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Anyone live in Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland? Advice appreciated!

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perdita512 Thu 27-Apr-17 22:06:44

I've just accepted a job in Durham. More specifically, Seaham! I currently live 6 hours away and have only ever visited the area (Newcastle!) once, which was also in relation to this job. I'm looking for advice on areas to live. Things I need to consider:

- I want a double room in a shared house with other young professionals. I know you can get these in most places, so this is more to set the scene!

- Lots going on - nice places to eat, drink, go out and socialise, historic/beautiful buildings/landmarks, climbing centres, nice running routes etc. It's vital I can get out and socialise as the closest person I know (so far) is 3+ hours away, so I don't want to be isolated. I want to be able to join groups, clubs etc. to make new friends.

- A youthful environment, but not solely student-y. I've done 4+ years of higher education and I'm now going into a professional career, so while I'd like to be able to meet young professionals, I don't necessarily want a student club-scene.

- Reasonably affordable. Does £400 a month sound reasonable? Like I said, I'm clueless.

- Max 30 minute commute. Likely?

Everyone I've spoken to in real life is screaming Newcastle at me, and it gets rave reviews. However, I'm concerned about traffic over the bridge between Newcastle and Durham.

So, are there areas I should be definitely considering? Areas I need to avoid? Am I asking for waaaay too much? All help greatly appreciated. This is a really big move for me and I'm feeling quite anxious about it. Hoping to turn to the wisdom Musmnet for some much needed advice!

gotootsiego Fri 28-Apr-17 12:45:59

Hmm. I'd think about Low Fell in Gateshead. You'd avoid the bridge but be close enough to the city.

gotootsiego Fri 28-Apr-17 12:47:43

Or maybe a place on the quayside but on Gateshead side..

perdita512 Sat 29-Apr-17 23:51:21

Thanks gotoo! That's useful. How long, on average, do you think Gateshead to Seaham would take at prime time?

gotootsiego Sun 30-Apr-17 11:53:59

I've no idea I'm afraid. The traffic to Sunderland is fairly heavy in the mornings but I don't live on that side. Low fell is nice though and cheaper than the Newcastle side. You could also live in Durham but I suspect it doesn't have all that Newcastle Gateshead offers.

MissLuna Fri 20-Oct-17 21:08:10

I'm from Durham and while it's beautiful @gotootsiego is right, it's a bit lacking in the excitement side of things... low fell is really lovely, loads going on there. Will you be driving to Seaham?

Cardilover Sat 21-Oct-17 08:36:45

Being south of the Tyne (ie Gateshead) def cuts down the commute. You could do Low Fell to Seaham in 30-40 mins. There’s a development in Gateshead called Ochre Yards where I think you’ll find lots of people similar age and situation to you. Lots of young professional flat shares, very friendly.

QuestionableMouse Sun 22-Oct-17 16:52:42

Sunderland is great and it's only one stop away on the train. It is fairly studenty but there's also loads of culture with the theatre, the winter gardens and the glass centre.

QuestionableMouse Sun 22-Oct-17 16:53:52

Also for £400 a month you could have a house to yourself in most places in the north east!

Logoplanter Mon 23-Oct-17 06:55:26

Sorry, but £400 isn't going to get you"a house to yourself in most places in the north east." I don't mean that to sound snarky, so sorry if it does but I don't think it's a realistic statement.

AccrualIntentions Mon 23-Oct-17 07:35:35

Also for £400 a month you could have a house to yourself in most places in the north east!

Not most places you'd actually want to live. This is very unrealistic.

QuestionableMouse Mon 23-Oct-17 13:56:48

Currently living in the north east, and yes £400 rent will get you a house to yourself. There are 77 matches on rightmove in my small town alone!

Now if the OP meant £400 for everything, not just rent that's different but not how I understand it.

Logoplanter Mon 23-Oct-17 18:37:47

I'm not disputing that you can get a house to rent in the NE for £400 a month, I'm disputing the comment about most places in the NE. I've lived in a few places in the NE none of which you'd be able to rent a house to yourself for £400 (either with or without bills).

Flowershower Mon 23-Oct-17 20:26:48

Durham is lovely with lots going on thanks to being a university city, and it is certainly beautiful - don't rule it out. It would significantly cut down your commute, the slog up and down the A1/A19 really isn't pleasant. There are several really active running groups (have a look at elvet striders and Durham city harriers) - oh and there's a climbing wall too ;)

mammyannie Thu 16-Nov-17 20:04:01

I would recommend Durham. I live in Gateshead but work across the region and it takes me about 20 minutes on a good day to get to Durham, half an hour from Newcastle. If you were looking at a night out in Newcastle the trains run regularly and a return is about £5. The Tyne bridge can be horrendous at rush hour so I would definitely look south of the river for somewhere to live. Durham has a very lively student night life but is also crammed full of places to visit. The cathedral, castle, oriental museum to name a few. Durham to Seaham is no distance really but Durham has more to offer. If the city centre is out of the question there are some nice places on the outskirts such as Gilesgate or Crossgate Moor. Whatever you decide...welcome to the area and good luck with the search!

oldmums Thu 16-Nov-17 20:47:25

i would say not as far as Gatehead or Newcastle the traffic can be really bad, Durham is lovely loads going on, and Castle Eden is not far great for country walks. ( probs nice to live there too but a bit sleepy) all in all the north east is great for beaches and museums

QuestionableMouse Sun 19-Nov-17 16:03:43

You could always look at Hartlepool/Billingham/Middlesbrough too. Hartlepool has a good rail link to Seaham (just one stop), decent pubs/outdoor activities (Miles of beaches, an adventure park, nature reserves), decent shopping, and isn't expensive for living costs. You can get a one bed flat in the town centre (walking distance to shops, the train station and supermarkets) for £350 a month.

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