Newcastle-under-Lyme is an old market town with a nice compact centre, which I like as it is easily walkable. Stoke-on-Trent is a small city made up of 6 towns, with the city centre being in Hanley. The Potteries shopping centre has all the main shops – the Potteries name coming from Stoke formerly being the centre of the pottery industry. (Second year student, Keele University)
The home of pottery
Stoke-on-Trent is the World Capital of Ceramics, and is affectionately known as 'The Potteries'. As well as the Potteries Shopping Centre, you can visit award-winning pottery museums and visitor centres, including The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, The World of Wedgwood and Middleport Pottery.
The great outdoors
As well as the UK's biggest theme park, Alton Towers – ideal for taking an adrenalin-filled break from your studies – Staffordshire has remarkable open scenery nearby, including over seven hundred acres at Trentham Estate. There's plenty to explore, including award-winning gardens, an enormous lake, woodland and a wide range of shops.
Hanley town centre in Stoke-on-Trent is full of student life, entertainment and activities. You'll find plenty of nightlife, cinema, shopping and Waterworld. There's also plenty on offer over in Newcastle-under-Lyme – restaurants, markets to buy fresh produce, the New Vic Theatre and Laser Quest.
Often students also choose to go food places in Hanley such as Nandos and TGIs for a nice meal out. And the Reginald Mitchell is perhaps one of the best Spoons I have ever been to. There is also Peaches in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which offers a Chinese buffet with a twist. (Third year student, Keele University)
The Wetherspoons in Hanley is a great place to sit and chat. The Staffordshire University coffee shop, Squeeze Box is also great. Or go to the Tenpin Bowling Alley for some fun. (Second year student, Staffordshire University)
Fresher’s Gate in Keele is special for most students as it symbolises the start and end of your degree – with a picture taken from this side when you start university and from the other side holding your final year dissertation when you leave university. (Third year student, Keele University)
In Hanley there's the Potteries shopping centre next to Cineworld – a great place for you to shop and go on a spree. The biggest plus is all these places are close by! (Second year student, Staffordshire University)
One of my favorite places to eat is Cappello Lounge in Newcastle-under-Lyme where there are a variety of options to choose from including my favorite food – calamari. (Third year student, Keele University)
The Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall in Hanley are amazing to be at – the LOL Comedy Club at the Regent Theatre puts on a bunch of stand up shows quite often. (Second year student, Staffordshire University)
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There are always markets going on nearby in Newcastle-under-Lyme, these stalls have cheap fruit and vegs as well as other exciting things such as homemade jams, street food and antiques! Perfect for buying unique gifts cheaper than you might find in stores! (Second year student, Keele University)
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