More than just a degree

A major advantage of coming to The University of Manchester is the incredible range of extracurricular activities and opportunities we offer that can truly spark your potential.

Add any of the following activities to your list of things to do while at Manchester, and become the type of person and professional that you want to be.

1. Expand your horizons

Study abroad at one of our many excellent partner institutions across the globe, from Sweden to Singapore.

2. Make a difference

To yourself and to others in local and global communities with a massive variety of volunteering opportunities and support open to you.

3. Gain commercial confidence and business connections

Via work placements, internships or even a year in industry. Get inside knowledge on industries with insight days and networking events to help you decide what you might want to do after graduation. 

4. Take a leading role

In one of our sports club by joining the Athletic Union. Or stand up for your peers and become a recognised leader as a student rep

5. Broaden your knowledge

With a course unit from our University College for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL)  anything from British Sign Language to leadership and enterprise. Open to undergraduates only as an accredited part of your degree.

6. Develop new hobbies, passions and abilities

Join one of one of our 480 Students’ Union societies and sports teams  and enjoy the social side, too.

7. Get stuck into the entertainment

Manchester has its finger on the cultural pulse. Be absorbed into the world of art at the HOME arts centre, The Palace Theatre or The Lowry. Excite your eardrums with everything from clubbing to classical at The Warehouse Project, Parklife, Manchester Arena and The Bridgewater Hall. And keep your eye out for the festivals all year round, including the International Festival, Literature Festival and Food and Drink Festival

8. Witness the game

Synonymous with Manchester across the world, football gets the pulse racing and fans chanting across the city. Take in games and stadium tours for Manchester United FC, Manchester City FV and check out the National Football Museum for a little sporting history.

9. Discover our innovating spirit

Birthplace of the industrial revolution and world-changing ideas, take it all in at the People's History Museum, Pankhurst Centre, Victoria Baths and look out for the Bluedot and Science Festival. 

10. Explore the outdoors

Get on your bike (or into your walking shoes) and explore the green space in and around Manchester with Whitworth Park, Fletcher Moss Gardens, Lyme Park and The Peak District.