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Manchester is one of the UK’s biggest cities and has a huge student population. Although Manchester’s huge size means that students are by no means top dog, there’s still plenty of fun things for students to do in the city. Welcome to Manchester.
If you’re new to the city, our Manchester city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Manchester is quite large and can be a little difficult to navigate. However, it’s got a great public transport system to help you find your way.
For getting around town, you’ll want to hop on the Metroshuttle bus. It’s free to use and will take you around all of the major points of the city.
To get from the city centre, you’ll want to catch the number 42 bus from Manchester Piccadilly bus station. You should arrive in about 18 minutes.
The number 42 will also take you to Manchester Metropolitan campus, although you’ll have to walk a for few minutes once you get off to get there.
Get on the number 36 or 37 to get from the city centre to the University of Salford campus.
Outside of Manchester’s bus network, you’ll also find that the city has an extensive metro network. The network can be useful for travelling a little further and is quicker than travelling by bus.
Taxis are frequent and available all over the city. As Manchester is a little more prone to traffic jams than other cities, you may end up paying a little bit more if you get stuck in traffic. Uber is also available in Manchester.
Manchester is a bustling city with bags of culture and history. There’s plenty to do and see here, whether you like history, partying or sports, Manchester has it all!
If you want to see some gorgeous architecture, have a look at Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Central Library and the Manchester Town Hall. All of these places are stunning to look at and are a great way to introduce yourself to the city’s look and architectural style.
If you fancy a quiet walk, Manchester has loads of parks for you to spend some time in. Alexandra Park is a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon. It was opened in 186 and Its initial purpose was to “deter the working men of Manchester from the alehouses during their day off” (same could be said for students!). Whitworth Park is a great park to visit as well and is particularly popular with students. If you want some lovely open space, Heaton Park is a huge place to explore. The park covers over 600 acres!
Manchester is known for its great bar culture; it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to wet your whistle! Manchester has more great bars than you can fit in one article, but a rundown of a few of the best we can do! Sandbar is a great place to chill out and listen to some live music. Kosmonaut has loads of comfy sofas to relax on as well as an awesome ping pong table! The cleverly named Kro Bar is a Danish-inspired bar with an awesome range international beers on tap. Dusk Till Pawn is a stunning prohibition-style bar with amazing cocktails a-plenty! Twenty Twenty Two is a stripped-down, industrial-style bar. It’s a great place to kick back with some mates!
Now for the fun stuff! Manchester’s clubs! Manchester’s nightlife is known all over the UK, and for good reason! If it’s Dance music you’re after, Venus is a must-see. It’s pricier than most student nights but is a must-go for fans of House and EDM. FAC251 aka Factory Manchester is an iconic and historic venue and played a huge role in the ‘Madchester’ scene. Mint Lounge is another good place for clubbers.
If you’re looking for live music, Band On The Wall is an awesome place to go, with live acts ranging from Reggae bands to Folk artists! Sound Control is another great venue as well; it’s a titch bigger than Band On The Wall. The 02 Ritz is a much larger music venue and perfect for anyone in the mood for a big night out. For nights out for LGBT students, Manchester has got a lot to offer. Manchester has its own gay village on Canal Street. This street is lined with gay bars and is a rite of passage for any LGBT students in Manchester. The street has got a fascinating history too and was often the epicentre of gay rights protests in the North.
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If you fancy grabbing a coffee, head over to Takk. It’s a rustic-looking coffee bar with a handful of dishes to eat as well. The Fig & Sparrow and North Tea Power are also great places to check out!
If you’re a sports fan, you’ve come to the right place. Manchester is home to two of the most famous football teams in the world, Manchester United and Manchester City. These two footballing behemoths battle it out at the very top end of the premier league. Each team has got an incredible stadium. United have the historic Old Trafford and City have the flash Etihad Stadium. Granted, tickets aren’t cheap! But even watching these two teams at the pub on derby day is an experience in itself!
Manchester has got loads of great places to grab a bite to eat in. It goes without saying that Manchester is a large city, so you’ll find all of the main restaurant chains here.
If you fancy grabbing a slice with your mates, head to Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza. For something a little different, check out Viet Shack for some delicious Vietnamese food. For a great curry, head to This & That. For some tasty Mexican food, pop over the Pancho’s Burritos!
For vegans and vegetarians, Earth Café has a great range of meat-free dishes. Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen has lots of Chinese veggie dishes. The award-winning V-Rev specialises in “junk-food”, like burgers and hot dogs, all made with vegan recipes!
Manchester has loads of cool shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
Manchester is actually home to the largest shopping centre in the UK. The Arndale centre has over 420 shops all under one roof! The Trafford centre is also another good shopping centre to visit as well.
If you fancy some vintage clothing, have a look in Afflecks, COW Manchester or Bags of Flavour for some old-school threads!
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Manchester’s got a massive student population and there are a few places that most students tend to live. The main areas are Fallowfield, Rusholme, Didsbury, Withington, Oxford Road, City Centre.
Fallowfield is by far the most popular student area. You’ll find a lot of your mates choose this area, especially if you attend the University of Manchester or Manchester Met. Fallowfield isn’t known for being particularly fancy, but it’s relatively cheap.
Rusholme is located on what’s known as the “Curry Mile” thanks to the many curry houses that line this street! It’s well located and is cheaper to rent in than other places.
Didsbury and Withington are on the fancier end of things, so naturally rent is a little higher here. They’re a little far out though, so some choose to live closer to the centre.
Oxford Road is best for people who want to get stuck into Manchester’s nightlife. This is right in the thick of Manchester’s club circuit, so you’ll have a great time here! Naturally, you’ll be interspersed with working professionals and non-students. Also, expect higher rents here.
Lastly, some students choose to live in the city centre. As Manchester is a large city, rents can be rather high here, but some think that it’s worth it for the location.
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