Nestled behind Quay Point, in a prominent position overlooking the Tyne’s bridges is The Studios U Student Village. Emma Luke took an exclusive look at the new development on the site of the former Tyne-Tees Television Studios.
U-Student’s foray into the Newcastle student housing market sits in the newly trendy Ouseburn, affording amazing river views from a great deal of its 386 rooms. The development is just a stone’s throw from the vibrant nightlife of the Quayside and well linked to university campuses by metro and bus routes, with the newer part of Northumbria University’s campus within walking distance.
The development is divided into three blocks, with a mixture of room types in every flat. There really is something for everyone with a range of rooms from a standard cluster flat room to a premium, studio or apartment.
Mike Norris, Operations Manager gave me a tour of the new development, and he explained how the flat layouts were designed to make the flats more inclusive, he said “having studios mixed in with standard rooms means that those who want their privacy can have it, but this gives everyone a chance to socialise and make friends.”
The quality of the rooms on offer is certainly impressive with 20MB broadband as standard. Every room is en-suite and comes with a wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair. The beds are all three quarter or double beds depending on the room type. And premium rooms, studios and apartments all come with a digital tv with in built free view and free internet tv service. Larger rooms have a sofa to give a real home from home feel. The en-suites feature large luxurious showers, hand basins, toilets and a mirror and towel rail.
The communal kitchen living areas have everything that a student could need. There’s a spacious kitchen which comes with all crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. There are large fridge freezers and additional under-counter freezers, and a breakfast bar with bar chairs for a friendly dining experience or even the odd drinking game! There is also a dining table and chairs, sofas and a digital television.
When we’d finished admiring the spectacular views from the huge windows in the living room we took a peek at an apartment room. With a separate bedroom and a spacious living area this would make a great home for a couple.
Studios and apartments also have kitchenettes with a small fridge freezer, a combination microwave and grill, a hob, sink and cupboard space.
Contents insurance with Endsleigh is provided free of charge and each flat has an iron, ironing board, mop, broom and vacuum cleaner to help tenants keep on top of the housework! There is a communal laundrette and a common room with sofas, pool tables and games machines.
Security is paramount on the site with key carded entry and a dedicated security office and CCTV to keep tenants and their possessions safe. Work on the site is almost finished and some rooms are still available. To book visit the U-Student website. A standard room starts at £112 a week, premium rooms from £127, studios from £145 and apartments from £157 a week.