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Across the university, there are four libraries altogether; The Law Practice Collection, City Campus Library, Coach Lane Library and an open acess student IT area in Pandon Building.

The City campus library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week except for Christmas and Easter Bank Holiday, ensuring students can still use all the necessary resources for their studies as often as they need just by using their student Smartcard.

There are many things available to use within the library:

• Books, journals and other media

• Study spaces

• Networked PCs, printers and photocopiers

• Self service returns, borrowing and renewals

• Library catalogue

• Library shops

• Staff assistance

• Reservation collection


IT and Computing

As all university courses have information technology components, a full range of facilities is available to support your studies at both of our campuses.

Our Open Access IT areas stay open on evenings and weekends and are staffed by advisers. Some stay open ‘on a self service’ basis up to 24 hours. You will have the choice of a wide range of software applications and electronic resources, including subject specific databases, exam papers, etc.

The most successful e-learning system in Europe, Northumbria’s eLearning Portal will give you your own personal home page, announcements, course and other information and access to lecturer and student communities with discussion boards and chat rooms.

Sometimes you will want to use IT in a more relaxed environment – and there’s plenty of opportunity for this. As well as the Library Learning cafés, there are cyber cafés in the Students’ Union and Lipman café.

With your own wireless-enabled laptop you can log on to the wireless network anywhere on campus and access the Internet, your email, etc. There are wireless printing facilities too. Wireless access is now available in most halls of residence. You can even use university IT facilities from home with our remote access service desktop ANYWHERE .



There are two main sports facilities at Northumbria University; Sports Central and Coach Lane.

Sport Central is a stunning £30m state of the art complex, situated in the heart of Newcastle city centre, our new flagship facility ranks alongside St James’s Park, Gateshead Stadium and Newcastle Arena as one of Tyneside’s most iconic and invaluable sporting venues.

Sport Central is a unique multi functional sports complex offering a whole host of sports facilities including a 40 metre Sprint Track, 25 metre Swimming Pool and 12m Climbing Wall all under one roof.

We have a wide range of membership options to ensure that no matter which facilities you wish to use within Sport Central, we can cater for your needs.


General Information
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, UK
Ellison Place
+44 (0)191 232 6002
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Welfare & International Supportis one of a wide range of services provided by Student Support and Wellbeing to help you make the most of your time at Northumbria University. The Welfare & International Advisers work closely with staff from across the University to ensure you get the most comprehensive advice when you need it.

We offer free, impartial and confidential advice and guidance for all students on a range of issues from financial support for UK and EU students, to visa, immigration and advice on working in the UK for international students. The team deal with thousands of queries each year and have considerable experience of giving information and advice about keeping healthy, keeping safe and other practical issues for all students. We aim to empower students with the knowledge and skills to deal with problems as they arise.

We aim to make our service as accessible as possible to all students. The menu bar at the left hand side of the page is designed to help you navigate your way around so you can find the information you require quickly and easily. A comprehensive guide to information for students can also be found on the A-Z of Student Survival which is available by clicking the link on every page.

Careers service

Whichever year or course you are on, career services will be able to help you.

• Work out what you want to do next

• Explore your options, from taking time out, working and studying overseas to starting your own business

• Develop employability skills through work experience or volunteering

• Find a job while you're studying, or placement, internship during the vacations

• Become a great applicant, help you to market yourself and skills in your CV's, application forms and personal statements

• Search for employers, find graduate jobs and postgraduate courses



Students Union

The Students’ Union is here to make sure you have the best experience possible at University. We are run by students for students and are one of the largest and most exciting awardwinning Unions in the country.

Our mission is to have ’A positive impact on the lives of all our students’, whether that is quality entertainments and bars, a range of societies and activities, advice on complaints, problems with your course or opportunities for you to gain experience that will help you to get a job when you finish your studies.

In 2010, we saw the launch of our brand new State of the Art Students’ Union building. Over £7million has been invested to transform our city site into one of the most contemporary, fluid and all encompassing Unions in the UK. The new building features a breathtaking entrance and Welcome Desk, 3 award winning bar and club venues, a newly refurbished Performing Arts and live music centre, and two brand new areas The Base and Escape.

The Base is a one stop shop that can be found on the ground floor and encapsulates all of your needs from Advice and Representation to CV enhancing Activities and Volunteering. You can also find our Sabbatical Offi cers who are always on hand to advise you on any matters concerning you and your life as a student.

Escape is a brand new area and is unique in that it features comfy seating, IT facilities and a lunch area so you don’t have to sit in one of the commercial bars or cafes in between lectures. Whether you want to grab abite to eat between lectures, a quiet drink at the end of the day or have a big night out, the Students’ Union can cater for you! What’s more, you can be guaranteed that all the money you spend in one of the five Students’ Union bars and coffee outlets is recycled into better facilities, services or activities.



