

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The aesthetics of The Forge are beautiful from walking through the main entrance, to getting into the lifts, walking along the corridors and finally the apartments themselves. The apartments could be slightly more functional, as they don’t have a great deal of storage and some (mine included) require walking through the bedroom to get to the bathroom which isn’t always practical. However, they are well proportioned and with a little creativity you can purchase storage solutions to keep the space tidy. The outside courtyard is attractive and a convenient place if you own a pet. The staff are extremely friendly and always happy to help with any queries or concerns. The location is walking distance from Eldon Square and bars and restaurants, as well as lovely walks along the river and easy access to transport links at Central station.

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The council tax is quite high due to the area. The council hadn’t arrived at a figure before we moved in, as the building was so new, and the amount ended up being higher than predicted once we had moved in. It probably wouldn’t have stopped us moving to The Forge had we known the amount before but it is something to bear in mind.

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Dear Katie,

Thank you very much for sharing your great experience of The Forge. We’re always looking at ways to improve so value your feedback around storage. We are currently looking at additional storage solutions onsite, so watch this space.

Best wishes and regards from The Forge team,

Simon Manley
General Manager

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Redefining City Living

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Close proximity to Newcastle Quayside, Central Train Station and place of work.

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Having relocated to Newcastle and moved into The Forge at its opening, I have witnessed the development of this incredible residential complex. What first appeared as a modern, well-designed building concept have emerged into somewhere I would regard as a beautiful home. The building offers stylish and spacious apartments with standard appliances that are the perfect place to relax after a busy day. The additional facilities (such as the gym and communal areas) are nothing short of exceptional and to have these close at hand is an added benefit. What’s more, the staff supporting the operation of the building are incredibly welcoming and make living at The Forge a truly enjoyable experience. While the cost of rent here is more on the premium side, for this standard of accommodation in such a prime location it is a price worth paying.

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Dear Peter,

Thank you very much for sharing your great experience of The Forge.

The team will be delighted to hear your positive feedback.

We Look forward to you hosting our next Quiz night.

Best wishes and regards from The Forge team,
Simon Manley
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