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The North East has good connections to Scotland, London and continental Europe, plus opportunities for graduates in areas ranging from healthcare to consumer goods.

In and around the North East | The cost of living in the North East | Getting work in the North East area

The North East ranges from the urban centres of Newcastle and Middlesbrough to the rural scenes of Northumberland and coastal Whitley Bay. It officially consists of distinct regions:

  • Northumberland
  • County Durham
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Sunderland
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Middlesbrough
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Gateshead
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool.

Only three hours from London by train, around an hour by air, and less than two hours from Edinburgh by train, the North East is easily accessible from Scotland as well as England. Thanks to its location on the east coast, it has connections to continental Europe, too, with regular ferries to Holland and two international airports – Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley.

Newcastle is arguably the capital of the North East. It is known for its nightlife, culture and shopping, and is within easy reach of the coast. It has a blend of old and new, with 4,000 listed buildings and the historical Grey's Monument and Victoria Tunnel. Its modern landmarks include the Millennium Bridge and Sage Gateshead.

In and around the North East

There's plenty to see and do, from art, theatre and architecture to shopping. Check out the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, stroll across the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge or enjoy a West End show at the Sunderland Empire.

North-east England is home to one of Europe's largest shopping centres, MetroCentre Gateshead. Alternatively, browse the boutiques of Yarm or head to Darlington, Jesmond or Corbridge for designer labels, antiques and original art.

Football is popular in the region, and Newcastle United and their neighbours, Sunderland, are fierce rivals. You'll also find world-class cricket at Durham County Cricket Ground and four racecourses.

If you're looking for a night out there are lots of places to go across the region. Newcastle in particular is well known for its nightlife and Jesmond, where many students live, also has a good choice of bars.

The Quayside or Durham's riverfront have a range of bars and restaurants. Look out for the local brews too: the Hadrian Border and Big Lamp breweries produce a selection of beers and ales. If you're eating out there are options from all over the world, from Japanese (plus Newcastle's Chinatown) to Italian and Mexican, and there's plenty of traditional bar and pub food on offer too.


The cost of living in the North East

Recent reports put the average cost of living in the north east at almost £200 less per week than the south east and almost £100 less than the national average.

In the urban centres of Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland, the average price for a flat ranges from around £90,000 to £123,000, and terraced homes cost from £101,000 to £166,000. Property is cheaper in Hartlepool, Darlington, and Middlesbrough, where the average terraced home costs £83,000.


Getting work in the North East

Historically, the economy in the North East was dependent on shipbuilding and coal mining. These days, easy access to and from the North East has helped to transform it into a region full of varied working opportunities for graduates looking for their first job.

The following graduate employers have offices in the North East. We have listed examples of the types of roles available across these organisations. Please note that these companies may not be actively recruiting in this area at the moment and their names have been provided to give examples of the type of work available.

  • Nestlé, Newcastle (food and consumer goods; human resources; finance, sales; marketing; performance; supply chain; and research and development). Famous for Nescafé and KitKat, Nestlé is an international food and nutrition company, with research headquarters in Switzerland.
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Durham (pharmaceuticals and healthcare; research and development; manufacturing and supply; sales and marketing; finance; human resources; legal; IT; procurement; communications and core business services). GlaxoSmithKline is a global healthcare company developing products in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare.
  • Deloitte, Newcastle (audit; consulting; financial advisory; tax; technology; risk advisory and real estate).
  • Arriva, Sunderland (transport services; general management; engineering management). Arriva plc provides passenger transport throughout Europe and employs more than 55,000 people.

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