Student’s Guide to Newcastle

7 Sep

Are you a fresher in Newcastle? Lucky you! Follow my guide on where to go…

ATTRACTIONS

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art: Gateshead Quays, Southshore Road, NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. http://www.balticmill.com/. Open Mon, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm; Tue 10:30am-6pm. Free Entry. If contemporary art is your thing, a visit to the BALTIC is a must. What’s more, after a look around the gallery you can enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Tyneside over a coffee in the modern rooftop restaurant.

Angel of the North: Low Eighton, Gateshead, NE8 7UB. Tel: 0191 433 3000. Have your photograph taken at the feet of a 66ft steel angel. An asset to the Gateshead landscape, Antony Gormley’s creation is cherished by northerners. Take a picnic if it’s sunny as there’s lovely greenery around it to eat your sandwiches whilst admiring the breathtaking view.

Discovery Museum: Blandford Square, NE1 4JE. Subway: Central Station. Tel: 0191 232 6789. http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/discovery/ Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2pm-5pm. Free Entry. Get to know the history of the city you’re living in by visiting this treasure trove of exhibitions and fun activities. Don’t miss the ‘Chronicle Exhibition’, with fascinating photos from the local rag from the last 100 years.

1st Bowl: Westgate Road, NE4 8RN. Tel: 0191 256 8736. http://www.1stbowl.com/newcastle/index-newcastle.html. Open daily 10am – 12am. In between lectures and parties, why not play a few rounds of ten pin bowling. Tuesdays and Sundays are student nights, so that means games are only £1.50, and grab yourself a pint for £1.50, with 10% off food.

Life Centre Ice Skating Rink: Times Square, NE1 4EP. Tel: 0191 243 8210. http://www.life.org.uk. From November 12th until February. The Life Centre will get you in the festive spirit this autumn, as they’re hosting the regions favourite ice rink. You can even relax after with a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine. What’s not to love?

RESTAURANTS

Al Basha: 7-9 Bigg Market, NE1 1UN . Tel: 0191 222 1303. http://www.albasha.co.uk Open 12pm-1:30am. Whether you fancy home cooked, Lebanese grilled food, or just want to grab a sandwich, this is the place for you. You’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth with the generous sides. All the dishes are taken from the chef’s mothers recipes.

As You Like It: Archbold Terrace, NE2 1DB. Tel: 0191 281 2277. http://www.asyoulikeitjesmond.com If comfy chairs, proper organic beer and tasty delights are your thing, then you’ll certainly like this. Voted the 7th sexiest restaurant in the world, this honest home-style cooking ticks every box. Enjoy a sharing platter with friends and free comedy nights in the autumn months.

Gekko: The Gate, NE1 5TG. Tel: 0191 260 5005. http://www.lovegekko.com. Does your course mate love Chinese, but you prefer Mexican? End all dinner time arguments, and head to Gekko. For £4.99, students can pick and choose from the all you can eat buffet, with anything from grill and light soups, to patisserie desserts.

Munchies: 5 St Mary’s Place, NE1 7PG. Tel: 0191 221 0707. No night out in Newcastle is complete without a trip to Munchies. A favourite amongst students, the fast food restaurant boasts the best chips ‘n’ gravy in the city.

Sky Apple Cafe: 182 Heaton Road, NE6 5HP. Tel: 0191 209 2571. http://www.skyapple.co.uk Whether your vegan, veggie or just a great fan of inventive, seasonal cooking, the Sky Apple offers a range of culinary delights. With a menu that changes every month or so, enjoy some autumnal apple doughnuts with cinder toffee sand.

BARS

Basement Treble’s Bar: 118 Grey Street, NE1 6EE. Tel: 0191 261 5587. With the world’s longest bar, you won’t be waiting long for your drink. Don’t be alarmed if you hear someone order a ‘Golden Shower’ – it’s one of the bars specialty drinks with an unusual blend of peach schnapps, tequila, apple juice and lemonade.

Hancock: 2A Hancock Street, NE2 4PU. Tel: 0191 281 5653. With pints for a pound and classic pub grub, it’s no wonder Hancock is a regular meeting point for societies and pub crawls. The pub caters for a wide range of music tastes, with 4 DJ’s featured on different nights.

