Moving to Newcastle

Are you considering moving to Newcastle?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods to Newcastle depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my Man and Van contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the Man and Van traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Newcastle made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Newcastle. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are organizing a removal to Newcastle within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links

City council provides information for all things culture, shopping and food and drinks whilst the Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council websites are an essential source of information for local residents. They are especially useful for families looking for information on local schools as well as all matters regarding the council, from planning and building to bins and recycling and roads and parking. A special mention for the education section with a helpful page to facilitate the transfer process, and for the Cycle routes and cycle hire page, although the Newcastle council website is in beta and the old links haven’t yet been restored.

Public transport

Newcastle Transport is the integrated transport provider for Newcastle and is responsible for running buses, ferries, the future light rail and the multi-modal Newcastle Interchange. The website should cover all your public transport needs, from planning your trip via bus, ferry and light rail to tickets and travel info. However, you also have the nexus website will also cover your needs, from travel news to timetables and from a live travel map to a ticket finder. The Pop card is the card that will allow you to load your tickets in advance, whether you choose to have a season ticket, or you prefer a PAYG (Pay As You Go) scheme. For travel south of the city, Go North East is the local provider and extends to County Durham and the surrounding local villages.

Discovering Newcastle at a glance

  • Newcastle Upon Tyne is a city in Tyne and Wear, originally formed around the Roman settlement ‘Pons Aelius’. It owes its name to the wooden castle built in 1080 by Robert II, Duke of Normandy, the eldest son of William the Conqueror. Remnants of the medieval fortifications can be seen upon approach to the City and to the East of the City’s ‘Central Station’.
  • With its vast industrial heritage, some of the most notable inventors were born, raised or associated with the North East including George and Robert Stephenson; the Father of modern steam railways, Sir Joseph Swan; inventor of the incandescent light bulb and Sir Ove Arup; the founder of Arup Global; one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms recognised Globally today.
  • It’s the birthplace of the Stottie or Stottie cake. Traditionally conceived to be quite a dense, heavy bread, the Stottie gets its name from the Geordie saying “to stott”, or bounce. Stotties are an exceptional way to eat large amounts of bread without the guilt of using half a loaf. Throw in some ham and pease pudding for good measure and you’ve got yourself a local delicacy!
  • Newcastle has been leading the world in getting people from one side of a river to other since 1848, with no less than seven bridges straddling the Tyne. The High-Level Bridge was the first anywhere to combine road and rail, the Swing Bridge pioneered the use of hydroelectric power and the beloved Tyne Bridge inspired the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Meanwhile, the award-winning Millennium Bridge – or the ‘blinking eye’ – was the world’s first to tilt, pivoting sideways to allow boats to pass underneath. This fascinating history stems from the City’s impressive heritage of coal, steam and shipbuilding.
  • Entry to the City via the A1 Motorway will grant visitors unparalleled views of Antony Gormley’s 66 ft tall, 177 ft wide Angel of the North. One of the most widely recognised pieces of public art in the UK, in 2006 it was decreed an official ‘English icon’ by the government. It also once wore the number 9 kit of Alan Shearer.
  • Commonly referred to as ‘Geordies’, locals have been affectionately known by this nickname because the city supported George II during the rebellion of 1745. When the Jacobites were busy trying to claim the throne of Britain by kicking out the House of Hanover, the city of Newcastle shut their gates to the rebels and refused cooperation.
  • Grey Street, Granger Street and Clayton Street form the historic heart of Newcastle. Developing between 1835 and 1842, the area houses some of the City’s most beautiful classical architecture. Grey Street was voted a Great Street Award winner in 2010 whilst of Grainger Towns 450 buildings, 244 are currently listed nationally with Historic England. Home to some amazing shops, bars and the Theatre Royal, the architecture alone is worth a walk down to marvel at.

intu Eldon Square

Nationally recognised as a forerunner in Retail complexes – ‘intu’ is responsible for both Eldon Square Newcastle and Metro Centre Gateshead. As the central shopping hub of Newcastle’s city centre, both centres provide access to famous high-street retailers as well as independent designer stores. Northumberland Street sits centrally as the City’s most prominent shopping street where the famous ‘Fenwick’s Christmas Window’ display brings crowds annually for its festive opening.

Central Arcade

The Central Arcade is contained within the Grade II listed Central Exchange building. This Edwardian shopping arcade is a popular tourist attraction. Beneath the glass barrel-vaulted roof, you’ll find a selection of independent boutiques. Discover exquisite early 20th-century tile work, stained glass and mosaic flooring; a real hidden treat to see when you are shopping or dining out in the city centre.

Quayside Market

For local produce and unparalleled views of the River Tyne, the Quayside Sunday Market is a must for any visitor and local alike. It boasts a vibrant and varied showcase of quality goods and products from independent local retailers. Visit throughout the summer months and there will be buskers and musicians to aid the atmosphere, whilst the festive period brings all things gifts and cheer. Don’t forget to stop off for a drink or two along the route at the many bars and cafes as well as strolling further downriver to Ouseburn where the local scene makes way for an independent arts culture hub, local breweries and food and drinks merchants.

Famous for its culture and nightlife, Newcastle and Gateshead boast fantastic art galleries such as The Baltic Flower Mill and the Laing Art Gallery featuring global, national and local artists alike, whilst institutions like the Biscuit Factory provide a backdrop to more contemporary independent artists, sculptors and all things craft as well as being a go to award winning restaurant and venue.

