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An Abundance of Happiness in Newcastle

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Growing up we have all probably heard the story about a little boy being asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and he answers, “To be happy”. We often forget this main theme in life, especially during stressful periods at University.

Today is the International Day of Happiness (but you don’t have to wait until this day to be happy!) and so I thought I’d share few things about Newcastle that always put a smile on my face…

Campus & City Centre


The tightness of both Newcastle University and the City Centre means that you always run into friendly faces by the arches or at Luther’s in the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union is a place that always makes me happy as there’s always so much going on in there, from the frothy Starbucks that get you through lectures to great drinks deals to wind down the day!

Due to the city’s close proximity to campus, breaks in-between lectures gives you time to walk into town with your friends and grab a bite to eat. I don’t know about you, but grabbing a coffee and cupcake will ALWAYS brighten my mood regardless (sugar & caffeine rush please!).

It’s even more exciting if you go to a cute, aesthetically pleasing or hip coffee shop. The Great British Cupcakery, Violets and Quilliam Brothers are three of my favourites.




Newcastle has stunning historical areas and beautiful buildings (among the people too!) and I can’t get enough of viewing Grey’s Monument on a sunny day, or chilling out in Leazes Park. You can actually buy tickets to climb Grey’s Monument via Give it a GO and enjoy amazing panoramic views! #doitforthegram


Central Arcade can also feel so magical because, on a lucky day, you can hear saxophonists perform beautiful pieces. Make sure to go into the music shop (JG Windows) and check out their vinyl deals. Or, if music is not your thing, you could also try viewing the multitude of artwork on Grey Street. Newcastle undoubtedly has various happy places for every kind of person – find what makes you happy!

However, my very favourite thing to do, is to take in the spectacular view from the 5th floor of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, especially during sunset hours (unless you’re scared of heights!). It’s completely free and one of the best views in Newcastle!


Overall, Newcastle is friendly, beautiful and just a short Metro journey from the coast. Newcastle is therefore the perfect student city!

What makes a happy life is the ability to acknowledge the good in things. We can pursue happiness through the practice of thinking about the things we personally like among those little things we should be grateful for.

Don’t forget to Celebrate #Internationaldayofhappiness Newcastle!

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