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“I Don’t Drink” – Why it doesn’t matter when you come to Newcastle

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Newcastle is famous for its diverse nightlife, so when your idea of a perfect night is putting a film on with good food and good company, the city can seem more than a little bit daunting. I fall squarely into this category; I had never stepped inside a club when I got confirmation that I would be attending Newcastle University and I was more than a little worried that I wouldn’t fit in. But I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Though most people associate Freshers’ Week with drinking alcohol to excess, it isn’t just about that and is really what you make of it. I tried to be open to new experiences and went on nights out where I found the places that I liked, and the places I really didn’t. And I could get up the next day, hang-over free, to go and make the most of the daytime activities which were definitely worth the early-ish starts.

Newcastle has so much to offer if clubs and bars aren’t where you want to spend your nights so here’s a list of some of my favourites from the last year:

Tyneside Cinema

Tyneside Cinema always shows the latest blockbusters and a range of live broadcast theatre, ballet and opera which are a great cultural escape. Definitely check out what the Theatre Royal has on as well as its just down the road!

Quilliam Brothers

A late night tea house, Quilliam Brothers is also worth a visit. It’s super close to campus, and even if you don’t drink tea, the cakes are worth sampling!

Coop / Herb Garden

If food is what you’re interested in then the Coop or the Herb Garden might be for you. In the city centre they serve great food at reasonable prices and the lanterns in the Herb Garden really are a sight to be seen!

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The Stand

Comedy nights at The Stand are worth a visit, with student discounts on Wednesday nights! Even things as simple as Quayside walks can make great club-free nights.

When coming to university don’t let not drinking define you; there are so many other things to do, and doing them will help you find like-minded people who will want to join in with your wild nights in. Don’t think that nights out in clubs are off limits either – go and have a good time doing what you like!

Find out more about city life and student life in Newcastle.

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