If you’re heading up north to study in Newcastle, you might be preparing to enjoy that legendary Geordie hospitality, with plenty of wild nights on the town accompanied by a few pints of famous Newcastle Brown Ale. But there’s so much more to Newcastle student life than pubs and parties. Here are some popular places in Newcastle you can visit to enjoy some downtime or take in some local culture.
For the Creatives: The Biscuit Factory
This is the largest independent commercial art gallery in the UK. You’ll find it in a former Victorian warehouse in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter. The Biscuit Factory is open seven days a week, and you’ll always find an inspiring variety of artworks, crafts and designs on display.
For the Foodies: Grainger Market
Grainger Street is home to this traditional-style covered market, which dates back to 1835 and is Grade I Listed. Crafts, fabrics and quirky vintage goods are available, but the food is what brings the crowds to Grainger Market. Here you’ll find a choice of fresh baked goods and deli meats, crépes, pizza, Turkish mezze and a rich variety of street food.
For the Nature-Lovers: Jesmond Dene
Jesmond Dene is a green oasis in the northeast of Newcastle, linked to Armstrong Park. This beautiful dell features a nature trail that takes visitors past the Old Mill – it’s the perfect spot for a romantic riverside walk. Animal-lovers will enjoy a visit to Pet’s Corner, the Jesmond Dene petting zoo which is home to cute critters of all shapes and sizes.
For the Historians: Discovery Museum
Embrace your inner geek and take in some fascinating exhibits at the Discovery Museum, from vintage cars to steam engines to jet turbines. The museum will give you new insight into Newcastle’s maritime, scientific and technological innovations.
For the Socialites: The Stack
If you’re looking to mingle and meet new people, visit The Stack at the bottom of Northumberland Street. This popular student hotspot has a great variety of bars and eateries, as well as an eclectic array of shops, and regular live entertainment events.
For the Beer Buffs: Stu Brew
Newcastle student life wouldn’t be complete without a local brewery tour. Stu Brew, based at Newcastle University, is Europe’s first student-run microbrewery, and well worth a visit. The sustainable microbrewery is managed through Newcastle University Students’ Union. Stu Brew beers are available at venues across the campus, as well as several pubs and bars in the city.
Newcastle has a friendly, cosmopolitan vibe and a compact city centre that’s easy to navigate. Enjoy all the city has to offer, with Newcastle student accommodation from Fresh Student Living. Whether you’re attending Newcastle or Northumbria University or Newcastle College, we can put you up in a shared apartment, studio or a 1 or 2-bed apartment, that’s close to your campus and gives you easy access to the local attractions.