Renting in Newcastle - a guide for tenants

Following years of fluctuating economic fortunes Newcastle's has become a vibrant and cultural city.   The city originally developed as a centre for the wool trade and then became a major coal mining area. But today, it is largely a business and cultural centre, with a good reputation for its nightlife and friendly people.

Interesting facts:

  • the city owes its name to the Norman castle built in 1080, by Robert II of Normandy , the eldest son of William the Conqueror. The area around Newcastle was historically a Roman settlement and during the middle ages the town became a northern fortress in the Border wars against the Scots.
  • Ridley Scott, director of classic films such as "Alien" and "Blade Runner", is from nearby South Shields
  • One of the possible reasons behind the nickname ‘The Magpies’ strip is said to be because a pair of magpies were nesting at St James' Park in 1895

Getting into and around Newcastle
Newcastle has a compact city centre which leads to a hectic rush-hour - it may be best to avoid driving into Newcastle around workers time.  Beware the one-way system which can cause quite a lot of confusion if you don't know your way around!   There is a decent public transport system in place to help with this:

  • Tyne and Wear Metro:  ‘the Metro’, is a light rail system connecting Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland.
  • Newcastle Airport (airport code NCL) is the largest airport in the North East.  It can be accessed via bus and the metro if you don’t wish to drive, and also has a hotel there.  It serves a number of scheduled airlines including BA, Air France, Easyjet, Emirates, Flybe Ryan Air and Thomas Cook.  There are 2 executive lounges (BA and Servisair)
  • Newcastle railway station is a principal stop on the east coast main line, and has good access both locally and between other cities including:
    • East Coast trains run south to London King's Cross north up to Inverness.
    • CrossCountry services run from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh / Glasgow / Aberdeen.
    • First TransPennine Express trains run to Manchester Airport and Liverpool Lime Street.
    • Northern Rail operates local and regional services; north along the East Coast Main Line; south along the Durham Coast Line and west along the Tyne Valley Line
  • QuayLink is  a bus service covering most of the destinations in NewcastleGateshead. Singles are £1.30 with a day ticket £2.10 (Oct 2013).  There are two QuayLink routes:
    • Q1 serves Central Station, Monument, the Quayside, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead College's Baltic Campus, BALTIC and Gateshead Interchange
    • Q2 serves Haymarket, Monument, the Quayside, Ouseburn Valley and on to St Peter's Basin

Entertainment
After a hard week, there is nothing to beat relaxing with a drink. Luckily Newcastle has an abundance of pubs, bars and clubs.  A big bonus is that compared to some other big cities a night out in Newcastle is fairly cheap.  Try Quayside for more modern style of bars, or search out some more traditional/quaint pubs.  Or if you fancy a more cultural night out, try one of the many theatres, for example The Theatre Royal or The Northern Stage Theatre. And for live music, the Metro Radio Arena holds a number of large scale music acts

Being in Newcastle, you also have to make a visit to Newcastle United football club, to experience the atmosphere and to wonder how the supporters can take their shirts off regardless of the weather (even below freezing in mid-winter).

 

Where to rent?

The North East is a great place to live and there are lots of nice places in and around Newcastle, each offering something slightly differentThe best place for you will depend on your circumstances and exactly what you are looking for.

Living in the city can have its advantages, as there is a lot to do within easy reach – such as the beach, shopping, clubbing and the countryside.

We’ve compiled some views on places to rent:

 

In the City Centre

  • Lemington, Throckley & Newburn are seen as popular with young professionals.  Housing is often made up of apartments and purpose-built conversions.  These areas can be ideal for those who like to be closer to the action in the city centre.
  • Newcastle West and Fenham are often more popular with families, with more traditional housing which is more spacious than the city centre flats.
  • Jesmond is about 10 minute walk from the city centre, and slightly further north from there is Gosforth.  Both of are seen as having a nice relaxed atmosphere although prices have risen there.   A similar distance from the city centre but to the East is Heaton. The community can be popular with both students and young professionals.

 

Commuting to Newcastle

  • Jarrow and Forest Hall have decent transport links to the city. North Shields and Tynemouth are good for commuting to the city and also have the beach within walking distance. As is Whitley Bay, which is on the coast and also has the metro line.
  • If you prefer living further away from the city, you could consider moving to one of the towns in Northumberland. If you want to live somewhere quieter Morpeth, Bedlington and Ponteland are a little bit further out, but Newcastle is still within an hour by car or public transport.

 

How does this compare to your view?  Where do you think it best to live?  Add a comment and let us know.

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