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Manchester and Salford City Guide

Posted at 29 July 2022 in Travel & Culture

Known as one of the most student‑friendly cities in the UK, Manchester has one of the largest student populations in Europe. With around 100,000 students in Greater Manchester, there’s no doubt that this northern hub is a fantastic place to be a student. 

Home to the world’s longest‑running TV soap and the birthplace of British music legends, Manchester is a vibrant and diverse city with plenty to see and do. From lively nightlife to shopping, museums to picturesque walks, let’s take a look at what you can expect to get up to as a student in Manchester and Salford. 


Filled with canals, waterfront bars, green spaces and plenty of wildlife, Castlefield is one of Manchester’s most relaxed neighbourhoods, making it the perfect place for a stroll on a warm day. ☀️

The area is also home to Castlefield Bowl, an outdoor music venue, which hosts an annual ‘Sounds of the City’ series of concerts featuring a range of popular music acts. 

Feel Good Club

Located in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter, @wearefeelgoodclub focuses on mental health and wellbeing and is the first of its kind in the city. 

The Warehouse Project

From techno to dance, Warehouse Project has hosted events with some big names such as Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, and Happy Mondays since its launch 16 years ago.

Unlike other clubs in the city, Warehouse Project has a limited season approach running from September through to New Year’s Day, with each event featuring different artists. If you want to bag yourself tickets to WHP, you’ve got to be quick as they’re notoriously known for selling out fast. 

Afflecks Palace

On the hunt for some quirky clothing? @afflecks_manchester is the place to visit!

The iconic and vibrant indoor market features over 70 independent stalls and shops selling everything from fancy dress clothes to vintage garms. 
You’ll never leave empty‑handed after a trip to Afflecks Palace. There’s something for everyone. 

Science and Industry Museum

If you’re looking to learn more about Manchester’s rich industrial heritage, the Science and Industry Museum allows visitors to explore 250 years of innovations and ideas that started life in Manchester and changed the world. 
With new exhibitions added frequently, there’s always something to see and do at the Science and Industry Museum. 

Twenty Twenty Two

A quirky Northern Quarter basement bar, Twenty Twenty Two is the perfect place to go if you want to brush up on your Ping Pong skills and spend some time with your flatmates. 

Salford Quays

With an award‑winning theatre, gallery, museum, stunning architecture, discounted shopping, cruises, and sports. The Quays has everything you need for a great day out.

Also, home to the BBC, ITV and the Coronation Street Studios, Salford Quays is the perfect place to go star spotting. 

If you’re a @salforduni student, the MediaCityUK campus is located at the Quays and is a short 10‑minute bus ride from both Peel Park Quarter and John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts. 

Paradise Skate World

Sip on a cocktail, enjoy food from around the world, and show off your skating skills at Paradise Skate World. The space‑themed roller rink promises skaters an experience that is out of this world. 

Located in the Great Northern Warehouse just off Deansgate, residents at Peel Park Quarter and John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts can get there in as little as 10 minutes by taxi. 

Crazy Pedros

Home to Manchester’s largest tequila selection, Crazy Pedro’s is a firm favourite amongst locals. With two locations in the city, one just off Deansgate and the other in the heart of Northern Quarter.

If you’re looking to try a few cocktails and grab a slice of New York‑style pizza, Crazy Pedros is the place to go! 

Salford Lads’ Club

Calling all fans of The Smiths...

Salford Lads’ Club is a short 25‑minute walk from John Lester and Eddie Colman Courts and a 28‑minute walk from our Peel Park Quarter accommodation.

Why not head over and take a photo on the iconic steps? 

Remember to tag us in your photos over on our Instagram!

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