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Newcastle Bucket List

There’s plenty to see and do when you live and study in Newcastle. But these are the things you absolutely must do whilst studying at Newcastle – as recommended by engineering student Harriet.

Go to the top of the BALTIC |

Take a stroll along the quayside and across the millennium bridge to the BALTIC centre of contemporary art and take the lift to the fourth floor to reach the external viewing platform. From here you can take in the amazing sights of the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside and admire the UK’s most inland colony of kittiwakes nesting on the side of the building.

SIX restaurant on the very top floor is also definitely worth a visit for special occasions, even if this happens to be your graduation!

Zip-wire across the Tyne

One for the thrill seekers! Raise money for charities and organisations including the Centre for Life and Bright Red by gliding the 240m stretch across the River Tyne.

See a performance at Sage Gateshead |

Bands including Birdy and live theatre performances are not to be missed at this amazingly atmospheric venue. Despite having a capacity of more than 1,500 in its biggest hall, shows here feel intimate and the building itself is impressive to say the least. See all of their upcoming events here.

Go surfing at Tynemouth

Despite the freezing waters this is an experience worth having. Hire a wetsuit and brave the waves with a group of your pals. Treat yourself (and warm up) afterwards with fish and chips from Riley’s fish shack in King Edwards Bay – you’ve earned it.

Try the local cuisine

You can’t spend three years in Newcastle as a student without trying out the local grub. You won’t get much more Newcastle than pease pudding and a Newcastle Brown Ale, but venture further to sample local eats like freakshakes from the Great British Cupcakery, burgers from Fat Hippo or pizza for less than £2 from Slice in the Grainger Market.

Run the Great North Run

Be part of the biggest half marathon in the world by running the 13 miles from Newcastle to South Shields, all whilst raising money for your chosen charity. The atmosphere in the city on the day of the run is amazing!

See a Newcastle United game

Head to St James’ Park (whose silhouette can be seen across the city) to support The Magpies. You can even take a tour of the park itself in freshers’ week and look out for cheap tickets from the SU.

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