7 cool things to do in Manchester as a student
Being a student can be hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Now you’re all settled in to the new term you’ll be looking for some cool things to do in your spare time. The problem with being a student though, is a distinct lack of spare cash! But don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of fab ideas for things to do that won’t have you spending your whole student loan in one go.
The great thing about being a student in Greater Manchester is there’s plenty to do on a budget, so get your mates together grab yourself a System One travelcard and have a fun day out. Make some memories and don’t forget to document them with a selfie or two!
Looking for A-Museum-ment?
You don’t need to be taking a degree in history to appreciate Manchester’s bygone times. If you think museums are dull and dreary, think again. From the Old Courts in Wigan to The Bolton Steam Museum you’ll be treated to all sorts of fantastic displays of the weird, the wonderful and the everyday.
The Museum of Science and Industry is packed full of exciting exhibits from robots to aeroplanes. What’s great about all of these museums is that it’s free to get in so it won’t cost you a penny. Many are also open every day from 10am until 5pm - but check before you travel - perfect to keep you busy on a wet Sunday afternoon!
Student life can be stressful, and the perfect way to unwind is to take in a bit of art. Manchester Art Gallery is in the heart of the city centre on Mosley Street and with more than 25,000 works of art to look at, it’s packed full of inspiration for art students.
Or head to the south of the region to Salford Art Gallery, to view one of many displays that are easily accessible (and often free) throughout Greater Manchester. Take a look at what’s available and depending on your mood, you’ll find something to take your mind off all that study.
A trip to China is going to be out of the budget for most students, but you’ll certainly feel like you’re in a China with a trip to Manchester’s Chinatown. With lots of cheap Chinese buffets, why not treat yourself?
Don’t miss out on special events throughout the year - especially the Chinese New Year at the beginning of February.
Your Boots Were Made For Walking
If you’re new to Manchester, you’ll want to learn your way around the city and there’s no better way to do that than on foot. Of course trailing round the streets randomly can get pretty dull, so why not take a walking tour with a mobile phone app as your tour guide?
This clever app uses GPS to know where you are, so plug in your headphones and it will tell you some interesting info about the area you’re in on the way. Who knows what hidden gems you might discover? It’s also a great opportunity get off the couch for a bit of exercise. There’s so much to explore, just hop on the bus for a new starting point each time you use the app.
The Beautiful Game
Manchester is pretty famous for its football teams, but did you know it’s also home to the National Museum of Football? It’s a real must-visit for any football fan and entry to this museum is also free!
This is the biggest football museum in the whole world with six floors of football related exhibits and interactive displays, you’ll be dribbling, dragging and faking your way to lectures all week!
Wrap Up Warm for a Winter Walk
Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about in the great outdoors. Escape the busy city streets and head to Heaton Park, the biggest urban park in Europe or one of nearly one hundred other parks in Greater Manchester.
Get your coat and scarf on, grab a picnic and a flask of hot coffee and explore the thousands of acres of parkland.
Visit the Movies
Don’t worry, we’re not expecting you to pay the extortionate prices of the cinema multiplex! There have been plenty of films and TV series filmed in Manchester, why not watch a film on DVD or Netflix then take a look where it was filmed?
Visit a scene from Captain America on Dale Street, the setting for scenes from Queer as Folk on Canal Street, or take a trip to the Town Hall which features in several films - you never know who you might spot!
Wherever you’re staying in Manchester, getting out and about in the city is easy, and with a System One Travelcard it’s also cheap. Get a weekly or monthly AnyBus Student Travelcard and make the most of it by getting out and about in your spare time. Greater Manchester has so much to offer, so get out there and discover it all!