Shopping tips

Manchester offers shopping at its best. Everyone from Primark to Harvey Nichols has a store here.

In addition to the Arndale Centre's many high street stores, there are boutiques and unique shops run by local designers dotted about the city. You can find alternative, independent and vintage stockists at the famous in the Northern Quarter and at Afflecks.

If you want to splash out on designer labels, head for King Street, St Ann's Square and Bridge Street – or check out the Designer Outlet Centre next to The Lowry, Salford Quays.

The Trafford Centre, the UK’s second largest indoor shopping centre, is just a bus ride away, with countless stores, restaurants and leisure facilities.

For food shopping there are regular markets selling fresh, local produce as well as seasonal European and international markets that visit the city. They are a great chance to pick up something a bit different.

Chinatown offers lots of great shops selling everything from east-Asian food to silk fabrics and calligraphy pens, while you’ll find plenty of south-Asian and Middle-Eastern stores just a short walk or bus trip from campus in Rusholme.

Opening hours

From Monday to Saturday most shops are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm.

Many local shops close on Sundays, although city centre stores and large supermarkets may be open from 11am to 5pm or later.

Many larger stores and supermarkets have at least one late-night opening until 7.30pm or 8pm, and some large supermarkets offer 24-hour shopping, six days a week.

Second-hand goods

It is often possible to buy second-hand (used) goods such as furniture, kitchen utensils, academic books and computer equipment from other students.

Adverts for these can often be found on noticeboards in the Students' Union, the International Society and academic Schools.