Studying in Newcastle: What to do and where to stay

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is one of the UK’s most exciting student cities, with the University of Newcastle and Northumbria University both high in the rankings. The two universities boast a vast combined student population and the city has a huge amount of affordable student housing as a result. If you’re considering studying at either of the city’s universities, read on to find out all you need to know.

What to do

When it comes to nightlife, Newcastle is the place to be. The main student nights are held at clubs like Tiger Tiger, Digital, Soho Rooms, Flares and WHQ. The city also has a surprising number of rooftop bars like The Botanist and The Forth. The city also has great live music venues such as the Metro Radio arena, Newcastle City Hall, Sage Gateshead and The Tyne Bar, an outdoor venue on the Tyne. For something more relaxed, the city also has several good theatres, such as the Theatre Royal – the only Grade 1 listed theatre left in the country. Check out the Bigg Market – a local drinking spot since the Middle Ages – or Quayside for some of the cities coolest bars and pubs.

When you arrive in Newcastle, the first thing you should do is hit the main tourist attractions. Not too far away is the iconic Angel of the North, but there are equally exciting tourist spots within the city. Discover the history of the city by visiting its namesake, Castle Keep and Black Gate. You can also visit the Great North Museum: Hancock, or Seven Stories : the National Centre for Children’s Books – the only museum for kids books in the country! Head to The Biscuit Factory, a former Victorian warehouse, to find the largest art, design and craft museum in the country!

The town centre has a lot on offer for students, with good shopping facilities in the intu Metrocentre and the more historic Fenwicks. Newcastle has a large number of independent restaurants and cafes alongside Michelin star winners House of Tides. Try some local classics like Newcastle Brown Ale, Pan Haggerty and Pease Pudding. For a taste of the great outdoors, head to Town Moor, which also hosts The Hoppings in June.

Newcastle city view

Where to stay

When it comes to accommodation in Newcastle, there’s a wide range on offer. City centre accommodation is available but can be pricier thanks to the convenient location. Jesmond is among the most popular areas for student accommodation, with slightly cheaper rents and good transport links. Heaton is another popular student area with cheaper rents and a lot to do. Gosforth is a very nice area but is expensive despite being far from both universities. If you want to save cash, why not rent a spare room or look for accommodation in exchange for work?

With tons of different accommodation to choose from, you can select the one that best suits you. Also, choosing cheaper forms of accommodation gives you extra money to spend on all the great stuff to do in Newcastle!

Author: Roomlala