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A friendly guide on how not to piss off a Geordie at Newcastle Uni

Just because we have 29 Greggs doesn’t mean we’re not cultured


On arrival at Newcastle for the next chapter of your life at uni, you'll feel like you've stepped into a whole new universe. With the smell of chips and gravy in the air, a Greggs on every corner, and the faint sound of a Newcastle fan singing the Blaydon Races in the distance, there's definitely no place like it.

As a student from the area, these are all the wonderful things that make Newcastle your HOME. So there's nothing worse than when your new non-Northern flatmates start dissing your area and assume just because you're from Newcastle, you're in line to be the next Geordie Shore cast member.

If you want to remain friends with your friendly Northern uni pals, take note and follow this cheerfully passive-aggressive guide on how NOT to piss off a Geordie.

1. DON'T TAKE THE PISS OUT OF OUR ACCENT

This is the number one rule. Refrain from this and you'll find your Geordie best mate for life. Yes, we may sound like we're from a different planet to you Southerners, but you'll soon adjust to our dialect. Our "a's" sound like "e's", 'BOOK' and 'COOK' are pronounced as they are spelled, a 'roll' is most definitely a 'bun' or a 'bap' and there is absolutely no 'R' is 'NewCASTLE'. We accept you, so pls accept us.

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2. WE'RE NOT ALL LIKE GEORDIE SHORE CAST MEMBERS

It is true that in recent years, Newcastle has definitely been put on the map for Southerners as a result of Geordie Shore. There's no doubt that Geordie's have a reputation for their extensive drinking habits and wild nights out. However, we're not ALL absolute nutcases that shit and piss on the floor, we don't all get our bits out on nights out for the hell of it, and no, not all of us aim to pull 20+ people in a club! Don't assume that we encourage this behaviour, and don't assume we are one of them.

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3. APPRECIATE THE CULTURE

Don't assume all Newcastle has to offer is the infamous strip of student clubs and cheap trebs (although you'll never find a deal of £5 for 3 trebs anywhere on the planet). Beneath it's pumping social vibe, there are so many cultural attractions to be explored. Newcastle is loaded with museums, art exhibits and music venues: The Baltic, The Laing Gallery, Tynside Cinema, The Cluny and The Sage, just to name a few. The Quayside is also a stunning historical hotspot with our seven infamous bridges spanning a mile along the river. There's no doubt Grey Street is one of the most aesthetic areas of Newcastle with its marble architecture and dominating statue! GO EXPLORE. It's beautiful!

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4. DON'T TURN YOUR NOSE UP AT THE NUMBER OF GREGGS WE HAVE

We know. It's staggering. But it's what the people of Newcastle need. Most of us can't get through the day without a classic sausage roll or a steak bake. So don't look down on our cheap and cheerful lunch-time snack. Where else can you get a bacon sarnie and a cuppa for £2?

5. DON'T DISS OUR NEWCASTLE CHANTS

After a few too many trebs in the big market, most Geordie's are partial to a good old chant about the Toon. If we want to sing 'WE'LL NEVER BE DEFEATED' (even though we are almost every game), let us. If you're aware of the football club's conflict with it's owner, and you hear 'STAND UP, IF YOU HATE ASHLEY', being belted out in Munchies after a night out, by all means, stand up. Share the hatred. You'll make a friend for life.

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6. YES, GRAVY GOES WITH EVERYTHING

Don't look at us in HORROR when we order cheese, chips and gravy after a night out. It's an absolute necessity. Since we were born, our parents lathered gravy onto most of our meals. It's in our blood. Allow it.

We welcome you into our city for the best three years of your lives, allow our Geordie ways and don't piss us off. Thank you.