If music, theatre or cinema are more your thing then head to Tyneside Cinema, Theatre Royal or Sage Gateshead, just three of the City’s most famous cultural venues to take in a show, watch a cult indie classic or marvel in the classical, rock or pop performances within the globally recognised concert hall.

For museums and history, you are spoiled for choice with city centre staples such as Centre for Life; a scientific hub and research facility providing interactive tours for students, school children and adults alike, the Hancock and Discovery Museums; for science and natural history, or perhaps head out to Beamish Open-Air Museum for a fun filled day of reliving the history of the north East during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s! And if you fancy getting out of the city for a spot of tourism then Alnwick Castle is the place to go. Visit the famous setting of Harry Potter or spend an afternoon in the world-famous gardens and tree houses.

If its food and drinks you’re after then the following bars and restaurants ensure Newcastle lives up to its raucous reputation. By the River Brew is the newest addition to the nightlife scene; an Instagram staple of the north it is a hub of vibrant container vendors offering local brews as well as offerings from around the world.


Digital has been christened ‘the fabric of the north’. With a trophy cabinet of awards, this Newcastle nightclub was ranked 11th best club in the world. Located in Newcastle’s Times Square, Digital is a dance and house music venue with a capacity of 2,200. It has even seen David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Deadmau5 and 2 Many DJs perform their infamous sets. As well as hosting top name DJs and huge club nights throughout the week (including the massively popular Think Tank? on Saturdays), Digital has established itself as one of the top nightclubs in Newcastle.

For glamorous types and cocktail lovers House of Smith, Tup Tup Palace, Bonbar and Pitcher and Piano provide VIP experiences and popular weekend vibes as well as Livello and The Botanist, whilst students (who make up 1 in 6 of the locals) can enjoy discounts and happy hours throughout the week.


Powerhouse is one of Newcastle’s most iconic and popular gay nightclubs, home to large seating and three bars scattered across two floors. Despite being a large part of the gay scene, this club welcomes all for “attitude free clubbing”. No night is the same at Powerhouse, with themed music nights on every day of the week. Other notable bars on the scene (otherwise known as the ‘Pink Triangle’ include The Eagle, Rusty’s and Eazy Street.

Useful information for
Moving to Newcastle

Newcastle, or to give it its full name, Newcastle upon Tyne, is the largest City in the North East. It is popular among northern cities owing to the relatively low cost of living. A bustling metropolis, Newcastle has great shopping facilities and a busy nightlife while still being only 15 minutes away from the coast and is also a stone’s throw from some of the north east’s finest countryside. If Newcastle is where the latest twist in your life takes you, embrace the change! Far from the dreary image sometimes associated with the North East – often because of the Northumberland coal mines closures from the 70s up to mid-80s and the lack of social engineering that left a lasting employment crisis – Newcastle is a vibrant city, sometimes called the party capital of the UK. But city life is so much more than that! Whether you roam the city to explore Chinatown, visit the Great North Museum or the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, or admire the architecture of the seven bridges of Newcastle, you will appreciate the northern hospitality and will soon call the ‘toon’ your home.

For families with young children, information on catchment areas and school performances can be accessed via Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham County Councils. You will find a large selection of state-funded and independent schools, many of which have standards in keeping with the excellence Newcastle University symbolises for Newcastle’s educational system.

Newcastle is a relatively compact city but is surrounded by numerous popular towns and villages providing suburban living and family-friendly communities so regardless of where you decide to live you will be within easy reach of the city centre. With an underground rail system of its own (Metro) it is possible to live by one of the North Easts beautiful beaches and commute to the city in less than 15 minutes.

Back to the city centre: 1 in 6 people living in Newcastle is a student. This means that the city centre is best described as lively. The Rough Guide to Britain placed Newcastle upon Tyne’s nightlife as Great Britain’s no. 1 tourist attraction. So, whether you decide to live in one of the luxury Tyneside apartments, or in a quieter terraced house in Jesmond, you will be within walking distance of the city centre and its bars, restaurants and clubs.

A little further away, Gosforth provides a nice little oasis, away from students yet within a 15 minutes bus ride or metro into the city centre. However, with its independent shops, vibrant bars and cafes and all the amenities you need, you will not need to leave Gosforth for a nice evening out.

Heaton will also offer excellent value for money, again well connected to the centre with both buses and metro and presents itself as a go-between, providing plentiful accommodation for post-graduates and young families.

Towns and villages both north and south of the river proving popular with families and those seeking refuge in the countryside include Darras Hall, Ponteland, Wylam Whickham, Ryton, Burnopfield and further afield Shotley Bridge and Blanchland.

Newcastle is transforming itself into a city fit for cycling. This will include new on- and off-road cycle routes, new cycle crossings and parking facilities and more support for cycling. There are already many traffic-free paths as well as dedicated cycle lanes but those are mostly outside the city centre. Newcastle has a few hills that will keep you fit but it shouldn’t deter you from using your bike as there are also quite a few flat routes, especially along the Tyne.

To quote a Metro post from 2014, “[Newcastle city centre] is so accessible, you can walk across it in 15 minutes but, as you would expect, being the capital of North East England, it has everything you would want from a major European regional capital city: culture, heritage, great nightlife and fabulous retail”. Walking is certainly an option when you need to move around town.