A Student’s Guide to Newcastle
If you’re thinking of studying at Newcastle University or Northumbria University, great choice! Situated in the heart of the north-east, Newcastle is a city with plenty to shout about. There’s something going on 24/7 here, with attractions, culture and nightlife to rival other big student cities in the north of England such as Manchester and Liverpool.
It is said that one-in- six people in Newcastle are students, so you can be sure that there are plenty of like-minded guys and girls to meet and socialise with. Forget the fact that the city has over 400 licensed premises and four of the country’s best nightclubs – eek! – Newcastle is also a cultural hub boasting the UK’s largest cluster of galleries, museums and theatres in a city.
Main attractions in Newcastle
- Newcastle’s Great North Museum is well worth exploring, particularly as it is free admission for all. Originally built as a natural history museum, it’s fast becoming a popular learning destination for students of all ages, hosting a plethora of exhibitions and expert talks. The museum’s features on the Ancient Egyptians and the Living Planet are the main highlights.
- Eldon Garden Shopping Centre is the perfect place for some student retail therapy after a busy day of lectures. Housing one of the biggest ranges of premium fashion retailers in northern England, the centre also has a number of cafes and eateries that are ideal for grabbing a bite to eat.
- Aside from the magnificent Tyne Bridge, St. James’ Park is one of the most impressive landmarks on the Newcastle skyline. Home to Premier League football outfit, Newcastle United, the Magpies are back in the top flight after a spell in the Championship. Any football fan would be interested in catching a Premier League game on a Saturday afternoon and as a student you could benefit from concession rates on tickets too. We recommend sitting in the Gallowgate End for the best atmosphere!
Restaurants in Newcastle
- There’s plenty of awesome ‘scran’ for students in Newcastle to enjoy after a busy day hitting the books. If you’re mad about burgers, the city is famous for its Fat Hippo Underground restaurant, as well as the restaurant’s plethora of street food stalls that regularly line the city’s streets. Some of their burgers are as big as your head and are certainly not for the faint-hearted!
- Lane 7 is also another fun American-themed restaurant that can double up as a hang-out for a social get-together with housemates. Alongside typical American fare, there’s also karaoke, ping pong and boutique ten pin bowling to get your teeth into.
- As the biggest city in the north-east, Newcastle is also no stranger to popular chain restaurants too such as Byron, Wagamama, Nando’s and Jamie’s Italian.
- For those fanatical about their food and enjoy exploring tastes from all four corners of the world, Newcastle also has a string of independent restaurants catering for everything from Asian and Turkish to South American. Newcastle’s Chinatown neighbourhood is home to a number of fabulous authentic Chinese joints just a stone’s throw from the Newcastle University campus!
Nightlife in Newcastle
- If you ask most people where the best nightlife in the UK is, we’ll be gobsmacked if the majority don’t say Newcastle! It’s got a little bit of everything that a student could wish for after study hours. It’s becoming increasingly hipster, with Ouseburn Valley playing host to some trendy pubs and live music venues serving an ever-changing list of craft beers. If you’re with friends and you’re all prepared to chip in for a cab, Jesmond is another great place to socialise in the evening, with many fashionable and friendly bars along Osborne Road.
- The Quayside is certainly worth mentioning for its huge range of bars and nightclubs which overlook the River Tyne. However, many students prefer to steer clear of The Quayside, particularly at weekends, when the city plays host to an enormity of stag and hen dos from partygoers across the country. Nevertheless, there are some nice upmarket bars here if you’re happy to get into the spirit of things and mingle with the locals.
- Finally, Newcastle’s Collingwood Street, otherwise known as the ‘Diamond Strip’, is one of the places to socialise in the evenings. Its pricey bars are typically more geared towards the 25-35- year-old crowd, but if you’re wanting a safe and sophisticated atmosphere to party in, the Diamond Strip never fails to disappoint.
- Most establishments are open nightly until at least 2AM, so you’re guaranteed to find somewhere to feed your appetite for fun after dark! The best place for an indulgent cocktail? We’d have to give a special shout-out to Jalou, which is a stone’s throw from Newcastle Central station.