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My top five things to do on campus!

In today’s blog I’m going to be giving you a run-down of the top five things to do on campus!

 

  1. The Students Union

The University of Manchester is home to the largest Student’s Union (SU) in the UK. Twice per year it welcomes thousands of students during the BIGGEST student festival (Pangea) in the UK! BUT don’t fret if raving isn’t your cup of tea, I don’t drink and I don’t go clubbing and this has never limited how much I can get from the SU. The Manchester Academy, based at the SU, hosts all types of concerts and events for everyone to be a part of. The SU also has a café, a bar with pool tables and is the centre for over 400 societies that cover a wide range of interests. A society people never believe exists is the Quidditch society – yes, adult students run around a field with broomsticks and a ball!  Harry would be proud.

 

  1. Sport centres: Aquatics, Sugden and The Armitage

Unquestionably, sports play a huge part of the University’s ethos. We have so many facilities accessible to students, made for students and that offer student discounts. The Athletics Union (AU) has 42 sports that represent The University of Manchester and compete against other universities. We also have campus (intramural) league teams that cater for different sporting abilities and aren’t as competitive. Doing sport at university is not only about your body, but also about having a good mindset and meeting new people outside your course and your halls of residence. Sport societies are great because you don’t have to stick to one team. The AU and SU also run short programmes to give you a taster of different activities without having to commit a lot of time. Last year I did a free six week, women-only, programme which focused on improving my self-defence. I would totally recommend finding a healthy passion where you can burn off some of that stress from work or just daily life during your free time.

 

  1. Contact theatre

The Contact Theatre is a great place to experience something new or pick-up a hidden passion for the performing arts! You can book tickets for shows and there are many opportunities to get involved with, such as being part of the creative process or helping with logistics. If you’re interested in drama and the arts, this is a great place to start and pursue your passions.

 

  1. John Ryland’s library

This library is a famous landmark in Manchester – many tourists flock each year to see the inside of this beautiful, historic site. The first time I went to this library I thought it looked like Hogwarts.  This library is accessible by members of the public as well as students from the University. It also has a variety of special collections, including historical artefacts and maps, accessible to alumni from the University of Manchester.

 

  1. Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery has recently been renovated and provides students and members of the public with free access to a variety of artworks. It also has a café indoors facing The Whitworth Park giving you a great space to relax or work. This gallery received the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year in 2015 for excellence in the arts and introduces a fusion of modern and vintage architectural designs into one building! So whether you like art, architecture, finding new picturesque areas or you’re just a complete café-addict (like myself), come visit the gallery and experience something new!

From art, sports, theatre, good food or all of the above, I can say without hesitation that The University of Manchester and the city of Manchester has something to offer you. My tip would be to get involved and find things you are interested in; you’ll meet new people, find or continue a hobby, pursue your passion and have fun at the same time.

Good luck,

Safiya