Clothes and shopping

Manchester is renowned for its shopping facilities, which encompass brilliant British designers, established worldwide brands and quirky independent one-offs.

Market Street is the very definition of the modern British high street and a good starting point for any shopping trip. You’ll find premium department stores Harvey Nichols and Selfridges at nearby Exchange Square, or head to Spinningfields, Manchester’s most upmarket area for top designer emporia.  

The Northern Quarter is the place for independent shops that you won’t find anywhere else and that embody Manchester’s creative diversity.

For a retail and leisure experience on a grander scale, take a short bus ride out of the city centre for the Trafford Centre, the second largest shopping centre in the UK.

Second-hand goods

Looking for second-hand items is a great way to help save money, and reduce your impact on the planet by stopping items from unnecessarily entering landfills.

If you’re looking to furnish your accommodation, you can often buy second-hand (used) goods such as furniture and kitchen utensils from other students. Adverts for items can be found on notice boards in the Students’ Union, the International Society and academic schools.

You’ll also find a great selection of furniture and vintage fashion in some of Manchester’s various charity shops.