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9 things you can't miss as a student in Newcastle

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If you've got an offer to study in Newcastle, you've struck gold. It's a city like no other. Regularly voted among the happiest and best cities to live in in the UK, it's a thriving, diverse and exciting place to live and study.

To top it all off, our region’s impressive transport system makes it easy to get to all your favourite places conveniently - helping you unlock the very best of Newcastle. 


1. Digital: If New York is the city that never sleeps, Newcastle is the city that survives on a few hours kip and a healthy dose of Pro Plus. It’s been voted the best city for student nightlife for a reason. After hitting a trebles bar, head to Digi Mondays for the best night out the city has to offer. In a venue boasting three floors and five rooms, there's something to please just about all tastes here.

2. St James' Park: Wherever your footballing loyalties lie, no trip to Newcastle is complete without a visit to the home of Newcastle United – on match days, the city comes alive with black and white, and nothing quite matches the atmosphere inside the ground when 50,000 of the Geordie faithful are in full voice. Alternatively, tours of the ground are inexpensive and the 'Magpies eye view' from the top of the stadium offers breathtaking views of the city.

St James' Park

3. Fat Hippo Underground: If you're eagle-eyed enough to spot the red neon sign marking its entrance, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best burgers in the North East. Rustic, industrial interiors and real, honest food that won't burn through your student loan. For the veggies among us, their Mac The Ripper burger is not to be missed.

4. Tynemouth Beach: Get away from it all and clear your head over fish and chips for the cost of a metro or bus ticket at Longsands Beach in Tynemouth, one of the finest in the UK – Riley’s Fish bars offers spectacular sea views and award winning, freshly caught seafood that won’t break the bank.

Tynemouth Beach 

5. Jesmond Dene: Sometimes the urban jungle can get a bit much – if it does, hop off the bus or metro at Ilford Road to take in the serene beauty of Jesmond Dene, a hidden jewel that feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. 

6. Stein Bierkeller: Right in the heart of the city's historic Bigg Market, prepare yourself for a night of table dancing, stein-swigging Bavarian fun. There's a great selection of lagers and cocktails on offer - but stick to the house beers if you're trying to keep money in your pocket. Even the quietest, most unassuming fresher will find themselves swaying on the benches, singing their heart out by the end of the night.

7. The Quayside:  Take an evening stroll along the Quayside and make the most of the many bars and restaurants it has to offer. The feeling you get as the bridges over the Tyne come to life in all their illuminated glory is nothing short of love at first sight.

The Palm Beach at Newcastle's Quayside

8. The Diamond Strip: A firm favourite of the Geordie Shore crew, the city's legendary Diamond Strip is always the liveliest part of town. Start your night with a few trebles or bombs at Empress or Soho Rooms, before getting in amongst it. Madame Koos, Floritas and House of Smith play host to Waikiki on a Tuesday night; the go to place if you love your hip hop and r'n'b.

9. The Butterfly Cabinet: It may be a bit of a trek from the city centre, but breakfast at the Butterfly Cabinet in Heaton is worth the walk - it's widely regarded as the best in the city. From a full english to Eggs Benedict, from omelettes to pancakes, they do the lot - but make sure you get there early, because the queues can swell to an enormous size.

Wondering how to get around in Tyne and Wear for less? There is a range of student tickets available from less than £1 a day that can be used for unlimited travel on bus services, Metro, Shields Ferry, and Sunderland to Blaydon Rail line or all of them. 

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