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National Student Money Week: free things to do in Manchester

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.

Lunchtime concerts

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.


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.

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.

Art galleries

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!).


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 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.