Free (and cheap!) things to do

Money a bit tight - don't worry there are lots of free (and cheap!) things you can do so you can save your pennies.

Students' Union

Give it a go - every term, the Students' Union puts on a programme of activities for students to make the most out of their spare time. There's no need to join anything, no long term commitment just fun one off activities!   These activities vary wildly and could be anything from Burlesque Dancing to Dodgeball, from interview skills to meditation! This is your chance to try out some different activities for FREE or low cost.

Go Play - for all students, regardless of fitness, age, experience, course, background, anything. Go Play is about trying new things, meeting new people and having a go.


Why not volunteer? It's a great way to meet other people, looks great on your CV, gives something back to the community and can help you develop skills which will benefit you after university.

SCAN - SCAN stands for Student Community Action Newcastle and helping students and other young people access volunteering opportunities across the North East

ncl+ - ncl+ is all about adding to your degree. Whatever your ambitions, degree subject or stage, ncl+ opportunities will build your confidence and help you make the most of your time at Newcastle University. ncl+ opportunities are for all current students at Newcastle University

Volunteer Centre Newcastle - offers free quality service to anyone interested in volunteering

Museums & Galleries

Take in a bit of culture, most museums and galleries in Newcastle are free to visit.

Get Outdoors

There's loads of outdoor space for you to explore around the city and it is only a short ride on the metro to the coast.

Visit one of the parks around Newcastle or take a tour round the public art in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Clothes swap parties

Fancy a new wardrobe but can't afford to hit the shops? Why not organise a clothes swap party with your mates - it makes a cheap night in, you can de- clutter your wardrobe as well as picking up a few new items for your wardrobe for free.

Take a look to see if there are any national events happening in the local area and find out more about organising your own clothes swap.

Grow your own

Try your hand at growing your own fruit and vegetables - you don't need a lot of outdoor space and could save yourself a packet. Pots and seeds are fairly cheap to buy

BBC Dig in - useful growing tips.

Local Events and Deals

Keep track of what's happening around Newcastle and Gateshead and keep an eye out for cheap deals.

Sign up to Student Beans to find out about student friendly offers in Newcastle.