Welcome to Newcastle University
Newcastle can trace its roots back to 1834 when it was founded as the school of Medicine and Surgery. It is now regarded as one of the top 1% of world universities (QS world rankings) and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities.
Newcastle’s redbrick campus is truly breath taking and benefits from being located in the heart of one of the best student cities in the UK. Shopping, culture and the ever growing Newcastle restaurant and bar scene are minutes away from campus life.
Newcastle has over 200 highly sought after undergraduate courses to choose from ranging from Accounting and Finance to Zoology. Attracting a students from all backgrounds and 120 countries we whole heartedly embrace a diverse, and passionate student body. Prestigious alumni include musician Brian Ferry CBE, Architect George Clarke, Chairman of Walt Disney Andy Bird and Anna Jones CEO of Hearst Magazines to name a few!
Courses and fees
Courses and Fees
For UK/EU students, we will be charging a tuition fee of £9,000 in 2016-17*.*Please note: For students entering from 2016 onwards, the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase year on year in line with inflation and subject to government regulations. Tuition fees for 2017-18 are subject to Government approval.
At Newcastle we accept a broad range of qualifications, and welcome students from a variety of backgrounds who can show ability, motivation and potential for university study. For undergraduate study you must use the UCAS online application system.
We welcome International students at Newcastle – we currently have over 6,000 International students from 120 countries! We understand that moving to a foreign country and starting university can be daunting that is why we run an orientation programme for international students with events designed to help you settle in to life at Newcastle.
Fees for individual courses are available for International students are available on the Newcastle University website.
Bursaries and scholarships
We offer scholarships and discounts for international students. Our global partnerships also offer sponsorship opportunities for international students to study here.
Bursaries and scholarships
We invest millions of pounds in financial support for students who choose to come and study here. Our generous range of scholarships and fee discounts will support new eligible undergraduate students starting their degrees in 2016 and 2017.
Our main scholarship award schemes are:
- Promise Scholarships – 20 scholarships worth up to £9,000 per year (2016 entry only)
- Opportunity Scholarships – cash bursaries worth up to £2,000 per year
- Access Scholarships – cash bursaries of £500 per year (2016 entry only)
You may also be able to apply for one of our subject scholarships or sports scholarships.
We are continuing to invest heavily in our campus and its facilities, recent years have seen an £8 million refurbishment of our Students Union, creation of the ‘Student Forum’ a meeting place in the heart of campus, loads of new and upgraded accommodation sites and teaching and learning spaces. On campus we have an art gallery, theatre and museum which are all well used and loved by students and the public alike. We also have specialist facilities off campus including a marine laboratory and two farms.
Newcastle’s unique proximity to both glorious coast and stunning countryside is a dream for outdoor learning. The campus itself is right in the centre of Newcastle (literally – check out google maps!) A minute walk from the Students’ Union takes you onto the main shopping area in Newcastle, Northumberland Street. Here you will find all the big names you would expect in a major city as well as independent shops and boutiques giving a real eclectic feel to the city. A few more minutes on foot and you will stumble upon the spectacular quayside – guaranteed to give you goose bumps every time you catch a glimpse of the Tyne and Millennium bridges and that’s when you know you will be an honorary Geordie for life!
Library and study facilities
We have an award-winning library service with five government charter marks in a row for customer service. Four libraries including specialist resources for Law and Medical Sciences, 1.5 million books, half a million e-books and knowledgeable friendly librarians who will help you make the most of this impressive resource.
As well as the University app that gives you access to your timetable, helps you locate a free pc, keeps you up-to-date with the latest uni news (impressed yet?) we also have free WiFi, over 2,000 computers, loads of printers and helpful IT experts on hand to solve any technical problems!
Our Careers Service are there for you from the day you become a Newcastle student. CV checks, improving your interview skills and career advisor sessions are just a snippet of things they offer. A Jobs on Campus agency, Job Fairs, support with work placements, work experience opportunities, specialist support for budding entrepreneurs are all part of the package that makes our students sought after by the UK’s top graduate recruiters!
We’ve got loads of places to eat on campus, from a hearty meal to a takeaway and of course a good coffee, you are never too far from a spot to grab a bite to eat or drink.
