Once any student has secured a place at university, the next question always relates to accommodation. Typically, any university city will have a mix of full board student halls, self-catering halls or houses owned by the university and private rentals specifically for the student market.
Newcastle is no different, with many agencies and landlords offering properties of all sizes. A private student accommodation specialist such as Findspace is a good option for students looking for shared housing without the hassle – although their services are popular so it’s best to start looking early.
The market for shared student accommodation in Newcastle has developed in the last 20 years from individual landlords working with the university in their town or city to a model much closer to standard lettings agencies for private rentals. In Newcastle, the main areas for student housing are Shieldfield, Jesmond, Sandyford and Heaton, although students also congregate in the Arthur’s Hill area of Fenham and close to the medical school in Spital Tongues. Findspace specialises in student housing in the NE2 and NE6 areas of the city, and does not offer flats. There is no shortage of typical 2-3 bedroom Tyneside flats in areas like Arthur’s Hill, but shared student accommodation has moved on from the days of run down properties and bad conversions.
Many of the most popular areas are within walking distance of both the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the University of Northumbria. Further out, locations are easily accessible via the Metro or buses.
These days, students’ expectations are somewhat higher than in the past. Findspace’s houses all come with large plasma TVs, double glazed windows, central heating, double beds in every bedroom, security and fire alarms and next-day repairs. Gone are the days of mattresses on bricks, freezing rooms heated only by a small electric blower heater and sticky lino on the kitchen floor.
Rents through Findspace start from £65 per person per week (£80 per person per week inclusive of bills) which is amazingly good value when compared with the exorbitant prices charged by some private landlords for far inferior living conditions. The living arrangements mean that each student has their own room within the shared accommodation as well as being able to take advantage of the communal areas.
Agency and landlord fees and terms vary, but Findspace does not require upfront rent or fees, just a low deposit.
Of course, people have different requirements, and some students may prefer to live in halls or University-owned accommodation. But these days, the variety of shared student accommodation in Newcastle means that the choice is so much wider.