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How to enjoy a quiet campus… while you can

Walking around campus in late August is like stepping into a zombie movie just before the plot kicks in. Only, instead of hordes of the undead, it’s the imminent threat of thousands of eager undergrads waiting on the horizon.

Want to make the most of this last week of peace? We have a few ideas.

Get the magic bus (and actually sit down)

Yes really, there are seats behind that wall of students crammed into the aisle of the bus. And now’s the time to make the most of it before everyone’s back, so plan your trip into town this week while it’s quiet.

Do a big food shop

Picture this. You walk into the supermarket and you can actually manoeuvre around the aisles without playing trolley dodgems. That bread on offer? There’s still some left. And there’s even a till free. Yes, it’s actually possible, but you better get down there quick.

Get pub lunch at The Friendship Inn

It’s cheap, it’s cheerful, it’s practically a Manchester student institution. And guess what? It’s not going to take you 20 minutes to get served – not for a couple more days at least.

Get your boring admin done

You’ve been putting it off for ages, but now’s the time to get all your uni admin sorted before the inevitable queues begin to form. So return those library books collecting dust on your shelf, print off anything you need and book that careers appointment.

Have a wander around campus

While campus is beautiful all year round, it can get pretty hectic once all students are back. Take a stroll around and explore hidden parts of the campus, or if the weather is nice grab a bench in Brunswick Park and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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