19 Things You Should’ve Done While You Were Still a Student in Manchester
At university your horizons are broadened inexorably, you can trade your small Home Counties village, your backwater town, or industrial wasteland for a vibrant, rich, and grounded city. Manchester has the largest population of students of any UK city, and it’s easy to see why.
And yet we all stayed in a very tight and very limited bubble.
1. Visit the University of Manchester museum.
My department’s building was attached to this building and I still never went in. Except for a latte. #ArtsStudent
2. Or Museum of Science and Industry.
3. Or the Imperial War Museum.
4. Basically any museum.
Manchester has so much knowledge to offer the world. There’s also the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Gallery. Both excellent establishments, both unsullied by student feet.
5. Ventured even slightly from the Oxford Road corridor.
6. Had a day trip to Lyme Park.
A beautiful 16th century manor house set in stunning grounds. On the high points you have beautiful vistas of the rugged Peak District set against the metallic city of Manchester. And you haven’t seen it.
7. In fact, visited anywhere in the Peak District.
Glossop, Buxton, Castleton, the list is endless. And they’re all lovely. N.B. This probably doesn’t apply if you did geography.
8. Done the Corrie tour.
It’s only for the tourists, right? You’re a proper local.
9. Actually spoken to the cycling reggae man on Oxford Road.
He brings so much joy into the hearts of late night travellers. And no one has ever stopped him to even ask: “why?”
10. Taken a ride on the Manchester wheel.
What the hell do you see anyway? Rain at a higher altitude?
11. Stepped inside The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury.
You’ve probably seen it. You’ve probably said how much you love it in there. You might have used it to pull a girl or a guy who was really into cheese. But you haven’t actually been there.
12. Been to any of the amazing theatres in the city.
The Royal Exchange, The Contact, The Lowry, The Bridgewater Hall, Bolton’s Octagon, The Palace.
13. Visit Manchester Cathedral.
14. Experience a Friday night in Matt & Phreds.
15. Taken the tram.
16. Visit Liverpool for a day out.
Ignore the Manc locals and their intense rivalry with Scousers: Liverpool is a beautiful city, rich with cultural significance, and amazing places to visit. And a club that’s open from 10am. All half an hour away on the train.
17. Been to the Cornerhouse cinema to see a piece of European film that no one has ever heard of.
Well you’ve missed your chance now. You can make up for it by visiting its younger, bigger sibling, HOME.
18. Listened to Fuse FM or Hive Radio.
The entire listenership is wholly comprised of the DJ’s friends and close family, and thus shifts every hour.
19. Attempted to get into Cloud 23, the exclusive bar on the 23rd floor of the Beatham Tower.
You always said you’d go after graduation but never did. Don’t imagine they’d do a snakebite and black for £1.80 anyway.
What did we do with our time?