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Princess begins university life

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The princess is studying English literature, history of art and politics

Princess Eugenie has joined thousands of freshers as she begins her student life at Newcastle University.

The Queen's granddaughter attended an induction at the university's Armstrong Building, where she was offered advice on accommodation, finance and welfare.

She will live in £96-a-week halls of residence, though she will be followed by royal protection officers.

When asked why she had chosen Newcastle, the 19-year-old said: "It's a great city."

I think the attraction is that it's a good city up north and it is something different, but you do get quite a lot of southern students
Dan Coverdale, editor of the Courier student newspaper

The university is popular with many students from the south of England, the editor of a student newspaper says.

Dan Coverdale, editor of the Courier, said: "Maybe she has come up with quite a few friends from her school.

"I think the attraction is that it's a good city up north and it is something different, but you do get quite a lot of southern students.

"There is a great social life here but the academic side of it is good too."

Eugenie will take a three-year combined studies degree in English literature, history of art and politics.

A student survey last year named Newcastle, which is known for its lively nightlife, as the best city to live in.



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