What are the best things to do in Newcastle as a student?

Scenic shot of tyne bridge with lights

With a student population of about 42,000, Newcastle is a great place to explore whilst outside of university. It is important that once you have accepted your place at either one of the Newcastle universities (the University of Newcastle or Northumbria University) you book the Newcastle student accommodation as soon as possible. You may be interested in choosing accommodation that is conveniently located near some of the best things to do in Newcastle.

This guide will look at the best things to do in Newcastle as a student, including cultural places of interest, and how to choose the right student accommodation.

Newcastle landmarks

Known for its picturesque views and iconic sights such as the River Tyne and Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Newcastle has several landmarks that are of interest to tourists and students.

St James Park

St James Park is home to Newcastle United football club and is the 8th largest football stadium in England. The ground has been home to Newcastle United since 1892, and seats just over 52,000.

External view of newcastle st james parkLocated just outside of the city centre, St James Park is a short 20-minute walk from Mansion Tyne, our Newcastle student accommodation. For Newcastle United fans, Mansion Tyne is perfectly positioned for travelling to the football ground, or to Newcastle pubs to watch away games.

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Newcastle Castle

With a Grade I listed Stone Keep and home to a former prison, Newcastle Castle is nestled within the city centre and easily accessible. The Castle Keep, as it stands today, is built on the site that gave Newcastle its name, with a vast history dating back to the Romans.

When choosing student accommodation in Newcastle, you should consider certain factors that will benefit your stay. This includes the most popular areas in Newcastle for students, what is included in the price, and the room type.

Find out more about the different student accommodation options in Newcastle here.

Food and drink

The Northeast city offers a variety of iconic dishes, including Pease pudding and the traditional Newcastle Brown Ale. Most notably, Newcastle is the birthplace of the popular bakery chain Greggs, with the first shop opening in Gosforth in 1951.


Dating back to 1239, Blackfriars is believed to be the oldest purpose-built dining room in the United Kingdom. The banquet hall hosts a variety of events, including cookery classes and weddings, and has a comprehensive menu full of classic English dishes.

Newcastle is also known for its vibrant nightlife and status as a party destination. Popular areas for pubs and bars include Newcastle Quayside and the city centre.


As a heavily populated student city, Newcastle has an array of things to do with cultural importance.

Scenic shot of tyne bridge with lightsVictoria Tunnel

For something completely different, consider exploring Newcastle in a unique way. The Victoria Tunnel is a preserved 19th-century wagonway and runs beneath the city; from Town Moor to the River Tyne.

The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit Factory is a contemporary art gallery that is home to the largest commercial art, craft, and design gallery in the United Kingdom. Once a Victorian warehouse, The Biscuit Factory presents over 250 collections of work and is in Newcastle’s cultural district Ouseburn.

Between Ouseburn and Newcastle Quayside, our student accommodation is conveniently located for you to explore fun things to do outside of lectures. For those uninterested in art, Mansion Tyne hosts its own social areas, including a communal room, cinema room and outdoor space.

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Newcastle Lit and Phil Society

Based on Neville Street and in proximity to Newcastle Central Station, the Lit and Phil Society is the largest library in the UK outside of London. With a large collection of historical books, the space is not just used as a quiet reading room, but also for poetry sessions, lectures, and live music.

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Art, music, and film

The Baltic Centre

Along with The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle also has The Baltic Centre which is a contemporary art gallery. The once-flour mill has since been converted into a contemporary art gallery that hosts some of the most current modern art pieces and performances.

Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead is a popular concert venue that is located by the River Tyne. The venue consists of three performance spaces, with views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Tyne Bridge, and Newcastle Quayside. Past artists include James Brown, Blondie, and the Pet Shop Boys.

Tyneside cinema

Built as a newsreel theatre in the 1930s, Tyneside Cinema has maintained a niche selection of British and international films; compared to other larger cinema chains.

For a cinema closer to student accommodation, Mansion Tyne has its own cinema room, with comfortable seating and beanbags for socialising. Choose the perfect movie for hosting film nights, or screen the latest sporting event.

At Mansion Student, we provide Newcastle student accommodation that is located between the popular areas of Ouseburn and Newcastle Quayside. We provide a range of room types, including studios, ensuites, and 1-bed apartments.

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How Mansion Student can help

Since 2007, Mansion Student has acquired, developed and maintained modern student accommodations throughout some of the most popular student cities in the United Kingdom. We prioritise your welfare during your stay, and will help you through every stage of the booking and tenancy period. Browse through our different student accommodation locations below:

If you are interested in staying at any of our student accommodations, arrange a viewing here to ensure you are completely happy with the property before booking.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best place to live as a student in Newcastle?

Depending on your preferences, you may decide to live in certain areas in Newcastle based on its location to the nightlife, local amenities, fun things to do, and university facilities. Popular student areas include Ouseburn, Sandyford, and Newcastle city centre.

Find out more about the most popular student areas in Newcastle here.

What is there to do in Newcastle at night?

Newcastle is known for its vibrant nightlife that hosts various student nights for all types of music tastes. Popular nightlife areas include Greys Street, known as the “Diamond Strip”, Newcastle Quayside and Jesmond.

Find out more about Newcastle nightlife here.

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