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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 ‘too’ 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. Students choose ‘PGSV’ for its inclusive community vibe and reputation for being one of the friendliest student accommodations in town. Matched with top facilities, a dedicated customer service team and easy location for both Newcastle universities, PGSV is a home-away-from-home that hundreds of students choose to live in year after year.
There's an energy that defines the student experience of Newcastle. As a city, it manages to balance classical and modern culture and the academic with great nights out. With over 48,000 students, there is a buzz about the "Toon".
- Great location close to Northumbria University and Newcastle University
- High speed wifi
- Great facilities inc. fitness suite and large social area
- All inclusive package
- A student experience like no other
Find Your New Home Newcastle
Portland Green Student Village
From £125 P/W
Newcastle's largest private student accommodation village, PGSV offers safe, social and stress-free environment and a choice of modern en-suites and studios. Within easy reach of both Northumbria and Newcastle University, it's a bustling student community combined with plenty of facilities.
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Top eats in Newcastle
Offering one of the best student experiences in the country, Newcastle is a big city in a small space, full of amazing unique, local, and well-loved food hang outs.
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. 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 fast, fresh, healthy and delicious Mexican inspired food, why not make it a stop not stay at Zapatista, where you can grab and go within a few minutes!
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. Our favourites include, Market Shaker, an all-day bar and hangout in Newcastle city centre. Comprising bar, event space, street food kitchen and city garden. We boast the award-winning pizza throwers ‘Market Slice’, Prosecco on Tap and Craft Beers from both near and afar - Set amongst an enormous collection of all things Disco, Funk and HipHop and open till late 7 days a week… what’s not to love?
Lane 7 , always a hit with students and locals alike, offers bowling, ping-pong, karaoke, and traditional pub grub, perfect for a fun night with friends or a birthday celebration. And of course, we couldn’t forget to mention Holy Hobo – being located within the heart of Jesmond, the Holy Hobo is a Mecca of good vibes and energy, a place of worship when you want great food and a good pint, and a place where you can make yourself comfortable for a day into night session.
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. For a taste of the orient, we recommend Nudo - not just any noodle place but a unique noodle house that goes beyond noodle pop culture and into the soul of regional Chinese cooking. It delves further across Asia to give you both authentic and classic dishes. Here you can expect healthy quality food, in a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere, with a friendly and attentive service, at cheap and cheerful prices.
For an upmarket favourite you may have visited in another city before, why not book in at The Botanist - a place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the walls, and resident botanists craft unusual concoctions. Some arrive for the live music, some for the conversation; with live music every night, sublime social times are guaranteed!
Headline 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. The city and the whole of the North East has a rich history for any new student to immerse themselves in. 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.
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.
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.
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, and grass root community events. The outdoor market on the Quayside, has been part of North East culture for as long as anyone can remember. Taking place every Sunday between 9am and 4pm on Newcastle Quayside, the outdoor Quayside Sunday Market features independent traders from all over the region selling handcrafted goods and local products. Boasting a vibrant and varied showcase of quality goods and produce, you'll find everything from jewellery and accessories, to artwork, ceramics, clothing, toys and handmade crafts from the vendors who attend each week. There's also a number of street artists and buskers to help create the warm, friendly atmosphere that the North East is known for, so you'll be fully immersed in Geordie culture.
Christmas market near the Grey’s Monument in winter, welcome over 70 market stalls; bringing together independent traders carefully chosen in order to offer artisan cheeses, homemade chutneys, mead, jewellery, scents, fashion, retro style, eco art and home accessories. Located right next to Grey’s Monument, you will find a brand-new Après Ski Bar. Here you can sit back and relax with your preference of mulled wine, cider or hot chocolate, whilst overlooking the wonders of Newcastle’s Christmas Markets.
Newcastle Pride, hosted by Northern Pride gets bigger and better every year, offering live entertainment, carnival spirit and festival energy to any new resident of the city
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 are on offer over 8-stages, surrounded by food and artisan stalls, making for both an enjoyable and unique festival experience.. The Mouth of the Tyne Festival is a larger festival you can add to your diary for next year to see those big ticket international artist perform live in your back yard!
Going out out in Newcastle
Best night out in the UK. Unofficially (and sometimes maybe even officially) As a student living in 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 heart of trendy Ouseburn, meaning you can expect a fashionable and tasty night out that will make you feel as though you’re living in Camden.
If you’re after a big night out in the Toon’s most loved clubs, to start with, you’ll want to try a student-themed night at one of the many bars and clubs in the city centre, as well as at each University’s Student Union. We also recommend Tup Tup Palace – where you can try out a different themed event every night of the week. On a Thursday, Electric Dreams will take you back to the 70s, 80s & 90s classics, right up to present day, with an unapologetically pop soundtrack.
