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Apps and socials: making the most of your student life!

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Easily navigate Manchester with turn-by-turn instructions, covering all transport modes, live, up-to-the minute information and multiple route options. 

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Cycling is probably the quickest way of getting around Manchester – and one of the healthiest! You’ll spot yellow bicycles docked across Manchester including on campus and in Fallowfield. You can hire them from as little has 0.05p per minute through the Beryl app. 

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You’re going to be spending quite a lot of time on Oxford Road over the next few years, and it’s one of the busiest bus route in Europe. Stagecoach operates most of the buses and their app lets you see buses on a live map, plan your journey and buy mobile tickets. 

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Uber and Bolt

Taking a cab in the UK is more expensive than public transport, but if you’re travelling back from a night out or find yourself in an unfamiliar place, getting an Uber or Bolt might be the easiest way of getting home. It can also sometimes be cheaper to split a taxi between you if you’re travelling in a group.

Uber: Apple Store | Google Play

Bolt: Apple Store | Google Play

Saving money

Unidays and Student Beans

Access free discount codes, food discounts and shopping deals on your favourite brands – all exclusive for students. You’ll need to have set up your University ID to get access.

Unidays: Apple Store | Google Play

Student Beans: Apple Store | Google Play

Depop and Vinted

These can buy and sell clothes and accessories, helping you make cash, get a deal, and be better for the planet by supporting more sustainable fashion.

Depop: Apple Store | Google Play

Vinted: Apple Store | Google Play


On OLIO, you’ll find millions of people giving away food and other household items to their neighbours, all for free. This includes the Pret on campus, and some Tesco stores across the city.

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Too Good To Go

Every day delicious, fresh, food and drink gets thrown away at cafes, restaurants and hotels across Manchester, just because it hasn’t sold in time.  Too Good To Go lets you buy and collect this food, at a significantly discounted price, to stop it going to waste. There’s loads of vendors around campus, the city centre and Fallowfield offering bags of food starting at £2. 

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DeliverooUber Eats and Just East

If you’re feeling boujie and want to treat yourself to a takeout, these are your go to apps in Manchester. Options range from cheap, greasy scran to top quality restaurant meals. Deliveroo and Uber Eats also offer grocery delivery from local supermarkets, although there’s a big mark up compared to shopping in person.

Deliveroo: Apple Store | Google Play

Uber Eats: Apple Store | Google Play

Just Eat: Apple Store | Google Play


Headspace and Calm

Headspace and Calm focus on mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep. They both contain paid-for features, but the free versions are useful too.

Headspace: Apple Store | Google Play

Calm: Apple Store | Google Play


SafeZone is our app designed to give you extra peace of mind on campuses across the city or living in accommodation. The SafeZone app is free to download and easy to use. You can use it to ‘Check in’ any time of day, quickly and discreetly call for assistance – whether it’s for first aid or in an emergency, and keep up to date as notifications are sent directly to your phone if there is an incident on campus.

Find out more here.

If you’re interested in finding out which Instagram accounts to follow to make the most of student life in Manchester take a look at this article.

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