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What to see in Manchester after an open day

Updated: Jun 5

Although the primary reason to come to a University open day is to see the University and hear all about the course you’re interested, it is also so important to get a feel for the surrounding area. Manchester Metropolitan University is quite obviously based in Manchester, but where abouts? The campus is based right in the heart of the city and this is a major selling point for a lot of students. So, while it’s important to know what you’re studying it should also be made a priority to see where you’ll be living.

Open days are the perfect opportunity to explore of the city. So, after you’ve had your fix of course talks and accommodation tours, dare to go beyond the campus and have a walk around. Here are a few suggestions of things to do after your open day.


1. Shopping



Manchester is well known for its shopping scene; the closest shopping centre to the uni is the Arndale which has plenty of shops. However, if you want to go all out the famous Trafford centre is just a short bus ride away and is the second largest shopping centre in the UK. For something a bit different the Northern Quarter is the place to be with a wide range of independent stores and thrift shops. It is also the artsy place in town with lots of street art and quirky buildings.


2. Food and Drink



If you need refuelling after a long day of exploring the uni and want to find somewhere nice to just chill out for a bit then there are plenty of options. Round the uni there’s no shortage of cafes and restaurants. My top food suggestions in town would be Teacup Kitchen and Wilderness in Northern Quarter.


3. Get a bit of culture


Looking to soak up a bit of culture? Manchester has a number of museums and galleries. For Art lovers, the best galleries to visit are the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Or if art isn’t your thing there’s the Museum of Science and Industry, the Imperial War Museum as well as the National Football Museum.


Most importantly, my top tip for you is when you’re walking around make sure to take in your surroundings and ask yourself ‘Do I want to live here?’. Experience the city, get a feel for the ‘vibe’- sorry that’s cringe but there is no other way of putting it. Then if all the factors line up- the ‘vibe’, the uni, the course, then Manchester Metropolitan is the University for you.

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