A University Student’s Mini Guide to Gosforth

Gosforth is a great choice for students to live in during their time at university.

Following on from our mini guides for Jesmond, Heaton and Sandyford – we now bring you a student’s guide to everything you need to know about Gosforth!

Gosforth is a suburb of Newcastle that is located just north of Jesmond and Heaton. It’s a popular area to live in for families, young professionals and students. Gosforth is always classed as a fairly sought-after area to live in, due to its vibrant atmosphere, nice setting and great location. If you are wanting to experience a sub urban area of the North East whilst still being within close proximity of the hustle and bustle of the city centre, then Gosforth may be an area you want to consider looking at.

Student Accommodation

Whilst the number of students living in Gosforth may be lower compared to some of the other areas, there are still different living options available to suit all students. Bowsden Court, one of Newcastle University’s official student halls, is located in South Gosforth and is just a couple of miles from the main campus.

There are more options available in terms of student lettings, with shared housing ranging from 2 to 7 bedrooms. From traditional houses to converted maisonettes, there are property options to suit everyone in Gosforth.

Getting Around

South Gosforth Metro Station

One of the big attractions about Gosforth is how well connected it is. There are two main Metro stations: South Gosforth and Regent Centre, which provide you with easy access to the whole of the North East! Located just a few Metro stops from the city centre and only one or two stops away from Jesmond, Gosforth is well connected to the university campuses and other student hubs.

In addition to the Metro, there are plenty of bus routes that travel through Gosforth, and taxis are always available. For those feeling more active, the walk to town from Gosforth is around two and a half miles, which can give you a good opportunity to get your daily exercise!

Bars and Pubs

Gosforth has a fantastic selection of bars and pubs and provides students with a great night out alternative if you don’t fancy a trip to town.

The Brandling Arms is a lively traditional style pub that hosts regular quiz nights and serves top quality food. There’s also a spacious outdoor area which is ideal for summertime. Other good options include Barca art Bar, The Brandling Villa and the Victory. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Barluga is unique bar and restaurant that is located in an old chapel which makes for an interesting atmosphere.

Of course, if you’re wanting to extend the night out, Jesmond is within walking distance and the city centre is only a short journey away!


Gosforth High Street is filled with restaurants that serve all different kinds of food. If it’s Italian food you’re into, Adriano’s and Casa San Lorenzo are two top choices. If you’re looking for more spice, you can try the Indian style food at Ahad Tandoori or New New Bengal. There’s even an exotic Lebanese restaurant in the form of The Bake One if you fancy trying something a bit different. With a large variety of speciality restaurants available in Gosforth, you’ll never be stuck for places to eat.


In terms of grocery shopping, you’re really spoilt for choice in Gosforth. There is an Asda Superstore located right next to the Regent Centre Metro station which can supply all your household needs, with a Marks and Spencer and Sainsburys just further down the main road.

There’s also plenty of other smaller supermarkets and convenience shops dotted around, meaning you’ll always be able to get hold of essentials with ease. Of course, if you’re wanting to shop for clothing and the like, Newcastle City Centre is only a short distance away.

Should I Choose Gosforth?

If you’re looking for an area that is quieter than the City Centre and Jesmond but still has local character and things to do, then Gosforth may be the ideal area for you to live. If possible, it’s usually a good idea to go and visit all the places you are considering moving to before making your final decision.

However, with plenty of things to do, places to visit and an ideal location, it’s easy to see why Gosforth is a popular choice amongst both students and locals. If you’re wanting to look at property’s in Gosforth, it’s a good idea to get searching as early as possible, as places tend to go fairly quickly!


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