The University of Manchester alone has the second largest student body of UK universities. When you add in Salford and Manchester Metropolitan, this great city is a Mecca for students stepping into further education. For its culture, music, nightlife, history, and future, Manchester is one of the North West’s Bests. With such a mass of possibilities, where might your down-time take you? (Because that bit’s important too!).
Afflecks Palace is an Indie Emporium (like the Northern Quarter, where it stands proudly), brimming with eclectic and alternative treasures in dozens of shops, boutiques and stalls covering four floors.
Albert’s Square, at the heart of the city, isn’t just the place for food, drink, and culture festivals year round, but also holds Manchester’s Town Hall. Its high-Victorian Gothic architecture is as impressive as it is enormous, and if you’re going to call Manchester home, it’s a must see.
To fulfil your Gothic fix, get to Manchester Cathedral. They host gigs throughout the year that promise ethereal acoustics and a magical atmosphere - look out for their line up. John Rylands library on Deansgate is a Hogwarts at home whilst the Manchester Central library boasts an enormous classical domed reading room - perfect for a change of scenery whilst studying.
When uni work gets us down what better to pick us up than a good laugh. Get to Frog and Bucket on the cusp of the NQ - the lip sync battles will have you howling. On Deansgate locks, The Comedy Store has an equal pool of talent. But if you’re willing to give new comedians a go, it’s just £3 for a student ticket, whether it’s for a heart-felt belly laugh or an awkward chuckle.
Meet and Eat
You can’t go wrong in the Northern Quarter - A fast-growing microcosm of eateries and cool bars, the best way to discover is to go. Here are a few to get you started:
Home Sweet Home - as sweet as it sounds.
Teacup - cute, cosy, lots of cake.
Ziferblat - pay-per-minute, unlimited food and drinks, boardgames, super-fast wifi.
Black Milk - freak-shake galore!
Two for Joy - happiness cafe inside Afflecks, think unicorns and rainbow bagels.
Moose Coffee where bigger is better and better is made best with a side of Canadian maple syrup. You should go here as soon as possible.
There are always things going on in and around Manchester for when you want an escape from uni work. In fact, a good place to start might be the Escape Rooms - See yourself as the next Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple? There are three sites over the city each waiting with new mysteries.
Of course it’s also important to get fresh air and you can find lots of it here, in the city itself. Picnic in Plattfields and Whitworth park, or take a stroll along the extensive canals - you can even get a Waxi (Water taxi) to the Trafford centre in a bright yellow boat!
Manchester is a walk/bike-able city, but if you’re put off by the rain, the (Magic) bus and tram links are very frequent right through to the early hours.