Shopping in the North East

Looking to treat yourself and hit the shops for some retail therapy? With a varied mix of boutiques, high-street stores and independent retailers, the North East has a whole host of shopping destinations on its patch..

Eldon Square ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

For a shopping experience that perfectly blends convenience, affordability and brand-worthy names, make sure you visit Eldon Square - just five minutes from both of the Newcastle-based university campuses. With over 100 stores and many bargains to be had, the conveniently located centre is the perfect place for students to splash their student loans. It is also easy for students in neighbouring towns to visit – as the city centre offers a more wholesome experience for shoppers looking for big-name stores.

Metro Centre ·


Within twenty minutes of Newcastle Central Station, Gateshead’s Metrocentre is a shopaholic’s dream come true. With designers, high-street stores, and small independent retailers all under one roof, this shopping centre has something for everyone – as well as plenty of cheap eateries places for tired student shoppers to take a pit stop.

The Grainger Market ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

As soon as you step foot in Newcastle’s Grainger Market, you can immediately feel the traditional market-stall atmosphere, as each jubilant seller shouts louder than his neighbour to advertise his fresh produce. 200 years after it first opened, this busy and vibrant market still plays an integral part in North East livelihood – with many independent artisan stalls and vintage boutiques trading each day in the indoor premises. Students will be hard pushed to find cheaper and better quality produce than in between the rows of the striking maze-like market.

Barter Books ·


Lose yourself between the sprawling rows of gigantic book shelves in one of Britain’s largest second-hand book shops. Set aside an old railway station in the Northumberland town of Alnwick this quirky little shop gives any book-worm an inherent sense of pleasure to walk around. With never-ending walls stacked full of fiction and non-fiction, Barter Books is the perfect place for students to find all the resources they could ever need and more.

Dalton Park Outlet ·

County Durham

With bargains and offers in every single store, Dalton Park is the ultimate student-shopping haven. Located just off the A19, in County Durham, it is the ideal place for bargain-hunters and shopaholics alike. Offering over 60 stores, with more than 200 designer brands including Adidas, Fat Face and Levis at cut-down prices, you will never be able to face paying full-price for high-ticket clothes and accessories ever again.