University… What’s it actually about?

Wow, hasn’t that year flown by. 9 months ago I started my adventure in Manchester, armed with boxes and anticipation and now, I sit here having finished my first year!! You always hear people saying “enjoy your first year whilst it lasts” and having just finished mine… I would say this is a good bit of advice!

“After all, no one can have too many friends!”



From easter egg hunts to house hunts

Before Easter, the University held “accommodation tours”- showing the various types of residences we have available. As you may have seen on the Uni website there are 3 different areas where most of the halls are. These are as follows…

1.) City Campus
2.) Victoria Park Campus
3.) Fallowfield Campus

Although the Uni website is good at giving an idea of costs and facilities, I think sometimes all you want to know is what the area is really like. So, to help out all of those searching for the perfect pad I’ve created a handy area guide as well as insights from current students!


Break free from Oxford Road

In fresher’s week, a 3rd year told me “Uni life in Manchester revolves around Oxford Road”. I have to admit, at the time I thought she was a bit loopy. How can your whole life revolve around one road?! But after spending 6 months in the city, I understand.

Living at Whitworth Park Halls, having all lectures at South Campus, and working at the Aquatic Centre, my life literally does revolve around Oxford Road! The 1.6 mile stretch is filled with students, bars and restaurants but sometimes you do need to escape from the rat race and break free from Oxford Road.

“…probably the best place for breakfast in Manchester.”

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some exploring in and around Manchester as well as venturing a bit further afield! Here is a list of the top places I’ve found to escape to…


The most important day in January…

… The rules of being savvy with your student loan

There is one day in January that all students look forward to- that much anticipated, beautiful day. And no I’m not talking about the end of exams, this is much much better. On the 18th of January 2016, Student Finance delivered all students with the best welcome back to Uni present… Their student loan.

Suddenly having enough money to book a five-star holiday to the Maldives can be a bit overwhelming BUT I have concocted these simple rules to ensure my student loan is spent on food and living instead of something unforgiving!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Wohooo we are nearly at the end of the semester and christmas is upon us! I was bit sceptical about spending Christmas in Manchester as its the first time I’ve been away from my family during the festive period BUT I had no need to worry! Amongst essay submissions and Chinese oral exams I have managed to visit the christmas markets, go ice skating and even attend a masquerade ball! Oh the student life!


5 tips for when the family come to town!

Saturday morning, 6:30am and there I was stood at the bus stop, bright and early waiting for the number 42 to the airport!! With a grin plastered across my face, I jumped on the bus. For me, one of the most difficult aspects of moving away was leaving my family but at long last I was able to share the magic of Manchester with my Mum! Armed with a welcome sign, welcome garland, and almond croissants I waited in Terminal 3 for my Mums arrival! She didn’t know that I would be waiting for her at the airport so as you can image the tears started flowing as soon as she noticed me- in fact, the tears were so persistent I’m surprised that the MET Office didn’t issue a severe weather warning!

Planning for such occasions can be difficult, so, to save you the trouble here is an insiders guide of things to do in Manchester when the family come to town!

“…both beautiful and peaceful, a winner with the family and also a great place to study!”


The big hello – halls, hangovers and a hell of a good city tour!

Hiya guys,

Seeing as this is my first blog I think a good way to start would be to introduce myself! I’m Chloe and I’m currently 4 weeks into my first year of studying Chinese and Linguistics at the University of Manchester.

Coming from a little village in Cornwall where the most exciting thing that happens is the bus turning up on time the move to Manchester was super exciting for me! So after numerous goodbyes to my extensive family, my decision was made and on the 18th of September 2015 I began my journey “Up North”.