Local area guide

Living in Newcastle upon Tyne (NE)

Embrace the vibrant energy of Newcastle upon Tyne, a city blending rich history with a contemporary urban lifestyle. Enjoy its iconic bridges, bustling nightlife, cultural festivals, and friendly Geordie spirit. Newcastle offers an exhilarating living experience.

Your guide to moving to Newcastle upon Tyne

Why Newcastle upon Tyne is a good place to live

Newcastle upon Tyne is a great place to live for people from all walks of life. The city is brimming with culture, heritage and a sense of community. With top-notch schools and friendly locals, living in this iconic North East city comes with a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

While crime exists in Newcastle, the city is generally safe and local authorities work to maintain public safety.

Newcastle boasts high-performing schools and colleges as well as top universities like Newcastle University and Northumbria University. These institutions attract students from around the world and offer a diverse range of academic opportunities.

What’s Newcastle upon Tyne famous for?

Newcastle is famous for its iconic Tyne Bridge and its rich industrial history, particularly in shipbuilding and coal mining. 

The city is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, with the popular Quayside area providing a range of bars, clubs and restaurants. Make sure to visit cultural landmarks like The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Sage Gateshead concert venue and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Newcastle is known for its love of football, with Newcastle United’s black and white kit recognised around the world. Join the locals and head down to a game at the famous St James’ Park.

Things to do in Newcastle upon Tyne

Anyone who lives in Newcastle will tell you there’s a million and one fun things to do. The historic Grainger Town area offers an exciting blend of shopping, dining and architectural beauty, with Grey Street deemed one of the UK’s most magnificent Georgian streets.

Nature lovers will find their feet in the nearby Northumberland countryside, which boasts stunning landscapes including Hadrian’s Wall. Northumberland National Park is a great place for hiking, outdoor activities and exploring historical sites.

For many, living in Newcastle hits the sweet spot of cultural richness, thriving nightlife and access to natural beauty. Add in the friendly spirit and top educational opportunities and you’ll soon see why it’s an invigorating place to call home.

Average asking prices in Newcastle today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£150,000

218 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£342,500

288 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£207,500

270 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£131,000

386 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Newcastle

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  • Luther's

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1

    Luther's Bar is the modern, students union bar, located in Newcastle University Student's Union.

  • Mean Eyed Cat

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1

    Six casks, six kegs, a load of bottles and no baloney.

  • Junction

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1

  • Hotspur

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1

    Traditional pub on Percy Street opposite the Haymarket. Cracking ales, wines etc. TV sport and music. Atmosphere on match day has to be seen to be believed!

  • Percy Arms

    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1

    The Percy Arms is a traditional pub situated in centre of Newcastle.

Transport in Newcastle

Trains

Newcastle Central Station is a major railway hub with regular train services to Edinburgh (30 mins), Manchester (2 hrs 30 mins), London (3 hrs) and Birmingham (3 hrs 45 mins). Trains also run to many other towns and cities in the region.

Metro

The Metro is a light rail system that connects Newcastle city centre to the towns and suburbs within Tyne and Wear. It offers frequent services, with trains running from early morning until late at night.

Bus services

Newcastle has an extensive bus network operated by companies such as Go North East and Stagecoach. Buses cover the entire city, including residential areas, universities, shopping centres and popular attractions. The bus services operate throughout the day and evening with multiple routes and frequencies.

Road

Newcastle has well-developed road networks, including the A1(M) motorway, which provides access to the city. However, traffic can get congested in the city centre during peak hours so it's worth considering alternative transportation options.

Ferries

Newcastle has a ferry service operating from the International Ferry Terminal at North Shields. It connects the city to various international destinations such as Amsterdam and Bergen.

Airports

Newcastle International Airport handles nearly 4.5 million passengers a year and offers access to 80 destinations worldwide.

Transport connections

Manors
National Rail
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Newcastle
National Rail
0.7 miles / 1.1 km
Dunston
National Rail
2.2 miles / 3.5 km
MetroCentre
National Rail
2.3 miles / 3.7 km
Heworth
National Rail
3.1 miles / 5.0 km
Blaydon
National Rail
3.9 miles / 6.3 km

Schools in Newcastle

When it comes to education in Newcastle, residents are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of outstanding schools to choose from.

For primary-aged children, Archibald First, Benton Park, Brighton Avenue, Byker, Gibside, Hadrian and Riverside are just some of a broader selection of schools that have reached Ofsted's peak rating of Outstanding.

At secondary level, St Mary's Catholic School and Sacred Heart School are both rated outstanding, while Jesmond Park Academy is rated good.

There are also several independent schools in the area that are highly rated: Royal Grammar, Dame Allan's, Newcastle School for Boys and Newcastle High School for Girls.

For further education, Newcastle University is part of the Russell Group of unis and enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence, research power and graduate employability.

Schools in Newcastle

Royal Grammar School
Ages: 7 - 19 years old
Newcastle Preparatory School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Christ Church CofE Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2021)
Moorside Primary School
Ages: 2 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2021)
Our Lady and St Anne's Catholic Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Newcastle High School for Girls
Ages: 3 - 18 years old