Living and working in Newcastle offers the best of both worlds - a buzzing city centre with a tranquil coast and breath-taking countryside all on your doorstep. But they always say it is the people that make a place – and this is certainly true in Newcastle.
Geordies are world-renowned for their warmth and friendliness and a recent survey by the European Commission (February 2016) voted Newcastle the happiest place in the UK and 10th in Europe.
Cost of living
When it comes to residential properties, house prices in the North East are 47% less than the UK average, and you will find a wide range of properties and locations to choose from. From contemporary city-centre apartments with a stunning riverside view and affordable Tyneside flats in popular areas for young professionals, to traditional village locations or family-friendly seaside towns - all within an easy commute of Newcastle city centre.
Schools and Education
In addition to the region’s five universities, Newcastle has an excellent further education college with Gateshead College located just across the river, as well as a wide range of state and private schools to choose from. Our state schools are achieving results in line with the national average and our private schools are highly regarded with several rated in the UK’s Top 100.
Quality of Life
Newcastle has undergone a cultural regeneration over the past 20 years, creating the stunning cityscape you see today and seeing an influx of theatres, music venues, museums and galleries, underpinned by a year-round programme of festivals and events. Europe’s largest shopping and leisure complex, intu Metrocentre, is just a stone’s throw from the city centre and Newcastle sporting culture won’t go unnoticed. We don’t just stop at football, whether it’s rugby, basketball, cricket, horse racing or golf, there’s plenty of live action to enjoy.
The North East is renowned for its excellent healthcare provision providing better care, clinical excellence and access to specialist services. Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the UK’s top 10 performing trusts, one of the largest in England and with more specialist services than any other. It is committed to investing in facilities that will further improve care with a £300m transformation programme in delivery.