Student Life in Manchester
04 February, 2020 Culture Yvonne Fraser
Manchester's art scene
Rather than going to a regular art gallery, why not explore the Northern Quarter’s street art instead? As you’re wandering through the area, you won’t be able to miss all the ugly buildings that have been transformed into wonderful masterpieces. If it’s raining, pop into one of my favourite places, Affleck’s Palace, for some more fun artwork spread over 4 floors. Here you can also buy cool vintage clothes, learn to make jewellery, and even get a tattoo!
Manchester, the city of festivals!
There’s always something going on here, especially in the summer, whether it’s for students, tourists, Manchester’s residents or for everyone. Sounds of the City and Parklife are both big music festivals which attract famous bands. Manchester’s Pride Parade goes through the city centre and brings a fantastic atmosphere and lots of fun with it. If you fancy something a bit quirkier, head over to the Ramsbottom Chocolate festival or the Just So camping/arts festival.
Biggest music scene in the UK
This side of Manchester cannot be missed. Have you heard of The Smiths, Oasis or Take That? They all got started in my city. While you’re here, you should go to at least one concert. There are some very cool music venues, like YES, where lots of students go to listen to local groups hoping to be famous one day. There’s usually a fun, friendly crowd and cheap beer.
For vegetarians and vegans
Manchester is swarming with great eateries. Vertigo on Cross Street is my favourite. The meals are fantastic, and the cakes are to die for! Mackie Mayor is another great place for food. It’s a huge old building full of different food stalls. You can get fantastic Mexican tacos, excellent vegan pizza, fish and chips or the spicy Thai noodles that I’m addicted to! Get there early if you want a seat as it gets super busy in the evenings.
For coffee lovers
Manchester had a huge variety of places to enjoy. Takk is an Icelandic style coffee shop, Foundation Coffee is a very modern place which is card only, or head to the Fig and Sparrow for something more traditional. Wherever you go, look for our local Manchester roasts - Heart and Graft and ManCoCo. Mancunians are proud of them!
I’d recommend you get a student card ASAP if you want to save some money. Many places, from clothes shops to restaurants to nightclubs, offer discounts to students.
Come and explore some of the best student hang outs in Manchester with us!