National Student Money Week takes place from 12-16 February, and this year the theme is ‘Where I Live’. Find out about the range of special events, from accommodation advice surgeries to one-off lunch discounts, you will surely find something worth going for.
We’ve also put together this guide for free things to do in Manchester, so that you can experience the best this wonderful city has to offer, without spending a penny.
Several local institutions now run a series of free lunchtime concerts with no booking required, giving you the chance to escape your routine and enjoy some outstanding performances.
- UoM Martin Harris Centre, 1.10 pm on 15 and 22 February
- Royal Northern College of Music, 1.15pm on 12, 15 and 26 February
- Chetham’s School of Music, 1.30pm on 26, 27 and 28 February
Helping others can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to spend your own time. There is of course an assortment of opportunities for you to volunteer, but you could start by looking at the suggestions below, or browsing the Volunteer Hub.
- Student Volunteering Week Big Action Day at St. Chad’s Church, drop in 10am – 3pm 21 February
- Transform an unloved space with a free wildflower seed kit, apply by the end of February
Walks and tours
Whether you’ve only just moved to Manchester, or lived here for years, there are great opportunities to explore different parts of the city while having a relaxing stroll.
- Free Manchester Walking Tours, 11am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
- Fletcher Moss Gardens, open every day dawn till dusk
- Chorlton Water Park, open every day dawn till dusk
- Heaton Park, open every day dawn till dusk
- Castlefield Urban Heritage Park, open at all times
Manchester has a range of amazing art for you to admire, from the finest in contemporary art at the University’s own ‘The Whitworth’, to the works of this region’s most celebrated painter at The Lowry (even if the gallery is technically in Salford!).
- The Whitworth, open every day
- Manchester Art Gallery, open every day
- Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, open Tuesday – Sunday
- The Lowry, open every day
Explore and discover at the city’s museums, including the Museum of Science and Industry on the site of the world’s first railway station, and the National Football Museum, so you can learn all you need to know about most Mancunians’ favourite pastime.
- Manchester Museum, open every day
- Museum of Science and Industry, open every day
- National Football Museum, open every day
- People’s History Museum, open every day
Manchester is also home to a wonderful collection of libraries, from UoM’s own slice of Hogwarts – John Rylands, to the oldest public library in the English speaking world – Chetham’s. As well as being great places to visit for a day out, they can also vary your studying environment.