With Newcastle being one of the largest student cities in England, there is no wonder that so many students from across the world choose to study here. This vibrant city is warm and welcoming to all that visit the city, it is jam-packed with plentiful things to do from culture to sporting events, you name it, Newcastle has it all. More importantly it is also renowned for its high-class university education, with two major universities in the city, it attracts thousands of students from around the world every year.
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Our accommodation in Newcastle allows you to be a stone’s throw away from the heart of the city. Being on the edge of the city centre in the vibrant and unique area of the Ouseburn, our accommodation allows you to be within walking distance from your campus and the city centre itself. Whether you attend Newcastle University or Northumbria University you will only be a short walk away from where you need to be at any given time.
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The vibrant and community energy is what defines the student experience of Newcastle. Portland Green Student Village is the largest student community which offers a full 360 student experience from all bills included to help you save money to a wellbeing and events monthly programme. Whatever you are looking for we will have something to offer you.View Property
Our Newcastle student accommodation, Portland Green Student Village, is the city’s largest private student accommodation with a ready-made community feel onsite to make your home away from home easier from the get go. PGSV is home to almost 1,500 students each year and offers an abundance of designed living spaces to allow you to choose the right option for you, from shared flats to studio living we have the options for you. At Abodus we strive to provide the full 360 experience so what you need we can provide and what you ask for we listen to aiming to fulfil all wishes.
Within walking distance of Newcastle and Northumbria University, it is a real ready-made student community. With fantastic onsite facilities and a dedicated 24 hour customer service team to help with all needs, students choose PGSV for its all-inclusive community vibe and reputable reputation for being one of the friendliest accommodations in Newcastle.
We understand that budgets can be tight whilst at university even more so now than before, so we want to provide you with the tools onsite to help make things easy and stress free whilst you live your best life with us.
Offering one of the best student community experiences in the country, Newcastle is a big city in a small space. The city is full of amazing unique, local and well-loved places to eat and whether you are looking for different cuisines you will be able to find something to fit your pallet.
With Portland Green Student Village being only a stone’s throw away from the local areas of the Ouseburn, Jesmond and the city centre, the places to eat are endless. We know budgets can be tight whilst at Uni so we have selected some great places to eat that you can do affordably and that are real good places to see without breaking the bank.
On the doorstep of PGSV you will find the Ouseburn, a trendy cultural area which has the most unique eateries in the city. You can start your day off at Ernest for a late breakfast and a coffee or head down to Proven Goods Co for some delicious doughnut that you can’t resist. On your walk down into the Ouseburn you will come across Gingerinos Kitchen, a stone baked pizza place where you can grab a slice for lunch or indulge in a whole pizza if you fancy. Brack Burger is located within the picturesque Ouseburn Garden, complete with a shipping container bar and an American inspired diner, it is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy your food and drinks. Thali tray is another restaurant on the walk into the Ouseburn, Thali referring to the metal tray that your Indian dish is served on, you choose from the set trays or select your own dishes. The Ship Inn is a must try for all you veggies out there as it serves one of the best vegetarian and vegan menus in the city. For a very highly regarded Sunday roast, you must try the Tanners Arms which provides you with a warm welcome and a home-cooked dinner for your home away from home experience. Tyne Bar is quintessentially the heart of the Ouseburn with a fantastic setting on the river, making it the perfect spot for some pub-grub food either day or night.
Only a short walk away you will find Jesmond, which is a perfect location for students to venture to, here you will find an array of unique eateries for all different pallets. Start the day off at Arlos for a breakfast that will fill you for the day or head to Willis Café where you can eat breakfast or grab a coffee on your way into University. Cake stories is the perfect place for any cake lovers, you can enjoy an array of different home-made cakes, and these are truly to die for. As you walk further into Jesmond a you will find places like Fat Hippo Jesmond which is a fun place to stop for a casual meal out, with their signature juicy burgers which come in every combinator from beef with peanut butter to chicken with sriracha and they even do vegan versions. For all those Italian food lovers, Pizzeria Francesca has a reputation of the being one of the best in Newcastle. Easy going and budget friendly you absolutely won’t be disappointed with this choice of restaurant. The next one has to be for the meat lovers, Rio Brazilian steakhouse is a go to venue in Jesmond, with a choice of meats to eat until your heart is content, all you have to do is turn your card over to red when you are full and the meat supply will end. For all those Indian food lovers, Dabbawal Jesmond is a must go, with a sister restaurant in the city centre of Newcastle they are renowned for serving some of the best Indian food in the region. Sohe can be found at the end of Jesmond’s lively Osbourne Road, with its sumptuous décor and extensive cocktail menu, sohe serves up a filled menu of pan-asian dishes to choose from for decent prices. Finally, Holy Hobo is a spot not to be missed, located within the heart of Jesmond, it is a place for good vibes only, a place to go when you want good food, a good pint and a place where you can make yourself the most comfortable and I hear their Sunday lunches are to die for too.
