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7 things to cross off your campus forever

With the dissertation now done (hopefully!) and summer wrapping up, this is the perfect time to complete your campus bucket list – especially if you’re leaving your student days behind. From the best hot chocolate in the world to the Manchester Museum – here’s how to spend some of your last moments on (and around) campus.

Godlee Observatory

Perched on the top of the Sackville Street building, the Godlee Observatory has seen many major moments across the last 100 years. Owned and run by Manchester Astronomical Society, the structure is one of only two papier mache observatories in the UK. Open on Thursday evenings, it is well worth a visit.

Take a break in Christie’s Bistro

One of the most beautiful cafes on campus – this old library wouldn’t be out of place in Harry Potter. Make sure to order that hot chocolate!

Do a parkrun

It’s free, and it’s only 5k. You can do it. Parkrun happens every Saturday morning at 9am in Platt Fields Park, and will be a great way to release all that dissertation energy!

Grab a drink at Big Hands

Big Hands is the perfect post-Academy watering hole, and a favourite among Manchester bands. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a member of Elbow or I Am Kloot after they’ve played a gig.

The Whitworth

The recently renovated art gallery helped make Manchester one of the New York Times’ places to visit in 2015. The incredible space – coupled with breath-taking exhibitions by Cornelia Parker and more – is reason enough to walk an extra five minutes down Oxford Road, even when the weather is not sunny.

Chill with Turing

Jump on the 147 and head to North Campus. Just beyond Sackville Street is the lovely Sackville Gardens, and right in the middle you’ll find a bench space next to a life-size sculpture of Alan Turning. Read about his life while you enjoy the late summer sunshine.

The spinning statue in Manchester Museum

This made the news a lot a couple of years ago, and although the mystery is now solved the statue (and the entire Egyptology department) is well worth dropping in. Manchester Museum is actually home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the country, and it’s right on your doorstep.