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Northumbria University, Newcastle

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Northumbria University is creating an ambitious, confident community that is ready to take on tomorrow.

Renowned for being a friendly, ‘home away from home’ with a thriving social scene, Northumbria University boasts four campuses, Newcastle, London and Amsterdam, working in partnership with other higher education institutions across the world to attract students from 136 countries.

Over the last decade, Northumbria has invested more than £250m in its campuses to provide students with a world-class experience during their time with the University.

The Newcastle estates comprise two campuses, one in the heart of the city and one just three miles away at Coach Lane. With its award-winning architecture, modern teaching buildings and impressive sports facilities, the City Campus creates an environment that encourages learning and self-development. Coach Lane Campus is home to all students from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and has excellent computing and library services; its own modern Students' Union, and new sports facilities. The third campus is situated in the City of London, meaning students on Business, Computing and Technology pathways can study in a location where the financial district meets the technology sector.

The London campus is ideally situated just minutes away from Liverpool Street station. 

Northumbria University’s international partnership with Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is the fourth campus. This partnership offers the chance for undergraduates from both institutions to experience overseas study on real business projects, with Northumbria students spending time in Amsterdam and AUAS students studying in Newcastle.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

Uni has been an amazing experience. I’ve gained friends learned about a subject I’m passionate about and live in my favorite city. Would recommend to anyone!!!!

Brilliant met a great group of friends and have strong connections to my course and extra-curricular groups. Newcastle is a great part city but also does top quality chill life with alot of cafes and restaurants.

Great university. Lectures and workshops are engaging, lecturers are knowledgeable, helpful and easy to approach. Recorded lectures and live streams are really useful. Great facilities. Support from university is great and the university are very proactive in ways they can support students.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Northumbria University has also been voted top ten in the UK for the number of graduates entering professional employment (DLHE 16/17) and offers an award-winning Careers and Employment service. From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, their Careers and Employment Service is there to help. Northumbria will support you at every step of the journey, helping you to identify goals and plan your way to achieving them.

Ranked first in the UK for graduate business startups (HEBCIS 2019), their career support includes:

1-1 support. 
Wherever you are in your course, and whether you know what you want to do or not, you can meet Northumbria’s advisers for confidential 1-1 advice anytime.

Meet employers on campus.
Introduce yourself to potential employers, and find out more about different career paths, at one of the many employer visits or fairs held at Northumbria throughout the year.

Job ready
As a Northumbria student, you’ll get exclusive access to resources that will help you explore career options, find out about different job roles, and write good applications. 

Student are really impressed with the level of support they receive and the amount of careers fairs the university holds throughout the year.

For more information please click here.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“Numerous careers fairs, great opportunities.”

“Lots of opportunities to boost your University’s CV.”

“The university always sends out new opportunities to increase employment.”

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

At undergraduate level, Northumbria has over 200 courses to choose from. Their courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world leading and internationally excellent research REF 2020.

Northumbria staff have worked for top brands and organisations, helping to shape trends and agendas. They create opportunities for interaction and conversations around learning and assessment between peers and tutors, both in the classroom and online, which allows you to learn how to evaluate your University’s own progress and direct your University’s own learning.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“The teaching staff are very knowledgeable and very helpful when it comes to tutorials.”

“I love my course. It’s interesting and absorbing. I’ve grown up and feel more confident. Studying here was the best decision of my life.”

“Lecturers are very helpful They give us a lot of help.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

Northumbria Students’ Union (NSU) is here to make sure that your time at Northumbria is the best it can be – in fact; it’s their mission to have ‘a positive impact on the lives of all our students.’

You can find the SU at City CampusCoach LaneLondon Campus and Amsterdam Campus, working hard to make sure you’ve got everything you need, whether that’s a drink at one of their award-winning bars or some advice about your course from their free representation service. Maybe you want to get involved with one of 100+ societies and make a few new friends. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it at NSU.

NSU is run by a team of students, known as Sabbatical Officers, elected by fellow students to represent you and speak up on your behalf to the University and beyond. If you have any issues with any part of your University experience - from coursework to living arrangements - tell them and they’ll work to make the changes you want to see.

Made up of bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, coffee shops, workspaces meeting rooms, NSU has everything you need to make the most of your time as a student – all backed up by a highly qualified staff team who are there to offer support in every aspect of student life and most importantly to make sure you have a good time.

So, no matter who you are, how old you are or where you’re from, make sure you come along to YOUR Students’ Union.

Reviewers are very complimentary about the events put on by the students’ union and told us the team are approachable and friendly.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“The students’ union puts on amazing events and fairs throughout the semester.”

“SU is really organised and student representation is nice.”

“Very well maintained, nice place to relax.”



At Northumbria, The University understand that where you live is a huge part of student life. That’s why The University make sure that you are in control of shaping your University’s experience from start to finish. When applying for accommodation, you can select the exact building, flat and room based on real-time availability. You’ll be able to see the floor plan and even learn a little bit about your University’s flat mates and their interests before you commit to a specific room. Once you’ve found the perfect room for you, you can confirm your University’s booking online within minutes.

The University guarantee accommodation for all students and all The University’s residences are either on campus, or within easy reach of the University campuses and Newcastle’s bustling culture and nightlife. Many the University’s residences also benefit from vibrant shared communal hubs, perfect for meeting new people or hanging out with friends. With a wide array of choices, from modern en-suite rooms to budget-friendly options, there is something for everyone.

Visit us to learn more about The University’s accommodation, to see virtual tours and to look at current rates.

