Students’ Union and societies

The University of Manchester’s Students’ Union is run by students, for students. The biggest students’ union in the UK, it will provide you with the space, resources and support to make the most of your time at University.

Societies and activities

There’s an activity to suit everyone’s interests at the Students’ Union, whether you’re a committed fundraiser, fancy yourself as the next Nick Grimshaw, have a passion for volunteering or simply want to meet like-minded people.

With 400 societies offering everything from knitting to scuba diving, you’re sure to find the right society for you. If there isn’t, you’ll get help to create your own.

Manchester’s student media outlets are some of the best in the country and include the long-standing Mancunion newspaper, Fuse FM radio station and Fuse TV channel. There are numerous volunteering opportunities through the Student Action programme, including mentoring young people and working with homeless people and the elderly. If fundraising is your thing, you can get involved with Manchester RAG. 

Students’ Union activities can form part of your Stellify journey at Manchester, giving you the chance to step up to roles of responsibility that can boost your personal and professional development, and to broaden your horizons by trying something new.


The Students’ Union Advice Service is on hand to help out with personal, academic, financial and accommodation issues. This service is completely free, totally confidential and run by professional advisers who are independent of the University.

The Academy

Manchester Academy is one of the UK’s most iconic music venues and has welcomed acclaimed artists such as Kylie, Alt-J, Rita Ora and Foo Fighters.

The venue also stages Pangaea, Europe’s largest student-led festival. Taking place three times a year, Pangaea sees more than 5,000 students descend on the Students’ Union and has attracted headline acts including Kano, Ms Dynamite and Grandmaster Flash.


Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee in Biko’s cafe, grab a meal deal from the Union Store or relax over a pizza and a pitcher in the Union Bar. The union is a charity, so every penny you spend at there is reinvested into developing and improving services for students.

You can also make use of The Print Shop for all your print and binding needs.

Student Voice

Student Voice exists to represent your views and interests and to ensure that your voice is heard.

Whether you want to support your course mates by becoming a student rep, help direct what the union does or simply have your say, Student Voice can help.

Celebrating Global Week 2020

In February, The Students’ Union organised a week of cultural celebrations, inclusion and fun to mark Global Week 2020.

Live events and activities took place across campus, giving students the chance to showcase their countries, learn about other cultures and celebrate Manchester as a hub of diversity and inclusion.

Check out the highlights in the following video.