As a student, it’s important for you to budget your time, energy and money to get the most out of your student life. You need to consider how much you’ll need to pay for rent, food and other expenses, and the sooner you plan, the better off you’ll be.

Here’s an idea of what you need to take into account when planning your budget:


How much you spend on food will depend on your budget and lifestyle.

Eateries near our Manchester and Cheshire campuses offer an excellent selection of food from all over the world, from Malaysian to Spanish, Caribbean to Chinese - you’ll be spoilt for choice. Most cafés and restaurants near MMU campuses have special ‘meal deals’ for students, making eating out even more affordable.

If you fancy cooking yourself, then even better! Preparing your food at home and bringing it with you will save you money.

Getting Around

Manchester boasts the busiest bus route in Europe. The city centre operates a free shuttle bus service between mainline railway stations and key areas of the city, and you can get unlimited weekly bus travel from as little as £5! To find out what’s best for you, visit the Greater Manchester Transport (GMPTE) website.

You can also apply of a Young Person’s Rail Card if you're aged 16-25, or in full-time education. This will save you a third off rail fares for a year and is great for going around the UK.


We offer new students a wide choice of accommodation, with everything from luxury en-suite rooms to more traditional budget rooms. You’ll find an excellent choice of residential accommodation in 8 university-owned or leased halls in Manchester. In Cheshire, we offer an excellent selection of en-suite rooms in Booth Hall.

Whether you choose Manchester or Cheshire, we’ll do our best to help all full-time first year students who apply by 31 August to find a place in an MMU hall or private accommodation.

You can apply online for your place in a hall as soon as you have firmly accepted your university offer to help secure your preferred choice of accommodation.

If you’re applying for private accommodation in Manchester you’ll also find it helpful to look at the Manchester Student Homes website, which includes information on popular areas, a tenant's guide, and contract help.

Leisure and Entertainment

Going out in Manchester or Cheshire doesn’t have to be expensive. As student-friendly locations, you can go to the cinema and other entertainment venues at reduced cost, with some bars and clubs catering exclusively to the student population.

Manchester is a lively city with dazzling nightlife, culture and attractions aplenty. Museums and art galleries in Manchester have free admission and there are loads of parks where you can have a picnic in the summer.

The Students’ Union regularly hosts concerts and organises promotional evenings for you to take advantage of and as a student, you automatically get an NUS card, offering you at least 10% discount in shops, cinemas and theatres – even the hairdressers!

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