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.

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