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Neighbourhood Guide: Ouseburn

By Vladislava, Student Content Creator
Image of graffiti in the Ouseburn Garden

Looking for a vibrant and affordable area to live in? Ouseburn should be at the top of your list! With quirky street art and the location just 15 minutes from the main campus, it's a great alternative place to live than the city centre. 

I'm Vlad, an international student who has found the perfect place to live in Ouseburn. I'm here to tell you why it has become one of my favourite parts of Newcastle and how living there can enhance your student experience!

What sort of accommodation is available?

As a popular student area, Ouseburn has an abundance of student accommodations to choose from. If you want to embrace a real uni life, student villages would be a way to go. Many of them offer studios in case you want to settle by yourself but still be a part of the community or if you want to vibe with your friends then a 4 to 7-person flat can be your go-to! 

What are the transport links like?

Honestly, there’s no need for public transport! Everything is a walking distance and even if you sleep in for your 9 o’clock class, heading off at 8:45 would be enough for you to make it on time.  

However, if you want to use public transport, you have two options: bus (number 1) or metro. A 5-minute walk from the main accommodation area, you can reach Monument (city centre) station from Manors station in less than 10 minutes. 

How long does it take to walk to Haymarket?

Ouseburn is ideally located within walking distance of the city centre, so it shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to get there! 

Are there good cycle routes towards Haymarket?

Ouseburn is a quiet area with no busy traffic and a few cycle paths, making it ideal for cycling. You'll feel safe on the road and save a lot of time (and money) as it takes a maximum of 10 minutes to get to Haymarket. (It can turn into a nice outdoor exercise to get you ready for the day, which I absolutely love!) 

Is there parking available? Do I need a permit?

Some properties offer indoor parking, but there are also places where you can park outside without a permit. However, it's worth checking as some places may have parking restrictions. 

Are there amenities nearby (i.e. supermarkets)?

On the main road you'll find everything you need, from Tesco for groceries to Subway for lunch. If you need a pharmacy, it's just on the other side of the road. 

How about places to go out for food and drinks?     


Whatever you fancy you can find it in Ouseburn. Local coffee shops/delis such as Ernie, Northern Rye Bakery or authentic Italian ice cream at Di Meo’s Riverside are the perfect places to get a treat. If you’re craving a Sunday roast, there's Ship Inn (the whole menu is vegan!), Scranners Arms, or The Tyne Bar, which offers tasty and affordable meals for under £10.  

Is there anything else unique about this area?

Glass painting workshop at Flaura Rose

In Ouseburn you will find many places where you can escape the daily routine. Located near the Quayside, it allows you to go for a leisurely jog along the river, meet friends outside in the evening to admire the graffiti or just have a picnic in the park. 

If you want to experience something new, local business owners usually organise events such as glass painting, ceramic experiences or something for the more adventurous people - goat walk with Ouseburn Farm. Then there's the Ouseburn Market and the Ouseburn Open Studios, too. Also, the local food and drink gems with outdoor seating are perfect when you want to enjoy sunny Newcastle and spoil yourself with indulgent goodies! 



By Vladislava, a second year International Business student and Student Content Creator


Find out more about other areas to live in and around Newcastle by reading our Jesmond and Heaton Neighbourhood Guides,