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If I were you I'd go to Gateshead - perhaps the Dunston/Whickham areas. They are a few miles away from the university but you can get the 97 and 98 Bus to Newcastle fairly easily. You have have a wonderful view on Newcastle from the bank up there as well. Definitely worth having a look, honestly!
btw dont worry about Raul Mort :P he actually comes from Birtley which is not in the central Newcastle area.
I have a friend who is going to Newcastle next year and is worried about how safe the area is. Does anyone know what is the safest part of Newcastle to live in?
Its crime rate is comparable to Kensington and Chelsea in London. And I don't think many will think that's a rough/high crime area!
That said, it does have its deprived areas with a higher crime rate than others. The trendy/student/young profesional areas are in the most affluent and safest part of the city like the city centre, Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth.
Places in the west to avoid include Elswick and Scotswood. Places in the east include Walker and Byker.
stick to the usual areas; the city centre, Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth and he'll be fine. Outside Newcastle then Tynemouth (urban seaside location), Whickham (surburban location), Rowlands Gill and Ryton (semi-rural locations), Wylam (rural village) are also worth looking at. Although I imagine that Wylam will be too expensive.
Ryton's claim to fame is that it was mentioned on Coronation Street. It's where Curly and his wife left to leave ("a lovely town caled Ry-ton"). Couldn't pronounce it properly though It's Ry-tun
Hexham, a market town (and my place of birth!), is a lovely place. Although again it will be expensive and probably too far from Newcastle (although you can commute there by train easily enough).
As with all city centres (especially those with the party/nightclub scene that Newcastle has) it does get a bit rowdy especially on the weekends and around the Bigg Market and Quayside. But I've never felt threatened or been assaulted.
I've been assaulted in respectable, suburban, semi-rural areas. But never in Newcastle city centre. I think that says a lot (and also tells you how better policed city centres are compared to suburbs).
Well, my partner comes from Newcastle. Newcastle overall is pretty safe, but like most places there are 'good' and 'bad' places. Central Newcastle is very nice, but as you can imagine very loud at night and this goes for all of the immediate areas and it's rather expensive.
If I were you I'd go to Gateshead - perhaps the Dunston/Whickham areas.
Still easily accessible, with a bus to Newcastle every eight minutes (even if it does take 35 minutes travel time)
Or up the river, like the Quayside/Newcastle city centre:-
But as I said, Whickham is nice. Lobley Hill (top of Dunston going into Gateshead "proper" ) isn't bad. The only part of Gateshead "proper" that I could recommend is Low Fell. That's quite a nice area, urban with Victorian and Edwardian semis.
If you're going to go that far out of the city, you might as well go as far west as Ryton. That way you really are in a semi-rural, small town with low crime rate.
But, as a student, it's best to stick to the usual student areas. The student union probably has a list of landlords and agents they can recommend. I imagine few, if any, will be in the places like Whickham and certainly not Ryton. Best to stick with landlords used to students (also helps to reduce the friction with the local community - many family areas might not be keen on an influx of students).
Edit: - I didn't mean for this post to be patronising and, especially for a non-student, Whickham is a good recommendation. I just have a certain "thing" for Dunston.
Some guy said that do not travel in a bus or train, take taxi instead. Also, I want to know the areas that I should avoid to go in night.
I live in Fenham, did so last year too, and I'll happily walk back here with my friend at 2 in the morning - bit iffy about walking back solo, but that's just me being paranoid. One time I walked back at 11pm and had two guys stop me - scary moment - but they were actually stopping to ask if I was OK, and saying I shouldn't be out at night on my own so nothing bad!
Most studenty areas are Jesmond and Sandyford,followed by Heaton. I think.I wouldn't stay in Byker from what I've been told, but honestly never been there so can't judge!