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Newcastle Guide For Students

Newcastle is the place to be a student!

More than 40,000 students already live here (that's about one in seven of the population), which makes students pretty important in the scheme of things here.

It's students who make Newcastle such a vibrant, modern, youthful city, renowned for its nightlife, sport, entertainment, shops and, last but not least, its friendliness.

Sitting on the banks of the River Tyne in the North East of England, Newcastle and Gateshead are closely linked – by seven bridges – and have been dramatically transformed into a new vibrant, cultural and cosmopolitan destination.

Arty city

NewcastleGatesheads re-birth as an important cultural centre of international significance has been recognised by Newsweek Magazine, which named it one of the most creative places in the world. This creative spark can be found throughout the city.


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is a spectacular conversion of a 1950s grain warehouse, housing five different galleries. BALTIC has no permanent collection but instead a changing, ambitious programme of complimentary exhibitions and, like many attractions in Newcastle, entry is free.

So much to do – so close by

Newcastle is surrounded by dramatic landscapes and scenery, including the two World Heritage sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle and Hadrian’s Wall - within easy reach by train or bus.

Shopping-Newcastle Gateshead rivals anywhere else in the country for the sheer number and variety of outlets. If it’s shopping heaven that you’re after, then look no further.

MetroCentre in Gateshead and Newcastle’s Eldon Square are amongst Europe’s largest centres for high-street stores. There are also a whole range of independent specialist shops offering designer labels, art, antiques and crafts and much more, both in the city centre and in nearby Jesmond.

If you’re up for a good night out, it’s very hard to beat Newcastle. Rated - by a US company - as one of the top ten cities in the world for partying, there’s a lot out there for every taste. The regeneration of the city has seen the creation of a hub of stylish, cosmopolitan bars, restaurants and clubs. From contemporary cuisine to traditional pubs serving hand-pulled ale - there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets.

Geordie attitude turns on the old saying, ‘work hard, play hard!’ Be it the legendary Bigg Market, the buzzing Gate complex, the swanky watering holes of the Quayside or Grey Street, the cosmopolitan bars of Jesmond's Osborne Road or the area around Central Station, there is opportunity for everyone to play as hard as they like as often as they like, usually at a price most students can afford.

Newcastle is famous for its clubs, and with so many to choose from it’s not hard to see why. The most notorious student nights are held throughout the week at Blu Bambu, Tiger Tiger, Ikon, Sea, Baja Beach Club and the Tuxedo Princess (affectionately known as ‘The Boat’), the latter being a permanent floating fixture of the Quayside with a somewhat perilous revolving dancefloor! Along with the great pubs and clubs offered by Newcastle comes a great music scene. The city has no shortage of venues, from pubs showing local bands to venues that regularly host acts known both nationally and worldwide.

For the more serious clubber however, the Newcastle scene has rocketed to success in recent years with the launch of numerous highly acclaimed club events. Shindig, now in its thirteenth year, still has the edge as it continues to attract a huge variety of big name DJs with Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Sister Bliss, Steve Lawler and Danny Rampling among those to have graced their decks. Promise on Friday @ Foundation does a similar job for the harder and progressive house scene, while other notable nights include any Friday or Saturday at World Headquarters.

On top of this, Newcastle hosts a comedy festival, loads of plays, huge concerts at the world-famous MetroRadio Arena and, if you fancy a quieter night, there are two cinemas in town as well.

With thanks to the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative for contributing towards this article. Why not visit to find out more information about Newcastle Gateshead.

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