Moving to Newcastle – everything you need to know, from where to drink an awesome coffee in the morning, how to get a bank account to the best (and worst) areas for renting an apartment or house.
Moving to another country and even to another city is not that easy. Sometimes it feels like starting a new life. And sometimes that’s exactly what it is.
We will talk about that later. First things first. Newcastle. When moving to Newcastle you will probably go through the following processes:
1. Getting a bank account and a place to live.
If you are already employed by a company in Newcastle (and they are relocating you there or you have an offer from them), a letter from them to the bank would speed up the process for you to get a bank account. I am mentioning this, because you will need a bank account for pretty much anything.
Most of the times, you will need proof of address in order to complete the bank details. And then, sometimes, in order to rent, you will need a bank account ( yup, I know…).
This can be quite tricky for people that have just moved to the UK. Not to worry, there is a bank that you can use at first. It also works great for people that move to Newcastle as students. The bank is the Co-operative Bank. Read more about your options with them here.
2. The process of renting a flat or a house.
In general, you will need to prove that you have the money to pay your rent for the upcoming months and that you are currently employed (or a student, if this is the case). Expect a background check as well, as the landlords want to make sure that their tenants will not raise any issues.
Here are the costs you can expect when moving to Newcastle and renting: one or 2 months rent in advance + one month rent deposit + agency fee (if you have rented through an agency).
You should start looking for properties prior to moving to Newcastle. Here’s an idea:
- Research the market with 1 month before moving to Newcastle.
- Start booking viewings with one week before getting there.
3. Choosing the right area.
When it comes to areas in Newcastle, some of the best areas to live in, in my opinion are:
- Heaton, especially North Heaton
- The Quayside (Gateshead)
- The City Center (if you don’t own a car).
I would avoid looking for a property in (in no particular order):
Of course, rent can be more expensive in the good areas (400PCM in a not so good area – 700-800PCM in a good one) but trust me, a lovely area is totally worth it.
4. Setting up your bills and payments.
Once moved into a new property, you will have to get in touch with the landlord and get all the details related to your monthly payments.
Here is what you can expect, if you don’t go for a rent that has all the bills included (which is mostly for students):
Your rent + council tax (~120/month) + electric bill (~80/month) + water (~30/month) + broadband (~30/month) + TV License (~170/year, if you have a TV).
You will have to go to your provider’s websites and set up new accounts, in your name and give your meter readings (if that’s the case).
5. Settling in your new flat/house
Some of the properties may not have quite everything you need, when moving in. I found some good deals on Amazon.co.uk for the few extra things that I needed for the flat:
- Bed Linen – Good quality at a great price, only 24£ – Catherine Lansfield Ivory King Quiltset + free delivery in the UK.
- A Sandwich toaster is a must, only 20£ (60%off) – Andrew James Stainless Steel Panini Sandwich Press.
- A Wok, because we do cook sometimes. This wok from Tefal, was only 22£ – Tefal Intensium.
- A Coffee Machine, because we love our coffee in the morning – De’Longhi Premium Pump Coffee Machine.
Read more tips about moving to Newcastle.
Do you have any questions about moving to Newcastle?
Just leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help.