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QS Best Student Cities ranking: =57th

Newcastle (or Newcastle-upon-Tyne), the largest city in north-east England is diverse, vibrant and welcoming. Named after the Norman castle of the city center, the city’s history spans from the Roman period to its time as an important industrial center for coalmining, engineering and shipping during the 19th century. Newcastle’s aptitude for engineering continues to this day, with award-winning structures such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

The thriving cultural hub of the Quayside (the banks of the River Tyne) is home to many restaurants, bars, night clubs and public spaces, combining the best of the city and nearby town Gateshead. The city also annually hosts the world's largest half marathon, the Great North Run. Residents from Newcastle and the surrounding area are dubbed ‘Geordies’, as is the distinctive local dialect, which is the closest language to 1,500-year-old Anglo-Saxon left in England.

Three universities featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 are located in or close to Newcastle. These include the nearby Durham University – about a half hour drive away – which is ranked joint 78th in the world and is a member of the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ (an association of leading research universities).

Right in the heart of Newcastle city center, and in close proximity to one another, are Newcastle University and Northumbria University at Newcastle – both of which also feature in the world university rankings.

Newcastle achieves a very high score (21st) in the Student Mix indicator of the QS Best Student Cities ranking, thanks to its large student population and high percentage of international enrolments, making for a multicultural student experience.

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Durham University (joint 78th)



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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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This is an English City, so it's City Centre, not City Center, which is a horrible Americanism. Newcastle University is also a Russell Group member, not only that, it was one of the founding universities of the Russell Group back in 1994, Durham University, however, did not join the Russell Group until 2012. Additionally, Durham University is, as the name suggests, situated in the City of Durham, so why it's being featured in the review of Newcastle I don't know, the City of Newcastle upon Tyne is wholly different to the City of Durham...

Hi Ryan. Thanks for your comment. We use US English spellings across the website, which is why we've used the 'center' spelling here. I understand it seems strange to include Durham University as part of Newcastle. This is due to the fact that when assessing cities for inclusion in the Best Student Cities index we have drawn on the wider area in order to identify major hubs of academic excellence. You can find out more about the methodology used for the 2016 edition here.