Only a short walk in the other direction you will find Newcastle City Centre which is renowned for being an independent food scene with restaurants and cafes on every corner the choices are endless. Pink Lane Bakery, a local artisan bakery, with 3 sites across Newcastle is a massive hit for beautiful pastries and cakes on your way into university or stop off for lunch for one of their renowned sausage rolls, pies or pastries. The Hancock is the perfect spot for after uni, set in the centre of the city close to both universities, whether you are looking for a couple of beers, a spot of lunch or a cosy meal, this place offers it all. For all the sushi lovers out there, Sushi me rollin is the place to be, a unique space in the heart of the city with freshly rolled sushi straight from the professionals, you would be silly not to try. For the pan Asian lovers, The Muddler is the place to go, take a seat in one of their plush booths before checking out their exquisite selection of pan Asian cuisine and an array of unique cocktails exclusive to the muddler, this place is a must visit. For those looking to take in the views, Victors on the quayside is a must see, arguably one of the most instagrammable eateries in Newcastle, with a ceiling full of pink wisteria and the surroundings that will offer a very different dining experience. The menu is of American-Asian inspired dishes there is vast choice to choose from. Horticulture is also centred in the heart of the city, their company ethos and values lie within their fresh, organic and locally sourced produce throughout their whole menu. They are environmentally conscious so this goes without saying whatever choose you can eat and drink with a clear conscious.
Whether you are looking for musical events, sporting events or even cultural events, Newcastle is the city to be in. There will never be a time where there is nothing to see or take part in a as a student living in Newcastle. Only a stone’s throw away down on the Newcastle Quayside you will be able to immerse yourself into the history of the city, with endless views of the River Tyne and the seven of the region’s most famous bridges that cross the river from Newcastle over to Gateshead.
For all of the music lovers, Newcastle is fast becoming a hub for high energy, live musical festivals. Across the river on the Gateshead side there is fantastic venue called the Sage Gateshead where you can enjoy live performances and music from all across the globe. This venue is a music centre born in the North but hosts a real international profile. Pride festival in Newcastle is not to be missed, each year this grows with vibrancy, variety and good vibes. Celebrate LGBTQ+ culture with performances, events for everyone, talks and events showcasing all the colours of the rainbow. Over the years we have seen performances from Mel C, Joe McElderry, Todrick Hall and more. Loosefest is a new festival that last year took the toon by storm on the town moor. The two-day festival welcomed starts like Black Eyed Peas, Joel Curry, Sigala and much more. The Mouth of the Tyne festival is another that should not be missed, this is held at Tynemouth Priory and has seen acts such as Keane, Sophie Ellis-Bexter and much more. The Cluny, which is a stone’s, throw away from PGSV is a great location for live music and serves delicious food and drink day and evening.
For all the art fans there are the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The Baltic Centre gives a warm welcome with four floors of art to explore free of charge. From sculptural myth worlds to burning oil fields, there is something for everyone who has the creative edge to enjoy. Another place to visit is right next door to PGSV, this is called The Biscuit Factory, this is the UK’s largest independent commercial art, craft and design gallery with two decades of experience.
For the history fans among us, The Discovery Museum which is in the heart of the city highlights the important history of Newcastle and the surrounding area, whilst the Laing Art Gallery has some exquisite examples of British watercolours and paintings from the 18th to the 20th century. If you want to go back in time a little a short walk away from PGSV there is the Victoria tunnel, which is a preserved 19th century wagonway under Newcastle stretching from the Town Moor to the Tyne River. You can visit this tunnel through guided tours or through the virtual Victoria tunnel experience which you can do from the comfort of your bedroom.
In the wintertime, the Christmas market season comes to life in Newcastle. Near Greys Monument you will find a large array of market stalls spreading across the city centre. These market stalls bring together independent traders carefully chosen in order to offer artisan cheeses, homemade chutneys, jewellery and much more. Located in the centre of all this you can find mulled wine, cider or hot chocolate along with many sweet treats that you can choose from until your heart is content.
Offering one of the best student experiences in the country, Newcastle is unofficially and sometimes officially known to be the best night out in the UK for students and non-students. The city is full of quirky bars, nightclubs and haunts that you will go back to, day after day for a quiet pint.
With Portland Green Student Village being only a stone’s throw away from the local areas of the Ouseburn, Jesmond and the city centre, the places to go to are endless and there is no need for public transport or taxis as they are all within walking distance. We know budgets can be tight whilst at Uni so we have selected some great places you can visit affordably and experience the true nightlife without breaking the bank.
