We continue our in-depth look into some of the best student cities in the UK with another jewel in the crown of the North of England, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The riverside city is well known around the world for its bridges and has a reputation for being a student hub, housing two universities either side of the Tyne river. In order to do the town of the ‘Geordies’ justice, we have enlisted the help of Lundgren Tours’ Robert Jones (now as seen on TV). He knows these streets better than most having studied in Newcastle and now provides tours to visitors.
The city’s number one attraction is the Quayside, which has become a nightlife hotspot with bars, restaurants and nightclubs located along the quays.
One of the trendiest spots at the quayside is ‘By the River Brew Company’, which is old shipping containers converted into bars and restaurants. This pays homage to the rich ties to the shipping industry that Tyne and Wear has. The settlement is located at the other side of the river, in Gateshead.
For Sports fans, St. James’ Park is a must-see. Home to Newcastle United F.C., the stadium is the 12th biggest in the UK with over 52,000 seats. The atmosphere in the stadium and the city on Saturdays, when games are played, is electric. This city loves their ‘Toon Army’ and has a rich football history which they are immensely proud of. The Magpies have the privilege of being the last club Premier League top goalscorer Alan Shearer played for, who is a legend of the English game.
Right next to St. James’ Park is the new, innovative Newcastle Helix Building which is a hub for “improving the quality of life for families, communities and cities all over the world.” This Industrial tech and Science business institution is a great source of graduate jobs and research opportunities, especially because they were in tandem with Newcastle University to further their mission.
Newcastle would not be as recognisable as it is without it’s magnificent bridges which stretch over the Tyne River. “We’re famous for our bridges here, we’ve got the tyne bridge, millennium bridge (the blinking eye), the swing bridge” says Robert Jones from Lundgren Tours
With regards to nightclubs, Robert claimed that everyone needs to go to ‘Digital’ at least once, with five rooms with a different room for different music genres. ‘Beer Colour’ is another popular sport, particularly with international students, this place is unique as it fulfills that fantasy of dancing on tables in public!
Every great city has a place that you can use as a beacon if you get lost; New York’s Empire State Building, London’s Big Ben, and Newcastle is no different with it’s Earl Grey monument. A towering monument to famous abolitionist Earl Grey (and yes, he has a tea named after him).
You are guaranteed a quirky afternoon outing at ‘Dog ‘n’ Scone’ which is a dog cafe where the dogs rotate around you and your friends whilst you enjoy a nice spot of lunch. Dog lovers will find themselves struggling to leave.
The people in Newcastle have a grand reputation as “one of the friendliest groups of people in the UK”, according to Robert, who attended Newcastle University before starting his guided tours. The people of the city are always up for a chit chat, regardless of whether they know you or not. This openness makes it easier for students to integrate with the people, especially such a loud culture like the ‘Geordie’ culture.
If you want a relaxing day at the park then you are also in luck, with Newcastle having just under 1,000 acres of green space. Parks such as Jesmond Dean, Exhibition Park and Leazes Park being the pick of the bunch. The two latter parks are actually linked by a wide green space which is home to a farm and is often frequented by the local livestock…so watch your step.
Overall, Newcastle has a lot to offer for all tastes and interests. The two universities in the city are also ranked inside the top 50 universities in the country. With so much to explore, both in and outside of the city, Newcastle is a gateway to a plethora of experiences that are simply too good to miss. But don’t take our word for it…try it yourself.
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