Newcastle is a favourite destination for students due to its friendly nature, and it also has a focus on business and has recently seen an increase in investment within the city. It's a great city which has something for everyone. One thing is guaranteed – as a student you will never get bored!
Newcastle is one of the biggest and most attractive cities in North England and attracts people from all over the region just to shop. There are quite a few shopping areas in Newcastle including two of the biggest shopping centres in the UK – Eldon Square and MetroCentre. The type of stores you will find here include: Debenhams, John Lewis, Next, Mark & Spencer, Fenwick and many others.
People in Newcastle take food seriously so you never have to worry about running out of options. From street food and takeaways, to Michelin star restaurants, there are places for every budget.
Here are some of the most popular restaurants in Newcastle:
- Luigikhan’s – lovely restaurant with a Punjabi menu and classic Italian dishes, served in a modern hotel dining room with exposed bricks.
- Sapori Café – authentic Italian food-serving café. Great value for money, delicious home cooked food and desserts with a friendly atmosphere.
- Peace and Loaf Jesmond – artfully crafted British cuisine in a sleek restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere and friendly staff.
Newcastle was ranked as the 3rd best University City for nightlife in a recent study carried out by The Telegraph. The city has a reputation for its nightlife due to the wide variety of bars, pubs and nightclubs. As a student, you will not be disappointed!
Some of the best nightclubs include:
- Stage Door - which has a good DJ and cheap drinks.
- Krash - is great for a student night out
- Gate - always provide great night outs with great music and cheap drinks.
- The Stand and Hyena - If you’re up for some comedy, these two venues are a must. The entry is normally under £15.
The Arts & Attractions
There are several art galleries and museums in Newcastle which welcome emerging contemporary artists from all over the world. Here are some of the most popular museums:
- Beamish Museum – exhibitions that showcase how life was in the Newcastle region back in the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
- The Laing – an art gallery on New Bridge Street which hosts a very impressive collection of art and sculptures.
- The Great North Museum: Hancock – established in 1884, the museum is located on the campus of Newcastle University. It showcases natural history and ancient civilisations.
Newcastle has a long and strong sporting tradition, in particular football, hockey, and basketball.
Established in 1892, Newcastle United is a professional football club, currently playing in the Premier League. With a capacity of 52,405, St James’ Park has been the home of Newcastle United since the club was established.
Newcastle Eagles are the most successful team in the history of the British Basketball League. The city is represented in hockey by the Newcastle Warriors and the Newcastle Vipers. Finally, Newcastle was one of the 11 host cities for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. St James’ Park hosted three matches – South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Tonga and Samoa v Scotland.
Newcastle has a buzzing music scene and is widely considered to be one of UK’s best venues. It attracts big stars from all over the world, so if you love live music then Newcastle is most certainly a great place to spend your university years.
Some of the best live music venues in Newcastle:
- The Metro Radio Arena
- Sage Gateshead
- O2 Academy
- Newcastle’s City Hall
The city centre is very compact which makes walking a great option. Tyne and Wear Metro, Newcastle’s rail system, is very quick and efficient. Alternatively, you can jump into the one of the many buses and taxis.
Newcastle 1, St James' Point and St James' House are all ideally located within a 17 minute walk from the city centre, or 9 minutes on the bus. Furthermore, Newcastle University and Northumbria University are both within walking distance.
I love my house, it's homely and spacious with a nice outdoor area. Everything is close by, it's a great student hub with the Uni, City Centre and plenty of amenities close by - I will be sad to leave!Danielle Garrington-Miller, Health Science, University of Nottingham