Moving to Newcastle
The European commission stated that Newcastle was the happiest place to live in the UK. Why? Well according to psychology experts, it’s down to a “sense of belonging”. Once a forgotten city, investment in infrastructure, business, education and retail has lifted Newcastle, and as a result, it is now one of the most popular cities in the north for people of all ages and backgrounds.
It may have been a predominantly industrial city in decades past, but Newcastle is now an established city of business. There are a number of sectors expanding in Newcastle and the surrounding areas, as more large businesses see the region’s potential. Expect a wide range of job vacancies in the area – and lots of industries and locations within the city looking healthier now than they have in a long time.
Key sectors for employment
Investment in office spaces and large warehouses has firmly cemented Newcastle as an up-and-coming city with unlimited prospects. Big businesses are working their way north, either by choice or as rising costs force them out of the capital.
There are a number of retail centres in Newcastle, so shopping is big business. Naturally, retail makes up a large proportion of jobs in the city. Stores range from high-end departments to bespoke, small boutiques.
Being located on the coast, Newcastle benefits from having excellent export links to Europe. Its air exports have also increased recently – to £310m per year since the arrival of the Emirates service from Newcastle to Dubai. And this is only likely to increase further as the government’s plans to develop the north take hold.
The north east is often referred to as the UK’s industrial powerhouse – and for good reason. Nissan Motor Co., Hitachi Rail and Siemens Wind Power are all located close by. Likewise, Newcastle itself is awash with a number of warehouses and manufacturing depots, which generate hundreds of jobs. And these will be even more important as the country becomes independent from the EU.
Cost of living
Newcastle offers exceptional value for money, which may have contributed to its continued success.
Rent and property prices
Those looking to invest in property in Newcastle will be looking to pay under the national average, with it costing around £177,000 for the average property. If you’ve got a little more money in your pocket you can go for a semi-detached house, which are attainable at a reasonable average of £183,000.
The average one bedroom flat in the city centre should set you back around £580 per month. Outside the centre, you should find one for around £400 per month.
The average city centre house should cost £1200 per month, while outside the centre, a house should cost around £790.
Living costs are also favorable. A meal for two at an average restaurant will set you back just over £40, while a beer generally comes in at £3.
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Newcastle’s nightlife needs no introduction. It has a strong reputation for providing everything anyone could need on a night out, such as classy cocktail bars, clubs and restaurants. And its strong student presence means there are plenty of cheap and cheerful bars and clubs too.
Ousebum Valley is a popular area full of real ale pubs and live music, while The Gate is a complex packed full of bars, restaurants and a cinema – ideal for a night out in the week. For those after something a bit different, Freya’s Restaurant at Aspers Casino is the ideal spot for hungry casino-enthusiasts. The restaurant serves top notch food in a sleek, modern atmosphere.
There are also plenty of family-friendly restaurants and pubs with cuisines to excite all taste buds. Italian restaurant Mascalzone has a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and welcomes families, groups and couples in equal measure. The Beehive in Whitley Bay is a fab country pub offering fantastic food and a secret play area for children out back.
Schools and education
There’s a real mix of schools in Newcastle. Kingston Park Primary School was in the top 1% of schools nationally in 2014, and provides an exciting learning space for children. For older children, Emmanuel College in Gateshead has a shining reputation as the best state-funded secondary school on Tyneside, while St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle comes a close second.
Independent schools are also excellent. Dame Allan’s School has it all, with a co-educational nursery, early years and juniors up to 11, a girls’ and a boys’ school for 11-16s and a co-educational sixth form for 16-18 year olds.
Newcastle University is home to around 25,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Regarded as one of the best in the country for a number of subjects, entry requirements are generally quite high for most courses, so competition is high.
History and culture
Newcastle has a long and deep history. Blackfriars is the oldest restaurant building in Britain, while Newcastle University Medical School is one of the oldest in the world. The city is home to some magnificent museums and world-class art galleries dot the area including the famous Laing Art Gallery.
Sports and outdoor activities
The university loves all things sport, which is mirrored in the sporting culture around the city. Newcastle United is the city’s major football club, and has a loyal following in the north east. There’s also two top level rugby clubs, the Newcastle Falcons and Gateshead Thunder.
Thanks to increased sporting investments, there’s also a number of places to take part in recreational activities, including cycling, golf, squash and tennis.