Northumbria University

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Combining busy, buzzing city centre buildings with green and leafy suburban campus life, Northumbria University has it all. The university’s roots are in the late nineteenth century, when three regional technical, art and commerce colleges were founded. These combined to form Newcastle Polytechnic, before becoming Northumbria University in 1992. To this day, the university continues to offer a wide range of career building courses. In fact, you’ll find 30 of the UK's 32 most frequently chosen academic disciplines here. So, whether business and law or arts and design, engineering or health is your thing, you’ll find a subject to pique your interest at Northumbria. Previous students have included musician Sting and rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson. With an excellent Students’ Union, some buzzing bars and music venues, and a great range of sports facilities, expect a vibrant and varied student life.

Northumbria University

Northumbria University


Top tip

Need to get between City East or West and Coach Lane? A free shuttle bus scheme runs between the two campuses every 8-10 minutes. Students and staff can use the Stagecoach Number 1 bus for free by showing their valid Northumbria University smartcard. This works when hopping on the bus at four bus stops: Civic Centre (Sandyford), Portland Road, Warwick Street and Coach Lane Campus West. Depending on the time of day, the bus will stop either inside Coach Lane Campus or just outside.


Near Northumbria University

If you’re at the City Campus, you’ll find lots of things to see and do in the nearby area. Whatever mood you’re in, head to the Quayside to get a great view of the city. Wander along the river or take a boat trip. Explore all that the cultural quarter has to offer or see what bargains you can pick up at the market. It’s no wonder this is Newcastle’s go-to destination. Want to have the perfect end to your day of sightseeing? Settle into a riverside bar to enjoy some food and drinks while you watch the sun go down over the Millennium Bridge and the River Tyne.

And whether you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of music and sporting stars or learn career building knowledge and skills, find out how Northumbria University can help with our quick guide. Want to check out an open day or visit a student? You’ll find a Premier Inn near to campus that will get your trip off to a great start. In fact, our Newcastle City Centre (New Bridge Street) hotel is just a five minute walk away from the City Campus.


Facilities

With two great campuses to choose from, Northumbria University has plenty of facilities on offer. Discover what you’ll find on each campus and other useful information here.

Northumbria’s autumn term starts in early September and finishes mid-December. During the spring, term starts early January and finishes at the end of March. The summer term then begins mid-April and finishes at the end of May.

The university hosts undergraduate and postgraduate campus open days throughout the year to give you a chance to find out about the subjects that are taught and teaching facilities that are on offer. If you have any questions before your visit, you can contact general enquiries on 0191 232 6002.

The university has two campuses: City Campus in the centre of Newcastle, and Coach Lane, three miles away in the leafy suburbs.
City Campus is split into two. East is home to the Schools of Law, Design and Business, while the West has the Schools of Arts & Social Sciences, Built & Natural Environment, Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences and Life Sciences. You’ll also find the library, Students' Union and Sport Central on this campus.

Coach Lane Campus is home to the School of Health, Community and Education, as well as its own Students' Union and sports facilities, including a gym, indoor courts and outdoor pitches.

Northumbria University aims to provide full access to every student and visitor. Whether you have mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties or health issue, you will be able to use the campus facilities without a problem.

The university has set up a Disability Support Team who are on hand to ensure that everyone feels welcome and assisted.
If you have any special requirements due to a disability, it’s best to contact the team on 0191 227 3849 ahead of your trip to either campus. This ensures that arrangements are made in advance and your visit goes smoothly.


Eating and drinking

Looking to have a bite to eat or a relaxing drink? There are plenty of options on campus.

Whether you’re at City Campus or Coach Lane, you’ll find busy bars and cracking canteens ready to offer you some delicious food.
If you’re at City Campus West, there are two great choices. Castles and Taste Northumbria. Castles is a light and bright canteen offering an ever-changing menu. From hot or cold breakfasts to hearty soups, salads and sandwiches, this is a great place to sit down to a meal or grab and go. Taste Northumbria is a modern food outlet serving excellent coffee and unique tastes from around the globe. At City Campus East and feeling peckish? Take a trip to the CCE restaurant, deli and coffee shop for a menu packed with delicious meals and tasty snacks every day of the week.There are less options near to the Coach Lane Campus, but don’t worry, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Foragers. This canteen offers a noodle bar, salad bar and rotisserie grill, as well as fresh dough pizzas, to name just a few options.

Want to take a break from the library or relax after an open day tour? You’ll find plenty of places where you can sit back and sip a drink near campus.

If you’re at the City Campus, you can choose from Habita or Reds. Habita is a relaxed, award winning cocktail bar with great value drinks and an excellent menu. With big screen sport, karaoke, laid back acoustic performances and quizzes, you’ll find lots to keep you entertained at this bar. Head to Reds for excellent drinks deals, theme nights and gigs. And if you really want to live it up, why not reserve the curtained off VIP area? Domain is the Student’s Union’s biggest venue and has hosted some great gigs, as well as student events and fashion shows. Recent stars who have graced the stage have included Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre and London Grammar. Head to its sleek and stylish bar and have a few drinks before your event begins.


Getting to Northumbria University

With campuses in the city centre and suburbs, you’ll find lots of different transport options to take you to Northumbria University.

By car
The University has parking spaces available for use by members of staff, students and visitors, but this requires a permit. To book a visitor parking space, contact the university at least 48 hours prior to your visit. There are also plenty of pay and display and car parking options nearby.

By bus
There are plenty of bus routes running through Newcastle city centre so if you jump off most buses you’ll have a short walk to the City Campus. For Coach Lane, hop on the Number 1 bus at the Central Station or the Civic Centre (near City Campus) and you’ll be in the suburbs in no time.

By train
Newcastle Train Station is located in the city centre, 15 minutes’ walk away from City Campus. A taxi rank and Metro at the station can take you to the campuses. The nearest Metro Station for City Campus is Haymarket and for Coach Lane is Four Lane.


Looking for a hotel in Newcastle?

We have a huge range of fantastic hotels in the North East for the business and leisure traveller. If you're on business, check into our airport hotels. We also have a range of hotels ideally located for a weekend break away. Plus, there are hotels near Newcastle University and a collection of budget hotels for the price conscious  Whichever part of Newcastle you’re planning to visit, you’ll find a selection of comfortable Premier Inn hotels nearby.