Being an international student can be confusing and overwhelming, but ultimately it is loads of fun. It’s not only important to be happy with Uni, but also love the city surrounding you. With these 10 places that I personally approve, I hope it will help you start your exploration of Manchester and show you how much we have to offer!
- Check out some of the amazing museums on offer
My favourites include: Museum of Science and Industry, The Manchester Museum, and the People’s History Museum. The best part about museums? They are free!
- Watch some football in The Footage
Whether you’re a City or a United fan – the Footage will have the game on. They usually have all sorts of sports from around the world on big screens. The atmosphere is fun even if you don’t want to sit and watch!
- Look for something quirky to wear in Afflecks Palace
Afflecks unites the hipsters and everyone else in Manchester. It has tons of independent retailers selling clothes, antiques, jewellery, and even food all under one roof.
- Dance to the best of Manc music at 42nd Street
Drinks for under £2, a large dance floor, and a variety of tunes. 42s is a great place for all students, even the mature ones!
- Grab coffee and lunch at Christie’s Bistro
Christie’s Bistro is on campus near the library. The food is good, the prices are good, and you will feel like you’re at Hogwarts.
- Try to make a dent eating the 8000 calorie Manchester Wheel burger
This isn’t vegetarian friendly, but if you’re a foodie…or just like to risk cardiac arrest try the Wheel burger at Solitas. It’s HUGE and it suppose to feed about 6.
- Attempt at answering trivia questions at Home
The questions tend to focus on film and pop culture, so watch Netflix and show up! Groups tend to be between 2-6 people and everyone takes home a prize (beer and free cinema tickets!).
- Get festive at the biggest Christmas Markets in Europe
Lights make the city glow, Santa sits in front of Town Hall, and stalls fill the town centre. Hot drinks, food, and many homemade goods fill the streets in November and December and if you don’t check them out, you’re missing out!
- Hop on a train from Piccadilly Station
Fancy a day of hiking in the Lake District? Maybe you want to check out The Shambles in York. Weekend in London? Trains go in and out of Piccadilly all day long and can take you throughout the UK and Europe.
- Get up close and personal at a concert in the Albert Hall
This was one of the first things I did when I moved here was see First Aid Kit! The Hall is an old church with gorgeous architecture and windows, but now has standing room below with a bar and sitting room atop to listen to music and watch your favourite artist!
I could have included tonnes more about why Manchester is great and what there is to do here, but I want to leave some for you to explore! Make a new friend, hop on the bus, and see where you end up. You might be surprised and end up enjoying it as much as I do! 😉 You can’t get bored in Manchester, I guarantee it.