Student guide to the city of Newcastle
Newcastle’s nightlife is famous. It’s a massive draw for the city and if you’re planning on going to Newcastle University, it’s well worth checking out the many bars, gigs and clubs. Aside from the social scene, it’s a stunning, historic city that’s steeped in culture. It also offers some of the best retail therapy in the country, so there’s always something to do and somewhere to go.
Where’s the best nightlife?
If you’re looking for a lively night, there are plenty of “trebles” bars, serving three shots of vodka with mixer. A lot of students then go to Flares, a retro music bar with funky wall designs and a dance floor, playing old skool tunes from the ’90s.
If you’re looking for live music, the O2 Academy and the Metro Arena are the places to go. The O2 has bands playing nearly every night. For local music, try The Cluny, which has home-grown talent nearly every night.
Where to dine out
During the day, a student favourite is Quilliam Brothers tea shop, in Eldon Square, which serves around 200 different kinds of tea and luscious cakes. You can get a table with normal chairs, or one with bean bags for more relaxed seating. It has a cinema downstairs, which often hosts free film nights. Opposite the tea shop is the Hancock pub, which serves cheap food and is another student favourite.
Where to shop in Newcastle
There are plenty of good shops in the town centre which will serve all your needs, especially around Northumberland Street and Eldon Square. A short metro ride away, you’ll find the Metro Centre, the UK’s largest shopping centre. It’s actually in Gateshead, but it’s not too far away.
Newcastle United FC’s famous home ground, St James’ Park, is on Barrack Road. The 52,000-seater football stadium dominates the skyline. It’s an ideal point to look out for and get your bearings if ever you’re lost. When there’s a home match, you can hear the roar of the crowd right across the city.
Where’s the best student accommodation?
Most students live in four main areas of accommodation, housing students from both Newcastle and Northumbria universities. Newcastle University accommodation is mainly in Jesmond or Heaton, while it’s mostly Northumbria students in Sandyford and Quayside.
Jesmond is a 25-minute walk from Newcastle University, but only five minutes on the metro. The area is a mixture of students and families. It’s fairly near the town centre, especially if you travel by the metro. The district has its own bars and shops too. However, Jesmond is more expensive than Heaton and Sandyford. There are still affordable flats there and it’s cheap compared to many parts of the UK, especially if you’re sharing.
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