Six local hotspots in Newcastle-upon-Tyne our residents are loving right now

You’re never in danger of running out of fun things to do in Newcastle. The number of visitors drawn to the local attractions, thriving food and drink scene, and busy nightlife of Newcastle has increased in recent years. For current and future Portland Green Student Village students, Newcastle has a lot to offer. We’ve compiled a list of six local hotspots we know our residents love, all within walking distance of Portland Green Student Village!

The Biscuit Factory

Just five minutes walk from Portland Green Student Village is The Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street. A large independent gallery, The Biscuit Factory is perfect for arts and crafts lovers, but it also boasts the popular Artisan restaurant and The Factory Kitchen cafe - check out their instagram for some major food inspo.


Just behind Portland Green Student Village you will find The Ouseburn, a small river that flows through the city into the River Tyne. That river lends its name to a small area of Newcastle that has been gaining interest in recent years. Ouseburn is home to a host of trendy bars and cafes. Whether you’re interested in one of the many events held at Ernest bar (including open mic nights and Funky Fridays!), a long morning walk down the riverside or just fancy a pint at The Ship Inn, Ouseburn has a great mix of stylish venues and fun experiences for students. 

The Stack

A fairly recent addition, The Stack has proven to be one of the most unique and most popular features of Newcastle’s city centre: what used to be the site of an Odeon cinema is now inhabited by a cluster of independent local restaurants and food vendors, all serving tasty food out of shipping containers. It might sound strange, but the shipping container village has pulled a lot of interest in recent months. A social and cultural hub slap bang in the middle of town, the Stack is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been already.

Tyneside Cinema

Located in the centre of Newcastle, The Tyneside Cinema is one of a kind. If you’re into films, the small independent cinema is for you. Showing the latest releases alongside special screenings, the cinema offers more than most: they are currently showing a series of films within their ‘Best Pictures: An Oscar Season Chosen By You’ season, showcasing Oscar best picture winners from years gone by. The Tyneside Bar Cafe is also the perfect spot for a date night or a catch up with friends.

The Stand

Pulling in some of the biggest names in comedy, The Stand Comedy Club is a tried and tested local favourite. If you’re stuck for something to do on a weeknight head down to the Stand for a guaranteed good night.

Mog on the Tyne

We could not compile a list of hotspots in Newcastle without mentioning the Mog on the Tyne cafe on Pudding Chare, just two minutes from Central station. What could be better than coffee and cake - with cats? Head to their website to meet the cats before visiting. And if cats are your thing, there’s the Dog and Scone!