The city of Manchester is one of the largest student cities in Europe and a new crop of young bright eyed students turn up every year to the city. Many of them fall in love with the city and its thriving culture.

We here at Student Map are both students and graduates of Manchester universities so we are here to help you get the best out of the city.

Essentially this whole site is a student survival guide and this page simply acts as an introduction to your student life in Manchester. Many of you will be new to the city or even a current student that is looking to explore. So whether you are beginner to the city or a seasoned pro this student survival guide will help you (so long as you have your student broadband sorted!).

There is no doubt that University can be some of the best years or your life and this student guide  for Manchester along with the website will help you to get the most out of it. There are lots of things to do in Manchester for students but it is important not to get too carried away and save your money along with being safe.

When going out in Manchester…

drinking in manchesterThe majority of students stick to the usual suspects of student bars and clubs in Manchester. If this is what you’re after, check out the best student nightclubs page.

Lots of these venues will be promoting nights along Oxford road, and taking a flyer might save you a few quid.

The student bars and clubs are located all over the city but the main hot spots are Fallowfield, Deansgate Locks and the City centre.

Don’t forget to stock up on a few fancy dress outfits for when you get to university. You will need it!

When Eating in Manchester…

If you fancy something to eat then you have lots of choices in Manchester. Most restaurants, take aways and supermarkets cater to students and are located in and around the student area. Look out for student deals for take aways and restaurants.

eating in manchesterThe major supermarkets in Manchester are located near to all students. However, be sure to watch out for the metro/small versions of the supermarkets as the price can be higher than the larger supermarkets.

Be sure to look out for deals on food and buy in bulk in order to save money. A great idea is to cook with your housemates to save some money and it’s great for ‘bonding.’

Moving on, if you fancy eating out, maybe for a special occasion or just a nice bite to eat, then Manchester is the place to be. There is such a large choice of a wide variety of foods. Restaurants are located all over the city in the main student areas. Also, in terms of take-a-ways, you can’t go wrong. There are plenty of deals about for hungry students.

When Shopping in Manchester…

It is best to stick to the bargains. It can be very hard as a student to resist not spending your loan on the thriving Manchester retail scene. However, there are bargains to be had in the ‘garms’ department. The Northern Quarter’s multitude of vintage fashion stores is a great place to start.

Also, most major retail outlets will offer student discounts with an NUS card. Make sure that you buy timeless clothes that will last your throughout your years at University and possibly long after that.

When travelling in Manchester…

student travel in manchesterTake a look out our Manchester student travel guide for full information but here are a few student survival tips that you won’t find there.

In Manchester you should definitely not buy single tickets on the bus unless you are taking less than 4 journeys a week. Also, although Magic Buses tend to come every 10 or so minutes there are differences at peak times.

In Manchester the busiest times tend to be during rush hour and after a night out. Be prepared to squeeze onto a bus during these times.

Also, don’t loose or forget your bus pass. If you buy a yearly bus pass then be sure not to loose it. It is a regular occurrence and replacing it cost money and can be very time consuming.

When looking for things to do in Manchester…

It is very important to think about budget. If you own a car or have a friend with a car then sharing petrol to go to places that are out of the public transport catchment can be a great idea. There are loads of great ideas for days out in and around Manchester and many offer student discount throughout the year.

Be sure to look out for seasonal deals at certain Theme Parks and get involved with a student society in Manchester as they often offer days out for cheaper group prices.

When looking to stay safe in Manchester…

Always keep your wits about you. Manchester is not as dangerous as some make out but at the end of the day it is still a city like any other. Be sure to stick to well lit and populated places. If you are walking home at night after a night on the town then make sure that you are with a friend at all times.

In terms of burglaries the police in Manchester attend student events throughout the year and handout useful tools to keep you from getting broken into. Instead if just throwing these devices in the bin why not use them? It could save you a lot of money and hassle.

So there you have it. Student life in Manchester is as fun as any city, if not more fun, so enjoy it. Hopefully this student survival guide to Manchester will give you a great insight into how the city is geared around students and what you can do to make life a bit easier for yourself.

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