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3 things to do outside the Oxford Road bubble

As a student in Manchester, you’re sure to already know the drill, travelling up and down Oxford Road to get to uni and back.

In the midst of this all, it’s easy to forget that there’s actually more to Manchester than just this stretch of tarmac. And with the Christmas Markets finally here, there’s a new buzz in the air around Manchester…

Now whilst Oxford Road can certainly provide most of things you’ll need as a student, experiencing Manchester outside of it can definitely help to get the most out of your time here. Why not switch up your daily routine and break free from Oxford Road? To help you out, here are a few suggestions:

1. Jump on a tram

One means of breaking the cycle is swapping a bus for a tram. With an amazing Metrolink system that stretches across Greater Manchester, a day out has never been easier.

Travel north to Prestwich, with its vast array of cafés and bars (such as All The Shapes), or south to Altrincham, with a multitude of places to eat, including the renowned Altrincham Market.

You could even take a trip across the river to Salford Quays and soak up the electric atmosphere of MediaCity UK. Have you had the chance to take a tour around BBC Studios yet? Or is it the Imperial War Museum North that interests you the most?

For some more ideas, including trips to Didsbury, Chorlton and even the Peak District, check out our other recommendations.

2. Discover the hidden gems of the City Centre

If a trip outside of Manchester doesn’t suit, there are still plenty of opportunities to escape the Oxford Road bubble in the heart of Manchester. One option could be taking some time out at Manchester Art Gallery, which is currently showcasing internationally recognised photographer Martin Parr. Parr’s exhibition displays the lives of Mancunians across the decades over the last 40 years, and will be free to visit until 22 April 2019.

If you’re less keen on art, why not get yourself down to Manchester’s newest crazy golf in the tree tops of The Printworks?  There are two 18-hole courses (and you can attempt to complete the 19th hole to win a free round!) Plus there’s lots of delicious food and drinks to consume after the heavy concentration of putting…

One of the most underrated places around Manchester is the Manchester Craft & Design Centre, where you’ll be able to meet nearly 20 unique Mancunian artists and makers and view showcases of the latest new designs to originate from Manchester. Plus, if you want to get hands-on, why not try some of their workshops? Get yourself in the festive spirit by attending the Festive Christmas calligraphy workshop!

Student blogger Hannen has also shared her favourite places around Manchester – watch here!

3. Visit places that are on your doorstep

Don’t forget, there’s also a lot to see that’s just off of Oxford Road. There’s plenty of events taking place at Victoria Baths, the 1906 bathhouse near to Victoria Campus. Take a break with Christmas cinema screenings, or feast your eyes on the array of vegan food and drink on showcase at the Vegan Christmas Festival.

If you’re still feeling peckish, why not try Pancho’s Burritos? The streetfood-style restaurant has appeared on the BBC and won multiple awards. Build your own Tex-Mex burrito (vegan option included) and get your burrito made in less than 2 mins. Plus, show your student ID and get 10% off!

So, with the Christmas Markets up and running, take advantage of the buzz going round Manchester and treat yourself to something new!