Every year towards the end of September, Manchester becomes abuzz with activity as Europe’s largest student descends upon the city for the time old tradition of Freshers Week. Students from University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford University come together to take part in the rite of passage, preparing them for the onslaught of higher education.
Welcome fairs, academic talks, boozy nights out and culture-laden nights in. Manchester freshers week is absolutely inundated with things to do that can cater to everyone. The sheer abundance of popular student venues and notorious nightlife can keep you partying until dawn. Cultural hotspots, museum trails, theatre shows and walking tours can keep you busy during the day!
So whether you’re after a messy night out or a refined evening, here are all the things you can do in Manchester this Freshers Week 2019.
Club nights in Manchester Freshers Week
A classic club crawl in Manchester will see you taking on, Venue, Cubo and more. Or, head over to Warehouse Project, the ultimate stop on anyone’s clubbing pilgrimage. Go to some of the biggest party nights at Victoria Warehouse, or indulge in indie at 5th and 42’s, two of Manchester’s prominent student clubs. Likewise, visit the Printworks, an old, industrial printing house converted into an entertainment complex of stylish bars and clubs.
Gigs in Freshers Week
Alongside its raucous club nights, Manchester Freshers Week is famed for hosting some of the best live music around. The Deaf Institute, Gorilla and Band on the Wall are all popular haunts for hearing great acts. There, you can also dance ’til dawn to renowned international DJs visiting on world tours. Their quirky interiors and great drink deals make them the perfect option for a cheap and cheerful night out.
Alternative things to do in Freshers Week
If heading out for a night of debauchery isn’t up your alley, Manchester can still guarantee you a great Freshers Week. Its diverse events scene, incredible line-up of award-winning venues and cultural hotspots mean that there is always something going on. Its the ultimate student playground!
Head over to the chic Deansgate Locks for some drinks overlooking the canal, or visit the uber-trendy Northern Quarter and explore the nooks and crannies of the legendary Afflecks Palace. Grab some of your new flatmates and roam around some of Manchester’s museums, or catch a comedy show at the Frog & Bucket.
When is Freshers week?
The academic year for all three of Manchester’s major universities starts on Monday, September 16th. Therefore, Freshers Week will take place from the 16th until September 22nd.
Top tips for surviving Freshers Week in Manchester
- Go to your welcome fair! The amount of freebies and goody bags you can pick up is well worth climbing through the overly-packed rooms and dodging over enthusiastic society leaders. You may even find a society with enthusiasm levels that suit your tastes. Also, make sure to pace up and down Oxford Road – even if you’re from Salford Uni – and try get some of those free Domino’s pizzas
- Check in at your Student Union. The union is always the lifeblood of the uni. There, you can be part of decisions that shape your university experience, rub shoulders with other students in the bar, cafes and restaurants and get the lowdown on everything in the university soon. Parties, club meetings, workshops, protests, demonstrations and more. If you’re at UoM, you’ll also be able to get updated on who’s performing at it’s partner venue, the Manchester Academy.
- Don’t be afraid to do something different! We get it, you’re likely in a new city, living somewhere different for the first time with new people and new things and just so, much, new. It’s pretty easy to cling to what you know in these situations, but don’t be afraid to do something entirely different. If one of your new classmates or flatmates invites out to a gig you’ve never heard of or to somewhere you’d never normally go, there’s no real harm in saying yes!
Once Freshers has finished, there’s no reason the party can’t continue. Manchester doesn’t stop once Freshers Week is over, so take a look at everything happening in Manchester here.