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Newcastle is a bustling city in the North-East of England. It’s famous for its unique accent and strong regional identity. Being home to two big universities, Newcastle is a great place for students. It’s got plenty of places to go out and plenty of places to explore. Welcome to the Toon!
If you’re new to the city, our Newcastle city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Newcastle’s city centre is quite compact, so you won’t need any buses to get around. Newcastle University is located right in the city centre and is within walking distance. Northumbria University’s campus is also located right in the city centre.
Newcastle has an extensive metro network, which can be a great way to get around the city or go longer distances.
In terms of getting around by taxi, there are lots of taxi ranks in the city centre and an average fare shouldn’t cost too much. Also, Uber is available in Newcastle.
TIP: Be sure to check out any day saver deals on metro and bus travel. It can save you quite a bit!
Newcastle is a city known for its bustling nightlife and long history. There’s so much to see and do here. It’s a great city for people who like to party hard, but also suits people who enjoy life at a slower pace.
If you love history, one thing to do is to check out Newcastle castle. If you can handle the awkward repetition when saying it, this is definitely a place worth checking out. It’s a beautiful landmark that played a big part in Newcastle’s long history.
If you fancy a nice walk, go on down to the Quayside. You get lots of lovely views here and it’s a nice place to walk around in at night!
For something a little different, pop over to Chinatown! Stowell Street is lined with loads of great places to grab some Chinese food and the street is beautiful to look at. The street begins with huge Chinese arch hanging over it and the streetlights have been replaced with Chinese style lanterns! It’s one of only four other Chinatowns in the whole of the UK.
If you’re looking for somewhere to get some drinks with friends, there’s plenty on offer! Livello is a stunning cocktail bar with a futuristic feel to it. Let your competitive side run wild at Alvino’s Bar, where they’ve got table football and awesome pinball machines to play with! The Botanist is a beautifully decorated bar and lives up to its leafy name! The Cluny is a good place to check out if you’re a fan of your quality beers. They often host gigs here too, so it’s great if you’re into your live music!
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Newcastle is a party-hard city, so if you fancy a big night out, you’ve come to the right place. Digital is a good place if you’re a fan of big dance floors, big sound-systems and big tunes. This is definitely a club that you’ll want to party in and is perfect for fans of EDM. It’s even been nicknamed the ‘Fabric of the North’ referring to the iconic London dance club. The Cosmic Ballroom is another great place to check out. It’s got great DJs and is a place you can easily spend all night in. Perdu and Tup Tup Palace are cool places to check out too; they’re a little bit more mainstream than the others mentioned. Tiger Tiger is a student classic as well. Be warned though, you may accidentally bump into the cast of Geordie Shore at some point on your night out! (*shudder*). Don’t get too ‘mortal’ though eh?
If you want some to relax after that night of partying, the aptly named Settle Down Café is a great place to grab a coffee. Other nice places for a cuppa would be Violets and Long Play Café.
If you’re a football fan, you’ll feel right at home in Newcastle. The city has got a long footballing history and has birthed legends of the game! St.James Park is a stunning ground with an incredible atmosphere. It’s home to Newcastle United. Geordies are known for their strong footballing spirit and their fierce passion so get stuck in! Newcastle currently battles it out in the premier league, so you’ll have loads of top-flight football games to go to, right on your doorstep!
Newcastle has got loads to offer when it comes to having a meal out. Newcastle is a fairly large city, so you’ll find all of the main restaurant chains here.
The Herb Garden is a stunning place to eat out. It’s got a beautiful interior that’s lined with gorgeous illuminations and lanterns. Simla is a cosy curry house with delicious Indian cuisine. Simla will give you a whole new perspective on Indian food as well as a full stomach!
The Bridge Tavern is a great place to get some pub-style grub. It’s a warm and cosy place with a great range of food. Portofino is a great Italian restaurant that’s located in a gorgeous Victorian-era building.
If you fancy some international food, grab a burrito at Zapatista Burrito Bar. It’s a great value as well if you’re looking to save a few quid!
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For vegetarians and vegans, the Sky Apple Café has a great range of veggie dishes and the café has a stunning rustic interior. Supernatural Café certainly lives up to its name with tons of creative and delicious meat-free dishes!
Also, make sure you take a walk into Chinatown. It’s lined with tons of awesome Chinese takeaways and restaurants!
Newcastle is home to loads of great shops. The city has got a huge range of different styles. You’ll be able to find anything you want here.
The Eldon Square and Metro Centre shopping centres will cater to most of your shopping needs. Both have lots of different clothes shops as well as places to get gifts and gadgets. They both have a wide range of restaurants and places to get a bite to eat as well.
If you fancy popping into some vintage shops, Newcastle has a lot to offer. The Yesterday Society, Flip Vintage American Clothing and Retro are all cool places to check out and pick up some old-school threads!
Newcastle has four main areas where students tend to live. Unusually though, which uni you attend will likely determine which area you live in. Newcastle is split down the middle, with University of Northumbria students tending to live in Sandyford or near the Quayside. University of Newcastle tend to live in the Jesmond or Heaton areas.
Jesmond is about 25 minutes walking distance from the uni, but you can hop on the metro and be there in five. Jesmond tends to be a little more expensive than the other areas, but it’s still cheap compared to the rest of the UK. It’s thought as being prettier than the other areas, but some students prefer the more convenient locations of the other areas.
Sandyford is a little cheaper to live in and only a short 15 minute walk to the centre of town.
Heaton has a high concentration of students, so you’ll probably find a lot of your mates choosing to live here. It’s known for cheap rents as well, so if you’re on a budget, this area is a good choice.
Some students choose to live in the city centre. This has its perks as you will be close to most of the clubs, bars and shops. You won’t be living as close to as many students though, as the city centre is a big mix of locals, working professionals and students. Rents tend to be higher here as well.
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