Newcastle Upon Tyne plays host to more than 50,000 students every year between Northumbria University and Newcastle University. As such, it should hardly come as a surprise that the city was ranked as the top destination in the UK by Student Hut. Thanks to its well-connected transport system, vibrant nightlife and vast shopping options, Newcastle fought off stiff competition from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds.

Asides from the evident positives regarding lifestyle, one of the main reasons Newcastle has established itself as such a popular destination for 18-year-olds fleeing the nest after A-Level results is an undeniable value for money. Even so, finding those life hacks that make the student experience that little bit more financially comfortable is always welcome. So, with the help of Northumbria University, who offer a variety of university courses, here are 5 IDEAL ways to make the most of student discounts in Newcastle.

UNIDAYS

There are a whole host of apps out there that make your student life easier, with many being super specific to a particular part of uni life. Unidays, however, is much like your student card, yet it’s a digital version. From clothes to travel, your new virtual pal can do so much. Fortunately, this app is actually available to college and sixth form students as well as undergraduates, so prior to heading off, download the app and get to grips with everything it has to offer. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Apple Shop deals, especially if you’re interested in investing in a new MacBook Pro, to assist in the competition of assignments, or to watch Netflix, of course.

FOOD & DRINK

Your university student card will grant you access to discounts at plenty of bars and restaurants, including a free burger when you buy any meal at McDonalds. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to spend your days chomping down on takeaways, however — that should be reserved for the walk home after a night on the town. Holy Hobo, located on the cusp of the city centre and student area Jesmond, offers superb cocktails at almost half the price of normal when you’ve got a valid student card, while their food menu also comes served with discounts. And doesn’t everything just taste better when it’s cheaper? A stone’s throw away you’ll find The Hancock, which, similarly, when presented with a proof of education, will knock 10 percent off your bill, just for being a student. 

YOUR GROCERIES

Unfortunately, student discount isn’t offered at the major supermarkets, however, Grainger Market, nestled deep in the city centre, boasts a variety of butchers, fishmongers, fruit and vegetable merchants, many of whom cut prices for students — ensuring that your diet doesn’t have to be solely Pot Noodles and Rustlers Burgers. Instead, get creative and cooking, impressing housemates and earning brownie points along the way.

EXERCISE ON THE CHEAP

As the age old saying goes, ‘a healthy body is a healthy mind’, and there is no better way to keep yourself focused at university than to get some exercise in, if only to clear the mind. Most gyms throughout the city will offer student discounts, including Sport Central, which for students often throws up annual deals, helping you save the pennies and shred the pounds. 

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

It isn’t only one-off purchases that your student card unlocks. It also gives you access to a wide range of subscription services. Spotify and Amazon Prime are just two examples of entertainment services which offer annual discounts with a student email address. Often times, being at uni leads to a surprising amount of downtime, particularly if your flatmates are in class or away at home for the weekend. Being skint shouldn’t mean being bored; tucking into a meaty series can be a perfect way of combating the tedium. Likewise, you will probably never listen to more music in your life, when exercising, revising, and walking from A to B, so a Spotify membership for £4.99 is a snip.