A Student Guide to Eating in the Toon

It’s that time of year again; Newcastle and Durham are about to be overrun by¬†Southerners ūüôā Just kidding! If you’re new to the area and want an insight on where to eat, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve lived in the Toon my whole life, even going to uni here myself when I could have ‘escaped’ to more glamorous cities like Manchester or Leeds. I’ve already written about some budget lunches in the city centre for a fiver, which you can read about here, but I have a couple more tasty suggestions for you to help that student loan stretch further.

Zapatista, Grainger Street or Ridley Place – Newcastle City Centre

imageZapatista is one of our favourite places to pick up a quick and filling lunch. With the ability to ‘pimp’ your own burrito or tacos, this is fast food in Newcastle at its very best.

imageOffering a medium Burrito, regular soft drink and fries for just £7 at their Grainger Street store near Central Station, this will become one of your favourites too.

imageIf you’re feeling brave, they even have a ridiculous food challenge that we will be featuring on the blog very soon. You can check out our Facebook for a sneaky peek in the meantime.

Fat Hippo – Newcastle, Jesmond and Durham locations

Photo Credit: Fat Hippo Twitter

Photo Credit: Fat Hippo Twitter

A burger and chips for a fiver. Sounds good, right? Fat Hippo¬†happen to serve up¬†one of the best you’ll find in the North East too, which makes them even better value for money!

Photo Credit: Fat Hippo Twitter

Photo Credit: Fat Hippo Twitter

With a good selection of patties, including a veggie option, you definitely can’t go wrong with a visit to any one of the three Fat Hippo’s we have in the area.

La Petite Creperie, Grainger Market in Newcastle or Durham Market


Photo Credit: La Petite Creperie Instagram

We’re big fans of LPC’s sweet and savoury¬†crepes, which are served up in both student cities. With specials – including a half price Nutella offer on a Monday at the Grainger Market branch – and buckwheat galettes that are suitable for vegans and those who are dairy-free, La Petite Creperie have that ‘Je ne sais quoi‘ by the bucket!

Brewdog Bar, Newcastle’s Grey Street

Photo Credit: Brewdog Newcastle Instagram

Photo Credit: Brewdog Newcastle Instagram

As you can enjoy long lunches after a lie-in – because you can’t be chewed with those morning lectures with a hangover – you can also treat yourself and a mate to 2-4-1 pizzas at Brewdog¬†on Monday to Thursday. Running between 12 – 4pm, this is a great place to line the stomach and have a few quality beers before hitting the SU bar for the ¬£2 Jager shots later on. I’m not jealous at all!

Nudo Sushi Box, Newcastle City Centre & Durham

Photo Credit: Nudo Sushi Box Instagram

Photo Credit: Nudo Sushi Box Instagram

Nudo¬†may be¬†a chain, but¬†it is still very much a North East venture. The first outlet opened in 2013 on Northumberland Street, and now there’s even one in Manchester. Nudo‚Äôs freshly prepared and affordable sashimi, futomaki and nigri boxes¬†are a great way to refuel after a morning in the library.

There are obviously loads more places to try, and we have reviewed plenty of budget-friendly places to eat in Newcastle and Durham over the last two years. Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with our blog posts and recommendations.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


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