If you’re looking for an exciting and lively city to call home then Manchester should be top of your list. The city has a huge student population and is considered one of the best student cities in the UK. Manchester is famous for its music scene, from Joy Division, the Smiths and Oasis to name a few. Being the birthplace to many icons and numerous historic firsts it’s a fascinating place with much to discover. The culturally rich city is compact enough to make it incredibly easy to get from one place to another, meaning you’re never far from the action. Here's just a few things to do in the city to get you started.
Northern Quarter A trip into Manchester city centre is not complete without visiting the northern quarter. Located just next to piccadilly gardens, you’ll find trendy bars, restaurants and pubs alongside quirky vintage shops and cafés. Make sure to check out Afflecks for all things indie and unique.
FAC251 FAC251 also known as Factory is one of Manchester’s most iconic venues, once home to Factory Records the label that featured Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and other well-known rock and punk bands. Now a popular music venue with live bands and weekly club nights that cater to various music genres. With entry and drinks from only £1 this place is no doubt appealing to all students.
HOME If you’re looking for contemporary art take a trip to HOME, a social space with an independent cinema, theatre and art gallery showcasing remarkable pieces from UK and international artists. The venue also has places to eat such as a café and restaurant as well as a bar and roof terrace. Only a short walk or bus ride from all of our sites in Manchester, this is a must visit for all students looking to be inspired.
Heaton Park Just a tram ride away you can escape the city and surround yourself with nature at Heaton Park. The park has multiples attractions such as Heaton Hall, horse riding, boating lake, bike hire and golf courses! Take advantage of the events at the park too from park runs, funfairs and Parklife the annual music festival that attracts students from all over the country.
Whitworth Art Gallery If you are an art lover, see what’s on at the Whitworth Art Gallery. Entry is free and there’s always a selection of thought-provoking exhibitions as well as events throughout the year. There is something for all from yoga classes to socials, and most things are free! Considered one of the most remarkable galleries in the north, it’s well worth a visit and just a short walk or bus ride from our Manchester sites.
The Trafford Centre If you’re looking for a day out shopping then head to the Trafford Centre one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. With high street favourites such as Selfridges, Zara, Stradivarius, Primark and many other loved brands there’s something for everyone. You’ll also find delicious food in their huge food court ranging from McDonalds and KFC to restaurants like Nando’s, TGI Fridays, Wagamama and more. If you’re looking for more entertainment then see what’s on at the Cinema, explore the Sea Life centre or even play a game of Laser Quest.
National Football Museum Whether you’re a football fan or not, there’s not doubt you’ll have heard about Manchester United and Manchester City. Manchester is home to two of the biggest football teams in the world. You can visit the National Football Museum to learn about the history and culture of football or even watch a game at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium!