Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Newcastle

Knoll Court couldn’t be in a better location for studying in Newcastle. Northumbria University is just a short walk from the residence, and Newcastle University is less than 20-minutes away. To top that off, you’re in a central location in one of the friendliest cities in the UK!


Newcastle University

18-minute walk from Knoll Court

Newcastle University is just an 18-minute walk from Knoll Court or slightly shorter if you catch the bus.

Northumbria University (City Campus)

12-minute walk from Knoll Court

Northumbria University, City Campus is just a 12-minute walk from Knoll Court, and it’s quicker to walk than catch the bus – so no excuse not to!

Sainsbury’s Local

5-minute walk from Knoll Court

Just a short walk when you need to pick up some food on your way back from uni!

Tesco Metro

15-minute walk from Knoll Court

Just the place to grab your snacks for those long library sessions!

Intu Eldon Square

15-minute walk from Knoll Court

If you need a last-minute outfit for a night out, Intu Eldon Square has all the popular shops you need.

Intu Metrocentre

29-minutes by train from Knoll Court

A bit further afield, but as Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex – there’s few shops you won’t find here!

Co-op Food

12-minute walk from Knoll Court

Another small supermarket close by where you can stock up on milk and sugar when you’ve run out.

Grainger Market

13-minute walk from Knoll Court

An indoor market in the City Centre where you can get some great bargains and find lots of unique stalls – some of which even provide student discounts!

Alvinos Bar

8-minute walk from Knoll Court

A funky cocktail bar, set across 3 floors offering a range of cocktails for you to try! Start your night here or simply chill with food and great cocktails!

As You Like It

18-minute walk from Knoll Court

A unique bar and restaurant with vintage décor, great for a meet-up with your new uni friends or just a place to chill out.

Pleased to Meet You

10-minute walk from Knoll Court

A bar and restaurant serving cocktails, real ale and known for its good size burgers!


12-minute walk from Knoll Court

A trendy bar with an extensive cocktail menu and a great little rooftop terrace where you can view the beautiful city!


19-minute walk from Knoll Court

Known for its Monday student night, this is one of the top spots in Newcastle.

O2 Academy

15-minute walk from Knoll Court

Live music venue showcasing the latest upcoming acts as well as popular bands and artists.


20-minute walk from Knoll Court

Whether you want to bowl, eat, play ping-pong, play pool or take part in some karaoke – you can do it all here! They also have student offers and beer pong!

The Tyne Bar

16-minute walk from Knoll Court

Newcastle’s 'best kept secret' with great vibes, great beers, open mic nights and regular live music – for free!

The Redhouse

10-minute walk from Knoll Court

If you’re after traditional pie and mash, this traditional pub serving a menu of handmade pies has you covered!

Zapatista Burrito Bar

14-minute walk from Knoll Court

If you enjoy Mexican food, this is the place for you. Here you’ll find burritos, fajitas, Mexican beers and tequila – all in a great atmosphere.

Fat Hippo

10-minute walk from Knoll Court

Where you can find some of the best burgers in town! Not to mention a £5 lunch menu – perfect for when you’re trying to save your pennies!

Olive and Bean

15-minute walk from Knoll Court

If you fancy treating yourself to a nice breakfast or a sweet treat, you’ll find a nice choice of handmade cakes here.

BodyZone Fitness

10-minute walk from Knoll Court

A gym not too far offering special offers for students, so you can stay healthy while studying!

Nancy's Bordello

2-minute walk from Knoll Court

This shabby chic bar, popular with students, serves some wonderfully unique cocktails on the menu, some of which with discounted prices for students!


Newcastle has more than 600 shops in the city centre alone so you’ll have plenty to choose from. For your everyday needs, there are the huge shopping centres – Intu Eldon Square and the Intu Metrocentre (Europe’s largest shopping complex) in nearby Gateshead.

For regular high street stores you can head to Northumberland Street; if you’re looking for something a little more upmarket. For vintage finds and independent shops, the High Bridge Quarter is well worth a visit.


Newcastle may be more famous for its nightlife than its food, but it is making its mark on the culinary world, with more restaurants per square mile than any other city in the north east. What’s more, food in Newcastle is great for students – cheap, tasty and plentiful. It’s best known for its stottie cakes – round white buns which make brilliant sandwiches.

Foodies will love the Grainger market – a covered food market – and if you’re serious about your food, you should check out the annual EAT! Festival and its winter sister EAT! IN, which is all about creating and sharing the best local food.

If your parents are visiting, ask them to take you to the Broad Chare. For reasonably-priced Greek food try Kafeneon and if you like burritos you’ll love Zapatista.

Hungry students will love the gigantic burgers at Fat Hippo Underground and The Bridge Tavern offers a warm Geordie welcome to the town. The Annual EAT! Festival and its winter sister EAT! IN showcase the best local food as well as familiar friends from around the world.

There are also over 21 big-name restaurants within the Intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre within Grey’s Quarter.

On the banks of the River Tyne, Quayside has restaurants to suit everyone’s taste, and to top that off you get a beautiful view of Newcastle’s wonderful bridges.

There really are endless numbers of places to eat in town!


Consistently ranked in the top UK cities for student social life, Newcastle is party central. And not just on weekends – the city is buzzing every night of the week.

Students typically start the night in a trebles bar, which serves three shots of vodka with mixers. Most of the clubs are on the Quayside, close to the river, which has a wide range of bars, pubs, restaurants and live music venues, too. The Diamond Strip – which has a range of bars and clubs including Tup Tup Palace and Florita’s.

On Friday nights, you’ll find many students heading for Dirty Pop at the O2 Academy, with fancy dress themes, fire breathers and a bouncy castle, and if you get your essays finished over the weekend (and even if you haven’t!), there’s a Monday student night at Digital.


If you’re a culture vulture Newcastle boasts a diverse collection of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues to suit all tastes.

If contemporary art is your passion, head to The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and its new cultural hub, BALTIC 39 (partnered with Northumbria University). The People’s Theatre and Dance City offer students the chance to get involved in drama and dance.

Newcastle has some great theatres and event arenas: The Theatre Royal hosts a range of events from dance performances to popular stand-up comedians, and Metro Radio Arena hosts many concerts from big names like Kings of Leon and The Weeknd. Not forgetting the O2 Academy, which is a great venue for smaller gigs and The Cluny which has live music on most nights.

Newcastle’s museums are another highlight: check out the Discovery Museum, the Great North Museum and the Life Science Centre.