Newcastle upon Tyne, in the North East of England, has an estimated population of 300,000 people. The city, or the ‘Toon’ as it is referred to locally, is synonymous with culture, a welcoming atmosphere, and, unfortunately, rather poor weather.
As of 2017, the two universities in the city, Newcastle University, and Northumbria University, boasted 23,000 and 26,000 students respectively. Taking those statistics into consideration, almost a sixth of the entire population in the city are students — and we aren’t surprised.
Student Hut ranked Newcastle as the number one city for students in the UK, thanks to its vibrant nightlife, well-connected transport system, and over-arching value for money. Beating off stiff competition such as London, Leeds, and Manchester is no easy feat, however, the home of the Magpies definitely held its own when it came down to the nitty gritty – making it the perfect location for undergraduate students looking at university clearing courses.
That got us thinking, some of the biggest rivalries in the UK exist between North and South. Take music for example: Queen vs The Beatles, Rolling Stones vs Dire Straits, and Blur vs Oasis. However, drumsticks aside, how do the two compare when it comes to cost, especially for a student about to take the leap into further education? In this article, we pit Newcastle in the North, against London in the South.
Rumour would have it that the nightlife in Newcastle consists of nothing more than partygoers venturing outside without a jacket on in the depths of winter. Although the previous two claims may boast a smidgen of truth, the city does actually offer significantly more in the way of entertainment. Stack, a recently developed shipping container complex located in the city centre at the end of Northumberland Street, plays home to a variety of alternative eateries and bars, and regularly hosts live music sessions.
For a more classic vibe, Tyne Bar, nestled in between the picturesque Ouseburn Valley and Tyne Lock, is a rustic pub which screams Geordie lifestyle. Free food on a Tuesday, do we need to go on? A short stroll up Ouseburn leads you to The Cluny, a venue which has played host to some of the UK’s biggest acts. You may have heard of low-key visitors such as Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, and Gerry Cinnamon.
Alternatively, Jesmond, the suburb which houses most of the second and third-year students, consists of a variety of bars which host daily drinks promotions.
In the centre of town, a stone’s throw away from Monument, find yourself in fits of laughter at the ever-popular Stand. An alternative comedy club, The Stand, has links to the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You might go home with sore ribs from laughing, but at least your bank won’t have taken a battering, with most shows costing around £7 […]