Newcastle boasts Europe’s largest shopping centre, Intu Metrocentre in Gateshead, which is home to over 340 stores to cater to all your high street and high end needs.

Alternatively, if searching for treasures in an Aladdin’s cave is more your style, the city’s thriving cultural quarter is home to Flea Circus, a department store full of independent sellers and creatives that promises quirky goods full of charm and personality.


While Newcastle is famous for their stotty cakes and chicken parmo, there are lots of fantastic cafes and restaurants in the city that cater to all budgets and diets.

Whether you’re craving a lunchtime mac & cheese bagel from DOT Bagels, some wholesome pub grub from The Bridge Tavern or a slap up Indian at the vibrant Dabbawal Jesmond, you won’t have to worry about running out of places to eat!


Newcastle is home to both big and small music venues, from the energetic O2 Academy Newcastle to the warm and friendly atmosphere at The Cluny in Ouseburn. The city also houses first-class musical theatre and gigs at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, both of which offer good transport links and student discount!

Venues like Think Tank? and The Tower Café also host lots of eclectic gigs to suit music lovers of every genre.


Newcastle is famous for its amazing nightlife, including Digital Monday’s – the city’s longest-running Monday club-night offering the best in dance music at Digital – Floritas, situated on the Diamond Strip and The Living Room, a upmarket cocktail bar with regular promotions.

For those hot summer months, Spy Bar in Jesmond does plenty of good offers for student budgets with the benefit of being able to soak up the rays on the strip just outside of the city centre.


Despite Newcastle’s modern and vibrant feel, the city is packed full of rich history and culture. If you’re in the mood for an art exhibition, check out the Baltic Centre – an international centre for contemporary art. If you’re more in the mood for a museum you’re spoiled for choice between the Life Science Centre, the Discovery Museum and the Great North Museum: Hancock.

If you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures to be had across the mosaic of heather, rolling hills and secret valleys of the Northumberland countryside.

Downing Student Life

Visit our blog
Back to Top