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Top 8 things to do in your first week

Your first week in Newcastle is going to be a full one. You’ll be busy meeting different people, attending fun events and having inductions in your School. However, should you have some free time to explore this list will help you to decide what to do first.

1. Join a club or society

The clubs and societies fair will be on in the sports hall from Monday 26th – Tuesday 27th September. This is your perfect opportunity to check out what we have on offer – and with over 180 societies we have something to suit everyone.

2. Head to Grainger Market


Grainger Market is a large indoor market open Monday to Saturday. There are many different shops inside, varying from cafes, butchers, and greengrocers to specialist shops offering services in watch or shoe fixing. As it’s in the centre of town and not far from our campus, it’s perfect for doing your weekly shop. The prices are pocket friendly, with some stores offering student discount. It’s also a great place to head for lunch, as it’s filled with street food stalls, where you can get anything from pizza slices to dumplings.

3. Sample the local nightlife


Freshers’ Week will give you an insight into the diverse nightlife of Newcastle. However, it doesn’t stop there! We have venues and activities to suit all tastes, so head to a late night movie in the popular tea house Quilliam Brothers, go to an event at the Metro Radio Arena, Or try out ¡VAMOS! Social, a city-centre cultural space offering everything from dance classes to yoga and meditation . The options are endless, so you won’t struggle to find something to do!

4. Angel of the North


The Angel of the North is one of the most talked about public art pieces ever produced. It’s also a must see if you’re coming to study here in the North. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit during freshers week, as it’s included in the cost of your wristband!

5. Freshers’ Companies Fair

Another fantastic opportunity awaits and you don’t even need to leave campus! On the 4th and 5th October, fill your bags with goodies and chat to companies from all over at the Freshers’ Companies Fair. Most importantly there’s lots of local bars, restaurants, shops and gyms from all over Newcastle here to offer you freebies, discount cards and lots of free food.

6. Sample some of Newcastle’s best food offerings

Fat Hippo Underground sign

Newcastle has a lot to offer, but best of all we have some fantastic places to grab a bite to eat. Check out our world food guide for some top tips!

7. Explore our campus

It’s a great time to get to know your way around campus before lectures and seminars start. Top tip: don’t assume you’re going to be based in one building, as lectures and seminars can take place all over campus. Download the uni app using the free campus wi-fi so that you can refer back to your timetable to check where you need to be. Luckily, iur campus isn’t too big and we have a handy map that will help you to locate different buildings.

Daysh Building

Daysh Building

8. Get Involved


After a busy day you might be tempted to hide out in your room, or to stick with friends you know from school – but get out there! Make the most of the opportunities on offer and you’ll soon meet lots of different people. Some of them may just turn out to be life-long friends. If you’re not sure where to start, the Give it a Go scheme is a great way to make friends and try something different.


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