Fun Things To Do In Newcastle for Students

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Located on the River Tyne in England's north-eastern stretch, the bustling city of Newcastle is a major student city with loads to do and see. It was voted the second-best student city in the world by The Campus Adviser in 2022, thanks to the friendliness of the city, cost of living, nightlife, public transport, amenities and safety.


The city overall has been voted friendliest in the UK thanks to its atmosphere, great social scene and lively local Geordies, who make settling in a breeze. Newcastle student life is jam-packed with things to do and boasts something for everyone, from art galleries and food stalls to rooftop bars, beautiful outdoor spots and breweries galore.


A rich historical background and stellar academic options like Northumbria University or Newcastle University make it a top choice for students worldwide. If you're looking for a way to keep busy, here are some fun things for students to do in Newcastle:


Hit the nightlife    

Newcastle’s known for its nightlife for a reason. It’s a great place to party, socialise and get to know the area better. There’s everything from pubs, clubs, bars and live venues through to bowling alleys, theatres, late-night cafes, independent cinemas and places to grab food.  Jesmond and Sandyford are great spots for students as they’re close to the city centre but still affordable with loads of places running happy hours.

Get into the music         

Alternative nightclub Rise most certainly has you covered if you're looking for a good night out and music that caters to pretty much everyone. Four floors of music provide rock and alternative tracks, indie rock and roll, soul or funk and disco, plus loads of regular gigs and student events. Voted 'Best Nightclub' in 2022 – pop in for a night of high-spirited shenanigans, friendly vibes and good music! Digital is another multi-floor venue that hosts special events, nights and big-name DJs. It’s Newcastle’s biggest nightclub that’s popular with students and Geordie locals alike. If clubbing isn't your thing, then Bongo’s Bingo might just be for you – it’s a wild night of dancing, bingo, prizes and antics.


Get creative with poetry readings and creative exhibits    

In need of some creative inspiration? Monthly showcase Born Lippy hosts some of the most innovative and fun activities to do in Newcastle for the artistically inclined; from live comedy shows to poetry readings, storytelling to slam battles – look no further than this house of mint! You’ll also find The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Tyne Theatre, The People’s Theatre and PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay all within easy travelling distance.


Watch music, comedy and more     

For the perfect lifestyle experience, Sage Gateshead is Newcastle's prestige culture centre, boasting some of the city's – if not the country's finest classical performances, exhibitions and state-of-the-art architecture. If you fancy something a bit bigger, O2 City Hall Newcastle, Utilita Arena and St. James’ Park hosts some of the world’s biggest artists. Whether you want to embrace your inner Geordie and sing along to Sam Fender or you’re feeling like seeing a big-name comedian like Russell Howard then you’ll find them in the city.   


Indulge in art

For those on a budget, explore the Baltic Museum as one of many free things to do in Newcastle. Housed in a landmark industrial building, the museum has long been a student favourite offering a wild array of art, sculpture as well as an exquisite rooftop restaurant. There are plenty of galleries in and around the city, such as The Biscuit Factory – the UK’s largest independent contemporary art, craft and design gallery – located in Ouseburn. They provide a platform for local and national artists, and plenty of inspiration if art’s your thing.


Head to the seaside

So the seaside isn’t in Newcastle technically, but you can get to the award-winning Longsands Beach in Tynemouth in just 15 minutes by car, metro or bus. If you’re into (slightly cold) surfing, then this is the spot to do it all year round, you can even get lessons and board hire if you head there at the right time. King Edward’s Bay is just a 10-minute walk away from Longsands Beach. Want more of a seaside vibe? Head to Whitley Bay. Just 10 miles east of Newcastle, it’s a popular holiday resort with nightlife and direct links to the city centre by metro.


Get involved in some sport

Newcastle isn’t just about football. Whether you want to watch or take part, you’ll find plenty of sports taking place in and around the city, including rugby, golf, kayaking, cricket, basketball, athletics, speedway, horse racing and ice skating. You can take stadium tours, get involved or head to a game. The Great North Run is also held each September, so you can either go and support the runners or throw on your trainers and get involved for a good cause.


Take a hike

Want to get out into the great outdoors without breaking the bank? If you want to stay in the city you’ll find plenty of green space to hang out in, or if you want to take a little trip into the  countryside and head for Hadrian’s Wall, there’s plenty of walking routes, woodland, hills and things to see (like the Angel of the North). Or as already mentioned, there are a bounty of beaches to walk across just outside of Newcastle.

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