In the last two decades or so, the city of Manchester has become a hotspot city in the UK. Nicknamed “The Northern Powerhouse”, the multicultural, diverse city has been compared to the lifestyle in London, bustling with fun activities- that suit all people, from all walks of life. Perhaps the biggest difference between the Big Smoke and Manchester is the affordability that comes with living in Manchester, which is that the northern city is more affordable- therefore making city life more accessible than for those who live in London. Each year, Manchester attracts millions of students from all over the globe, who undertake their studies at one of four universities: The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, and the University of Bolton- three of which feature in the QS Global University Rankings as of 2021.
For students, Manchester is a great city to come and study in. The succinctness of the city enables people to move around from one end of the city to the other, explore various activities and enrich themselves in the diversity of Manchester. Here at We Buy Any House, we have compiled a guide for students in Manchester.
Ready for a Drink?
If we didn’t say the inhabitants of Manchester love a good party- then we’d be lying! In this city, we are infamous for our love of nightlife, incorporating all kinds of activities alongside a bar and drinking experience. Whether it’s mini-golfing with a cocktail, a boozy student bar crawl, or a cocktail-making session at a swanky bar with panoramic views- this city has it all. The beauty of Manchester is that most bars are within walking distance of each other- and there is something to suit all types of budgets and vibes. Here are our top 5 bars and pubs in the city:
Flok: Located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, this new bar offers a calming and laid-back atmosphere, while also serving some of Manchester’s best wine. It has a retro theme and a gold leaf-lined vault which has its own record player!
The Deaf Institute: Originally existing as a Victorian school for the ‘deaf and dumb’, this place is now a multi-storey restaurant, that is also a bar and offers live music- it does it all! It’s a popular place for students, the crowds gather quickly for events at this place.
Albert Schloss: Perhaps one of the most popular bars in Manchester, Albert Schloss is a bohemian palace that also turns into a somewhat nightclub. From bierkeller to alpine cocktails and Scandanavian food, this place gets pretty wild: think, dancing on tables!
Alcotraz: Cell Block Three- Four: Does a night in jail sound appealing? This cool bar, located in the city centre, combines the Alcotraz prison and a fun night out. Dress up as inmates, and make cocktails to impress the guards all while spending a few hours in a cell.
Cane & Grain: Undertaking South American influence, Cane & Grain bar is located in Northern Quarter- and offers a secret cocktail service, wonderful Southern-style food, and hand-crafted beers!
Looking to Shop ‘Til You Drop?
When it comes to shopping, thankfully Manchester has you covered. The choice of shopping centers is why a lot of people visit the city, and although the Trafford Centre is just around the corner- there is something irreplaceable about Manchester city centre. There’s something for everyone, from vintage shops located in the Northern Quarter such as Affleck’s Palace and Fred Aldous, to more high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Fendi- the city has it all!
Grabbing a Bite to Eat?
Similar to the choice of drinks in the city, the choice of food places in Manchester is also astounding. Whatever your culinary preference is, there is literally something for all tastebuds. If you’re looking for a cheap place to eat or somewhere that doesn’t require a booking, then places such as Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza (infamously the city’s best pizza), Little Aladdin (a Northern Quarter takeaway offering vegan Asian delicacies) or Shoryu Ramen (Japanese-style noodle bar) are your best bet.
However, if you’re looking for a fine dining experience, then venturing into the area of Spinningfields is your best bet. Located here are the city’s best restaurants, from The Ivy, Tattu, 20 Stories, and Australasia- all of which offer a 7-star dining experience and some of the most delicious food in the city.
Looking for Something Fun to Do?
If eating, drinking, and shopping haven’t exhausted you, then thankfully there are a plethora of activities to do in Manchester. From art galleries such as The Manchester Art Gallery to The Whitworth, these offer some of the city’s most prominent paintings and displays pf decorative art. Then there’s the choice of museums, which offer an insight into Manchester’s heritage. The Science and Industry Museum offers an experience of the cotton and mining days of the city, but then you also have the National Football Museum, Manchester Jewish Museum, and the Imperial War Museum.
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