If feeling like a celebrity, why not book a booth and experience an unparalleled VIP experience. Whether you want your own space in the heart of the action or a private champagne table exclusive to you and your entourage, all VIP guests are catered to with bottle service and a dedicated hostess. For a hidden getaway in the centre of town, frequented by some of the electronic music worlds most talented DJ/Producers, we recommend trying Cosmic Ballroom. Other Favourites include Madame Koo, Bier Keller and House of Smith
For a more alternative clubbing experience, opt for World Headquarters, totally separate from the rest of the city, offering ‘Sound System Of Dreams’ & jaw dropping wall murals, 360° bump ‘n’ hustle, and the ultimate block party action.
For Bottomless brunches, long lazy lunches, happy hour cocktails, late night suppers and the ultimate party venue, why not try Eden – here you can delight in botanical-themed cocktails, a worldly gin menu, extensive craft-beer selection and an international wine list. The Botanist is another favourite for those who might prefer a more sophisticated vibe. The cocktail menu here is unprecedented, full of plant-themed inventions that will definitely tickly your taste buds amongst a truly immerse environment.
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!
Where to shop in Newcastle
Sometimes a little bit of retail therapy is all you need to take a break from your busy student life and Newcastle is armed to satisfy all your purchasing cravings. If youre a self-confessed shopaholic, you will love living at our Newcastle student accommodation, being just 15min way from a variety of shopping outlets on Northumberland Street, the largest shopping street in the city. From high street favourites to independent boutiques and retro antique warehouse stores, the shopping experience in the toon is one not to miss out on 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 centre 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 Footlocker, Lush, and Topman, amongst many restaurant and drink options including Nando’s, T.G.I Fridays and Starbucks. In the same building, you’ll find Fenwick, locally popular shopping centre spread over five floors and home to a luxury beauty hall and designer staples. If you’re looking for scope, Intu Metrocentre, offers some of the largest shopping in Europe, with a 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 is the best spot for you to get lost in. This charming market hosts hundreds of stores for you to peruse inside, ranging from local food and supermarkets, to arts and crafts, clothing and much more. Another lovely market, ingrained in Newcastle’s culture is Quayside Market that runs each Sunday, located along the waterfront.
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.
Sport & leisure in Newcastle
If you know anything about Newcastle, you will know it’s a city in love with sport, in particular football! Passionate and 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. St James’ Park catches the eye of every new resident in the city and our Newcastle student accommodation is just a short bus ride away from transporting you right into the midst of the action.
If football isn’t you cup of tea, the North East has other things to offer (we promise). 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.
If you’re a keen cyclist, beginner or just enjoy the outdoors, with miles of beautiful cycle routes and hiking trails just a short hop away from the city centre, you can escape the city lights for the day with very little effort. 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 anyone with a passion for watersports, Tynemouth Surf Co is one of the coast’s top locations, with a renowned surfing school that caters for all ages and abilities; why not book yourself into a lesson and see if you’re a budding surfer after all?
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 team sports to leisurely afternoon activities, you will find something that fits any level of fitness here.
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. Or perhaps the thrill of horse racing is more your thing? Newcastle Racecourse is one of the country’s busiest racecourses with over 60 fixtures a year. Home to the world famous Northumberland Plate, a day at the races is a fantastic alternative for you and your mates when your craving a change from the usual night out in town. Keep an eye out for their annual student night; it’s a bargain package deal and a night out you’ll remember for the rest of the year.
For rugby fans, you can head over to watch Newcastle Falcons and if your partial to Basketball, then the Newcastle Eagles are must see amongst Newcastle’s football, ice hockey and rugby teams.
Top 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, specialising in research and business-focused courses. Sighted in the top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment, with nine out of ten of our graduates working or studying six months after graduation, Northumbria are ranked 21st out of 111 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey.
Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. 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 to go for advice and guidance career placements, disability and welfare issues, finance, course information, volunteering programs on offer, and study abroad potential. As a Northumbria student, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to integrate you into the community and help you gain new skills. The university is popular with international students looking for academic excellence and great student experience.
Newcastle University, will take you only 15min on foot to reach and is an award-winning, high-ranking university, being the founding member 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 could wish for. 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 and 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. Inside you’ll find the newly refurbished Luther’s Bar, as well as a variety of food and shopping hangouts, including NUSU shop, Subway and more. Plenty of club nights each week, gigs and society events are on offer round 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 your skills and employability profile.
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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