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The jewel in the crown of North East England, Newcastle is a vibrant city which students flock to for its amazing nightlife, friendly local community and great higher education options. With almost 50,000 students descending on the city every year, both Newcastle University and Northumbria University boast spectacular student experiences starting with buzzing Freshers’ Weeks taking over the ‘toon’ in September.
Our Newcastle student accommodation Portland Green Student Village is the city’s largest private student community and is home to almost 1,500 students each year. One community, five buildings, Students choose ‘PGSV’ for its inclusive community vibe and reputation for being one of the friendliest student accommodations in town.
- Great location close to Northumbria University and Newcastle University
- High speed Wifi
- Fitness suites and large social areas
- All inclusive package
- A student experience like no other
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Portland Green Student Village
From £115 P/W
Portland Green Student Village offers something unique to Newcastle student accommodation. The 5 buildings in the village are all designed for modern student living with a choice of en-suites and studios to suit all budgets and needs. PGSV combines security with the social to enhance the student university experience.
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Eating Out in Newcastle
Often voted the best student city in the UK, Newcastle is a big city in a small space that is full of amazing unique, local, and well-loved food places. Getting to know the food scene of the city is a huge part of student life and Newcastle is a great place to indulge for good prices. Whether you are looking for some late night grub on your way home from an amazing night out in the toon, a hangover cure at a breakfast place, or a quick healthy meal during the day in between your busy schedule, you’ll find a wide range of cuisine from all over the world in this vibrant and thriving city.
Portland Green Student Village is on the doorstep of Ouseburn Valley, a trendy cultural area, which has the most unique local eateries in the city. The cluny and the Tyne Bar are two quintessentially Ouseburn places that offer great selection of food and a lovely atmosphere during the day and in the evening. The ship inn is a must try for all you veggies out there as it serves one of the best vegetarian and vegan menus in Newcastle. Finally, if you’re up for a proper sit down meal, Cook House, which is only 6min walk away from your student accommodation, should be your first choice. Located in a two-story building on Foundry Lane, it is considered as one of the UK's best restaurants and is absolutely worth anyone's visit.
If you step away from the local area, the fifth largest city in the country will not disappoint either! From local cuisine to international, vegetarian, and vegan, you will find something for all budgets to enjoy. If you’re looking to try some of the local North East dishes, we recommend Pease Pudding, a savoury pudding that is made from legumes and usually eaten with cooked meats. Try it along with a stottie cake to feel like a proper local! The stottie cake is a Geordie loaf – a stodgy flat bread.
While you will definitely find all the usual well-loved restaurants and pizzerias that students love, Newcastle is an amazing city to immerse yourself in the independent food scene. These include some local gems, such as Fat Hippo Underground on Shakespeare St (as well as street food vans at various Newcastle events at different locations throughout the year), providing delicious juicy burgers. As You Like It on the other hand is perfect for casual food, drink, and relaxing vibes while Lane 7 (combining bowling, ping-pong, karaoke, and amazing burgers) is perfect for a fun night with friends or a birthday celebration. And of course, don’t forget The Teahouse (formally known as Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse) which offers delicious brunch, pastries, and a large selection of loose-leaf teas. While you may have to queue during the busiest times, it is well worth the wait for a lovely atmosphere and delicious and affordable meals.
The Granger Market is also a place you shouldn’t miss. It hosts a wide variety of food stalls, crafts, grocers, and much more. Particularly loved by students - La Petite Crêperie! It’s a lovely French owned and run crêpe bar that sells authentic sweet crêpes and gluten free buckwheat baguettes. Finally, Chinatown in Newcastle is also a short walk away from both university campus and is home to many amazing Chinese restaurants. A perfect place to try when you’re in the mood for those spicy flavours!
Events in Newcastle
Newcastle is definitely the place to be for some unmissable events. You’ll never have time to waste or be bored as a student living in Newcastle. You’ll be within easy reach of every event and attraction you could ever wish to visit. The city and the whole of the North East has a rich history and plenty must-see landmarks for a new student. For example, the Angel of the North (the world’s largest angel sculpture), The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas and The Newcastle Castle.
