Living close to the uni campus and Into Building means you can easily walk pretty much everywhere within this compact city centre! If you have a bike it’s even quicker to get around using the dedicated cycle lanes. The closest metro station to Newcastle University is Haymarket which is just two stops to Central train station and one stop to Jesmond. Walk a few minutes to Monument metro station and you can get a metro to Tynemouth at the coast which takes under 25 minutes.
Things to do in Newcastle City Centre
• Pubs & Bars: Renting a property close to Newcastle University has the obvious benefit of being super close to the student union and bargain beers! Check out Men’s Bar at Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU), great for a post-lecture pint as well as playing host to some great bands and events. Other great places to grab a drink near the city campus include the Hotspur pub on Percy Street, the Five Swans Wetherspoons at St Mary’s Place, Bar Loco on Leazes Park Road and The Trent House which is just a five-minute walk. Venturing a little further into the city centre opens up your options to a massive array of chilled out bars, old school pubs, cocktail bars and even a German style Beer Keller – take your pick!
• Cafes & restaurants: A firm student favourite which is basically on campus is Quilliam Brothers tea house, open until midnight Monday-Friday, serving up a fantastic menu of flavoured and speciality teas, coffee and fabulous cakes. For breaks between lectures just nip to Northumberland Street for a choice of sushi from Nudo, a burrito from Zapatista, a burger from Five Guys and plenty of other options. In the Eldon Square shopping mall, you’ll also find the usual favourites including Nandos, Wagamamas, Pizza Express, George’s British Kitchen and Giraffe.
• Food/Shops: Just a few minutes’ walk from city campus and you can pick up groceries from Tesco Express on Percy Street, Sainsbury’s Local on Northumberland Street or do your big shop at Tesco Metro on Clayton Street. There is Chinese supermarket HiYou offering authentic Asian ingredients and if you’re feeling fancy why not head to Fenwick Food Hall for a treat. Newcastle is a brilliant city for shopping, all the most popular stores are pretty close to each other, so you can explore high street heroes Primark, Topshop, Urban Outfitters and Debenhams as well as Hugo Boss, Vivienne Westwood, and The White Company.
• Other things to do: Get cultural in Newcastle City Centre and explore some of the city’s museums and art galleries. The Laing Art Gallery is free to enter and alongside some wonderful artwork, offers workshops where you can explore your own creative side. Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf is a great activity for getting to know your housemates while playing a few holes and grabbing a bite to eat. A great budget night out is Red Raw at The Stand comedy club, at just £3 per ticket you can see their weekly showcase where new and experienced comedians pop in to test out their latest routines. There is a Cineworld cinema in The Gate showing the latest releases in 2D, 3D and even 4DX! They also show streams of opera, Shakespeare and other performances live from the National Theatre.