A frequent mall visit with college friends is almost a rite of passage for students. The University of Newcastle is an ideal setting for a well-balanced and connected student life, given its proximity to some of the most popular shopping destinations in the city. We have listed down the best ones for you right here:
- Charlestown Square – A one stop shop (quite literally!) for some well-deserved retail therapy. To recharge after a draining, heavy class load, this is the best place near the University of Newcastle to spend a day pampering yourself. Work your way from fashion stores to the kiosks for some impulse purchasing. Go for a pitstop massage. Catch a movie. Finish off with a lovely meal and dessert in the massive food court. A day well spent indeed!
- Westfield Kotara – A cosier mall that feels more like home and keeps you at ease while you’re roaming it’s pretty corridors. Home to many major retail chains, a multiplex and some of the best restaurants around the University of Newcastle, this mall is a respite from the usual busyness of typical, touristy shopping streets and centres.
- Stockland Mall, Jesmond Central – While the University of Newcastle is famous for its UG and PG courses, it is also famous for being well connected to the joys of city life. A stellar example of this being Jesmond Central. Housing the mighty Woolworths, a supermarket you will love spending hours in, Jesmond Central is a mega complex comprising of shopping destinations, eateries, department stores, pharmacies and much more. The Stockland mall within is a shopping oasis for a quick getaway in the evening before retiring to your dorm room. Also, don’t miss its beautiful Alfresco dining experience on a breezy, summer day.
- Waratah Village – Once the site of a brickyard, the shopping centre now proudly sports a vast K-mart which is its main attraction. A simple square with ample parking, this complex is most shopper-friendly owing to its easy, open layout. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi while sipping some hot coffee in one of the bakeries or patisseries. Take a stroll through the columns to shop, get a salon makeover or just grab some ice-cream!
- Marketown shopping centre – A symbol of urban street chic, this mall has all the city scape markings you hope to find in a cosmopolitan destination. A swanky building with a complete shopping complex, Marketown is a well-established name in the Newcastle retail landscape and one of the best hangout places near the University of Newcastle. With a new, renovated look, this arena is all set to make itself your favourite weekend destination!
- Wallsend Village – Head over to Wallsend Village, a quaint, smaller shopping square in one of Newcastle’s beautiful suburbs. Enjoy a stopover at this corner mall on a drive along the city. Fully equipped with parking and other essential services, you can get yourself a good assortment of fresh produce, groceries, health and beauty products, bakery items, coffee or a simple lunch/dinner. Enjoy a walk or drive around the peaceful neighbourhood while you’re there.
- Stockland Glendale – Another suburban mall abundant in global retail and food chains such as K mart, Target, Gloria Jean’s, KFC, McDonald’s, Lowes, Woolworths, The Athlete’s Foot, Subway, etc. making it a popular place around the University of Newcastle. No good mall is complete without a cinema hall, a salon, a food court and a bank (in case you feel like over-indulging!) and Stockland Glendale has it all.
There you have it. The best of the best shopping experience surrounding the pristine campus of the University of Newcastle. Have any specific shopping needs? Reach out to us at The Education Post and we will be happy to answer your queries!
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