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One of the greatest things about studying in Newcastle is the wide variety of places to shop. Newcastle is home to two fantastic shopping centres, as well as lots of independent markets. It is the perfect place to enjoy some retail therapy in between your studies!

City Centre & Eldon Square

Newcastle’s high street shops are just a stone’s throw away from campus, making it the ideal spot to have a browse in between lectures. You will find popular brands such as Urban Outfitters, Flannels, Primark, and many more. You can also enjoy browsing intu Eldon Square, Newcastle’s oldest and most famous premium shopping centre, which is home to over 150 high street shops, including Topshop, Office, and Apple!

You can’t miss the iconic Fenwick Newcastle, which has an extensive beauty department, and the famous Christmas window displays in December.

There also are some great places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat, such as Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse, Dog and Scone, Olive and Bean, and the open-air street food market Stack.

Metrocentre & IKEA

The Metrocentre is one the UK’s largest shopping centres, with over 300 stores, an IMAX theatre, games arcade, and a food court! It is located in Gateshead, near Newcastle, but is very easily accessible. (Only an 8-minute train priced at £3.10 for a return with a student railcard!)

Not too far from the Metrocentre you will find an IKEA! The perfect place for a day out with your flatmates to stock up on all the home furniture you could need and to enjoy the famous IKEA meatballs.

Grainger Market

Grainger Market is home to some of Newcastle’s best-hidden gems and food spots! It is a great place to get fresh stone-baked pizza, handmade cakes, and fresh fruit and veg. Make sure you check out all the great vintage stalls, such as The Yesterday Society Vintage Boutique, which is packed with vintage and retro clothing and accessories.

Quayside Sunday Market

One of the best ways to spend your Sunday in Newcastle is to explore the Quayside Market on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne. The stalls run from the Millennium Bridge all the way to the Tyne Bridge. It is the perfect place to browse handmade jewelry, beautiful artwork and grab some great hot food and coffee!

Jesmond Food Market

If you live in Jesmond (or even if you don’t) you need to check out Jesmond Food Market! It is located on Armstrong Bridge, with incredible views of Jesmond Dene, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal, local food; a great way to shop regional produce. You can find bread, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, street food, and cakes from some of the region’s best producers. It is the perfect spot to meet a friend for a coffee, before a stroll through Jesmond Dene.

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