The historic Quayside is one of the liveliest spots in the city and will present you with some spectacular views of seven of the region’s most famous bridges, including the iconic Tyne Bridge and ultra-modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Just cross the river on one of the foot bridges, and you can enjoy live music and performances at Sage Gateshead or explore the latest exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The Baltic, as it is familiarly called by the locals, hosts events and social talks throughout the year where you can meet artists, watch indie films, and try your hand at arts and crafts.
Art and culture are alive and well and there are plenty of places for you to visit. The Biscuit Factory, situated right next door to our Newcastle student accommodation, is a great place to learn more about contemporary art and design in the UK. If you’re more of a history fan, The Discovery Museum highlights the important history of Newcastle and the surrounding area, while the Laing Art Gallery that has some exquisite examples of British watercolours and paintings from the 18th to the 20th century.
The Great Exhibition of the North, a massive success in 2018, is a fantastic example of what Newcastle has to offer. This massive 80-days event brought people from the whole of the country to Newcastle to discover the culture, design and how the North East continues to innovate and inspire. The festival took place in many venues throughout the city and the region, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sage Gateshead, and the Discovery Museum.
If you are looking for some festivals to investigate throughout the year there is plenty on offer in Newcastle, from music events to food, art, culture to community events. The outdoor market on the Quayside, Christmas market near the Grey’s Monument in winter, Newcastle Pride, The Late Shows are just a few examples. The Late Shows in particular attracts big crowds to the city’s cultural venues. This free, late-night gallery/museum crawl inspires people to visit cultural sites and events that they otherwise wouldn’t usually go to. You check out art venues and exhibitions with later opening hours than usual, and plenty of art, dance, performance, music, creative workshops, and exhibitions to explore throughout the entire city. And if you’re looking for a head-thumping live music with some headline stars, This is Tomorrow Festival hosted over two days during the late May Bank Holiday at Exhibition Park is definitely the place to be.
Finally, if you’re not afraid to venture outside of the city and try some of the great music festivals in the region, the Lindisfarne Festival, a four-day event usually held at the end of August, can be right up your street. Many different music acts and genres in a small, casual and laid-back affair over 8-stages is both enjoyable and unique. The festival also promotes local produce, food stalls and market stalls as a great way to celebrate the end of the summer season. The Mouth of the Tyne Festival and Hit the North Festival are another two large festivals in the region, perfect for an entertaining weekend listening to some world renowned acts as well as local musicians and artists.
Nightlife in Newcastle
Best night out in the UK. Unofficially (and sometimes maybe even officially) Newcastle is definitely a city which is always on buzzing to give students a great night out. Geordie are famous for their huge loud parties, and as a student living Newcastle you will certainly get a taste of it very soon. Living at Portland Green Student Village means that your student accommodation is in the perfect location to for a casual night with a group of friends in the lively Ouseburn area or even the big night out in the Toon’s most loved clubs where you dance through the night. To start with, you’ll notice that there are many student-themed nights at bars and clubs in the city centre each week, as well as at each University’s Student Union. However, if you’re not scared to venture out and try some of the more famous clubs on the scene, you might even spot some local celebrities hanging out. And if clubbing isn’t really your thing, cheap and cheerful pubs and bars are plenty and can certainly help you stretch your student loan even further whilst still having a great time. There is definitely something for everyone in Newcastle!
Florita’s, a tropical-themed cocktail bar that would not look out of place on South Beach, hosts live music and DJ's every night with many drinks offers and promotions on throughout the week. It’s definitely one of the most popular clubs in the city and is just lots of fun whenever you go, especially on Tuesday during their famous Wakiki party. The menu is full of mouth-watering drinks, so you will certainly find something you like. Another great club, very much loved by Newcastle students, Digital is one of the biggest student clubs around with four dance floors and the capacity for over 2,000 people. It also hosted a large number of Live Acts from LCD Soundsystem to The Horrors to Lee Scratch Perry & Public Enemy to name a few, and you will always find some of the top DJs around playing here each week. It’s also home to the biggest student club night in the city each Monday, £1 guestlist entry and £1 drinks all night.
