Welcome to Northumbria University
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria University is a business-focused university that is based on a large campus which is divided into two in the city centre. The east of the campus is made up of modern glass buildings which was build in the mid 2000s, while the west consists of a mixture of Victorian and mid-20th century structures. Northumbria also have a campus in London.
As part of the Universities industry-centred approach, they work with major-employers - the likes of Nike, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, the BBC, the NHS and Topshop - and have their courses accredited or sponsored by over 560 employers and 60 professional bodies.
A buzzing city to be studying in - Newcastle is often recognised as one of the best places to study in the UK - there's four student union bars and almost 30,000 students, from 136 different countries, in attendance at the university. The Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey of 2014 ranked Northumbria highly: 21st out of 111 universities.
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The £160 million City Campus has benefited from upgrades over the years and is now a bustling mix of new and old, with the original 1960s and Victorian buildings interspersed with brand-new state-of-the-art modern digs. One of the most inspiring things about the campus is its love for renewable energy with the largest solar panel in the country affixed to the Northumberland Building on campus.
Based in Newcastle, one of the UK's safest cities, the university is within easy reach of the city's attractions and Northumberland's history coastline and countryside. The WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2014 voted Newcastle the best place for city life in the UK, and Northumbria is ranked 21st out of 111 uni's for Student Experience by the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
In addition to the main site in Newcastle, there's also a smaller site in Islington, London for students on masters degrees. Obviously, if you're located in London, you have access to an overwhelming amount of attractions and entertainment.
Library and study facilities
Northumbria uni's 24/7 library has a strong reputation, reflected in its being rated the 3rd joint best in the UK (alongside Cambridge University library) by the Times Higher Education 2014 Student Experience Survey. The library contains state of the art labs and a range of cutting edge technology and facilities.
There's over 570,000 books on offer, as well as 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic and print journals, and has recently been expanded to accommodate more study spaces with the addition of 100 IT desks. IT Support is available for 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day.
As said above, IT support is available 24/7 and all students have remote access to a personalised home page with details of exam timetables and accommodation. The university also uses Blackboard, which has details of lectures, class notes and assignments online.
The Careers and Employment Centre helps all students from those in their first year looking for part time jobs and work placements, to final year students and graduates looking for help and advice on applying to and getting their first job. They'll help you create a CV, prepare for interviews and also give you any heads up on jobs that they hear of.
The university has a huge selection of shops, cafes and bars on campus. There are five shops including a Londis convenience store, a stationery shop, sports equipment shop and shops which sell university-branded gear.
The student union is well-respected and was voted number one by the NUS in 2011. The main union building has had a £7 million upgrade and has three bars, a club plus central spaces for studying, socialising and support. It also has a number of clubs and societies to join, plus a rewarding volunteering scheme which helps local charities.
The impressive sports centre - Sport Central - has had £30 million invested into it, and has a 3,000 seat indoor arena, a 25m swimming pool, climbing wall, golf simulator, numerous outdoor pitches and a fitness centre. Northumbria has produced many Olympic athletes as part of its alumni, and it also ranks highly in the BUCS league, currently in seventh place. Sports Central is also home to the most successful team in the British Basketball League, the Newcastle Eagles.
Medical and Welfare Services
The Student Support and Wellbeing team has a wide array of services and facilities to help you get through your studies. They offer a chaplaincy and faith advice service, counselling and mental health support, and help to students with disabilities. There's no on-site health centre so students will have to register with a local GP off-campus.
Northumbria University has a handy fees calculator to help you easily see what scholarships and bursaries you're entitled to, as well as how much your course will cost. In addition to the bursaries offered by the university you may also be able to apply for a maintenance loan or grand as part of your tuition fee loan.
There are around 5,000 bedrooms on offer at Northumbria University with most halls based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There are 20 accommodation locations up for grabs ranging from top-of-the range en suite rooms to traditional student dorms.
There are a variety of rooms both on and off-campus, catered and self-catered, with city-based accommodation near the student union and the brand new sporting facilities of the university. Northumbria's accommodation was ranked within the top 5 in the UK by WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2014. For a full breakdown of the accommodation on offer visit Northumbria University website.
There are six halls based on-campus: Claude Gibb Hall, Lovaine Flats, Clapham House, Victoria Hall, Glenamara House and Camden Court. It costs £127.75 per week to live here.
Claude Gibb Hall offers catered accommodation, with 14 meals per week during term time. Divided into single bedrooms, you'll share bathrooms and a small kitchen with other students.
Lovaine Flats, Clapham House and Glenmara House offer self-catered single rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. There's a launderette on site too. It costs from £86.80 per week for a single room.
Victoria Hall and Camden Court are more modern and offer en-suite rooms in self-contained flats for three to six students. It costs from £110 per week for a standard room.
There are seven halls in the city, looted less than ten minutes' walk from the main campus. The Student Castle is the most modern and offers 213 rooms in studio or one bedroom flats, providing an independent style of living.
Ensuite rooms are available at Knoll Court, Manor Bank, Liberty Quay, New Bridge Street, Winn Studios in cluster flats in a typical student accommodation. It costs from £113.75 to live in these accommodations.
For a more traditional student experience, Stephenson Building offers single rooms with shared kitchen and bathrooms, perfect for those on a budget. In 2013, these halls cost £97.30 per week.
Off campus accommodation
There are two further halls which are located outside of the city centre: Marleen Court and Rothbury Hall. Marleen Court is located in Heaton, a friendly suburb which is ideal if you don't want to live on campus but don't want to live in the city. The court consists of self-contained houses broken up onto six bedrooms for students to share. In 2013 it cost £89.95 to live here.Rothbury Hall is based on the Coach Lane campus and offer 42 single rooms grouped into self-contained flats for seven students. Facilities are shared here and it costs £91 per week to live here.
The open day at Northumbria University provides you with information on what the university is like, what the campus is like and most importantly what to expect on the course you want to study. You can choose what parts of the open day you want to attend, and the university runs a bus service to each of the halls of residence so you can easily see what sort of accommodation you'll be staying in.
In addition to viewing the facilities and campus, you can meet with course leaders and chat to staff about things like funding, applications and scholarships too.
As well as this, the university organises open days for students who have applied to the university already, and campus tours for those who cannot attend the open day.
The year at Northumbria University is divided both into three terms and two semesters. Whether you will be part of the term or semester system is down to the course you're studying. The dates for 2015/16 are as follows:
- Semester 1: 14th September 2015 - 15th January 2016
- Semester 2 (new students): 11th January - 20th May 2016
- Semester 2 (continuing students): 18th January - 20th May 2016
- Autumn Term: 14th September - 11th December 2015
- Spring Term: 4th January - 18th March 2016
- Summer Term: 11th April - 3rd June 2016
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