As an overseas student, moving to a new place can be an exciting but also daunting experience. We are here to give you a warm and friendly “Geordie welcome and introduce you to our beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Here in Newcastle there are two Universities, Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The city was named as ‘Best Student City’ by the WhatUni Student Choice Award in 2014. With one in six people in Newcastle being a student, there is a huge range of things to do so that you enjoy your time here.
- Shopping – Newcastle is one of the top shopping destinations in the North and even has its own Fashion Week! There are over 600 shops in the city alone. Eldon Square Shopping Centre is one of the largest city centre shopping complexes in the UK and host to may high street shops. The main shopping street is Northumberland Street which is home to Fenwick Department Store, which houses some of the most luxurious designer labels. If you are after something more quirky and independent then you should check out the High Bridge shopping quarter and the Quayside Sunday Market which has over 200 stalls. On the other side of the river is the Intu Metro Centre which is the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe.
- Nightlife – Everyone loves a night out in the Toon, it is famous for its legendary nightlife! Newcastle student life is one of the UK’s best nights out. In the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Destination Awards for European Nightlife Destinations, Newcastle was awarded third behind London and Berlin and came 7th in the world category. Favourite hot spots for students include Shindig, Digital and World Headquarters. There are plenty of other bars and clubs in the Bigg Market, The Gate, Quayside, The Pink Triangle, Collingwood Street’s ‘Diamond Strip’ and Osborne Road in Jesmond.
- Eating Out – The city has a wide range of restaurants from Italian, Indian, Greek and Mexican. If you are looking for something International we recommend Chinatown, Zapatista which serves a taste of South America, Red Mezze, a favourite for Turkish cuisine and Fat Buddha an Asian Fusion Restaurant. There are also a number of late night cafes and restaurants and independent eateries.
- Theatre – The city has a proud history of theatre. It has hosted a season of performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company for over 25 years at the Theatre Royal. There are also various touring productions of West End Musicals. Hosting smaller and independent productions is the City Hall, which is a popular venue for live music and comedy. The Tyne Theatre hosts plays, music and comedy acts.
- Music – If you are into music then there are plenty of venues for you to choose from to including Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle City Hall, and the O2 Academy. All of these venues regularly get international acts playing. The Sage Gateshead hosts international jazz, folk, classical and pop artists. Up and coming musicians regular take the stage at The Cluny and The Cumberland Arms, which are both worth a visit.
- Festivals and Fairs – There are plenty of festivals and fairs throughout the year including Chinese New Year, comedy, beer, science, music, cycling and food festivals. There is also the Northern Pride festival, and the Mela Festival which is an annual two day multicultural event blending drama music and food from Punjabi, Pakistani, Bengali and Hindu cultures.
- Dance – there are a good range of dance opportunities. Dance City offers regular workshops, performances and dance classes, while the Theatre Royal hosts the likes of the Rambert dance company and many ballets.
- Museums and Galleries – If museums and galleries is your thing then you will not be disappointed as there is the Centre for Life, Discovery museum, Laing Art Gallery and The Biscuit factory. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art attracts a wide array of people. Northumbria University has partnered with BALTIC in opening a new cultural hub for art, called BALTIC 39. The Newcastle University led Great North Museum houses an impressive collection of 3,500 natural history, archaeological and ethnological collections, as well as hosting travelling national exhibitions from the likes of the British Museum.
- Sport – There are plenty of sporting events. Newcastle United Football Club plays in the Premier League at St James Park, England’s fourth largest football stadium. There is also the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, the most successful team in the history of the British Basketball League. The Newcastle Falcons Rugby Team play at Kingston Park. Each year Newcastle is host to one of the World’s most popular half marathons, The Great North Run. International Athletics is also held at Gateshead International Stadium.
- Outdoors – There is plenty of green space. The city’s town moor is larger than London’s Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath put together. It is host to the Hoppings Fun Fair, the largest travelling funfair in Europe, held in June each year.
- Countryside – The nearby North Pennines is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Northumberland National Park is nearby and includes Kielder Forest and Water Park, providing walks and sports.
- Coast – A 25 minute Metro ride takes you to Tynemouth, North Shields, Whitley Bay and South Shields, with miles of award-winning beaches making them perfect for walking, cycling and surfing – and of course the fish and chips.
- History – There is Hadrians wall which a world Heritage Site, across through Northumberland and even passes through the city in place and Bamburgh Castle which is just one of the many castles in Northumberland, which boasts more castles than any other UK county.
- Bridges – Newcastle is famous for its series of bridges including the Tyne Bridge. The High Level Bridge was the first road / rail bridge in the world. There is also the Swing Bridge and the more modern Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
For more information on Newcastle and what the city has to offer visit the following website Newcastle.