For those of you looking to get out of Newcastle for a day, and see as much of the UK as possible, there’s plenty to do in the north east and all are accessible by public transport.
South Shields is a half hour trip on the metro for a day at the seaside. Walk along the beach and visit the arcades but don’t forget to take a jacket as it can be windy at the coast. No trip to the seaside would be complete without fish and chips and South Shields has some of the best in the country.
Head to Durham on the train, the journey is only around 15 minutes and trains run all day from central station. You’ll never be short of something to do. Guided tours take place in the Cathedral twice a day for those wanting to explore the heritage. When the weather is good picnics by the river are always nice and you can even take a row boat out on the river. Durham also has a wide range of restaurants and bars which are perfect for students with their low prices and tasty cocktails.
If your favourite thing to do when you get your student loan is shop then the Metrocentre is ideal. It not only has over 300 stores and restaurants but also has a cinema and an entertainment centre which includes an arcade, bowling and Europe’s fastest dodgems. Buses run from the city centre and Gateshead interchange up to every 8 minutes and take only 15 minutes so you’ll have no trouble getting there.
When you’re looking to go further afield Edinburgh is the perfect location for a fun weekend. December is a good time to go, with the city hosting a fantastic Christmas market which includes ice skating and a range of stalls especially good for finding Christmas presents. However, there is plenty to do all year round such as exploring the castle if you’re interested in the history of Scotland and Edinburgh zoo for those animal lovers. Just an hour and a half on the train will take you into the city where there is a range of hotels to choose from depending on your budget. If you are on a budget plan this trip in advance to save on train fares.
Some of you may want to get away from city life and spend some time in the countryside instead. If this is the case then pack your walking boots and hop on a train to the Lake District. There are loads of different places in the Lakes to choose from such as Keswick, Kendal or Windermere, all of which have no end of walking routes and country pubs to explore. There are also a few accommodation options to choose from; you could rent a lodge cabin, stay in a hostel or even take a tent and camp if you’re brave.
The options for places to visit around Newcastle and all over the UK are endless so you should never have a dull weekend during your time at University. To keep up to date on our future blog posts follow us on twitter - @RoseworthSL. We’ll have more tips on student life and advice for accommodation.