I am a current fresher at Newcastle uni reading economics and I regretfully have to inform all prospective students that it was a massive mistake. The lectures are awful, the content you get taught has key information missing, so you basically need to teach the course to yourself. Furthermore, You have very little contact time so if you're stuck theres not much you can do about it.
The only good thing is the nightlife but i would seriously recommend going to a different city like Nottingham or Leeds which also have good a good nightlife but more importantly good lecturers who will get you more than a 2.2
I am happy to answer any questions or expand on my points
Why do people do it?