University Residences

The university offers a range of different types of accommodation. Listed below are the types of accommodation available to you: • En Suite accommodation

Single room with shower, toilet and wash basin within the confines of the bedroom. This category includes University managed residences and private partner residences.

• Self-catered accommodation

Single room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilites.

• Catered accommodation (with meals)

Single room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

• Self-catered private accommodation

Single room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, often not staffed, fuel and insurance not normally included, internet may not be included, bedding not available to buy on site.

• Room sizes

Majority of accommodation is provided in single study bedrooms. Most rooms have a usable floor area of 9.5m2 to 10m2 (excluding the en suite if applicable), furnished with bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, etc. Somes residences have larger or smaller rooms or a range of room sizes, and a guide is given in the description of each residence.

Shared kitchens are equipped with cooker, fridge/freezer and microwave and there will be access to vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket.

Bedding is not provided in any residences. Bedding packs can be bought on arrival in most larger residences (self-catered private caterory excluded). Students have the option to bring their own bedding or buy from local shops on arrival.


What's included in your rent:

Accommodation fees normally include average consumption for heating and lighting; where gas and/or electricity is not included you should allow on average £10 -£12 per week. All landlords including the University, reserve the right to make additional charges for excessive consumption

• Telephone/Internet access

Most residences have this facility although the type of provision does vary. See the individual residence descriptions for more information. Please note that peer-to-peer file sharing is not available.

• Personal possessions insurance

Insurance for your personal possessions is normally included in the rent (self-catered private category excluded). Students can buy additional cover on their policy for valuable items or items outside the room. Further details will be sent with your offer of accommodation and you can increase the cover if required. For more information see


Parking is not available on the City and Coach Lane campuses or at several other residences. Where parking is provided, spaces are usually limited and offered on a first come first served basis after room offers have been confirmed. In most cases an annual charge is payable. See relevant residence for more information.

• What to bring

Not too much, the rooms are not that big. Our information leaflet, that can be found on the University Accommodation website, gives detailed information for your residence but general lists of useful things to bring to University can be found at a number of websites – you will definitely need to bring a desk lamp for study purposes, but NO candles please. There is also this useful website which has a Checklist of things to take to university.


Private Accommodation

Students who prefer to find their own accommodation in Newcastle will find that there is plenty on offer. Most second, third and fourth year students live in non-university properties, furnished flats or houses, ranging in size from 2 to 6 bedrooms. Single flats and unfurnished properties are less frequently available.

There is a surplus of private rented property for students in Newcastle so finding somewhere to live won't be a problem. Our Flat-finding Guide gives general advice on the city and housing issues. We also allow distribution in December of 2 property magazines in residences which carry advice and practical guidance from the Accommodation Office. Copies are also available in the Accommodation Office and Student Union.



Newcastle upon Tyne is a regional capital and is just two hours and forty minutes away from London by the fastest rail service, whilst Edinburgh (Scotland's capital) is only an hour away. Newcastle has its own International Airport, whilst regular ferry services operate to and from Northern Europe.

Newcastle is the place to be a student! More than 40,000 students already live here (that's about one in seven of the population), which makes students pretty important in the scheme of things here. It's students who make Newcastle such a vibrant, modern, youthful city, renowned for its nightlife, sport, entertainment, shops and, last but not least, its friendliness.


Newcastle has lots of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs - from the glamorous Quayside, and the city centre where you can find the brand new, glass-fronted Gate development, home to a multiplex cinema, sky bar and a multitude of restaurants and bars, to trendy Osborne Road in Jesmond, the perfect place to sit outside in the summer and enjoy a glass of wine. There are plenty of restaurants and coffee shops, to suit all tastes, cultures and bank balances.


Useful Contacts

University Campuses

Newcastle City Campus

Ellison Place

Newcastle upon Tyne



Tel: +44 (0)191 232 6002 (switchboard)

Fax: +44 (0)191 227 3903

Coach Lane Campus

Coach Lane


Newcastle upon Tyne



Tel: +44(0)191 232 6002 (switchboard)

General Enquires

Course Applications & Admissions

0191 243 7420

International Enquiries (Prior to application)

00 44 191 227 4274

International Admissions(once you have made an application)

00 44 191 243 7906

Human Resources

0191 227 4101

Northumbria Alumni Association

0191 227 4837

Return To Learning Service

0191 227 4323

Sport Central

0191 227 4700

Student Recruitment

0191 243 7725

Student Residential Accommodation

0191 227 4209

Student Support and Wellbeing

0191 227 4127

University Library

0191 227 4125

Work For Northumbria

0191 227 4102

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