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19 of the best student nights Newcastle has to offer

Students of Newcastle – let us introduce you to our city’s nightlife

Written by Beth Williams
Published 30.09.2021


What better place to start the week than in Europe’s 11th best nightclub? The iconic and infamous Digi Mondays – now coined Kandi Island – is a sweet and exotic-themed student nights where they even hand out donuts on arrival (say no more, right?). 

In terms of music, there’s something for everyone too thanks to Digital’s four rooms –where RnB, hip hop and rap blasts out upstairs, while indie, disco, ‘80s bangers and cheesy classics fill out the floor in the main room. Tickets start from £1, and with £1 shots too, you’re onto a sure-fire winner.

Fancy somewhere else? Try Oops at Grey’s Club for your dopest dose of disco. A firm student fave for a Monday night out destination – head there yourself and you’ll soon see why. 


Start your night on Osborne Road for their £2 Tuesdays, (we’d recommend Osbornes or Bar Blanc). Then, on your way into town, stop off at The Holy Hobo to take of advantage of their 2-4-1 Tuesdays (and take a picture with their iconic neon sign to let your Insta following know where you’re at). 

If you manage to pry yourself away from Jesmond discounts and missed out on Oops for an early morning lecture, try Bop at The Cut for similar disco vibes. Into house and techno? Ill Behaviour at Cosmic Ballroom has been a staple in Newcastle’s student nightlife scene 2012. With entry starting from £5 and back-to-back student DJ’s playing house, tech, disco, and garage, Cosmic Tuesdays are always packed.


New kid on the block Bohemia takes centre stage on a Wednesday with Decades. This mid-week event does exactly what it says on the tin: playing all your favourite throwback classics from the infamous ‘80s, the dance floor classics of the ‘90s, the power pop of the noughties and all your current faves. With a terrace to rival Swingers and entry starting from £3, you’ll be glad you chose to dance through the decades.

If you’re the sporty type, or simply fancy releasing your inner kid, Playground Wednesdays at Tup Tup is part of the official route for Newcastle University’s weekly sports night out. And with £5 entry, you can turn the place upside down and inside out until 3am and still have plenty dough left for a kebab after.


Thursday is jam-packed full of student favourites, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. If you’re looking for a night out on a budget, try Skint at The Points – with drink deals starting from £1, you’re sure to have a top time without breaking the bank.

If funky house and tech is more your thing, give Kontrol at Studio a go. Formerly known as MSA, entry for Kontrol starts at £3 and you can groove your way right through into the early hours. Fancy something a little more sophisticated? Jungle at Tup Tup plays the best hip hop and rap, but be sure to swap your trainers for heels to really level up.

But our top Thursday pick has to be Swingers, which brings disco to Greys Club in their legendary ballroom disco and terrace parties. From £5 entry, you get to experience their iconic fairy-lit terrace and the very best of legends like Diana Ross and Luther Vandross. With optimum good vibes, for us, Swingers is never too much.


If you’re looking for a classier Friday night, Secret Krush at Bohemia is perfect for dressing up without paying the price. With their cheap drinks deals all night, you can be sure you look the part without making too much of a dent in your student loan. 

Another new kid on the block – but a guaranteed winner – is Block Party at Greys Club. For £5 entry you get into four rooms of fun: with house and disco on the terrace, party anthems in the club, drum and bass in the den and techno in the brand-new balcony bar. So you’ll be two stepping all the way into the weekend.

Honourable Mentions

No night out in Newcastle – or guide to the city centre club scene – would be complete without a trip to a trebles bar, (or two). And whether it’s Soho Rooms, Bijoux or Sinners, you’re spoilt for choice in the Toon as to where you can start your night off right and achieve optimum Geordie status.

While most bars and clubs have themed student nights, some places are more consistent with their good vibes. The Holy Hobo has student drinks deals Sunday to Thursday night, while Market Shaker has free entry every day of the week, award-winning pizza and plays the finest of disco, funk and soul. Pizza, cocktails and dancing? We’re already there. 

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