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Social life

Your new home

One of the best parts of university life is living away from home. You get freedom and the chance to meet new people.

Most students decide to live in halls of residence for their first year of study, which usually works out cheaper than finding a flat or house. Each hall organises a range of social and sports events so there's plenty for you to get involved in.

Whatever you're interested in, you're guaranteed to meet loads of people in the same boat as you, making it easier to make new friends.

Going out

Manchester is a major city with a diverse population of nearly half a million people, and a reputation as a friendly, up-and-coming place.

After a hard day's study, going out and having fun is what student life is all about. Manchester is a lively city buzzing with events, cinemas, clubs and bars (often with great student discounts and special offers), so you'll never be short of things to do.

There are also lots of student activities like Rag Week (where students raise money for charity) to get involved in. It's the perfect way to make friends and add a bit of sparkle to your CV.

Food and drink

When it comes to eating out our students are spoiled for choice. Manchester has led the cafe bar revolution and has more entries in the Good Food Guide than any other city outside London. As well as traditional English, you'll find restaurants of every nationality from Armenian to Thai.


We have exceptional sports facilities in and around the campus so there's no excuse not to get involved. Most clubs and classes are recreational, but for the more competitive there are nearly 40 sports clubs available to students.