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University Facilities You Should Explore This Academic Year

Newcastle University is full of different facilities and activities dedicated to students. We wanted to highlight some of the University facilities you can explore. Whether you’re looking for social events or a quiet study space, there are spaces suited for your needs.

Students’ Union



The Students’ Union is a great place to start when looking for events and resources focused on the social side of university life. Societies are a great place to meet likeminded students or make friends with people you previously wouldn’t have had the chance to meet. There are over 180 student-run societies so you are guaranteed to find one that sparks your interest.






The Students’ Union also offers a range of different volunteering opportunities from one-off projects to community projects. You can get involved in university led community projects like into Schools and N.E.S.T or explore external opportunities with over 150 charities. If you do not find the volunteering project you are interested in, there is a grant scheme to help set up new volunteering projects. You can read more about current projects and sign up to the newsletter here.




Give it a go

Give It A Go (GIAG) is the Students’ Union’s activities programme for all students and staff. It offers a range of activities allowing you to try new things or explore the city. Some examples of activities offered include surf lessons, trips around the country, food socials and much more. Find out more about the upcoming activities by registering here.









The Sport and Fitness Centre offers great facilities for training or play. There are halls and courts offered for your favourite indoor sports like basketball and handball. Studio spaces are also available for yoga or spin classes. The versatile indoor facilities are great for all fitness levels.







With the sports centre membership, members can also enjoy outdoor facilities located in various points throughout the city. Some examples of sports offered include rugby, football and rowing.







The university’s open plan gym includes lifting platforms, cardio or strength training zones and the latest equipment for students and staff. You can also check availability and book sessions through the free Newcastle University Sport app.






Language Resource Centre


Learn a language

The Language Resource Centre offers different kinds of free support for students wanting to learn a foreign language. It includes resources for over 100 languages, provides access to multimedia materials and interactive software to help with speaking practice. You can book an induction session here to find out more about the services that are being offered.






University wide language programme

In partnership with the Language Resource Centre, the University-Wide Language Programme (UWLP) is offered by the School of Modern Languages. It allows you to take language modules which are worth 10 credits and will be recognised as extra credit on your transcript. You can read more about the programme by accessing the handbook here.






Peer-assisted learning

Led by native-level speaking students, there are a variety of language practice sessions intended to help you practice your language skills in a relaxed and informal environment. These can range from conversation groups to 1-to-1 sessions depending on what you find more comfortable.








Philip Robinson

The Philip Robinson Library is the main campus library with resources for all subjects except medicine and law. It has over 1,680 study spaces and over 420 desktop PCs. The library also offers bookable group study rooms for any group work you might carry out throughout your studies.






Marjorie Robinson

The Marjorie Robinson Library is a truly digital library with a focus on study spaces. It has over 760 study spaces and over 260 desktop PCs. It also includes a Chatterbox room for video conferences.





Walton Library

The Walton Library is situated in the Medical School and it includes resources for the Medical Sciences faculty. There are over 590 study spaces and 120 desktop PCs.







Law Library

The Law Library is located in the Law School and provides resources specific to those engaged in Law-related modules. The business school has programmes offering modules in Law which would be held in the Law School. The library has over 160 study spaces and 20 cluster PCs.






Creative Spaces


Hatton art gallery

The Hatton Art Gallery is the University gallery with a diverse collection of over 3,000 works from the 14th – 20th centuries. The gallery works closely with Newcastle University art students to exhibit their work. Find out more about the current exhibitions here.






Northern Stage

Northern Stage is located just opposite the Students’ Union. It is a 700 seat theatre offering workshops and performances. It is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England with strong connection to its history. Explore the show guide here.






We hope you got a flavour of some of the facilities offered at Newcastle University. You can read more about the range of award-winning facilities here.

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