Where can I find information about inclusive/ cultural/ ethnic societies?
Head to the NUSU website! You will be able to meet societies at the society fair when you arrive, you will be able to join then too
Where can I get ethnic food?
Newcastle has various places you can get Arab/ Asian/ Afro- Caribbean food but Westgate road is the best place to find the food you want.
Is it difficult to find friends at University?
Finding your friendship group can seem difficult. However, the university has facilities in place to make this as easy as possible. For example, societies, sports and fresher’s week are all there to help you interact with others and settle in. Furthermore, as you will be seeing your flat mates pretty much every day, they are usually student’s first friendship group.
Are there any African-Caribbean barbers in Newcastle?
You can find quite a few up Westgate Road, leading onto an area called Fenham. The African-Caribbean Society is very good at giving recommendations.
Where can I buy halal meat in Newcastle?
The closest halal butchers are found on Stanhope Street, just a bit further from Iceland. There is also a green grocer called Hutchinson’s which is good for price and sells some African-Caribbean and South Asian fruits and veg.
Where can I buy South Asian spices?
You may find some spices in the international section of supermarkets, but I highly recommend Najeb Continental Supermarket. They have an extensive selection and are a good price for the amount you get.
Is it worth the money to buy a Fresher's wristband?
The wristband is a significant investment but can be more than worth the price of entry if you take advantage of the activities and events laid on by the Union. This may mean that courses with higher workloads (e.g. Medicine) may have to get creative with their week's timetable to commit to some activities, but this year there is a really varied amount of daytime, evening and night-time activities and events which you can fit around your schedule. The amazing quality of experiences (including free food crawls, nights out, paintballing etc) and the opportunity to make new friends really is worth the price of the wristband.
How do you keep on top of university work?
For the first few weeks of university, the workload will not be huge so students can settle down and get used to the university life. As you gradually go towards the end of semester one, you should make sure you manage your time and workload properly – do not leave your assignments till the last minute as you will struggle to complete them all. It is also recommended to attend all classes and lectures as they will definitely help and prepare you for assignments and exams. The University and its staff provides a lot of help and support to students and lecturers reply to student emails in good time. There is definitely enough free time for students to socialise, relax and to enjoy their hobbies.
Make sure you give yourself enough space and time away from your work so you can destress and unwind.
I’m moving to Newcastle from a different country. Should I buy everything I need over in Newcastle?
Lots of companies have the facility for you to send boxes of your stuff over to your new destination, for a reasonable price. I did this myself and had a really positive experience. It also helps to buy kitchen/bedroom essentials in Newcastle- there are lots of stores like Wilko /Primark that sell everything you will need from kitchen utensils to bedroom decorations for a great price!
Do I have to buy the Freshers wristband for Freshers?
You absolutely don’t have to buy the wristband but it’s great if you want to try lots of new things or get stuck right in, but there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet new people as the academic year begins. Come along to the Freshers' Fair where you can meet clubs and societies, get involved in our volunteering projects and come along to events we run through the Students' Union throughout the year.
Can I still make friends if I don’t drink?
Alcohol should never be a reason why you do or don’t make friends! Everyone at Newcastle is very accepting and it’s becoming increasingly popular to not drink so it’s really easy to have fun without it! There’s even a society devoted to sobriety with regular sober activities, and plenty of things to do in the city other than clubbing.
How do I join societies?
During freshers’ week there is a freshers’ fair on campus (23rd & 24th September in Veune), where clubs and societies will have a stand where you can sign up for anything that takes your fancy. Join as much as you can, you’re not committing to anything straight away and it’s a great way to make friends! A full list of societies is available on the NUSU (Newcastle University Students’ Union) website, and on the Newcastle University app.
How do I find my way around?
The Newcastle University app has a map, as well as building maps being available online. There are signposts all over campus which can also point you in the right direction if you’re a bit lost, and don’t hesitate to ask someone if you’re struggling. Most people will help to point you in the right direction!
What is the best way to make friends with my flatmates?
Communication! Speaking, and listening, to each other is key. Being able to have conversations and finding out all about them in the first few days of being around each other will be vital to ensuring you get on well with them. Unless you know other people at the university, your flatmates will be your first real friends in the city and that is a strong bond. Find out what they’re interested in, let them know what you’re interested in, and find some things in common! Playing games and going on trips together is a way of spending time with your flatmates and making friends. You could even ask them if they wanted to go to the fresher’s fair with you, and other fresher’s activities.
Are there any inclusive clubs or societies I can join?
I would definitely say have a look on the NUSU website to see what’s on offer, there’s such a range of inclusive clubs and societies to appeal to everyone. I found attending ACS (Afro-Caribbean Society) events a great way to meet and socialise with other BAME students, and a massive help when it came to things like finding black hair shops/hairdressers in the area.
Is the fresher’s Wristband worth it?
If you consider that the combined price of every activity on offer that week is a lot more that the price of the wristband, then yes on the outset it is a good discount. However, it is worth considering that a lot of these daytime activities have to be signed up for in the morning as they have limited spaces so if you’ve gone hard the night before,make sure you get there early (or sign up for an event the night before). Aside from the core Freshers' events that you need to purchase a wristband for, we have lots of free Early Arrivals events and activities which you can come along to. You can also come along to Freshers' Fair without a wristband to sign up for clubs and societies during the week.
Where can I buy Plantain?
The International Home Foods store on Westgate road of course! It also sells other home delights, so you can eat indomie to your heart’s content. Grainger market also has a few hidden spots for fresh fruit and veg as well, lots of plantain included!
Where can I buy hair attachments and extensions?
Hair City in the city centre near Eldon Square (the big Tesco side) is probably your best, most local bet.
How diverse is Newcastle really?
To be honest not very when you compare it with other cities such as Manchester, Leicester and need I say it London. However, all is not doom and gloom, the diversity in Newcastle within two years has grown. And even without this, community is an intrinsic part of this city, so despite the lack in diversity, you can find your people.
Will I be able to cope with being independent?
The rate at which you become independent is matched with your University progression, so you'll take on levels of independence that you can handle. If you embrace this freedom, it will be an experience that will ultimately help fulfil your potential and prepare you for graduate life.
Do I have to buy all the recommended textbooks?
Often, the fantastic University libraries and online publications, will have all the knowledge you require. You will also find multiple copies of most course books in the library. However, if you are adamant on buying, then loan the book first, judge its utility and then purchase.