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Rediscover your city

Life is all about living well, working hard and giving yourself some down time.

Studying for a degree is a big part of anyone’s life, but finding the time to make the most of new experiences whilst you’re a student will be important in making sure you have that much-needed work-life balance.

Get active – there’s an on-campus gym to get you started, and plenty of opportunities to get active off campus too. Places like Dance City (which is a stone’s throw from the University Centre) offer lessons in everything from contemporary dance to Egyptian Belly Dancing, Ballet and Flamenco. There are groups like the Tyne and Fear Roller Derby group, as well as gyms for any and all budgets throughout the city. If you prefer something a little more solitary, the Quayside and Ouseburn are the perfect location for a post-uni run.

Pick up a new skill - there are plenty of opportunities to add to your studies and pick up an added skill alongside your degree. Newcastle College itself provides short adult courses, and there are plenty of options throughout the city to try something a little different. You can learn a new instrument such as the guitar or steel pans, even if you’ve never tried it before, with the Sage Gateshead, or you could try your hand at some cookery classes with Food Nation in Heaton. There’s so much to try out whilst you’re in the city, and joining a new group is a sure-fire way of making some new friends.

Do some travelling – the North East’s capital is perfectly located to get around the rest of the North from. Fancy a trip to Durham, York, Leeds or Manchester? With regular trains from Central Station it’s so easy to jump on and go see somewhere new in your downtime. Newcastle is also only 1 hour 30 minutes from Edinburgh. With Scotland on the doorstep, it’s so easy to go and see the big cities and highlands on a free weekend. Fancy something a little further afield? Newcastle Airport offers hundreds of flights at low prices, so you can visit Barcelona, Paris and even Dubai and still have spare change in your pocket.

Visit the coast – Newcastle is one of England’s most unique cities. 15 minutes separates city-life from the beautiful North Sea coast of Tynemouth. With everything from nouveau bars to cafes, walking trails and long, sandy beaches, Tynemouth is the perfect beach-day destination. It’s a great place to go when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, or if you’re after a much-needed break from that dissertation.

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