Only a short walk away in Jesmond you will find Spy Bar which being in the heart of Jesmond is the place to go. They host an array of different deals for students from happy hours which include push the button game with a chance of winning a free round, 2-4-1 drinks or why not head down on a Thursday and get 30% off all food and drinks from 12-9pm. Further up from Spy Bar you will find Cog and Wheel which on a Tuesday offers 2-4-1 on selected drinks which allows you to have the perfect start to your night. Following through from there you will find Holy Hobo, which is Jesmond’s first karaoke and trebs bar. They offer their famous interactive quiz nights every Wednesday along with student discounts most nights. Open till 2am everyday this is the perfect location if you don’t fancy a walk into town. Another bar just outside of the city centre is Alfie’s Bar. Only a 5-10 minute stroll away from PGSV this place really is a boogie wonderland. You go back in time as well as into the future, this is a place you will not want to leave once you enter.
In the city centre you will find the likes of the Hancock which is an essential student pub, this pub has been a go to for the student population for years now. Its huge beer garden and tellies all around it is the ideal place for a sporting event, plus the prices are fantastic for a cheap meal and pint to end the day. Soho Rooms was voted the best club in Newcastle by The Tab a couple of years ago, four floors of Soho Rooms, this really is a home away from home for any student in the city. The bar is the best place for the FAMOUS TOON TREBS in the city (a triple vodka with mixer for those who don’t know), this is the affordable, must visit student club. Tup Tup is a place for the boujee ones amongst the student population, sparklers on bottles, three rooms of different genre music. This club has lots of student nights including Jungle Thursdays and LoveDough Tuesdays and has seen its fair share of famous faces including Drake and Kanye West. Bohemia is one of the new faces within the city centre bars, it serves up all the ingredients needed for a Newcastle student night. With £3 entry and cheap drink deals all night this is the perfect place for an affordable night out. For every girls dream to dance on tables we have the perfect place, Bierkeller, where dancing on tables isn’t just tolerated but it is actually encouraged. Entry is cheaper than a meal deal and why not grab a German stein and enjoy living your dream. Flares is Newcastle’s heaven for all students, with cheap drinks, a light up dancefloor and free entry on student nights this makes the club the perfect place to let loose and sing cringey tunes that you listen to in the shower. Finally, Market Shaker located right in the centre of the famous big market, is a creative space for eating drinking and dancing. Well known by students this is the venue with discounted deals which are attractive to all of the student audience. The rustic vibes and neon signs definitely give this place the noticeable edge.
Sometimes a little bit of retail therapy is all you need to take a break from your busy student life and Newcastle is armed to satisfy all your purchasing cravings. If you’re a self-confessed shopaholic, you will love living at our Newcastle student accommodation, being just 15min way from a variety of shopping outlets on Northumberland Street, the largest shopping street in the city. From high street favourites to independent boutiques and retro antique warehouse stores, the shopping experience in the toon is one not to miss out on in the North. As a new student here, you need to know exactly what options are available to you and there’s plenty to choose from here – keep reading.
As mentioned, Northumberland Street (alongside a few other surrounding high streets and Grainger Town) is the perfect place if you are looking for high street brands and the shops that you know and love, including H&M, Primark and others. Here you will also find some lovely independent boutiques and high-end specialist stores (such as Vivienne Westwood).
Eldon Square is a great shopping centre in Newcastle within easy reach of your accommodation as a student, its one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Here you’ll find Footlocker, Lush, and Topman, amongst many restaurant and drink options including Nando’s, T.G.I Fridays and Starbucks. In the same building, you’ll find Fenwick, locally popular shopping centre spread over five floors and home to a luxury beauty hall and designer staples. If you’re looking for scope, Intu Metrocentre, offers some of the largest shopping in Europe, with a variety of stores and department stores to pick from, as well as a fully loaded food court and cinema too! Whether you’re looking to enhance your wardrobe or forgot to bring a certain essential for your new home, you’ll definitely find it there.
If you’re looking for unique bargains, the Grainger Market is the best spot for you to get lost in. This charming market hosts hundreds of stores for you to peruse inside, ranging from local food and supermarkets to arts and crafts, clothing and much more. Another lovely market, ingrained in Newcastle’s culture is Quayside Market that runs each Sunday, located along the waterfront.
If you know anything about Newcastle, you will know it’s a city in love with sport, in particular football! Passionate and full of heart, Newcastle United fans support their players through thick and thin. If you are interested in football, or sport at all, it is a truly life-changing experience to head on down to watch the boys in black and white play in the Premier League. St James’ Park catches the eye of every new resident in the city and our Newcastle student accommodation is just a short bus ride away from transporting you right into the midst of the action.
