Nights out are great - cheap and cheerful, there's always something fun to do. However Newcastle probably isn't your best bet if you want a specific DJ or mindblowing events, bigger cities like Birmingham/Leeds/Manchester may be better. However for an easy, fun, cheap night out it really is one of a kind. The locals are lovely, it feels like there's a slight town/gown divide but that's more the fault of the students to be honest. If you're into shopping Eldon Square has everything you need, not really my thing but there are also great vintage clothes shops etc off the beaten track. Grainger Market is a great stop off point for organic food.