Exeter VS Newcastle for Mechanical EngineeringWatch
Exeter itself is ana amazing city, but it depends what floats your boat. I'm into Mountain biking, climbing and surfing so Exeter is pretty perfect. The campus is really nice, really modern facilities all around and VERY well kept gardens. It keeps winning various green awards for having the best natural spots in the country. The Engineering building itself could be better, but you learn to love it. I've only been there a year but I feel religiously connected to that building <3
Exeter Uni has a pretty massive international scene. There's a whole building nearly as big as the main forum + library dedicated just to international students, for them to study in!
I suppose how important the extra £4000 a year is, if you're budget is tight, that will probably make your mind up for you.
Neither of them are going to be particularly easy to get to as an international student.
Personally, I would go to Newcastle as the university as a whole will be a more enjoyable experience due to the city life and you probably won't lose anything in terms of job prospects. Also £4,000 cheaper is a lot of money to save which could be spent on other things e.g. travelling around Europe or a master's course.