Is Gateshead A Nice Place To Live?

Thinking about moving to Gateshead? The large town in North England sits on the southern bank of the River Tyne across from Newcastle and is an excellent place to call home.

At Accent Housing, we have a number of homes in the North East of England, including many in Gateshead and surrounding areas. So, we know a thing or two about the area.

In this blog, we’re going to outline what makes Gateshead such a great place to live, including the location, safety, employability, amenities and more.

What’s So Great About Gateshead?

Gateshead is one of many amazing towns and villages in Tyne and Wear. But did you know it is one of the top five most desirable areas to live in the county?

According to Rightmove data, Gateshead saw a 49% annual increase in buyer searches in 2020. Gateshead is considered to be a safe place to live, with low crime rates compared to other areas in the North East.

Despite its large size, Gateshead also has a strong sense of community. The local residents go above and beyond to take care of their neighbourhoods and ensure Gateshead is a lovely place to live.

The area is popular with families, seniors and students. Seniors enjoy the security, safety and friendly communities as well as the affordability.

Families love the variety of things to do and excellent choice of schools. And Students tend to stick around for the affordability, nightlife and culture. There really is something for everyone in Gateshead.

The neighbourhoods aim to be very green, with plenty of parks, gardens and other outdoor spaces to enjoy. They are particularly enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and outdoor lovers.

something for everyone in Gateshead

Transport Links

Many attributes make this town so fabulous. Starting with the transport links. Gateshead is very well connected and is home to Gateshead Interchange - the busiest bus station in Tyne and Wear.

The metro centre offers a range of trains to and from Carlisle, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle and Wrexham. Gateshead is also serviced by several major roads, including the A1.


Gateshead is a northern powerhouse with a variety of job opportunities. The excellent transport links also mean you can commute to other large towns and cities in the North East, including Newcastle and Sunderland.

With Durham University, Newcastle University and Northumbria University so close, there is also plenty of job opportunities for graduates.


The town is a fantastic place to raise a family. Aside from being safe and having plenty to do, Gateshead also has an array of great schools to choose from. It has eleven “Outstanding” primary schools. There is also a great selection of secondary schools, colleges and sixth forms.

Things To Do

The beautiful quayside has stunning architecture and a wide range of bars and eateries. The town is also home to Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre - the intu Metrocentre, which boasts more than 300 stores so you can shop until you drop. There is also a second smaller shopping centre called Trinity Square.

If you’d like to soak up the culture, head to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, which has an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions. And don’t forget about the famous Angel Of The North!

Or head to The Sage, a culture centre for live music with a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year.

You might also enjoy a visit to Saltwell Park in the heart of Gateshead. Described as “one of Britain's finest examples of a Victorian Park”, Saltwell is home to 55-acres of gardens and woodland, a boating lake, bowling green, visitor centre, café and more.

Most of the neighbourhoods and villages in Gateshead have their own selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs – so there’s always fun to be had.

Finding A Home In Gateshead

If you are looking for an affordable home in Gateshead, we can help. Accent Housing has been providing quality homes to residents across England since 1966.

We have a wide range of homes throughout the North East, including family homes, flats and sheltered housing.

Renting from a housing association is more affordable than private renting. Plus, it offers more stability and security. If you would like to find your next home in Gateshead, you can register for Let’s Move – our online application system. Through Let’s Move, you can search for suitable properties, set up property alerts and apply for homes.

Alternatively, head to our website and use our search function to find your next home.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about renting a home from Accent Housing, our friendly team are always on hand to help. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or email us at

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