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Living in Heaton: The Local Area Guide

Heaton, or “High Town”, sits just two miles from Newcastle’s cosmopolitan city centre. Tucked into the city’s east end, this popular suburb is bordered by neighbouring Cochrane Park, Jesmond, and Sandyford. There’s no shortage of leafy greenery, with its position next to the Ouseburn River and an interconnected series of parks. Heaton Park is one of five green spaces that make up the larger Ouseburn Parks. Residents can enjoy a stroll from one end of the parks to the other for a sense of serenity in the midst of the city.

In addition to attractive parks, Heaton’s home to no shortage of quirky independent shops, coffee shops, and tempting restaurants. Heaton Road is lined with seven churches, which help create a tight-knit sense of community in the area. Families, students, and professionals mingle in the bustling high street, and all of the bright lights of Newcastle upon Tyne are never far away.


Heaton is known as a student suburb, much like the neighbouring area of Jesmond. Short-term lets are occupied by students attending the city’s Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, and the population is quite young on average as a result. There are two electoral wards that make up Heaton, South Heaton and North Heaton. The median age of South Heaton particularly reflects this younger demographic, being only 25.

The total population of Heaton was around 20,000 according to the most recent Census figures. Many residents were born in England, with sizeable Northern Irish and Scottish populations as well. In addition to students, Heaton draws no shortage of young professionals and families. The most common category of occupations in both South and North Heaton wards is “Professional,” with administrative, secretarial, sales, and customer service ranking close behind. Historically, Heaton has been a working-class area but increasingly viewed as up-and-coming.


Heaton is home to numerous excellent schools, most notably Heaton Manor. This sixth form and secondary school is coeducational. It’s located in a sprawling modern building, with a wide range of extracurricular activities available to students. Pupils may choose to take part in the school’s multiple sports teams, or they could join the musical theatre club, debating society, drama club, or even the gardening club. Another prime choice for Heaton pupils at the secondary level is Benfield School, located just at the fringes of the suburb.

Primary-aged students also have multiple options. Hotspur Primary, Chillingham Road Primary, and Ravenswood Primary are a few of the most centrally located. St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is always in high demand, rated “outstanding” for its high quality of teaching and curriculum that ticks all the boxes.


As part of the city of Newcastle, Heaton is extremely well-connected in terms of public transport. It’s quite central in town, which means you could walk to Newcastle city centre. Some commuters do just this. Additional options are available at the Chillingham or Byker Metro Stations, where residents can access the Tyne and Wear Metro system. There is also a user-friendly number 1 bus, which makes the journey to City Hall along Heaton Road. Within Newcastle city centre, the main railway station offers national services to popular destination including Leeds, Edinburgh, or London.

Amenities & Shopping

Chillingham Road is the main attraction in Heaton, featuring an array of tempting eateries and independently owned shops. The area’s particularly well-known for its vintage boutiques, many of which line Heaton Park road. Newcastle’s vintage fans also make the pilgrimage to the charity shops on Shields Road for pre-loved treasures.

The main high street is lined with grocery stores, hair salons, barber shops, and gift shops. There’s a bohemian slant to many of the coffee shops, with multiple vegetarian cafes and a café called “Heaton Perk” modelled after Central Perk on the TV show “Friends”. There’s a large ASDA in Heaton, as well as an organic food shop called The Honey Tree. This is stocked with local specialties, farm-fresh produce, and raw cheese.

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