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Depends where you live. There are areas of Stoke that are proper, proper shitholes and parts of it that are simply just shite. I survived living by the canal on the outskirts of Hanley, walking distance from the "high street" and Potteries shopping center and a couple of minutes drive (or a bit of a trek) to the big 24hr Tesco. Thinking back, the 24hr Tesco was probably what kept me
pissed all the time sane.
Newcastle is definitely nicer. There's some nice old pubs around the Ironmarket (although they are a bit "this is a local pub for local people" sometimes, then again all non-chain pubs in Stoke/Newcastle are) and a few decent restaurants.
Nightlife in both places is very student oriented so depending on your age that'll either be right up your alley or be utterly tiresome. I found it utterly tiresome because I'm an old git and you'd usually find me grasping the bar like my last anchor to life in one of the old man 'spoons while praying that this speed overdose wouldn't be the one to kill me. Stoke is just that kind of town, really.
Local transport is a joke and everyone uses minicabs (there are maybe a dozen competing firms and it's no joke cheaper to take a cab than to take a bus, especially if there's two or more of you).
If you can drive my advice would be to find a place in one of what the locals call "the villages", which are usually about a thirty minute drive outside the towns, and only commute in for work or shopping. The rent is cheaper, the houses are bigger, and you have the added bonus of not being in fucking Stoke.
To sum up I would like to present my favourite memory of Stoke, which I hope provides you with a true feeling for the place: A small child, joyriding a mobility scooter while eating a Cornetto and screaming "I'm on fucking steroids!".
Sage for a decidedly rambly and probably fucking useless post. Please feel free to ask anything more specific.