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.
The city 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 all over the world. If you’re looking for a way to keep busy, here are some fun things to do in Newcastle for students:
Join the biggest student pub crawl in Newcastle
‘Poly V Posh’ Bar Crawl is a lively annual event and the largest student pub crawl in the city. Each year sees well over 2500 participants bar hopping, visiting clubs and battling it out in Gladiator-style events and battles in a mish-mash of fun and entertainment. This one’s not to be missed when studying in this city.
Enjoy four floors of 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. Voted ‘Best Nightclub’ in 2019 – pop in for a night of high-spirited shenanigans, friendly vibes and good music!
Get creative with poetry readings, live comedy and more
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!
Watch live music with a difference
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.
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.
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