Top Ten Metro Destinations for Students

As a student, exploring new places can be an exciting and enriching experience.

The North East of England, with its vibrant cities and rich history, offers an abundance of places and experiences for students to discover.

Newcastle, Gateshead, and Sunderland, interconnected by the Tyne and Wear Metro, provide a treasure trove of fascinating locations to explore. 

Read on, as Seekers unveil the top ten metro destinations in the North East that are perfect for students seeking adventure, culture, and inspiration living in Newcastle.

City Centre

Start your exploration in the heart of Newcastle's City Centre, this area is a hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Jump off the Metro at Monument or Haymarket station, and explore the historic streets, vibrant nightlife and soak in the city's lively ambiance. Whether you choose to explore the charm of the Granger Market, take a tour up Greys Monument, experience a spectacular show at the Theatre Royal, or visit one of the many museums and art galleries that call the city home, there is something for every student to enjoy. 


Take a break from city centre life and ride the Metro to Tynemouth, a charming coastal town with a beautiful beach, a lively market held every weekend in the Metro station itself, a variety of cafes and restaurants, including the renowned Riley’s Fish Shack. Students can relish in the relaxed atmosphere, explore the ruins of Tynemouth Priory and Castle, and even catch some waves surfing at Longsands Beach. 

The Quayside

Hop off the Metro at Monument or Central Station and take a short walk to the iconic Quayside. Whether you choose to explore the Newcastle or Gateshead side of the River Tyne, there is a whole host of exciting experiences for students to choose from. Whether you want to discover new artists at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, hear spectacular music at the beautiful SAGE Gateshead, wander round the Quayside on market day, or try one of the many restaurants and bars that line the Quayside including the fun and quirky By The River Brew Co, there is something for everyone. 


Just outside Newcastle City Centre is Jesmond, which plays host to some of the best shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the most beautiful parks and green spaces, including Jesmond Dene. 

So grab yourself a hot drink and a delicious treat from one of the many independent cafes, and enjoy a relaxing walk through the scenic Jesmond Dene. If the slow paced life isn’t for you, Jesmond also plays host to a great student nightlife, with the famous Osborne Road that has a variety of bars for you and your course mates to choose from. Whether it’s cocktails at The Jam Jar or cake and coffee at Pink Lane Bakery, Jesmond has it all. 


A short metro ride from the City Centre takes you to the Ouseburn, an artistic and creative hub of Newcastle. This exciting neighbourhood is home to several independent galleries, music venues, Ouseburn farm and artisanal shops. Embrace the bohemian vibe, attend live gigs, and discover unique works of art by local talents. If you are a student looking for cultural experiences alongside your studies, the Ouseburn is the perfect location for you to explore. 


Escape the stress of university deadlines and find tranquillity at Heaton Park, a peaceful oasis in the Heaton neighbourhood. This expansive green space offers walking trails, gardens, and serene lakes, providing an ideal spot for picnics, study breaks, or peaceful reflection. A walk round Heaton Park may leave you feeling peckish, which Heaton caters to with lots of different places to eat, including The Butterfly Cabinet. 

North Shields

For a taste of Newcastle's maritime heritage, students should head to North Shields Fish Quay. This historic fishing port on the north bank of the River Tyne boasts a charming mix of fishing boats, seafood restaurants, and quaint pubs. Treat yourself to some delicious fish and chips while soaking in the coastal ambiance of this up and coming location

South Shields

Looking for a day out somewhere new? Why not take a short journey on the metro to South Shields, where you can enjoy a day with friends on Sandhaven beach, voted one of the best beaches in the UK by the Sunday Times. 


Get off the metro at nearby Ilford Road or South Gosforth Metro station and explore the lively Gosforth High Street, where you'll find an array of shops, cafes, and restaurants catering to diverse tastes. Gosforth provides a perfect opportunity for students to socialise, shop for unique finds, and savour culinary delights from a range of local and independent spots, including Adrianos, The Brandling, and Ahad Tandoori. 

Whitley Bay

A short metro journey towards the coast takes you to Whitley Bay, where St. Mary's Lighthouse stands as a symbol of the region's maritime history. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of the North Sea and surrounding coastline, making it an excellent spot for breathtaking photos as well as the perfect spot for seal spotting. Top your day off with a walk and picnic on Whitley Bay beach. 

The Tyne and Wear Metro connects so many vibrant locations, making it easy for students to explore the rich history, cultural attractions, and natural beauty of the region. From iconic landmarks to contemporary art galleries, the North East offers something for every student seeking inspiration and adventure. So, hop on the Metro and embark on a journey of exploration that will create lasting memories at some of the best locations.

Trying to decide on where you would like to live in Newcastle? Seekers offer student rentals in fantastic locations, including the City Centre, Jesmond, Gosforth and Heaton. We are sure to find the perfect spot for you as you undertake your studies in the city. For more information about viewing our properties, get in touch with the Seekers team today.