Sandyford is relatively small compared to say Heaton or Jesmond but is a very popular place for student lettings given it’s a 5-10 minute walk from both Newcastle and Northumbria University (depending on whether the walk is being done after a night out in town of course).
There aren’t many shops around here but you still have some nice little Italian Restaurants generally more reasonably priced than those in the City Centre. What it lacks in its own amenities it makes up for by being about a 5-10 minute walk from Osborne Road (£4 in a taxi if you’re feeling lazy) and also a short walk from Heaton and the City Centre.
Despite being popular with students it is also a relatively quiet place to live because most of the bars are situated in Jesmond and the City Centre. This means all the transport advantageous are there for families and professionals without the high footfall.