Day Trippin'

Trips across the River Tyne are made easier with discount travel cards that allow international students to explore the rest of the north east. For shopping, eating and cinema Sunderland’s Metrocentre is a mere half hour bus or metro ride away. The adjacent city, which is populated by Mackems opposed to by Geordies, has plenty of attractions including Herrington Country Park and Hylton Castle.

Whitley Bay paints a pretty picture of English coastal life before the arrival of big cities. The attractions are sparse, but the space is huge. Whitley is popular for its unpolluted beaches, Roman historical sites, lighthouse tavern and Wet n Wild water park. Check out The Spanish City fairground on the sea front, which is open during bank holidays and the weekends. The ice-rink and nightclubs are also favourites for tourists, especially the stag and hen party crowd.

Durham is less than an hour’s drive south down the motorway. Must-sees include the spectacular Durham Castle, which has survived the centuries to become annexed by the city’s university. The nearby cathedral is a pretty amazing tribute to Romanesque architecture too. Durham is also home to High Force, which is the largest waterfall in England and a perfect picnic spot in warm weather. How to make your life easier

As one in seven people are students, Newcastle nightlife can get busy and queues to get into nightclubs are common, so get in early to enjoy cut-price happy hours to the full. Shops and pharmacies are generally open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 until 17:00, but supermarkets are open later. Newcastle has several markets that sell cheap food and term-time travel passes could save students a fortune travelling to and from city centre stalls. Visit the free museums and galleries and take a trip outside the city to explore the coastal towns and cities further south on the cheap. International students should take their time getting to know some of the local Geordies, who make Newcastle such a charming place to stay.