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10 things you should try right now

It’s all too easy to get stuck into the same routine day in, day out and have countless opportunities pass you by. With only a few weeks to go until the Christmas break, make the most of your time this semester and get something different into your weekly schedule with 10 things that you should try right now – trust us, you can thank us later!

  1. Get active with SPORTICIPATE

Banish the winter blues by getting active with SPORTICIPATE – Manchester’s beginner-level activity programme for all students! Whether you fancy getting down to the floor with breakdancing, dipping your toes in the water with swimming or taking up Ultimate Frisbee – there’s plenty of fun and free sports to join.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, SPORT in Halls offer everything from BodyFit workouts and personal training to salsa and self-defence right on your doorstep and all for free!

  1. Give volunteering a go

If you want to give back or do your bit for the local and global community, why not look into volunteering? Here at Manchester there are loads of volunteering opportunities for you to sink your teeth into – whether it’s mentoring young people, fundraising for charities, running events or even planting trees!

Volunteering doesn’t only benefit other people and the environment, it can boost your employability, help you meet new people and make you feel great! It also counts towards one element of the Manchester Leadership Award. There is something for everyone, whatever your interests, skills and availability. Check out the Volunteer Hub for the latest news and to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

  1. Explore life beyond Oxford Road

Take the bus down to Didsbury or head to Altrincham for a taste of Manchester life in the suburbs. The Makers Market hold regular events in West Didsbury and Chorlton, where you’ll meet a range of creative, designers, bakers, musicians and artists as well as treating yourself to some tasty goodies and home accessories.

A short distance from the City Centre, you’ll find lots of amazing green spaces and heritage sites including Wythenshawe Park, Lyme Park and Reddish Vale Country Park. Further afield, grab your walking boots and hike the Peak District and take in some amazing views. There’s much more to life than Oxford Road – you just need to get out there and explore it!

  1. Join the debate and challenge injustice

Open to all second year undergraduate students, the Social Justice Challenge is a great way to think differently about core issues including mental health, trade, energy and higher education.

If you’re looking to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of complex problems facing society and to be inspired to take action on issues that are important to you, log in and complete the challenge – and what’s more it will only take an hour to complete.

Completion of the challenge is an essential requirement to the prestigious Manchester Leadership Award – so do something different with your time and start the Social Justice Challenge now!

  1. Sign-up to a society or create your own

From Game of Thrones and gaming, to panto and public speaking, the Students’ Union has over 460 different societies ready and waiting for you to try. Joining a society is a great way to meet new people who share your interests and passion – it’s also the perfect opportunity to get involved with something you’ve never done before and to develop your skills.

The SU has a range of religious, cultural, political, academic, arts, media, performance, sports and recreational societies – so there’s something for everyone. But, if you don’t find what you’re looking for you can always start your own society! So why not try something new and join a society today?

  1. Learn beyond your degree with UCIL

Did you know, you can study outside of your degree discipline and explore different subjects with UCIL? With the start of semester two beginning in a matter of weeks, why not explore the range of different UCIL topics from learning The Art of Enterprise and Digital Society, to Law for Non-Lawyers and an Introduction to Spoken Japanese?

Expand your way of thinking and explore the key questions facing society in the 21st century by signing up for a UCIL course ahead of next semester. It’s the perfect way to explore the areas you are passionate about as well as incorporating them into your degree!

  1. Parlez vous Francais?

Have you always liked the idea of speaking another language but never quite managed to find the time to learn one?

Why not make the time and learn a new language in a completely relaxed and informal style with a class at the International Society? Here you’ll be taught by volunteers, amongst a group of like-minded learners, without a single exam in sight. Perhaps you fancy learning Arabic, Dutch or brushing up on your French and Spanish – either way, find out what languages are on offer!

  1. Have a kick-around with a difference

As part of the FA’s Girls Football Week on Sunday 12 November there will be a special UV women’s indoor football event (for free) from 5.30 – 7pm. If you’re looking to try a different sport or to simply have fun playing football with your friends, this event may be for you. During the Girls Football Week there are lots of great events to try out including a beginner’s drop-in session.

There are also weekly futsal drop-in sessions at the Sugden Sports Centre for all – so if you’re looking for a way to play an indoor version of football go along and give it a try!

  1. Get smart about your money

With the festive season fast approaching, it may seem all too easy to splash out on gifts for your loved ones with your student loan or those extra pennies from your part-time job. Help is on hand however and one thing you could try is to create your own money diary.

A money diary can help you to track how much and what you’re spending your cash on. All those £3.00 meal deal lunches, £2.00 cups of coffee and £15.00 takeaway pizzas, soon add up and you may be amazed to discover just how much money you are spending and could potentially be saving. Find out how to create your own money diary and discover some top tips to help you make the most of your money.

  1. Do something different with your weekends

With 101 things to do in Greater Manchester – how many have you crossed off? As well as exploring life beyond Oxford Road, there are so many other places and attractions on your doorstop just waiting to be explored.

Delve into history and travel back in time with MOSI, the Manchester Museum and the John Rylands Library or explore the home of one of the region’s most famous female novelists, Elizabeth Gaskell or visit Chetham’s Library.

If history isn’t your kind of thing, have a night out at the laid-back basement club of Matt and Phreds or party in Manchester history at The Deaf Institute. Or if you’re after something a bit more active, check out crazy golf at Junkyard Golf Club, watch the Manchester Giants slam-dunk or unleash your urban Viking at Whistle Punk’s Axe Throwing.