If football isn’t your cup of tea, the North East has other things to offer (we promise). This large city with plenty of parks and green spaces, you will never let you be bored! Explore the running routes along the River Tyne, and the beautiful Leazes Park and Jesmond Dene.
If you’re a keen cyclist, beginner or just enjoy the outdoors, with miles of beautiful cycle routes and hiking trails just a short hop away from the city centre, you can escape the city lights for the day with very little effort. During the warmer months, nearby beaches (which are only a short metro or bus ride away) give you an opportunity to get away from the buzz of the city to surf or simply enjoy a walk in the sunshine. For anyone with a passion for watersports, Tynemouth Surf Co is one of the coast’s top locations, with a renowned surfing school that caters for all ages and abilities; why not book yourself into a lesson and see if you’re a budding surfer after all?
Both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities also have a variety of societies and sports that you can join to keep playing your favourite sport or maybe try a new one. From competitive team sports to leisurely afternoon activities, you will find something that fits any level of fitness here.
Newcastle has a range of high-quality golf courses in the area with amazing views of the countryside so if you’re an avid golfer, you will not be disappointed either. Check out Parklands Golf Course which is a 19-minute drive away to fulfil your golfing needs.
Or perhaps the thrill of horse racing is more your thing? Newcastle Racecourse is one of the country’s busiest racecourses with over 60 fixtures a year. Home to the world-famous Northumberland Plate, a day at the races is a fantastic alternative for you and your mates when you’re craving a change from the usual night out in town. Keep an eye out for their annual blinker’s student night; it’s a bargain package deal and a night out you’ll remember for the rest of the year.
For rugby fans, you can head over to watch Newcastle Falcons and if your partial to Basketball, then the Newcastle Eagles are a must see amongst Newcastle’s football, ice hockey and rugby teams.
Badminton, Tennis and Squash fans, the Northumberland Club which was named Tennis Club of the year in 2014 is within an easy 15-minute walk from PGSV and is home to all the courts you will need to feed your habit.
Does Yoga and Meditation get you through your day to day. PGSV is linked with Yoga Therapies which is linked to our Bryson building where there are numerous classes all throughout the day that you can book onto to take the stresses away.
While living near the quirky area that is Ouseburn Valley, you’ll be close enough to the city so you can easily walk or cycle to both universities. Northumbria University is just a short 10min stroll away and only a little longer to Newcastle University. Both easily reached on foot, there are also regular public transport options available nearby.
With over 31,000 students, Northumbria University is one of the largest universities in the country, with a reputation for academic excellence, specialising in research and business-focused courses. Northumbria University was ranked in the top 50 UK Universities and awarded University of the Year in the awards 2022. Northumbria works with major employers, including Nike, IBM, Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, the BBC, and the NHS, while more than 560 employers and 60 professional bodies sponsor or accredit the University’s programmes. Located in the heart of Newcastle, it is so close to your student accommodation at Portland Green Student Village which means you do not have to wake up too early for your 9am classes. In addition, Student Central which you’ll see right after crossing the bridge over the motorway, is the place to go for advice and guidance career placements, disability and welfare issues, finance, course information, volunteering programs on offer, and study abroad potential. Being a Northumbria University student, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to integrate you into the community and help you gain new skills. The university is popular with international students looking for academic excellence and great student experience.
Newcastle University, will take you only 15min on foot to reach and is an award-winning, high-ranking university, being the founding member of The Russell Group. It is known the world over for a dedication to innovation, levels of excellence, and creative teaching. Their goals are to advance education and research and to help society tackle the many challenges it faces, including research into the Coronavirus vaccine. Contemporary course material means students learn about some of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing and start to consider how they could use their skills to impact the world in a positive way. Located right in the heart of the thriving city, Newcastle University is in a perfect location so you can enjoy the sights, shopping, nightlife, food scene and culture around your studies. With your Newcastle student accommodation just a pleasant walk away from all of this, you’ll have the best quality of life that any student could wish for. The university library is the only one in the UK to have received the Charter Mark five times, and now holds the Customer Services Excellence award and The Students’ Union is right at the heart of campus, ensuring that there is always something happening, people to meet, things to do and see, no matter what time of day or night you arrive. Inside you’ll find the newly refurbished Luther’s Bar, as well as a variety of food and shopping hangouts, including NUSU shop, Subway and more. Plenty of club nights each week, gigs and society events are on offer round all year too! There are well over 200 societies and sports clubs you can choose from and over 150 volunteer projects to help you add to your CV and develop your skills and employability profile.
We understand that moving away from home for University is sometimes a challenge so to make it a little easier we want to give you all the information you may need for your time with us. Here are 7 handy things you may need whilst you are living in Newcastle for University: