Nightlife in the North East

As far as student nightlife goes it doesn't get much better than the North East. Whether you're looking for a couple of casual drinks with friends or a party night to remember you'll definitely find what you're looking for when it comes to a proper night out.. 

Jesmond ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

Often named the “student capital” of the North East, Jesmond is famed for its high-end bars and cool vibes. Located just a mile out of the centre of town, the student-populated area boasts a string of open-air terraces and Al Fresco drinking establishments, making it the perfect place to begin your night out. Most of Jesmond’s oh-so-stylish bars, including Jam Jar, Spy Bar and Sohe are set in one cluster along Osbourne Road – which is particularly accessible for students living close by. Made up of three bars, set up over two next-door venues, Osbourne’s is a solid favourite – boasting extensive cocktail and food menus. If glitzy bars aren’t your scene, or you’re looking for something more chilled, you can take a five minute walk out of the area and head down to Sandyford – a prevalent suburb of Jesmond. Here, you can find bars and pubs such as ‘As You Like It’, ‘The Holy Hobo’ and ‘The Blue Bell’ – where shabby chic décor and decent music dominates the ambiance.

Newcastle City Centre ·


Travellers flock from all over the world to have a taste of an outrageous night out on the legendary “Toon”. With a prize-board full of accolades, and universal popularity among partygoers, Newcastle does not need to justify its reputation of being one of the best places in Europe to hit the tiles. Savour a proper Northern night-out and hit some of the area’s sleekest clubs and bars, such as Tup Tup Palace, Livello, Jalou and the classy Continental Gin Palace. Don’t forget to tick student favourite Digital Mondays off your list – this is the clubbing powerhouse in the city centre's Times Square. With 80p entry and £1 drinks, you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re raving in one of the “Best Clubs in the World” – as ranked by 1,000 of the world’s most high-profile DJ’s. Be submerged in the eccentric, eclectic and exuberant atmosphere that the city has to offer. Whether you are drinking in one of the city’s famed hotspots or having a quiet pint in a quirky backstreet pub, you will be met with the same heart-warming Geordie hospitality.

Durham ·


Nestled among the iconic riverside beauty and crooked cobbled streets of Durham is a lively and kaleidoscopic bar scene waiting to be explored. Headlining historical heritage, ancient traditions and an old-world feel, this Northern city does not immediately present a nightlife buzz – but when you look closer there are an array of jubilant clubs dotted around the North Road area. Most popular among Durham University students is Klute, best known for its ironically cheesy music and fun-filled atmosphere. Some colleges within the uni also organise a pub crawl – where you can tick off a list of the area’s cheapest establishments. With brand new trendy bars constantly being opened around the centre, undergraduates are spoilt for choice for nights out surrounding the city’s student accommodation. Featuring the perfect blend of contemporary bars and quintessentially British haunts, against one of the country’s most stunning backdrops, it is no surprise that tourists flock from all over the world to grab a drink in the city of Durham.

Sunderland Nightlife ·


With something on every night of the week, a night out in Sunderland can be thrilling, spontaneous and completely unpredictable. Whether it’s the biggest student night of the week on Wednesday at Play, Friday nights at Independent, Project Homo – Sunderland’s very own gay night on a Tuesday, or Thursday’s rock night – there’s literally something to suit every personality. Often full to the brim is Illusions, a nightclub favoured by locals for its popular entertainment and frequent celebrity appearances. Themed nights also come as standard amongst sports clubs and societies, so don’t be afraid to don your best costume and move over to the dancefloor. Mackems are known for their no-nonsense attitude – so partying with the native’s means that you need to be prepared to go hard or go home. They are also some of the least judgemental folk, so anything can happen on a night out in Sunderland’s suburbs. Sunderland’s vibrant underground music scene is fit to burst with numerous venues hosting fresh and raw new talent. With one of Europe’s most famous clubbing destinations just a few stops away on the Metro, Sunderland students can enjoy the best of both worlds between their accommodation and Newcastle City Centre.

Teesside Nightlife ·


Voted as one of the best places in the UK to go for an alternative night out, research has shown that Teesside is the crème de la crème when it comes to the price of a pint, a gin and tonic and the cost of a taxi. Although it is not as large as its neighbouring northern cities, don’t be fooled into thinking that Middlesbrough has nothing to offer. With artisan cocktail bars and experienced mixologists making a great impact on the town’s twilight scene, it is the perfect place to be if you want a quirky night out. The Artizan Gin Bar 01, in the pit of student-colony Linthorpe, boasts a unique drinks menu – with cocktails inspired by Middlesbrough’s industrial past. These include the delicious Welders Margarita, the Captain Cook, the Transporter and the Cleveland Hills. If you are a fan of real ale and live music, then you will be spoilt for choice, with the off-the-wall selection of pubs such as The Twisted Lip, Sherlock’s, The Chairman and The Bottled Note. Aside from the cool and independent vibes of the local pubs, you can still enjoy a cheese-infested night out, with Flares and Popworld situated near Teesside University’s profound halls of residence.