Liam Curry was a well-liked and hardworking student who will be missed by staff and fellow students, the vice-chancellor of his university has said.
The couple had travelled from South Shields to the Ariana Grande concert. Their deaths were confirmed by Greater Manchester Police overnight.
Keen sportsman Liam, who had played for Marsden Cricket Club since the age of six, was studying for a degree in sports science at Northumbria University.
Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and CEO at the institution, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our student, Liam Curry, following the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday May 22.
"Liam was in his first year of an Applied Sports and Exercise Science degree with a bright future ahead of him. He was conscientious, very well-liked and will be greatly missed by both staff and his fellow students. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
"We are offering all available support to our staff and students who are affected by this tragic news."