5 Places to Visit in Manchester when you are a Student

by | Apr 18, 2024 | Education, Postgraduate | 0 comments

Manchester is a city with a deep history, red brick and a strong industrial atmosphere are its urban characteristics. As one of the top liveable cities in the UK, Manchester undoubtedly has a lot to offer. Although I have only been living in Manchester City for a short time, there is also a homemade list of valuable recommendations!

Town Hall

Address: Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ
Cost: Free

Rochdale Town Hall is one of Greater Manchester’s most impressive historical buildings, and after several years of careful restoration, this magnificent Grade I listed building has opened its doors to the public. From Sunday 3 March, people can visit Rochdale Town Hall completely free of charge seven days a week (excluding bank holidays) to explore its magnificent halls, historic offices and impressive sweeping staircases. This landmark looms over Rochdale town center and is within walking distance from the tram and train station.

Manchester Art Gallery

Address: Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL
Cost: Free

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the best art museums in the UK. It is a place that blends historical and contemporary architecture, echoing innovative art projects and paintings. It is an art gallery that is worth visiting in Manchester. The museum is small and can be visited quickly. Manchester Art Gallery also has a souvenir shop where you can buy your favorite souvenirs! The museum will change its exhibitions from time to time. The tour is free and no reservation is required, but please note the opening times on the official website!

The Bridgewater Hall

Address: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS
Cost: 3 pounds for students

The Bridgewater Hall is relatively close to The University of Manchester and can usually be reached on foot or by bus. It holds a number of concerts throughout the year, which can be seen directly on its official website, and tickets can be booked. And the quality of the performances is very good if you like to listen to concerts this concert hall will be a very good choice.

Additionally, the student ticket price for the concert is very cheap, only 3 pounds to buy offline, which is undoubtedly a cost-effective pastime for students!

John Rylands Library

Address: 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Cost: Free

John Rylands Library is a prestigious library and heritage building located in Manchester, England. The library was established in 1899 and opened to the public in 1900. A gift to Manchester and its people, it is known for its spectacular Gothic architecture and its rich collection of ancient books, manuscripts, and special collections of great importance for the study of the humanities, history and religious studies.

Although it is a library, it is already more like an attraction, and during busy times, the number of visitors may need to be limited to protect their Level 1 log-in building, so you may be required to queue outside before entering.

Northern Quarter

Address: Suzylovesmilo concept store, 40 Spear St, Manchester M1 1AS

If you want to buy souvenirs in Manchester, the Northern Quarter is the best choice, and it is also the most representative of Manchester. The various shops in the Northern Quarter can best reflect the creativity and unique spirit of Manchester culture. There are independent vintage and fashion stores, second-hand record stores, unique jewellery stores and more. So in Manchester, the Northern Quarter should not be missed.

Written by Siyi, current MA International Education (Higher Education) student at The University of Manchester