Fun stuff to do in Manchester
“Manchester has everything except a beach” Ian Brown
It's really important as a student to take advantage of what such a fantastic city like Manchester has to offer. The following are our top picks of stuff to do- we've tried to keep it as cheap a spossible for the cash strapped students out there.
Fingers Crossed for a Sunny Summer
It's time to put away your Winter jacket and gloves and dig out your shorts and sunglasses in anticipation of a sunny Summertime. If you missed out on Parklife festival then don't despair as Manchester has plenty more weekend treats on offer.
Kicking things off is the Manchester International Festival from the 4th to the 21st July 2013. For details of whats on visit the MIF website by clicking HERE
Manchester has a great musical history with clubs like The Hacienda and bands like The Stone Roses, The Smiths and The Happy Mondays. Today there is a massive range of venues covering diverse music tastes, from heavy metal to happy hardcore, so you should be able to find something to your tastes. 5 of our favourites here at homes4u are:
If you just want a few drinks then Font and Baa Bar in Fallowfield (although they both can be found elsewhere in Manchester too) are perfect for saving the pennies. Shots in Baa Bar are a quid, and all cocktails in Font are £2.
For a cheaper night out, 5th avenue is perfect (as long as you don’t mind a sticky floor and drinking vodka redbull all night!). The music is indie pop, and you can usually buy drinks for a quid. Get there before 10.30 and admission is cheaper, and ladies get in free before 11 on a Friday or Saturday!
Manchester Academy plays host to really big names in the music world- some of our favourites that are coming up soon are Ice Cube, Professor Green and, for something a little bit different, the Manchester Roller Derby! Squeeze your way to the front of the crowd to catch a glimpse of your favorite band up close.
If you want a more intimate music venue, then head to Night and Day club in the Northern Quarter. Get there really early to enjoy their food- we recommend the Cajun wedges with sour cream. Yummmmm. Grab an early bird ticket now for their NYE Contort Yourself disco for just £5!
Be a tourist
Try being a tourist in Manchester and enjoy all the cultural activities on offer. We have world renowned art collections and museums, AND don’t forget most of it is free! One of the best known museums is Manchester Museum, which is sited in the middle of Manchester Uni so is perfect when you have a couple of hours between lectures. There is also MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) in Castlefield which has a massive section of sciency exhibits, and for the footie mad of you there are football museums at both the Man Utd and Man City stadiums. Others include URBIS and the GMP museum in the city centre, and the Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Park.
A great way to relax is to stroll round one of Manchester’s brilliant art galleries for a couple of hours. If you find yourself in the city centre it is only a 2 minute walk to Manchester Art Gallery, or if you’re near Fallowfield both Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Costume Gallery are a 5 minute walk away.
Shop till you Drop
If you want shops then you can’t complain in Manchester! The Arndale and The Trafford Centre house all the popular chains like Topshop and Urban Outfitters. Then you’ve got the big department stores like Selfridges, Harvey Nicks, and House of Fraser for when your student loan comes in! If you want something a little more individual then Northern Quarter is your mecca. It’s packed full of small independent shops selling vintage clothes, records and anything else you might like. Highlights include American Graffiti with retro clothes from the 40s through to the 80s, Empire Exchange- a treasure trove memorabilia shop, and Afflecks Palace selling everything “from top hats to tattoos”.
The Great Outdoors
If you want a real free day out then simply head to one of Manchester’s breath-taking parks. For those of you in Fallowfield there really is no excuse to not visit Platt Fields. It host events throughout the year including festivals and firework displays, and there is even a fishing lake. In fact there is even a Shakespeare garden that only has plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, bet you didn’t know that!
Get out on your bike and within half an hour you can be amidst rolling green fields, or use your railcard to get a cheap train to a nearby mountain and enjoy a day hiking. It’s a good way to forget about that looming assignment deadline!
Some useful links:
Visit Manchester Large Manchester Student Beans
The Official website What’s on, plus Every student’s must visit
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