A Quainter Side to Newcastle: The Joys of Jesmond

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Newcastle is a city infamous for its ceaseless nightlife, the notorious cheap trebles, and the temptation of the Sinners cage can put strain on student-local relations at the best of time. In spite of that, there are many innocent ways to enjoy yourself in Jesmond without adding to our stereotype as rowdy, crude students who are always on the bottle.

The serenity that is Jesmond Dene is unavoidable on such a list. The Dene offers endless opportunities to those who enjoy a refreshing breath of fresh air after a stressful week of uni. Although, the days of picnics and ice-cream dates there are long gone, throughout the autumn the Dene presents a relaxing haven for walkers, runner, cyclists, and even all you petting zoo lovers. Even with the most throbbing hangover or a heavy broken heart from a failed Tinder match, the waterfall, autumnal leaves and squirrels or hedgehogs cannot help but lift your spirits until sunnier days return.

The days of picnics and ice-cream dates there are long gone, throughout the autumn the Dene presents a relaxing haven for walkers, runner, cyclists, and even all you petting zoo lovers.

For the sportier ones among us, Exhibition Park next to Town Moor is unmissable for guilt-free entertainment. Whilst being an ideal location for a Sunday morning jog, it also supplies tennis courts that are available to use free of charge. What better way to bond with your housemates or relieve the regret of your “trusted” uni diet of Greggs and Eat4Less? For those of us whose cup of tea isn’t sport and struggle to get up just to change the TV channel, Exhibition Park also flaunts the Wylam Brewery, a trendy restaurant and bar set in enchanting surroundings.

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Should your hunger pangs be too imminent for a gentle stroll to Exhibition Park, Osborne Road and the surrounding streets of gorgeous terraced houses offer an impressive selection of restaurants and eateries which cater for all budgets and tastes. A classic student haunt is Scalini’s, which offers great deals on pastas and pizzas during weekday lunchtimes, while other favourites including Arlo’s, Cake Stories and 97 & Social are similarly not to be missed. Many bars, pubs and restaurants in Jesmond offer student discounts, early birds and happy hours, so be sure to find out where the best deals are to be had.  After all, what better way to  enjoy your time at uni then becoming a novice foodie?

Many bars, pubs and restaurants in Jesmond offer student discounts, early birds and happy hours, so be sure to find out when and where the best deals are to be had.

This list barely even begins to unearth the mass of dazzling leisure opportunities available in Jesmond. Whether rain or shine, Jesmond’s student hub will prove to you just why it is often classed as one of the best student residential areas in the country.

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