The Botanist is another favourite for those who might prefer a more sophisticated vibe. Luxuriously designed venue with some amazingly Instagramable spots, it is perfect for a date or for a group. The cocktail menu is unprecedented, full of plant-themed inventions that will definitely tickly your taste buds. Alternatively, why not head down to somewhere made famous by Geordie Shore, and you might just see the cast filming and getting rotten on the dance floor at Bijoux on Mosley Street. There is always a healthy crowd of celebrity style icons and local celebs at Bijoux, but it’s still a reasonable price for students in Newcastle to enjoy without breaking the bank. Tuesday’s are a big student night here, in prep for Wakiki at Florita’s.
Shopping in Newcastle
Sometimes a little bit of retail therapy is exactly what you need to take a break from your busy student life and Newcastle is a perfect city to satisfy all your shopping cravings. You will love living at our Newcastle student accommodation, which is just 15min way from a variety of shopping outlets on Northumberland Street, the largest shopping street in the city. From high street brands to independent boutiques and crafty stores, and everything else in between, shopping experience is one not to miss in this our city in the North. As a new student here, you need to know exactly what options are available to you and there’s plenty to choose from here – keep reading.
As mentioned, Northumberland Street (alongside a few other surrounding high streets and Grainger Town) is the perfect place if you are looking for high street brands and the shops that you know and love, including H&M, Primark and others. Here you will also find some lovely independent boutiques and high-end specialist stores (such as Vivienne Westwood). Eldon Square is a great shopping centres in Newcastle within easy reach of your accommodation as a student, is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Here you’ll find John Lewis, Apple, and Topshop, amongst many others. In the same building you’ll find Fenwick, locally popular shopping centre spread over five floors and home to a luxury beauty hall and plenty else to explore. Want a little bit more choice? Intu Metrocentre, the largest shopping in Europe, will give you a full variety of stores and department stores to pick from, as well as a fully loaded food court and cinema too! Whether you're looking to enhance your wardrobe or forgot to bring a certain essential for your new home, you'll definitely find it there.
If you’re looking for unique bargains, the Grainger Market place to get lost in. This wonderful historic covered market has been open for over 200-years, and now hosts over 100-outlets inside, ranging from local food and greengrocers, to arts and crafts, clothing, butchers and much more. Another lovely market, ingrained in Newcastle’s culture is Quayside Market that runs each Sunday. It is a really pleasurable way to spend a lazy Sunday, walking along the waterfront, browsing the many stalls and tasting the delicious street foods on offer.
Finally, if you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, check out The Central Arcade. This elegant Edwardian shopping arcade built in 1906 is not only a must-visit tourist attraction but also here you will find a selection of independent boutiques to suit any exquisite taste. Luxurious and unique retailers may not be for an everyday student shopping, but a great place to treat yourself after your hard exams. Here you’ll find Cath Kidston, Space NK Apothecary, Mode a Pele and even a Starbucks where you can relax with a cup of lovely coffee or tea. Central Arcade’s oldest store is JG Windows which is one of the oldest and most respected music businesses in the UK. If you’re a music lover, here you’ll find extensive range of instruments, musical accessories, sheet music and audio visuals as well as friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Sports in Newcastle
If you know anything about Newcastle, you will know that it’s a city that is mad about sport, in particular football! A big city, with only one football club and a huge stadium that is located in the heart of the city, catching eye of all local and visitors, locals are proud of their team and go crazy on match days that often conclude in the big celebration in the city’s thousands of pubs. St James’ Park has hosted and been home to many great names in football, including Jackie Milburn, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer. Passionate, full of heart, Newcastle United fans support their players through thin and thick. If you are interested in football, or sport at all, it is a truly life-changing experience to head on down to watch the boys in black and white play in the Premier League. Our Newcastle student accommodation is just a short bus ride away from the action so just hope one and you’ll be right in the midst of the amazing atmosphere.
However, if football isn’t you cup of tea, the North East has other things to offer (we promise). The city has many other big sports teams and events to watch, take part in, and enjoy. If you’re a keen cyclist, a beginner or just enjoy the outdoors and a nice hike once in a way, unique geographical location of this lovely city makes it a perfect base to explore the region, with miles of beautiful cycle routes and hiking trails just a short hop away from the city centre. From leisurely social cycle rides, to extreme coast to coast cycle paths that you can start in this region, you’ll find a perfect outdoor activity for you. During the warmer months, nearby beaches (which are only a short metro or bus ride away) give you an opportunity to get away from the buzz of the city to surf or simply enjoy a walk in the sunshine. For rugby fans, you can head over to watch Newcastle Falcons. Finally, Newcastle has a range of high-quality golf courses in the area with amazing views of the countryside so if you’re an avid golfer, you will not be disappointed either.
