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!



5 tips for living in halls!

Quote of the day: “Double the pineapple, double the greatness”

Week 10 has turned up and the last few weeks have passed in a whirlwind of assignments, takeout’s and visits home to Northern Ireland. Enough time has passed that I have become accustomed to life in university halls and may be able to impart some words of wisdom. Living life in university (or private) halls can be tricky, but there are a few tips and tricks, which can make life easier.

“…there are a vast array of halls with different lifestyles and mixes of people inside.”


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”.


Tips for living in halls

Hello, and welcome to the first of my many blog posts! My name is Alix, and I study English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. I hope you find these posts interesting and helpful- I know it seems overwhelming even to think about university but I’m hoping that this blog will make the transition seem a little less scary.

I live in Fallowfield in Ashburne Hall, which you may or may not have heard of. That’s okay. Not many people have. When I was applying to Manchester, Fallowfield meant two things: Squirrels (the bar in Fallowfield) and the slightly ominous (and extremely loud) tower.  I was extremely wrong. Fallowfield is a vibrant, diverse student hub: good for those who like to party and also for those who appreciate a bit of quiet. Ashburne Hall is a good mix of both. With University accommodation, it’s often a good idea to not listen to everything you get told.

The upshot is, there are pros and cons to every University accommodation. That’s just the way it works. But, nine times out of ten, you will get accustomed to where you live, meet amazing people and most importantly, get used to living by yourself. However, I do have some tips to share with you just to make that period of adjustment just that little bit easier.


Eleanor’s Blog – 18 September

Hello! It’s me, Eleanor, back in Manchester for my second year as a speech and language therapy student.

Let me start by saying WELCOME all first year students to The University of Manchester! This week is Welcome Week, which means everyone is settling in and getting to grips with the year ahead.

Secondly, I’d like to apologise for my absence over the past few weeks! I’ve been a whirlwind trying to pack and get all my stuff together before moving back to Manc. Not before one last festival of the summer, this time Shambala.

It was an amazing festival with lots of glitter and crazy costumes, a real getaway from the real world and a break from real life! It’s the only festival this year that I’ve actually paid for a ticket for, after working at both Y Not and 2000 Trees festivals. Although I love volunteering it was definitely nice to relax and not have to worry about going round picking other people’s litter up! I had such a good time dancing to an awesome mix of music and learning about odd things like spoon carving. Already wanting to buy my ticket for next year!

After Shambala, it was back to civilisation and back to sorting things out for my return to Manchester. This year I’ll be living in a house rather than halls, which means organising paying my own bills and stuff like tv and internet. There’ll be six of us in the house, so we’ve decided to just get a joint bank account and pay bills out of that, rather than one person be in charge of it all. Halls were really good for first year but now I feel all grown up and quite excited to be living properly independently!

I arrived at the house on Saturday, after spending a few hours packing my mum’s car. In the 3 months I’ve been back in Derbyshire I seem to have lost all my storage boxes and bags, so I pretty much ended up just throwing my clothes in. I live about an hour away from the house, which is in Withington, just outside Fallowfield. Like Fallowfield, Withington is quite a popular area for students to live as it’s just a bus journey away from Uni. I was first at the house, and although the landlord has been doing some decorating over the summer, the previous tenants left it in a less than hygienic manner so the first few hours were spent scrubbing the kitchen. You could definitely say this house has ‘character’- all the cupboards are different and none of the sofas match, a few of the walls are wonky and we’ve found a chocolate fondue set in the cellar. Can tell it’s going to be an interesting year! Our landlord is okay, and is always offering to bring us more furniture and stuff, but now I’m not in halls I’ve had to think more about where I live and what’s acceptable. Halls are all maintained to a really good standard but the house I’m in now is owned privately. When we came to view the house last year, we asked the people who were living here already what it was like and how the landlord was, so we were confident moving in knowing that the house would be okay!

Once I was all unpacked and everyone else had arrived, we planned on going out to celebrate being back in Manchester. Half of us were too tired though so ended up going to bed at half 10! It just means I’ll be more awake for the rest of the week though, as it’s Welcome Week so there’s lots going on all day. I’ll hopefully be popping along to the Student Fair to get my share of free stuff! I also need to go to the library as well to use the WiFi, we haven’t set it up in our house yet so I’m internet-less. I’ve also got a few lectures this week and quite a bit of revision and research to do as I’m off on placement for a month starting next Monday. Busy busy.

Eleanor’s Blog – 10 May

Hello again!

