The area around Rialto Court

Everything you need to know about Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton's a great place to go to university, with plenty of local attractions, activities, shopping centres, nightclubs and bars. As an up and coming area of the North East, you'll find Castlegate Quay will wet your cosmopolitan appetite with a waterfront full of cafés, bars and restaurants.

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Showcase Cinema

The Arc Performing Arts Centre

Out and about

If shopping's your hobby, then Teesside Retail Park can offer you everything from TKMaxx to Morrisons supermarket. It also has one of the largest Showcase Cinemas around so there's plenty to do if you decide to have a quiet night in. Middlesbrough and Darlington are short train trips away and provide boutique to high street shopping.

Eating out

Stockton-on-Tees has a variety of eating out options available. Castlegate Quay is a newly developed area with a cosmopolitian café feel. Or if curries and Chinese take-away take your fancy, then Stockton will not disappoint, with many offering home delivery.

There are also some great Italian restaurants: The Borge on Yarm Lane to Joe Rigatoni's on Castlegate Quay are always a popular choice. The Dubliners, literally just over the bridge, is prefect when your budget is tight and your motivation to travel far is low, offering good pub grub at student prices.

Night life

There is pretty much somewhere to go out every night of the week, as Stockton is so centrally located. You get a choice of bars in not only Stockton itself but also Middlesbrough and if you like it old school, why not get the University provided bus up to Durham on a Friday night.

Most bars in the area offer cut-price drinks on student nights. The Cornerhouse in Middlesbrough on a Monday night has £1.50 pints. There are coaches, which leave from the Rocket Union, so £4.50 gets you coach and entry. Hush in Middlesbrough is a very popular student bar open 7 days a week, but Wednesday nights are the best drinking value with a coach service from Queens Campus for £4.50 (entry too).

The great thing about going out in Middlesbrough is that it has more taxis than people, well almost! You never have to wait in a queue and costs around £8 back to Stockton, so about £2 each, bargain! In Stockton itself, you have many pubs and clubs to suit anyone's taste from quiet pubs to noisy bars. The Dubliner, were you get a full Sunday lunch for £4, Zanzibar or Rileys Pool Hall, to name a few.

Teesside Retail Park

Wellington Square Shopping Mall

Shopping

Stockton itself has all the necessary high street stores to get you and your new apartment kitted out. If you are in desperate need of a shopping fix, then Teesside Retail Park should do the trick with everything from Boots to banks. There is also a multi-screen cinema complex, ten pin bowling and various other amusements.

Middlesbrough also has plenty of high street shopping but it also has the renowned Physc if designer clothes are your thing. Yarm is definitely worth a visit for shopping with lots of boutique shops, art galleries and nice cafés in which to have a coffee in between!

Getting around

Living at Mezzino, you'll find most places are within easy walking distance. However, trains, buses and taxis (I kid you not) are a popular and cheap way to travel around. Thornaby Train Station is about 2-3 mins walk away and has frequent trains heading into Middlesbrough and the rest of area.