8 things you need to do while studying in Newcastle


Newcastle is pretty much the perfect student city.

Besides its leading universities, 'the Toon' has so much on offer, from its hearty food to the vibrant nightlife.

These are the 8 things you absolutely NEED to tick-off your to-do list while you're studying in Newcastle.


8 things you need to do in Newcastle


1) Sip tea at Quilliam Brothers

Quillian Brothers

Image source: Newcastle Tea House


This quirky cafe has styled itself after a traditional Hungarian tea house with over 60 different kinds of lose leaf tea to choose from.

It’s the perfect spot to while away those free periods and get some reading done over a cuppa.

It also serves food for when you get peckish, and there’s a cosy cinema downstairs with showings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This popular tea house is right by Newcastle University (and a 15 minute’ walk from our student accommodation, Liberty Plaza and Liberty Central). 


2) Take a selfie with the city’s angel

Angel of the north


You can’t leave uni without a photo or five in front of Newcastle’s iconic Angel of the North sculpture.

You’ll have to travel a little way out of the city centre to see this, but it’s well worth the effort and makes for a memorable day trip with your flatmates.


3) Tuck into a Stottie Cake

Stottie cake

Image source: Lavender and Lovage


These flat and chewy bread rolls are everywhere in the Toon, and if you’ve not tried one yet – what have you been up to?!

Because of their generous size, stottie cakes make for a great and filling sandwich.

However, you can buy and eat them as they come at Greggs bakeries across Newcastle - another Geordie gift to the world.

Read about more Geordie foods you should try in Newcastle here.


4) Discover your new favourite band at The Cluny

The Cluny

Image source: Chronicle Live


You might have seen some of the world’s biggest acts at the O2 Academy and Metro Radio Arena, but have you visited The Cluny?

This independent music venue and bar regularly hosts gigs by up and coming local artists, as well as more established acts including The Vaccines, Solange Knowles and We Are Scientists.

You can visit this award-winning bar on Lime Street, just 10 minutes from  Liberty Quay Studios and Liberty Central


5) Sip on Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

Image source: Chronicle Live


This world-famous dark ale is known colloquially as a ‘bottle of dog’ or ‘pint of Broon’.

First produced in 1927, Newcastle Brown Ale is still a firm favourite across Tyneside and can be found, among other places, in Newcastle Uni’s Luther bar – both in its iconic bottles and on tap. 


6) Experience the atmosphere at NUFC


Image source: nufc.co.uk


St James Park is home to Newcastle United Football Club and it’s a must for all fans of the beautiful game.

And for those of you who hate football? Well you can take a stroll on the stadium’s roof. NUFC offer rooftop tours 150 feet up where you can snap the city from every angle.

St James Park is just 5 mins from Liberty Plaza


7) Have your mind blown at the BALTIC Centre


Image source: baltic.art


The Baltic Centre hosts contemporary art which “has power, relevance and meaning for individuals and communities.”

This amazing space showcases striking work by both local and international artists that’s sure to get you thinking.

It’s situated on the River Tyne, a 10-minute stroll from Liberty Quay Studios.


8) Rave the night away at Cosmic Ballroom

cosmic ballroom

Image source: Cosmic Ballroom, Newcastle © Facebook


And finally, we couldn’t make a list about Newcastle without discussing the nightlife.

Of course, there are hundreds of clubs and bars for you to sample during your student years in Newcastle, but we think Cosmic Ballroom should be considered a must.

Frequented by an eclectic mix of electronic DJs, brace yourself for an night of non-stop dancing until the small hours.

You can find Cosmic Ballroom in the city centre and it’s a 5 minute walk from Liberty Plaza.


If you’re studying in Newcastle, or planning to soon, check out Liberty Living’s all-inclusive, conveniently located accommodation here.

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