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Manchester has the biggest uni population outside of London, so if you turn up here you know you’ll be well catered for. Its places of study are Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and University of Salford.
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1.Sports fans. You’re in the right place. Manchester has loads of sports grounds all within close proximity of one another. You can watch a variety of sporting events including football, cricket and track and motocross cycling. If you’re more of a participant than a spectator, get involved in the Great Manchester Run.
2.Peak District. From Manchester you have easy access. Perfect if you’re the outdoors type, or if you need to entertain the parents when they come to visit. It’ll keep them off your back about the state of your room.
3.The Printworks. A good first port of call for entertainment. From food and drink to films and gigs, clubs and bars or even a workout at the gym – it has pretty much everything you’ll need.
4. Canal Street. An area for the LGBT scene, and stick around in the summer for Manchester Pride. Manchester is home to one of the UK’s largest LGBT communities so there will be plenty of ways to get involved.
5. Travelling? If you’re going home for a weekend and trains look a bit pricey, the Megabus and National Express run from Manchester to loads of UK destinations. You can get really cheap tickets if you book in advance, especially if you have an NUS Extra card. If you still fancy getting the train, get a 16-25 railcard. It WILL be worth it.
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6. Curry Mile. One Manchester experience you are certainly not to miss is a visit (or several) to the Curry Mile on Wilmslow Road. Round up your mates and see who can stomach the hottest dish, though you might want to warn your flatmates in advance if you have shared bathroom facilities…
7. Bus. The Oxford Road Link bus connects the Uni of Manchester campuses with city centre, and it’s free if you live on certain campuses.
8. Chinatown. Manchester’s Chinatown is one of the biggest outside China itself. It’s a must for a meal out or just some more interesting shopping. Head to International Buffet & Restaurant on Nicholas Street for an all-you-can-eat buffet and Buy One Get One Free on drinks.
9. Theatre. The Royal Exchange Theatre is well worth a visit at some point, and if you think you can’t afford tickets, think again – as a student, if you book on the day of a performance you can get tickets for just £10. Even better, you can nab one for a fiver on Mondays and possibly even free on a Friday if you call up at 12pm!
10. Market. Head down to the awesome Piccadilly Gardens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can visit the street food stalls for a quality lunch and then stock up on fruit and veg for the week.
Good to know...
Taxi: Radio Cars.
Bus:The Oxford Rd Link bus goes up and down between the city centre and the start of the Manchester Uni Campuses (and the Curry Mile!). Depending on which campus you live in, you may not have to pay.
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Cannot fault Manchester. Firstly, it's not expensive to live here at all, especially in fallowfield. Secondly, any music taste is catered to on nights out and you literally have a different night to suit everyone, which is so good in a student city. There are plenty of places to go out for food and drink and depending on your mood and budget you have so many options and they are all easily accessible through the amazing public transport links in Manchester. You won't wait more than five minutes for a bus anywhere and there are also trams and trains to get yous round the city and out of the city. The shopping facilities in Manchester are amazing, thr Arndale and market street are fantastic for high street shopping and then there is spinning fields, king street etc for more high end shopping. You also have easy access to the Trafford centre and the buses run really regularly to and from there so there is so many opportunities to shop
Manchester is like London but smaller and better. There are no end of restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs to explore for every individual. The transport links are the best, sporting the busiest bus route in Europe. For shopping, the city centre has a variety of shops along with the Arndale Centre, and the Trafford centre is just a short bus ride away. Manchester is, ultimately, the place to be.
Not bad, not good either
It is a large city, meaning you're likely to find whatever you're looking for, whether it be clothing, food, venue, etc.
Everything is very spread out, aside from popular shops, and sub-standard chain restaurants. Going on a night out is hit and miss, as you have to pick a venue or two, and stick to them. It would be too far to go to an equivilent venue, especially during winter.