Living in Newcastle – A Guide to Moving to Tyne & Wear

Living in Newcastle – A Guide to Moving to Tyne & Wear

Are you considering living in Newcastle?

Newcastle is a very famous city, both within the UK and across the world!

Presenting locals with a range of fantastic amenities alongside a truly unique sense of community, Newcastle is the perfect choice for many buyers.

Relocating to a new city is never a straightforward assignment.

There are various factors you will need to take into account before you move.

If you are moving to a totally new area this can become even more challenging!

Prior to moving, it is important to collect as much understanding of an area as you can.

White and Company are here to help those considering moving to Newcastle!

In this article, we aim to provide you with a thorough guide packed with helpful tips for those thinking of relocating to Newcastle.

Covering everything from the cost of buying a home in the area to the weather you can expect when living in the city, we aim to give you a comprehensive guide to moving to the city.

If you are thinking of moving to Newcastle, here is our moving guide to the Tyne & Wear.

Cost of Buying a Home in Newcastle

Newcastle Houses

Newcastle Houses are very reasonably priced compared to other parts of the UK. Image credit: Pixabay

Newcastle is a city which has been revolutionised over the past 10 years or so.

Its thriving population which is growing annually is fuelling both its economy and housing market.

The incessant student numbers flooding into universities within Tyne & Wear have pushed up demands for buy-to-let property as well, so investors are also vying for the best properties.

With huge projects such as “Newcastle Helix” well underway, which among other things include a £250 million urban village regeneration, ever more people are attracted to this incredible city.

For buyers thinking of calling Newcastle home, the current average asking price is £259,588, which for the area is expensive, making Newcastle one of the pricier locations in Tyne & Wear.

However, to put this into perspective, compared to London where properties average at £736,270, homes in the centre of Newcastle are far cheaper!

As a general guide to prices, terraced properties made up the majority of sales in Newcastle Upon Tyne during the last year, selling for an average price of £204,256.

Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £231,497, with detached properties fetching £533,280. (according to Zoopla).

Clearly, moving to Newcastle is a strong choice for a variety of buyers!

Cost of Renting in Newcastle

It is common for people to rent a home at some point in their life, and it comes with both pros and cons.

Renting makes it possible to explore and discover exactly where the best place is for you to buy a home in the long run when you relocate to a new area.

Newcastle ensures that prospective tenants have a diverse choice of rental properties, this is ideal since everyone’s circumstances differ.

Currently, there are 887 properties on the rental market across the city with an average rental cost of £1,298pcm.
Of course, the most widely available type of property is in the student market.
There are lots of single rooms or shares advertised.

For a single room, there are currently 97 properties available with an average rent of £855pcm.

For those who require a 3-bed family home, you can expect to pay an average of £1,263pcm.

Renting has become an increasingly popular choice for many people moving to Newcastle as well as the whole UK.

It is no surprise that as this popularity increases the cost of renting is also rising.

If you are considering renting in the area be sure to stay up to date with the latest news, including the average price per month!

Cost of Living in Newcastle

Cost of living Newcastle

You may be surprised by the cost of living in Newcastle. Image credit: Pexels

Living in the UK today is more expensive than ever before.

Many people are moving away from our cities in search of better value for money regarding property, which in turn leaves more surplus cash to spend on food and entertainment every month.

In order to maintain control over your finances, budgeting is essential.

Having a good understanding of what you’re spending will enable you to cut back where necessary.

The local purchasing power is far better for those in Newcastle than many of our larger cities such as London, Edinburgh, or Birmingham; by as much as 50% according to Numbeo.

Other areas where you will save are eating out (25.8% cheaper) and rental costs (58.1% cheaper) are significantly lower in Newcastle.

If you are not able to walk or cycle to work or university, you will have to pay for your transportation costs.

Again, cheaper in Newcastle than London.

Savvy residents will opt to purchase a monthly travel ticket.

Depending on the zone you live in, it will cost from £65.11.
It is also permitted on busses, trains and the metro.

Cities across the UK are now operating the rent-a-bike or electric scooter system, both of which are great ways to get around without costing a fortune.

Shopping for food offers many cost-saving opportunities; buy one get one free offer, half-price weekly deals offered by most supermarkets these days, and shopping late in the day when many items are reduced all contribute to saving money.

If you shop at low-cost retailers such as Lidl, Aldi and Iceland, you’ll save money.

How to Save Money

Here are some great things to do in Newcastle which are totally free:

There are many more ways to have a good time without it affecting your monthly spending.

  • Walking in the many parks dotted throughout the city.
  • Newcastle Quayside is perfect for a city centre stroll.
  • Check out the famous local bridges and listen to the buskers, some are excellent musicians.
  • Watch the Millennium Bridge ‘blink’ and browse the nearby Sunday Market.

Your monthly budget can be slashed by shrewd planning and clever thinking.

Education in Newcastle

Schools in Newcastle

There are some excellent schools in Newcastle. Image credit: Unsplash

Newcastle has a wide selection of schools for your children to choose from.

There are 74 primary schools in the district, 20 secondary schools, 13 LEA-funded schools and 7 independent schools, so making the right choice will most likely determine where you live within the area.

It is not difficult to find good state schools when living in Newcastle.

With ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted, Westgate Hill Primary Academy, Bailey Green Primary School, and Benton Dene Primary School really stand out.

There are a large number of state secondary schools that perform well, and students obtain good GCSE results.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Gateshead is one of the most prestigious high schools in the country.

As a Beacon Status college, Newcastle College is the largest general further education college in the North East.

The Newcastle area also has two smaller colleges, as well as the Newcastle Sixth Form College, which sends almost 300 students annually to the university.

Newcastle University and Northumbria University are two very popular universities in the city.

They are both public research universities with a wide variety of degree and higher degree programs.

It is estimated that they educate over 54,000 students between them.

Shopping in Newcastle

Newcastle Shopping

There are some great shopping options in Newcastle. Image credit: Envato Elements

The retail scene in Newcastle is one of the country’s best.

Shopping in the compact city centre is ideal and you’ll discover some of the city’s most architecturally appealing buildings as a bonus.

Northumberland Street is home to Fenwick’s, an impressive department store full of luxurious goods including handbags, shoes, perfume, jewellery, clothing, and high-end homewares.

Several malls can be found throughout the city. TK Maxx, Evans, Toni & Guy, and Body Shop are some of the stores you can find at Monument Mall, a four-story shopping arcade located directly above Monument Metro Station.

There are over 150 shops across two floors at Eldon Square shopping centre. Along with the large range of shops and eateries, there are also popular stores such as John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

Grainger Market was founded in 1835 and is popular among locals. The market is home to many traders selling a variety of goods, including fresh fruit and vegetables as well as meat.

Located just off the A19, Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre is just outside the central area. You will find everything you need and plenty more while saving money with 60 different vendors (and over 200 designers).

For something a little different, visit Fern Avenue Antiques Centre. Unique furniture, trinkets, and textiles from local designers and suppliers are available here, great for that one-off gift.

It is fair to say that no matter what it is you are shopping for Newcastle’s fantastic selection of independent and high-street offerings means you will not go home empty-handed.

Weather in Newcastle

Newcastle’s climate can be quite unpredictable.

The summer is relatively mild with temperatures seldom surpassing 21˚C.

It is likely that temperatures will not exceed 2 degrees celsius in the winter.

When moving to Newcastle, always bring some warm winter clothes!

You will certainly need your warm winter jumpers and coats!

Transport in Newcastle

Newcastle Station

Newcastle Station. Image credit: Unsplash

Newcastle also ensures excellent connections across the region.

In addition to England, these links extend into Scotland as well.

Newcastle’s connectivity makes it an attractive place to live.

From Newcastle Station, you can reach Edinburgh, London King’s Cross, Plymouth, Reading, and Southampton.

It goes without saying that Newcastle provides you with rail connections to all corners of the country.

Newcastle to London takes around three hours, while Edinburgh is approximately 90 minutes away.

There is an excellent local service provided by Newcastle’s Metro.

Travelling around the city is particularly easy thanks to the Metro.

Residing in Newcastle also ensures locals are well connected to various local A roads.

The nearby A1 connects to Edinburgh to the north and with London to the south.

The A19 runs south past Sunderland and Middlesbrough, connecting Newcastle with  York.

Newcastle is also home to its own airport!

Newcastle Airport is the biggest in the whole of the northeast.

It connects residents in Newcastle with  80 different destinations.

Clearly, living in Newcastle ensures you are well-connected!

Ready to Start Living in Newcastle?

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Have you decided to move to Newcastle?

This lively city certainly has heaps to offer, ensuring that life in Newcastle will appeal to many different people.

Newcastle offers its locals a wide range of outstanding property types, some outstanding activities to indulge in, top schools and some very good shopping spots.

If you are thinking of living in Newcastle and have found your dream home, we are here to help you get moving.

You can start planning your move with the assistance of our Cardiff Removals service from White & Company today.

White & Company are also happy to offer our new video survey service.

During these unprecedented times, we can safely conduct remote removals surveys.

We can gather all the relevant information for your move from the comfort of your own home.

So, fill out a quick quote form to see how we can get your dream move to Newcastle in the works.

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