Student reviewers on Whatuni rated Northumbria’ s accommodation so highly, they came 10th at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“It is a trendy accommodation, located close to a big shopping centre. It provides common spaces like studying room, gym and gaming place.”

“Modern, very secure. Rooms a good size, with good facilities such as Wifi, Gym, and other resources.”

“I live in Trinity Square accommodation; it is the best accommodation. It has all the facilities to make a student's life easy.”

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019


per annum


Northumbria University’s campuses provide exceptional facilities to create an environment where students shape their future. The University’s technical facilities support ground-breaking research and ensure students have the practical tools they need to get the most out of their courses. The University have state-of-the-art laboratories, prototyping workshops, CAD suites, media labs and more. And all of this is backed up by IT support that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The University’s sports centres offer fantastic opportunities for people at every level of fitness. The University have fitness centres, a sprint track, squash courts, a six-lane 25m swimming pool and numerous outdoor pitches. At the University’s flagship Sport Central facility, the main arena can cater for up to 3,000 people.

The University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. City Campus Library and the University Library Digital Commons are open 24/7 during term-time, and the other libraries also operate generous opening hours, which can vary throughout the year to meet demand for space and support. The Libraries offer learning spaces to meet a variety of needs, from silent or quiet study through to social and collaborative learning. The Library provides an extensive collection of scholarly resources including books, ebooks, print and journals, as well as databases, collections of early historical books and primary digital archives.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“The clinical skills labs are very good and easy to book. The library is very nice and always has space computers. The ask4help desk are always helpful.”

“Great, easy to use and modern.”

“Everything I want is here, from libraries to sports facilities.”

City life
City life

City life

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WUSCA City life ranking The City life ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

Northumbria’s main campus in Newcastle upon Tyne is set in the heart of the city. Newcastle is regularly named as the UK’s Best University City, most recently by The Student Hut & What Uni (2020). It’s partly due to the city’s compactness, which makes it large enough to be vibrant and exciting while small enough to feel like home.

Sport, shopping, culture, nightlife… Newcastle is one of the UK’s best places to live. And if you ever fancy a trip out the city, it’s just a short drive, Metro or bike ride to beaches, castles and peaceful countryside.

You can shop till you drop in one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complexes, Eldon Square or at the Metrocentre in Gateshead, plus experience a range of boutiques and quirky markets.

You can also delve into the city’s sporting culture with visits to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, Newcastle Falcons rugby stadium Kingston Park and the Eagles Basketball Team at their Community Arena.

Students can easily access award winning beaches from the city centre or take a day trip to World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall in Tyneside and Northumberland. For more information on Life in Newcastle, please click here.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“The city life is very busy and entertaining. Always some event going on or something for you to do.”

“I can find everything that I want.”

“Amazing nightlife, would recommend.”

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2.20 - £3.50

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

Make friends. Get active. And discover talents you never knew you had. With over 130 clubs and societies, there’s something for everyone.

You can also set up new societies yourself. Follow your University’s passion and really make a difference through one of The University’s many volunteering opportunities from developing sport in Zambia to running a local animal shelter.

Reviews regularly mention the range of clubs and societies on offer at the university, and how welcomed they felt when they joined them.

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“There are many clubs I can join so I can meet new people.”

“One of the best.”

“Lot of variety.”

Student support
Student support

Student support

When you’re studying, Northumbria offers support to make a success of your University’s degree. Whether you need help with dyslexia, any physical or mental health difficulties, or just require a bit of emotional support.

Northumbria can also help with many financial issues, including scholarships, bursaries, loans and grants alongside providing advice on budget planning and childcare support

Northumbria University students on Whatuni say:

“The support at university is amazing. Whenever I have a question and I email I get a reply extremely quickly answering my questions and explaining any queries I may have.”

“Very good, I get support from teachers a lot.”

“Lots of support offered by counsellors.”



Undergraduate fees are set by Government in line with forecast inflation. If you are studying on a full-time courses the fee for your University’s first year of study (2019/20 and 2020/21) will be £9,250, the maximum chargeable fee.

You should expect to pay tuition fees for every year of study, and be aware that fees may increase every year based on the Retail Price Index*. 

Current Government policy advises any increase will not exceed the rise in inflation by reference to RPI*.

Student fee loans have risen in line with the fee cap.

Part-time courses vary according to their length. To obtain the most accurate tuition fee information for a specific course please refer to your University’s University offer letter. If a student is being sponsored by their employment, the university will require proof of sponsorship.

For more information about tuition fees and funding please visit this page.

*Retail Price Index - is a measure of the price of services and goods. RPI shows the change in the cost of living, and reflects the movement of the prices of a range of commonly used goods and services, such as housing and food.


Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Northumbria University is committed to supporting the best students with outstanding academic ability. The University offer a number of support packages for students depending on academic achievement or personal financial circumstances.

Financial support opportunities have associated eligibility conditions; therefore it is essential applicants consider all requirements and observe the application process and deadlines carefully.

For more information, please click here.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Northumbria University has a strong national and international reputation for academic quality and world-class research. The University are top 50 in the UK for research and had the 4th largest increase in quality research funding (REF 2014). According to Times Higher Education, Northumbria had the biggest rise in research power of any UK university.

The Law Department’s Student Law Office was previously awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the highest form of national recognition open to a UK university.

The Arts Department is one of only 18 in the country to receive funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training over the next five years.

Newcastle Business School has earned double accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its business and accounting programmes.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

27th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

50th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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