Life in Newcastle

Thinking about relocating to Newcastle for work or postgrad study? Here are the important things you need to know.

A Coastal City

Lonely Planet has said that Newcastle is Australia's most underrated city and with great weather, beautiful beaches, a stunning coastline and buzzing cultural scene, we think they're right. Newcastle is evolving into a thriving innovation hub and has just been named one of National Geographic's Smart Cities.  Located just 160km north of Sydney, Newcastle is easy to get to and our public transportation system makes it easy to explore.


Here are just a few things you can explore around Newcastle, all are within an hour's drive:

Not to mention, there are always fun things to do in Newcastle

Cost of Living

The Newcastle region provides quality of life and affordable living options for students, making it an ideal location to undertake postgraduate study. Here are some resources to help you financially prepare for your move:

Great education

Newcastle is a great environment for study, and the University of Newcastle is proud of its excellent education facilities and services.

Our Uni produces self-confident, well equipped career-ready graduates. Our degrees focus on academic and professional training, so students are taught in a variety of ways gaining real-life experience as well as knowledge.

Whether you want to broaden your mind, advance your career, increase your knowledge, travel the globe or change the world, the University can provide you with the opportunity and real-life skills to do it.

UON has a proud history of achievement that has led to strong outcomes in international university rankings. Together and as individuals, we are among the world's best.

Newcastle Rankings

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Jobs in Australia

Whether you are hoping to secure part-time work while you study or searching for full-time employment in Newcastle, the University's CareerHub will help you find job listings and a range of other useful career information resources and links. You can also browse job advertisements on SEEK. We also have a plethora of career advice available on the GradLife Blog


The university is here to help you find accomodation that suits your budget, study and lifestyle. We offer on-campus accomodation through UON Student Living, off-campus accomodation services and homestays.