This has actually been on my list of posts to write for a while, but I just haven’t got around to it, until now. When the team at Megabus contacted me and asked if I wanted to write a city guide to Manchester on what to see, do and eat for under £60, I of course said yes. I do a lot of ‘5’ and list posts, so I thought to write the 5 best spots for students in Manchester, in my opinion of course!
Megabus are launch brand new buses in 6 cities, including Manchester, so theres no better time to explore the city. I ALWAYS get buses in Manchester, as they are so much cheaper than Ubers and a lot more convenient that driving. They sent me such a fab goodie box to launch the campaign- have you seen it on my Instagram story?
If you haven’t seen this post, you might be confused as to why I am doing a Manchester guide. I actually live there around half the time in semester time and my boyfriend goes to university there… so I am certainly not short of recommendations for good places to go on dates or with your friends on a budget! I think that the 5 best spots for students in Manchester that I have chosen are definitely worth a visit, even if you aren’t a student. You can always mix and match 2 or 3 for a good day out in the city.
The Northern Quarter
Obviously this had to come first in the list of the 5 best spots for students in Manchester, as honestly it is such a student vibe area, and super fun. If you don’t know, the northern quarter in Manchester is a district full of street art, independent shops and bars, and restaurants. I love the culture there and it is so much fun to have a walk around. I could do a whole post on the northern Quarter if you are interested in that, but for now im going to bullet point some of my favourite places there, for you to google if you are planning a trip.
- Alabama’s (the BEST pancakes)
- Ezra and Gil
- The street art on the back street (where I take 80% of my Instagram posts)
- Fred Aldous- perfect for art supplies and loads of pretty cards and stationary.
Twenty twenty Two
Twenty Twenty Two is such a student location in Manchester, but I would recommend it to everyone as I enjoyed it a lot more than a regular bar. I enjoyed it so much I took zero photos! It is basically a cocktail bar, but for £5 more you can rent a ping pong table and play ping pong whilst you drink. I didnt think I would love this as much as I did, but it was so much fun and it is definitely one of the best spots for students in Manchester, that I recommend to everyone wanting a good date activity. Me and John went there for some drinks with friends last month, and ended up staying much later than them and making it into a date night. We played ping pong, had a laugh and drank some amazing cocktails (that were served with foam bananas and hairdo strawbs which made me very happy).
This is definitely more of a summer location as it is predominantly outside, but it is definitely a good one to add to your must see list if you are coming to visit the city anytime soon. Hatch is a series of container ships and vehicles (theres a double decker bus!) that has set up underneath the ring road. Its such a cool concept! I love that it is undercover as although it is outside, you could go when it is raining and definitely not get wet. It is a very ‘instagrammable’ location, and filled with independent shops, street food and cocktails, there will definitely be something for everyone. I will be going so much more when the weather gets warmer again as I loved it, and it is not too far from the university either.
I first went to Rudy’s last month, but it has quickly become one of my favourite restaurants in Manchester, and it is super cheap too so definitely had to make an appearance on the list of 5 best spots for students in Manchester. I have been craving it so much since I first had it! Rudy’s have 2 spots in Manchester, and sell incredibly authentic Pizzas. I will go as far to say that they are the best pizzas that I have ever tried, and they were less than £10 too. I would certainly recommend this for a lunch date in the city centre, as it is just amazing.
Manchester Christmas markets
This is a bit of a seasonal one, but it is without a doubt one of the 5 best spots for students in Manchester, so I would definitely recommend it. Plus the markets are coming back super soon, so make sure to go to them whilst you can! With over 300 stalls, it is one of the best ways to get festive and have a walk around the city centre. I actually wrote a whole blog post about it last year, but I am definitely going back this year so if you want another blog post sharing my experiences of the 2019 Christmas markets (and hopefully the ice experience if it makes a reappearance) then please let me know.
So there my 5 best spots for students in Manchester, and I would definitely recommend trying some of them out if you are in need of something to do in the city. Thank you so much to megabus for working with me on this blog post, and allowing there to be super convenient travel around Manchester for students!
(This post was paid for by Megabus, but all opinions and photos are my own.)