What I'll miss most about Newcastle

One of our writers shares what they'll miss most about the Toon once they graduate.

Scarlett Welch
22nd May 2023
Image credit: Pixabay
I’ve spent the last four years in Newcastle, and it’s hard to believe that come September I’ll no longer be hopping on the metro, walking down Northumberland Street or narrowly avoiding being hit by an orange scooter on a daily basis. While I’m looking forward to the next chapter, there’s a certain charm to the Toon that will be impossible to replace.

The cliché answer is that I’ll miss my friends the most. Friends come and go in life, and I know that I’ll keep in touch with most of them, but uni is the briefly beautiful time of life where all your friends live within walking distance - something I will definitely miss. As busy as we all feel at uni, graduating and getting a job means you have so much less time to spend with friends as well. Being able to spontaneously meet up with friends at any time of day is something I have definitely taken for granted, and part of what has made my time in Newcastle so special. 

there’s a certain charm to the Toon that will be impossible to replace

As well as the people, I will absolutely miss the city itself. The city centre is prettier than a lot of UK cities - with its traditional architecture and the striking view of the monument. I will also miss the Quayside. I think this is one of the most relaxing places in Newcastle, as it provides a little piece of nature in the heart of the city. Whilst there are rivers in many cities, the Quayside is particularly unique because of the bridges, the Sunday markets and the range of riverside bars. As I’m moving to London I definitely won’t be short of river views, but I will miss the intimacy of the Quayside.

The final thing that I will miss about the Toon is its notorious nightlife. Admittedly, this is partly because, leaving uni, I will no longer have the ability to go on a spontaneous week-night night out. But I don’t think I would be as sad to give this up if it wasn’t for the sheer range of nightlife that Newcastle offers. I couldn't not give an honourable mention to Market Shaker, as this is where I’ve ended up on the majority of my nights out at uni, and it’s rare to find a good club with free entry. Additionally, the 24-hour Greggs in Bigg Market has a special place in my heart.

with its traditional architecture and the striking view of the monument

There’s so much about Newcastle that I will miss. Whilst I feel like I’m ready to move on, it certainly won’t be long before I’m back to visit.

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