Crows Nest: Percy Street, NE1 7RY. Tel: 0191 261 2607. If you fancy a change from the university canteen, head to the Crows Nest and make the most of their two meals for £7.

The Boulevard: 3-9 Church Street, NE1 4HF. Tel: 0191 250 7068. http://www.boulevardnewcastle.co.uk. For a night to remember, visit the faboulas Boulevard, where “burlesque meets Broadway”. Professional female impersonators will keep you entertained, with outrageous comedy that would give Priscilla a run for her money!

Shearers Sports Bar: St James’s Blvd, NE1 4ST. Tel: 0191 201 8688. A must for football fans, the sports bar named after Newcastle’s ‘number nine’ has student nights on Monday and Wednesday.

NIGHTLIFE

Tiger Tiger, The Gate: Newgate Street, NE1 5RE. Tel: 0191 235 7065. http://www.tigertiger-newcastle.co.uk/ Whether you’re out for a bite to eat or karaoke with course mate, Tiger Tiger has loads of offers and discounted deals for students. Sign up to the Tiger Tiger online newsletter for free, to get exclusive vouchers and free drinks.

The Cluny: 36 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ. Tel: 0191 230 4474. http://www.thecluny.com The converted warehouse offers the perfect mix of funky décor, craft ciders and live music. If you’re an ale fan, sample all 8 of the pubs real ales.

The Hyena Comedy Club: 17 Leazes Park Road, NE1 4PF. Tel: 0191 232 6030. http://www.thehyena.com If you’re game for a laugh and fancy a change from student pubs, make use of the ‘free membership’ available at the Hyena Comedy Club.
The Metro Radio Arena: The venue attracts big-name bands and artists, so keep an eye out for your favourite. The venue offers occasional free workshops and events for students, so a trip to the arena doesn’t have to rinse your student loan.

CINEMA

Tyneside Cinema: 10 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6QG. Tel: 0845 217 9909. Sick of the usual box office giants and fancy a change? Head to this independent marvel and enjoy films from right across the world in a comfy leather arm chair.

Odeon, Metro Centre: 48 Garden Walk, NE11 9YG. Tel: 0871 2244 007. Caters for all your IMAX, 3D and other blockbuster needs. Head to The Gallery for complimentary popcorn.

THEATRE

Live Theatre: Broad Chare, Quayside, NE1 3DQ, http://www.live.org.uk. If you enjoy interaction with performers, this is one for you. Audience’s can meet leading writers or even showcase their own scripts.

USEFUL LINKS

The Metro: http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro. A convenient, fast and cheap way to travel. If you want to escape from essay stresses for the day, the yellow line will whisk you between the city and the coast.

Transfare Tickets: Available at the train station. These will allow you to travel on both bus and metro.

Quayside Sunday Market: NE1 3RT.Tel: 0191 277 1924. Buying local produce is often cheaper than supermarket fruit and veg. Head to the market at the end of the day for great bargains.

Blue Line Taxi’s: Fisher Street, NE6 4LT. Tel: 0191 262 6666. http://www.bluelinetaxis.com. Cheap, reliable, a favourite amongst students.

City Library: 33 New Bridge Street West, NE1 8AX. Tel: 0191 277 4100. For a change from the university library, head to this faboulas glass building, where you can have a coffee whilst using their express email facilities. Also, very useful if your university library doesn’t have that book you need.

BOX OUT

Newcastle’s gay scene is expanding rapidly, with the re-development of the area. The Gay Village or Pink Triangle as it’s otherwise known is just near Newcastle Central Station. The Number 52 Sauna on Scotswood Road is free to students on Wednesdays, so why not head there before watching a cabaret show at the outrageous Eazy Street Bar on Westmorland Street. Eazy Street is aimed at the bohemian gay scene, so if chandeliers and chic interior is more your kind of night head to @ne Bar on Marlborough Crescent. The bar promises live music on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, and boasts a flash baby grand for those who enjoy listening to a tinkling of the ivories. Want to let your hair down after a hard day of lectures? Head to Switch and the Loft on Scotswood Road… with the £1 drink promotions on ‘Shag Tag Mondays’, it would be rude not to!

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