The city of Newcastle is located in Northumberland in the north east of England. Newcastle is home to a student population of over 42,000, which means the city comes to life at night. There is an abundance of bars, pubs and clubs to keep you dancing ‘til dawn. Bambu is a club in the city centre and is a popular student hangout, particularly during the week when selected drinks are only £1. The Quayside and Haymarket areas of the city are popular evening destinations and there are many bars and pubs. The area along Scotswood Road is known as the ‘Pink Triangle’ and is the city’s gay village.
Newcastle is known for its excellent shopping facilities and offers a number of shopping centres. Eldon Square is the UK’s largest city centre shopping centre and is home to over 150 high street names including Debenhams, John Lewis and Guess. The Metrocentre is Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex and includes over 330 shops and 50 restaurants.
The location of Newcastle near the areas of the Lake District, Scottish Borders and Yorkshire Dales means there are ample opportunities for exercise and fresh air. Walking and climbing are popular past times as well as skiing in the Scottish hills.
There are a number of art galleries, museums and exhibition spaces dotted throughout the city. The Great North Museum and Gallery is located at the edge of the university and holds over 3,500 artefacts of historical and cultural significance. Highlights at the museum include one of the most complete T-Rex remains in existence. The Laing Art Gallery at the other side of the city hosts an impressive collection of 18th and 19th century paintings. The gallery also features regular contemporary art exhibitions.