Our Students Union is slap bang in the middle of our campus. An impressive red-brick building from the outside, you will be amazed as to what we’ve packed in here. The Basement is home to ‘The Venue’ 1,500 capacity gig space, we’ve got a Dominos and Subway for when you get the munchies, ‘Mens Bar’ for food, drinks and pool, The Union shop, advice centre, student newspaper and quiet and social study spaces!
If you are a talented sportsperson or just want to get fit and have fun now is a great time to join Newcastle University. Not only are we ranked top 10 for sport in the UK (BUCS 2016) we are about to spend £30m in new sports facilities so that our students have access to some of the best equipment and in the country.
Medical and welfare services
If you find that you need a little extra help during your time with us we have a team of friendly advisors and counsellors available.
- Academic support comes through your personal tutor
- If you require disability support our Student Wellbeing team will work with you to provide a tailored package of support
- Our professional therapists provide free confidential counselling if you need emotional support
- Our University Chaplaincy is home to diverse faiths and can support students of any faiths or none.
We’ve invested a lot of money in our accommodation over recent years and the result is very impressive! With 4,000 rooms across 11 sites we offer a range of packages depending on your budget and preferences. For a full breakdown of accommodation sites and prices visit the University website.
Halls of residence
Staying in university accommodation in your first year is a really good way to make friends and get you used to independent living. We guarantee you a place in University accommodation for the first year, providing you meet certain criteria and apply by 30 June in your year of entry. Most of our accommodation is within a 10 minute work from campus and in turn a 10 minute walk from the city centre – perfect.
Other housing options
After a year in university accommodation most students are excited to find a house or flat to rent in the city with the friends they have made during their first year. Newcastle has a number of popular student areas within walking distance of the campus. NUstudenthomes (run by the University Accommodation Service) is a great source of advice and support when looking for private accommodation in the city.
Prices start from £106.89* per week for a single self-catered room with en suite facilities. Most of our sites are self-catered but catered accommodation (providing two meals a day) is available at our Castle Leazes site.*price correct as of July 2016.
The University has three open days a year. Two in the summer term and one in the autumn term.
Why come to the Open Day?
The University Open Days are the perfect opportunity to find out what student life at Newcastle University is really like. You can:
- see the campus and facilities
- tour some of our accommodation
- find out more about the subjects you're interested in at Subject Sessions and Fairs
- get an insight into student life at Newcastle at Information Sessions and the Information Fair
What are undergraduate open days like?
One of the best things about undergraduate open days are that you will meet loads of current students. At Newcastle we have hundreds of Student Guides available on the day to speak to so they will give you a first- hand account of what being a student at Newcastle University is really like.
What are postgraduate open days like?
Throughout the year some academic schools and institutes run open days. At these events you can:
- meet academics and current postgraduate students
- find out about taught and research degrees
- visit facilities
You may be able to arrange a visit that is not part of a scheduled open day. Research students in particular are encouraged to visit and meet with their potential supervisor. Contact your proposed academic school or research institute to find out if this is possible.
Postgraduate Open Day
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Visit the Newcastle University website to register your interest.
How to get to the uni
Rail - Newcastle's Central Station is about three hours from London King's Cross on the east coast main line. The campus is a 15 minute walk from Central Station. Alternatively you can take a Metro to Haymarket station. Taxis are also available from outside the station.
Road - Newcastle is easily accessible by road via the A1 from the north and south and the A69 from the west. If you're travelling using a route planner or sat-nav, our postcode is NE1 7RU. We're unable to offer parking on campus. There are many car parks within short walking distance, in addition to park and ride services.
Air - Newcastle International Airport is only seven miles from the city centre. It's well connected by local transport services.
Travel around the city
Newcastle is a compact city so it's easy get around. The Metro rail network offers fast, efficient travel around the city and Tyneside.
