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Living in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough is a town with an impressive industrial heritage. Recently it has seen a lot of redevelopment so students of Teesside University can expect to be well catered for.
Middlesbrough isn’t overly big, so most of the facilities you’re going to want are within walking distance. There’s supermarkets and four shopping centres in the area immediately around the campus. Near Linthorpe Road Central you’ll find more designer gear, and although that might be a bit too much for your student budget to handle, everyone loves a bit of window shopping! There’s also a good number of leisure centres and sports fields in the area, including two good sized golf courses and the professionally designed Prissick Plaza Skatepark, open to boarders, inline skaters, and BMX bikers. Sport is very important in Middlesbrough, and the town has a lot of competitive spirit. You can see this best in their big football rivalry with Newcastle and Sunderland. Bringing up the subject in a pub will get you some pretty strong opinions.
Speaking of pubs (did you enjoy our neat segway there?) the nightlife in Middlesbrough is extremely good, with something going on pretty much every night of the week. Popular pubs include The Star, which is a big student hangout, and the Dickins Inn. For clubs, check out Onyx, Walkabout, and the mighty Empire. This massive triple-floored club has a different theme pretty much every day, and has drawn big name acts to perform since it opened over twenty years ago.
For culture, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) is a relatively new gallery to open in the town. They also hold regular events and workshops for you to get stuck into. There are three cinemas within 20min walk of campus, including one at the Arc. This is the local arts centre for the area, catering for lovers of comedy, drama and music and film. Make sure you check out the local history too. Middlesbrough's industrial past makes it responsible for some iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge (check the photos, it still has ‘Made is Middlesbrough’ stamped on it!).
I’ve been stuck indoors all day
- Yorkshire Moors: This expansive landscape is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities, and you’re only a few stops away by train. The Moorbus runs from Middlesbrough, or you can get the train towards Battersby Junction. For more info and some maps, ask at the tourist centre on Albert Street.
- Seal Sands: This area is part of Teeside National Nature Reserve. And, as the name suggests, it’s home to a colony of seals - the only one on the north east coast- and a great spot for rare birds. If you also like people and a bit more beach at your seaside, take the train or bus to Redcar or Saltburn.
- Albert Park: Closer to home, Albert Park is your closest green space, although there are lots throughout the town. As well as 100 acres of grass it includes a fishing platform on the lake, and a roller skating rink.
Good to know
- Bus: The Stagecoach 36 runs around central Teeside.
- Car?: Unless you know you’re going to want to explore the surround area, there’s not much point.
- We forgot to mention: Be sure to try Middlesbrough’s own local dish, the Parmo. It’s the ideal cure for the post-club munchies, including the all-important 3 C’s of nutrition: Chicken, Chips and Cheese. Yum!