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Introducing Manchester Campus

Greater Manchester is home to more than 520,000 people, about 85,000 of whom are students! Our immediate neighbours on Oxford Road include the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester.

You can get around easily by bus, foot or bike. Like any big city parking can be difficult, but the 42, 142, 43, 141 and x57 bus routes run up and down Oxford Road (the main student corridor) constantly. An annual student bus pass is a great deal and allows you to explore the city. Many students are eligible for discounted rail fares.

Manchester has all the high street shops, many in the city centre on Deansgate, Market Street and the Arndale Centre. A bit further afield is the Trafford Centre with hundreds more stores.

One of the best things about Manchester, though, is the great community of independent businesses of interest to students. Many are in the Northern Quarter (about a 20 minute walk to the City Centre). You’ll also find Manchester’s Gay Village along Canal Street, and Chinatown near Portland St. The Curry Mile on Oxford Road is packed with international stores and restaurants. A few minutes further away, the communities of Chorlton, Didsbury and Levenshulme are also known for student living and independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Transport for Greater Manchester offers this route planner to help you get around town.

Introducing Cheshire Campus

If you are studying at our Cheshire campus, you will find yourself away from the bright lights of the city, with a smaller campus and everything you need within close distance in the town of Crewe.

You can also easily travel further afield with excellent transport links from Crewe train station or local bus service. We have some information on transport in Cheshire here. You will find a number of shops and restaurants at the Grand Junction retail park (about a 20 minute walk from campus), and more in the town centre (number 3 bus or 25 minute walk from campus.)

Other activities include bowling, cinema, a football stadium, pubs, clubs, theatre and the brand new lifestyle centre. Our Performing Arts space regularly hosts shows from external organisations, and the Sports Centres host participatory activities, ranging from Zumba to Circuit Training.

The Cheshire campus itself if green and leafy, and has a very close knit ‘community’ feel about it – we even have a beautiful duck pond with our resident ducks! Our halls of residence are just across the road, but there are also a number of student houses close to the campus.

General Information

A few annual events of note in Manchester include Dashehra Diwali Mela (Oct), the Christmas Markets (Nov-Dec), the bi-annual Manchester International Festival (July), Future Everything (March) and Sounds from the Other City (May). In Cheshire look out for festivals including Nantwich Jazz and Blues (March), fireworks displays and performances. Keep an eye on the Manchester Evening News, Creative Tourist, the Crewe Chronicle and Discover Cheshire for more complete listings.

Sport and keep fit

If you are an active type, don’t forget the many sports clubs available on both campuses through The Union. Manchester offers great swimming facilities right across the street at the Manchester Aquatic Centre and a state of the art velodrome at the National Cycling Centre.

Things to do

Amid all the fun, remember you should register with a local GP at the start of the year. You may also need a TV License. Most full time students can gain an exemption from Council Tax while enrolled. If you are in University Halls of Residence check here for a list of what to bring and what is provided.

Money Matters

If you are receiving an undergraduate student loan or support payments from Student Finance England, please remember you need to reapply for funding each year. For questions about paying your fees, bursaries, topping up your printer account and the like, visit our Finance page.

Finally, remember to stay safe, both at Uni and when out having fun. See the safety information here for useful contacts and tips.

Enjoy your time at Manchester Metropolitan University!