If you are a student and on a strict budget, here are a few places to stay (and some other timely tips):

For a cheap overnight stay, try  Formule 1 Newcastle (even though it is located outside the city centre, it only costs about 25 pounds a night and sleeps up to three people in a room). Other inexpensive options include Holiday Inn (New Bridge Street); Jurys Inn (next to Metro Arena); Eurohostel (Cariol Square) and the Holiday Inn Express at Gallowgate. Even cheaper, the Backpackers Inn on Grainer Street or Youth Hostel on Jesmond Road (5 minutes to the city centre) charges £12.50 a night including breakfast.

For evening entertainment, the entire town is your oyster. Most bars and clubs have student discounts on entry and plenty of drinks offers. The student unions still offer the cheapest beer and entertainment, but there's no harm in venturing elsewhere! Foodwise, there are many eateries around offering good value for money. There is Nando's in the Gate, and just outside of Newcastle, there is Modern Tandoori, an Indian restaurant that offers the chance for diners to BYO alcohol to keep costs down and also has many great offers.

Try the Quayside, The Gate and Central Station surroundings for cheap drinks. For clubs, Digital comes highly recommended for a Thursday night, Newcastle Union on a Saturday and Northumbria on a Tuesday. The spacious O2 Academy hosts "Dirty Pop" on Fridays and "Propaganda" - a slightly more indy night - on Saturdays both of which are inexpensive.

Newcastle caters for every taste - just ask around, the locals are really friendly and will point you in the right direction.