With the European Commission stating that Newcastle is one of the happiest places to live in the UK, it’s not surprising that so many people are moving here from the south.
The crown jewel of the North of England, Newcastle boasts stunning architecture, regeneration projects that are turning industrial areas into digital hubs. Residential suburbs like Jesmond, Gosforth and Heaton are now all bursting with boutique shops, bars, and restaurants.
A city that is truly bursting at its seams, Newcastle upon Tyne is a friendly city with a strong identity and a proud culture. It’s truly a great place to visit and a fantastic city to live in. The Toon, as it is known in the north, has plenty to offer and lots of reasons why you should consider relocating here.
Newcastle is situated only 20-minute Metro ride away from the beautiful Northern coastline, and a short drive from the Great countryside. Living in Newcastle you are never far away from a leaving all of your worries behind.
Second to None Transport Links
Newcastle upon Tyne is compact, one can easily travel from A to B, everything is within reach. While compact, Newcastle has great transport links, from the local Metro line that covers most of the neighbourhoods, and it has a well-developed local bus system to get you everywhere the metro can’t. Central Station connects Newcastle with most major cities in the United Kingdom, from here, Kings Cross is only 3 hours away. And for those looking to travel further out, Paris is only 2 hours away from Newcastle Airport.
Newcastle offers modern day living and a metropolitan environment with a perfect mix of families, young professionals and students.
Every city in the UK has its very own parks and Newcastle is no exception. The city has a wonderful choice of parks like Jesmond Dene, the Town Moor, Heaton, Armstrong and Paddy Freeman’s. There are lots of places to relax in, to watch the world go by. And if that’s not your cup of tea, Active Newcastle initiative offers a variety of activities for singles and families alike.
One of the most attractive aspects of living in the North East of England is the low cost of living. Everything from rent, to food is one of the lowest in the country. According to numbeo.com (an independent living costs estimator) to maintain a four-person family in Newcastle it takes £2,093.14 (without living/rent costs) and £602.12 for a single person. Based on their data the same estimates in London are around £2,814.92 and £793.23. What is more, the cost of housing is significantly reduced as well.
When it comes to house prices, the North East is a significantly cheaper place to live than anything in the south. House affordability is just one of the reasons why so many southerners decide to relocate here. On average, house prices are around 15%-25% cheaper to buy, while renting is also lower.
One of the main reasons why so many people are moving from London to Newcastle is house prices. According to Zoopla estimates, the average price for property in Newcastle upon Tyne in November 2019 was at £216,918. The average price of a flat in Newcastle at the time of this article sold for around £150,753, while terraced houses in Newcastle sold for £184,938. Average house price in Newcastle upon Tyne is around £400,000 lower than an average house price London.
Places to Shop
If you’re a shopaholic, then Newcastle is the place for you. The city centre has everything and more, from Debenhams to Next, Fenwick, Eldon Square and a good selection of markets. Check out vintage shops which can be found in and around Grey Street while over the river in Gateshead, is the MetroCentre, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.
Newcastle is known for its many world-renowned attractions too. There’s the Baltic, an international centre for art and the unique Sage, a music culture centre. Spend a day at the Great North Museum or the Discovery Museum. In the evening head for the Metro Radio Arena or the O2 Academy where top music acts from around the world perform. The city also has a host of fabulous libraries as well as the National Centre for Children’s Books.
Nightlife and Entertainment
If you enjoy a busy social life, Newcastle ticks all the right boxes. The Quayside, especially during the summer months, is the place to be. It’s jam-packed with nightclubs, bars, restaurants and clubs, something for everyone. According to the many students who study here, Newcastle is the third best city in Europe for nightlife.
Schools and Universities
Newcastle is a university city, home to Newcastle University and Northumbria University. This makes it a popular place with students from around the UK and the world. There are also plenty of high-quality schools for children of all ages.
When moving to Newcastle, expect a warm welcome from the locals. The Geordies will soon make you feel at home.