Another week in Manchester and my first year is drawing to a close, it’s all gone by so quickly. With just 5 lectures left, it’s not started to hit me yet that I’m one quarter of the way to becoming a Speech Therapist. It’s quite scary actually! I’ve just got two exams to look forward to (ha) and then a lovely summer ahead!

For now though, I’ve been focusing on revision and getting the last few pieces of work done before the end of this year. In a break from revision (and what I really mean is a break from attempting to tidy my room with lecture notes nearby) I went to the cinema to see The Avengers, which was pretty good. I haven’t really been to the cinema the whole time I’ve been in Manchester and I’ve missed it! We went to The Printworks, in the city centre behind the Arndale Shopping centre. There’s a couple of cinemas in Manchester, mostly with cheaper student ticket prices so you don’t end up spending too much.

I’ve also been spending a couple of evenings in the library, as at this time of year its open 24/7. It’s still busy though even at 10 o’clock at night!

When all my deadlines and exams are out the way, I’ve got quite a lot planned for summer, including a trip to Seville in Spain, and volunteering at a couple of festivals. If you’re wanting to go to a festival but haven’t got the funds, volunteering as a steward or a litter picker is a really good way to get to see the bands for free. Most, if not all, festivals have some kind of volunteer programme where you get to enjoy the festival for free in exchange for a few hours’ work a day. I’ll be working at the Y Not Festival in the Peak District, near to where I live. This will be my fourth ynot and I’m looking forward to it a lot! I’ll also be working at ynot’s sister festival, 2000 Trees, in Gloucestershire. I’ve never been before so it will be a bit of an adventure! I’ll hopefully also be doing some Student Ambassador work over the summer, with lots of summer schools and things taking place. All this stuff, along with being able to catch up with some friends from home mean it’s shaping up to be a good couple of months!

I’ll miss Manchester though over the summer, and the end of first year approaching means it’s almost the end of my time at Whitworth Park. I’ve enjoyed living here and I’ve met lots of new people, but I’m more excited about my house for next year now! There’s been a couple more forms to sign for the house but sorting it out has been really easy and a lot less stressful than I imagined (so far). Call me a geek, but I’m quite looking forward to be able to sort out my own bills for next year, it’s quite scary but I feel all grown up!

Eleanor’s blog – 1 December 2011

I’ve been at Whitworth Park for just over a week and I’ve already settled in really well. Everyone is dead nice, but I think I’m going to have to start saying no to going out, I just can’t afford it! I still haven’t got round to getting a job…I can’t make excuses; it’s just pure laziness on my part! I’ve been being a bit of a canny business woman though and have been selling some of my old clothes and stuff on eBay, just for a bit of extra money. Made 30 quid in a week, and it’s not looking likely that I’ll be running out of things to wear any time soon. Quite proud of myself that since I’ve been in Manchester, the temptation to go shopping every few minutes hasn’t took too much of a hold…yet. Christmas is the party season after all, and with my new neighbours inviting me to lots of exciting places (oh it’s a hard life) I can tell I’ll need some shiny new clothes soon. Let’s hope I don’t spend all the money I’m making by selling stuff…

Carrying on with the November Christmassy theme, this week I visited the European Christmas Markets in Albert Square – where the big lights switch-on took place a couple of weeks ago. It’s really great, so festive and busy, with stalls selling everything from scarves to sausages – everything you could ever need for Christmas. I wasn’t able to get a good photo to share with you because it was just so, so, so busy, but I’d recommend going down and taking a look for yourself – plus it’s the only way to get the smell of all the amazing food. My stomach was definitely rumbling.

Seeing as I’m not in catered halls anymore, I’ve had my first week of cooking for myself. I was really looking forward to it because personally, I love cooking. I find that deciding what to buy is the hardest part though. Cooking just for myself means that I need to plan my shopping list, I don’t want to be buying too much and having to throw stuff away. Thankfully though, my kitchen has a huge freezer so it’s handy to separate out portions of stuff and just get them out of the freezer when I need them. Clever, eh! University is for learning things, after all.

I just wanted to show you this picture I took whilst going home for the day at half 9 on a Sunday morning, walking down Oxford Road – I’ve never seen it so empty! It’s really weird to see no one about when usually you can’t see anything but students and buses and taxis. I needed to borrow stuff from home I hadn’t brought with me like coloured pens and paper to make a project for one of my classes. Technically it would have been easier and quicker to just go to a shop and buy that stuff…but then a shop wouldn’t cook my tea and do my washing like my mum does.