Firstly the uni accomodation, then private accomodation options. Castle Leazes Modeled on Dartmoor prison, these 1969 built blocks are typical student accomodation. They aren't as bad as the above makes it sound, the rooms are ok and it is a big community of 1150 students and quite easy to make friends. There is a washbasin in every room and they are well situated very near to campus. The food is not good, but this is the best catered option. Go for Freeman or Eustace Percy if you don't need to stay in over the summer and save £200! Henderson Hall Nicer than Castle Leazes, but comes with one significent problem. It is way out and so far out that it is annoying to get in and back. A shame really, as nice rooms (some en-suite) and good grounds. But I would avoid this Richardson Road Basic but fine, better placed than the main alternative (St Mary's College). Big community, easy to make friends and you have more freedom. Overall gets the thumbs up St Mary's College Better furnishings, car parking space, nicer rooms, washbasins, same price as Richardson Road. You may be asking `what's the catch`. The catch is that it's a distance (1 and a half miles) out. It's up to you as a person whether you can handle this Leazes Terrace Good, more independent feel, well suited if you are from boarding school. More like a house than the others, which have definite communal atmospheres. From the above, you should be able to tell whether you will like it here. Very few to avoid. Perhaps Henderson Hall if anything Private accomodation Fenham Can be great, I know people who have lived here no problems, on rents of £25-30 a week no less!. Near uni as well. The minus is the high (supposed) crime rate. What I would say is near the uni is fine, but the part near Benwell is to be avoided. Heaton A big student haunt, rents a
bout £40 a week. Like Fenham but safer and a bit further away. It's up to you whether the extra rent is worth a bit more safety but in my view you shouldn't have any problems in Fenham Jesmond Very nice, rents £50 per week, much safer as well as being better quality of houses. But much more expensive. This is the area if money is no object. Gosforth Avoid. Like Heaton or Jesmond, with rents in the same region but much further out. Other areas (Benwell, Scotswood, Byker) are best avoided, the locals aren't too fond of students! But this is a safe city with few actual problems, although you should really keep out of the areas mentioned above. The uni accomodation is good. Overall a thumbs up!
Leazes Terrace is a large Georgian building consisting of Embleton House, Garnett House, Lake House and North Wing which have many of the characteristics and facilities of a self-catering hall of residence. Leazes Terrace offers convenient and central accommodation situated next to St James' Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club, and only a few minutes walk to all areas of the University as well as the bustling city centre. These houses, which are open all year, offer two distinct types of accommodation. On the one hand, there are undergraduate houses where students have all the benefits of self-catering at a budget price and in a communal environment. On the other hand, there are the recently refurbished postgraduate houses where the emphasis has been on upgrading facilities. Rooms are mostly en suite, and small groups of students share small kitchens and dining areas. Postgraduates may apply for either type of accommodation, but generally prefer the quieter dedicated postgraduate houses.
I stay in a self-catering flat managed by the accomodation office of University of Newcastle. In my opinion, there are both strengths and weaknesses in the service and facility provided by the university accomodation office. I would certainly think that the allocation team of the office does a marvellous job. When allocating accomodation to students, they take very much consideration into the needs and cultural background of each individual student. Also, much flexibility is allowed for students to choose the type of accomodation they want and to choose their own flatmates. Besides, there is a wide variety of accomodation types to cater for students with different preferences and financial ability. Maintenance and repair are also extremely efficient, any needs for repair is usually dealt with within the same day. As for weaknesses, as far as I know, two accomodation sites have poor facility, being described as "unbearable" by many students. One of these is also found to be located too far from the campus. Another weakness is that invoices for rent are often sent to students very near the due dates. Also, for cleaners who are on leave, no one takes over their jobs. However, I would still think that University accomodation is worth considering.