This large city with plenty of parks and green spaces, you will never let you be bored! Explore the running routes along the River Tyne, and the beautiful Leazes Park and Jesmond Dene. Both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities also have a variety of societies and sports that you can join to keep playing your favourite sport or maybe try a new one. From competitive ones to just leisurely ones, you will find something that fits your level of fitness. It is easy to stay fit and healthy throughout your time studying it the city, with plenty of options to exercise both at university and elsewhere.
Universities in Newcastle
While living near the quirky area that is Ouseburn Valley, you’ll be close enough to the city so you can easily walk or cycle to both universities. Northumbria University is just a short 10min stroll away and only a little longer to Newcastle University. Both easily reached on foot, there are also regular public transport options available nearby.
With over 31,000 students, Northumbria University is one of the largest universities in the country, with a reputation for academic excellence and a focus on high-quality research and business-focused courses. Located in the heart of Newcastle, it is so close to your student accommodation at Portland Green Student Village which means you do not have to wake up too early for your 9am classes. In addition, Student Central which you’ll see right after crossing the bridge over the motorway, is the place where staff are on hand to offer students advice and guidance on a wide range of issues that the modern day student faces from day to day, such as career placements, disability support, welfare issues, finance, accommodation, information about specific courses, volunteer options, and study abroad potential.
There are over 130 societies offered by the Student Union to you to enjoy as Northumbria student, and plenty of volunteering opportunities to get you in the community and help you learn some amazing skills. You will be able to make loads of new friends, go abroad, learn new skills or perhaps do things you’ve never done before. The university is popular with international students looking for academic excellence and great student experience. Investment over recent years has improved the scale and quality of facilities for students to utilise resulting in ever-improving reputation and growing graduate employment rates.
Newcastle University, which is will take you only 15min on foot to reach, is an award-winning, high-ranking university and the founding members of The Russell Group. It is known the world over for a dedication to innovation, levels of excellence, and creative teaching. Their goals is to advance education and research and to help society tackle the many challenges it faces, including research into Coronavirus vaccine. Contemporary course material means students learn about some of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing and start to consider how they could use their skills to impact the world in a positive way.
Located right in the heart of the thriving city, Newcastle University is in a perfect location so you can enjoy the sights, shopping, nightlife, food scene and culture around your studies. With your Newcastle student accommodation just a pleasant walk away from all of this you’ll have the best quality of life that any student in Newcastle could want!
The university library is the only one in the UK to have received the Charter Mark five times, and now holds the Customer Services Excellence award which replaced it. It proves how highly student satisfaction rates for the university, and you will always have help at hand for any issues you are facing or queries you may have. The ongoing development meant that facilities are constantly being renewed and updated. For example, only a couple of years ago the university opened The Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, a truly digital library, which is offering ever more space to study, collaborate and consult. Finally, don’t forget, students attending Newcastle University get three years post graduation support from the award-winning Career Service. They can provide one-to-one support around job search, skills development and give advice for starting up a business.
The Students’ Union is right at the heart of campus, ensuring that there is always something happening, people to meet, things to do and see, no matter what time of day or night you arrive. You’ll be greeted by the newly refurbished Luther’s Bar, as well as be able to find a variety of food and shopping places, including NUSU shop, Subway and Domino’s Pizza. Plenty of club nights each week, gigs and society events on all year too! There are well over 200 societies and sports clubs you can choose from, and over 150 volunteer projects to help you add to your CV and develop skills over the course of your degree.
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Just a few minutes’ walk from Newcastle city centre and university campuses, our Newcastle student accommodation is located in the vibrant and unique Ouseburn Valley, recently named 'the Shoreditch of the North' by The Guardian.
- 10 minutes walk to Northumbria Univeristy
- 15 minutes walk to Newcastle University
- 10 minutes walk to Newcastle Centre
- less than 1 minute walk to Ouseburn Valley