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The Best Student-Friendly Cheap Eats in Newcastle

Studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle is simply a great experience – the city is full of a wide variety of cultures, historical sights and of course places to eat. Newcastle is littered with cafes and restaurants throughout the city, giving you multiple options to find your perfect meal that doesn’t make too big a dent in your finances.

Here’s our pick of the best cheap eats for Newcastle students:

1. Moulin Rouge Café & Grill:

233 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6AD

This top-rated TripAdvisor café offers a ‘fabulous menu’ of Persian, middle eastern café food. Their chicken saffron wrap with a fresh salad and garlic sauce is perfect after a strenuous day of study. With vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten free options, there is something for everyone here.

 2. The Hancock:

2a Hancock Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 4PU

This pub is well-known with students in Newcastle and for good reasons: pool tables, TVs showing live sport, and a heated beer garden. What more could you want? Not only do they offer a great social space, they also offer great food at very reasonable prices. The Hancock menu offers a wide range of traditional British pub food, but, it’s their 2 Meals for £7.50 deal that really got the pub onto our list. Why don’t you and a friend head down to The Hancock and try the classic fish & chips for only £3.49 (for one). Or, a hearty vegetarian sausage and mash meal with onion, gravy, and peas could be just the thing you need this winter.

 3. Fat Hippo Underground:

 2-6 Shakespeare St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AQ

This restaurant is the place to go for mouth-watering burgers served in a very modern, hipster setting. The quirky, relaxed atmosphere goes perfectly with the friendly staff, and the food is just as great. Delicious gluten-free chicken burgers, sweet potato fries, and coleslaw are out of this world. Expect ‘good food, a great atmosphere and approachable staff.

4. Slice:

187 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QW

Often called ‘the best pizza in Newcastle’, Slice offers the classic Italian meal at cheap prices, with large slices of pizza ranging from £1.70 – £1.90. If you fancy something slightly different, the calzoni goes for £1.50 each. A great pit-stop for something quick, yet filling.

5. Baba Yaga:

70B Adelaide Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9JN

Named after a Slavic folklore character, Baba Yaga is an authentic taste of Polish cuisine situated right in the heart of Newcastle. The rustic, vintage interiors perfectly match the homely old-world food. Baba Yaga specialise in pierogi (the delicious, filled dumplings) but also offer traditional Polish soups, bigos (a classic meat and cabbage stew), oscypek with cranberry and apple (smoked cheese,made of salted sheep milk), and nalesniki (pancake). Baba Yaga is the perfect place to go with a group of friends, or you can take your meal home or to the surrounding area as they offer takeaway meals.

6. Eat4Less:

Northumberland street, NE1 7 Newcastle upon Tyne

‘Fast, fresh, famous’ is Eat4Less’ motto, and they live up to this with their crusty baguettes freshly made to order, jacket potatoes with a choice of 15 fillings, and over 25 varieties of panini’s. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or a quick snack, Eat4Less is something every student in Newcastle must try. Here you can get a baguette, crisps, and a drink, all for under £2!

 7. Al Volo

20-22 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG

Nothing is quite as cheap and easy as Italian street food and nowhere in Newcastle does it quite so well as Al Volo. The most popular item on the menu here is by far the piada, a flatbread that tastes a lot like pizza but is thinner and crispier. With a large range of fillings, you’re pretty much spoilt for choice here, but you can’t go wrong with a Palermo, filled with sundried tomatoes, anchovies, onion jam, and chopped almonds. Delizioso!

8. The Ship Inn, Ouseburn:

Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PW

Newcastle’s first vegan pub restaurant is something different that you really should try. With veganism now a massive ideology why not give it a try? The pub itself is one of the oldest in the area. The Ship Inn gives a modern and truly inspiring twist to vegan and vegetarian food. The Jamaican inspired dish – lightly battered cauliflower, ackee, callaloo, rice and peas, with a red pepper jerk sauce is a taste of paradise. And for dessert? Try the homemade peanut butter, salted caramel and chocolate tart.

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