10 Things Students Must Do In Manchester!

Welcome to Manchester, the home of footy, corrie, and bags of culture!

When living and studying in Manchester, you’re never short of things to do, and it’s the third most affordable city in the UK, which is an added bonus.

Manchester’s nightlife offers something for everyone, from the glitz and glamour at Spinningfields to the edgy nightclubs like Mojo and South.

With a vast amount of green space surrounding Manchester, you really do get the best of both worlds, whether you fancy a walk on the Peak District or a shopping spree.

With around 96,200 students studying in the city, this city is so popular, and for a very good reason!

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things students need to do in Manchester, you won’t want to miss this.

1. Visit The Northern Quarter


The edgy Northern Quarter has bags of charm and character, situated between Piccadilly and the Ancoats.

Home to cool independent fashion stores, vinyl stores, cafés, bars and restaurants, it’s easy to lose yourself in this vibrant community!

Until about the mid- 1990s, The Northern Quarter wasn’t really a thing until a number of businesses got together and came up with the branded area and now it’s booming.

You can easily spend a day here without leaving the district, where you can discover hidden bars and secret streets tucked away that are proper Insta-worthy!

If you’re feeling peckish, there are plenty of places to grab some yummy food here too including TNQ, Home Sweet Home, and Noi Quattro if you fancy some Italian nosh.

Whilst you’re here, you need to do some street art spotting, some buildings have designated spaces for street art who even invite artists to repaint them, pretty cool right?

2. Go To A Vinyl Store

Piccadilly Records is the place to be in the Northern Quarter has a fab eclectic range of records from both local and international artists.

This place is so respected it even has its own book, now that’s impressive! There are plenty of other vinyl stores to explore as well as this, including Vinyl Revival, Vinyl Exchange and Yes King Records Limited.

Independent Record Stores have enjoyed their second life thanks to a big vinyl craze, so pop down to the Northern Quarter and make the most of it!

3. Visit The Lowry


This registered charity is a not-for-profit organisation that brings the highest visual and performing arts to Salford.

With plenty of performances on offer, The Lowry is a great excuse to get dressed up with your mates and catch a show on an evening!

Their vision is to be a world-class arts centre, who work hard to make sure visitors always enjoy their experience.

It’s actually named after Laurence Stephen Lowry, an artist who spent much of his life in Salford and is strongly associated with the city.

Popular acts include Iain Sterling, Jen Brister, and a whole bunch of art exhibitions from digital art programmes to LS Lowry talks and tours.

4. The Cat Café


Meow! If you’re a cat lover and want to chill out and have a coffee with a furry friend, you need to head over to The Cat Café on the high street.

The whole aim of the cat café is to make people visiting feel better physically and emotionally, people are busier than before and the Cat Café bridges this gap.

The Cat Café is literally what it says on the tin, a quaint café, filled with happy, purring kitties!

Grab a hot drink of your choice, chill out with the cats, and take a selfie or two whilst you’re at it.

You can meet the Manchester cat family here!

5. The Whitworth Gallery


Founded in 1889, The Whitworth Gallery is the first English gallery in a park, transformed by a £15 million development.

Part of the uni of Manchester, the Whitworth gallery is filled with contemporary, academic and playful pieces of art.

The art garden was designed by Sarah Price and features a sculptured terrace, an orchard garden, and even a café in the trees if you fancy a coffee!

6. Go To The Manchester Art Gallery


Want to visit a fun art gallery that’s free? The Manchester Art Gallery is for the people of Manchester to promote art to achieve social change.

With many exhibitions, community programmes, events, arts and health projects, the public institution are always thinking of ways to improve the way they deliver their art.

The art gallery on Mosley Street is a must see when living and studying in this city, a perfect trip for a rainy day!

7. Tour Etihad Stadium


Calling all footy fans, we’ve got to include a bit of sport on our list haven’t we! Whether you’re a blue or a red, Manchester is buzzing with footy fans.

The Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City FC is the sixth-largest in the Premier League and the tenth-largest in the UK!

It’s definitely worth visiting the stadium when studying here, whether you travel there by bus, tram or car.

The stadium tours start from £25 per adult, where you can even sit next to a virtual Pep Guardiola in the press room!

8. Old Trafford


Moving onto the rivals Manchester United, the red side!

If you visit on a non-matchday, you can enjoy a behind the scenes stadium tour and grab a delicious bite to eat at the Red Café whilst you’re there.

9. Manchester Cathedral


This stunning Grade I listed building is a must visit when studying in Manchester, offering plenty of Instagram opportunities for the perfect selfie opportunity.

It’s located in the medieval quarter, a highly historic part of the city, alongside Chetham’s School of Music, Chetham’s Library and The National Football Museum.

The doors are open 7 days a week and the admission is totally free, another bonus of visiting Manchester Cathedral!

10. Shopping!


Feel like treating yourself? What better way than to hit the shops in Manchester!

There’s plenty of shopping centres to go and visit like the Manchester Arndale, the intu Trafford Centre, as well as high street destinations like Market Street and Exchange Square.

If you’re feeling extra boujee, you need to head over to Spinningfields, King Street and New Cathedral Street for the boutique districts.

Everybody loves a bit of glitz, which is why you need to visit the thriving Jewellery quarter too, even if it might be a little pricy, there’s no harm in having a gander!


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