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The ultimate guide to The University of Manchester for January starters

If you’ve recently joined the University, firstly welcome! We hope you are enjoying your time exploring Manchester, while getting your bearings around campus. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the various services and facilities on offer to you, don’t worry as we’ve created the ultimate UoM guide for you, as you start a new chapter in your student life at Manchester.


Getting started with the Library

With your semester here about to start, you will soon be on the hunt to find those books you need. From picking up your ID card (if you haven’t done so already!) to learning how to borrow books and how to get help with anything technical, here are some tips to get started with the Library.

For an easy introduction to the Library’s resources and services stop by the ‘Get Started Anytime’ drop in sessions for a quick interactive session on using the Library. The sessions  run on Blue Ground in the Main Library from 11am – 2pm every Wednesday until 21 March. You can arrive whenever suits you and stay for as long as you like.


Using the Careers Service to fulfil your goals

If you’re on track with embarking upon your dream career or have no idea where to start, our Careers Service is on hand to guide you through every step of the way. While you’re here in Manchester, make some time to drop-by the Careers Service where you’ll find lots of great resources to help you secure work placements, part-time and full-time jobs through interview practice and learning how to write a cover letter or an awesome LinkedIn profile. Over the next few months, the Careers Service will be hosting various events to help you enhance your employability – so keep your eyes peeled!


Student Support

Based in the Atrium of University Place, the Student Support Team offers information and advice on issues affecting your student life, with signposting and referral to more specialist services. So if you want to talk informally with someone about settling in, finding friends or getting to grips with life as an Erasmus/exchange student in Manchester, they are here to help you, just pop by the Atrium to speak with an Advisor. The Student Support website is also full with lots of helpful resources on how to manage your finances, getting help with immigration and how to access academic support.


Students’ Union

We’re proud to have the largest Students’ Union in the country on our doorstep and with that, comes a whole range of opportunities for you to get involved with during your time here. The recently refurbished SU is now home to ‘Biko Street’ which is a space for you to meet, eat and get involved with all things student life – whether that’s picking up Uni essentials in the shop and grabbing a lunchtime burrito or purchasing gig tickets for the Manchester Academy.

You can also use the Students’ Union to seek free and confidential advice on personal and academic issues through the Advice Service. To find out more about the SU and how you can get involved with societies, events or services visit the website.


Refreshers 2018, 27 January – 3 February

If you haven’t yet managed to enjoy the Refreshers 2018 events so far, there is still time to get involved and celebrate the beginning of a new semester. The Students’ Union are hosting a bunch of fun activities including Conversation Corners, trips to areas around Manchester with ‘Manny on the Map’ and Friday Fizz to help you mix with other students.



From Game of Thrones and gaming, to panto and public speaking, the Students’ Union Refreshers Fair will host 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.. There’s still time to join a society, so have a look and see what interests you!


Get running with the Purple Wave

Every year, the University of Manchester takes part in the Great Manchester 10K Run and luckily for you it falls straight in the second semester. Last May, over 2400 University of Manchester staff, students and alumni entered the Great Manchester 10K run and made history by running together in our very own #PurpleWave. Whether you are a complete beginner or the next Mo Farah, do you fancy joing the Purple Wave this year


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!

Give volunteering a go

If you want to give back to the community while you’re here, 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! Check out the Volunteer Hub for the latest news and to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you.

Explore life beyond Oxford Road

For many students, life tends to centre around Oxford Road but if you fancy exploring life beyond the campus and city boundaries, why not 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!

Things to do with your weekends

As you will hopefully be able to tell, Manchester is full of art and culture, music, sport, food and drink, nightlife, shopping and outdoor activities. With so much to see, do and explore, why not challenge yourself to ticking off as many things as possible on the 101 things to do in Greater Manchester list? Whatever your hobbies or taste, you’ll be bound to find plenty of things to do during your weekends and spare time.