Academic Year 2016:
Autumn: Monday 26 September 2016 - Friday 16 December 2016
Spring: Monday 9 January 2017 - Friday 24 March 2017
Summer: Monday 24 April 2017 - Friday 16 June 2017
Semester 1: Monday 26 September 2016 - Friday 27 January 2017
Semester 2: Monday 30 January 2017 - Friday 16 June 2017
Academic Year 2017:
Autumn:Monday 25 September 2017 - Friday 15 December 2017
Spring: Monday 8 January 2018 - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer: Monday 16 April 2018 - Friday 15 June 2018
Semester 1: Monday 25 September 2017 - Friday 26 January 2018
Semester 2: Monday 29 January 2018 - Friday 15 June 2018
Newcastle is a world famous city from its nightlife to its culture no matter what your interests you can’t fail but to be charmed by this unique city. Voted UK’s happiest city* it’s easy to see why. Close to a stunning coastline, and the Northumberland countryside but with all you would expect from a cosmopolitan city little surprise that Geordies have a reputation for being friendly and sociable.*Flash Eurobarometer Survey. The European Commission 2015
Sports and recreation
Known for its love of sport and passionate fans Newcastle is a city that prides itself on its sporting achievement. From Newcastle United Football Club, to the Newcastle Falcons, icehockey, basketball, athletics, no matter what your sport you will find it at Newcastle. One of the biggest events held annually is the Great North Run which attracts participants from around the world, around 55,000 runners some for fun and some to win tackle the 12 mile stretch from Newcastle to South Shields – an incredible atmosphere come rain or shine is guaranteed.
You will never be short of entertainment in Newcastle. From big screen cinemas to a popular independent – the Tyneside Cinema, film buffs have plenty of choice. If music is more your thing – the Metro Arena attracts a diverse group of artists including, The 1975, Elton John and Jess Glynne, The 02 arena a more intimate space has played home to artists such as local boys Maximo Park, Adele and James Bay. Restaurants and pubs are big business in Newcastle. Mexican, Italian, Thai all the usual and many more. Newcastle boasts big brands such as Jamie’s Italian, Turtle Bay, and Five Guys as well as independents such as the Michelin starred House of Tides, Fat Hippo Underground and the Herb Garden. Many restaurants offer student discounts and specials to tempt, and with so many within walking distance of the campus the only problem you will have is choosing which one!
Newcastle night-life is buzzing 7 nights a week. Geordie Shore haunts such as Tup Tup Palace, Bijoux and House of Smith are popular with students and locals alike. Champagne, cocktail and gin bars are popping up across the city so you are always spoilt for choice for a big night out. For a more chilled evening Newcastle is home to two comedy clubs, a boutique bowling alley and shopping until 8pm. Alternatively jump on a Metro and you will be at the coast within 20 minutes enjoying a bag of chips and watching the sunset.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Yes of course! Rowan Atkinson aka ‘Mr Bean’ graduated in 1975 with an Engineering degree from my uni.
How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
We have Careers Modules from our award-winning Careers Service that equips you with graduate skills and helps you to prepare for the workplace. I took the module last year and it was one of the contributing factors that land me in my placement this year!
What's university welfare and disability support like?
We have a dedicated team providing friendly and accessible service for disabled students. To name a few is disabled students’ allowances, modified examination arrangements, access to campus-based computers with assistive technology, an SMS text service based and 1:2:1 support with a qualified tutor
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
Our uni offers a wide range of services for support, from disability & healthcare services to counselling and a confidential phone line called nightline
Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?
Yes we have a free and confidential support for mature students. This include a Mature Students Event, where you can meet current students for advice as well as the students joining with you in September.
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
We have loads of events during Freshers Week. They’re all listed in the Students’ Union website. I went to a couple and met so many people who I have stayed friends with until now!
What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?
Well, of course it could be a little daunting – you might be not so familiar with the city or living alone, but it will also be exciting at the same time! There’s plenty of opportunity to make new friends and learn something new.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
It’s a city-centre campus! Your possibilities are endless when taking a break between classes, from going to a cinema, shopping in the city or trying out restaurants!
What sort of societies are there?
We have over 170 societies covering courses & careers, religious & cultural, representative committees as well as hobbies & interests like sports, acapella and pole dancing! There are societies which you can volunteer with, such as Amnesty International and many others.
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
The main campus is less than 10 mins away (when walking) and definitely less than 5 (if you sprint!) The Business School is further away but no further than a 15 minute walk and still within the city centre.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
Everything is just a short stroll from each other, whereas accommodation is varied from a 10 minute walk to a bus ride away.
What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating. This percentage is from the Destination of Leavers of Higher Education Survey 2014 and is above the national average of 93.2%
Roughly how many students start each year?
Roughly 6,000 for Undergraduate and 3,000 Postgraduate
How much is a pint at the student union?
£3 or less I reckon!
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