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Escaping the student city: Manchester

26 Sep 2016

Freshers’ week has been and gone, and you’ve enjoyed a whirlwind introduction to your course, city, new friends and new nightclubs. Now that it’s over, you’ve got plenty of time to buckle down and start studying. After all, that’s what you went to uni for, right? 

However, when all the studying and partying takes it out of you, you’ll want to relax and explore some of the sights in your adopted city. Luckily, your unirider ticket can take you all over some of the area’s best sights. Here’s the must-visit places in and around Manchester…

Inter-city escape: Piccadilly Gardens

If you don’t feel like going far but need a bit of Zen therapy, you’re in luck. There’s a lovely green space slap bang in the city centre.

Piccadilly gardens features a concrete pavilion by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Head here when you need to de-stress but also want to pop into the city centre afterwards. 

Plus if you need to get out of the city, Piccadilly bus station is right next to the gardens and has Stagecoach services across Greater Manchester. Perfect for getting good use of your unirider!

Retail Therapy: intu Trafford Centre

traffordcentresource: Manchester Evening News

One of the world’s best shopping centres is just outside of Manchester in Stretford. The Trafford Centre is easily accessible on the regularly running express bus, the X50. The Trafford Centre is the second-largest mall in the UK and is home to the largest food court in Europe and one of the UK’s busiest cinemas. On top of that, they have all the shops a student needs, from high street retailers to coffee shops galore. 

Football Fans Rejoice: Old Trafford & Etihad Stadium

If you’re a football fan, you’re in luck in Manchester, as the city plays host to two of the Premiership’s most successful teams. Manchester United’s Old Trafford is easily reachable on the X50. You don’t have to wait till a match day to visit, as there’s a museum, tour centre and Manchester United megastore to explore. 

If you’re a blues fan, grab the 216 bus from the Piccadilly Gardens bus stop and head over to Etihad stadium, which hosts guided tours as well as official Manchester City matches. For any student who wants the match day atmosphere, these two stadiums are the place to be – well worth splurging some of your student loan on for match day tickets. 

Quaint village exploration: Marple & Marple Bridge

marple bridgesource: wikipedia

If you want to escape the city for a day and explore a quintessentially British area, you’re in luck. Marple Bridge village is a designated conservation area that was established in 1974. As well as some lovely small pubs and eateries, the village sits next to Marple – a larger town offering great walking routes through the nearby Roman lakes.  A beautiful escape from busy city life.To get there, grab the 192 or X92 from Manchester to Stockport. From Stockport, take the 375, 383 or 384 to Marple Bridge. 

Get connected: MediaCityUK

mediacitysource: MediaCity daily

Manchester has a reputation for being an up-and-coming, media-centric city and no place exemplifies this more than MediaCityUK. Set on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford, the project houses the BBC and other exciting developments. If you’re looking for an internship or career inspiration, this is the place to visit. Of course, you’ve also got the entirety of Manchester’s waterfront to explore once you’ve visited. It’s easy to get to MediaCityUK too, just hop on the CityConnect50. 

Of course, that’s just the beginning for places to explore in and around Manchester. Grab your unirider ticket and take a trip around the gem of the North. 

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