Dividing Manchester down the middle, the rivalry between City and United football fans raises the question: which is truly Mancunian? Of course, there really is no answer, but while thinking it over, pay a visit to Old Trafford or the City of Manchester Stadium for a tour or even a game. The National Football Museum is also set to relocate to Manchester, opening in 2012, to further celebrate the 'beautiful game'.
For rugby fans, Sale Sharks are worth checking out and, for those more interested in rugby league than union, Salford is home to the Reds. Nearby, Everton, Liverpool, Wigan, Bolton, Blackburn and Warrington all host strong football and rugby teams, so you will never miss out on the excitement of match day.
Nice as it is to watch sport, it won't boost your own fitness levels. The Manchester Aquatics Centre is a great place for a cheap student swim and, if you're feeling super-fit, you can join the nearby Sugden Sports Centre for a workout.
At the other side of town, cyclists can visit the National Cycling Centre at Manchester Velodrome. Home to the GB Cycling Team and Britain's primary indoor Olympic cycling track, members of the public may have a go at burning some rubber themselves.