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Bored? Stressed? Skint? The life of a student can be difficult at times, but now you’re in the fun filled world of Manchester, there’s a wealth of distractions waiting to cheer you up.

By Charlie Jordin

Humanity Hallows is here to help you pick out the best and, most importantly, cheapest locations across one of the best student capitals of Europe. So sit back and enjoy our list of the best student-friendly places to visit in Manchester on a budget.

Bowling at Dog Bowl

Dog Bowl, Whitworth Street West, Manchester

Who doesn’t love bowling? At Dog Bowl, students bowl half price, which means you can play for as little as £2! Open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, and with lanes available for up to seven people, this is the perfect alternative night out. Students can also get a free ‘Dog Tag’ discount card by showing their student ID. It’s well worth it as you’ll also get to enjoy 25% off food, free pool and half price bowling, as well as any other bonus offers. There’s a bar and restaurant too! Save on expensive club entries and have a chilled night bowling instead.

Dog Bowl: Arch 57, Whitworth St West, Manchester, M1 5WW

Cinema at HOME


For a fiver you can see some of the best films the world has to offer at HOME. As one of Manchester’s cultural hubs, it boasts five cinema screens, an art gallery and a theatre and all just a short walk from the university. Moving to its new home at Tony Wilson Place last year, HOME screens films from all over the world, as well as the latest Hollywood releases. There are also film seasons and screenings of various cinema classics, so you can watch the best the silver screen has to offer on the big screen for the first time. Students can catch a film for £5 before 5pm or if booked in advance.

HOME: 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Cocktails at The Font

Font has an amazing array of over 60 cocktails starting from just £2 and is a popular hotspot for students. With two floors of live music, quirky artwork and chilled vibes, there is no better place to start your night or catch up with your friends over cocktails. Located five minutes from All Saints Campus and halls of residence, Font is sure to quickly become a favourite!

The Font: 7-9 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP

Manchester Art Gallery

With an eclectic range of exhibitions, the Manchester Art Gallery is at the heart of Manchester’s art scene. Built in 1823, the building itself was inspired by Greek architecture and is one of the city’s most unique buildings. The exhibitions vary from modern fashion to classic oil paintings so there is something for everyone. With free entry and just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, a visit to the gallery makes for an inexpensive day out to unwind, become inspired and immerse yourself in culture.

Manchester Art Gallery: Mosley Street, M2 3JL

Manchester Museum

Just a short walk from university, the Manchester Museum has one of the largest collections of mummies in the UK, as well as dinosaurs and a huge collection of other artefacts! With four floors and fifteen galleries to explore, a visit to the Manchester Museum is a fun and fascinating day out. Entry is free and exhibitions change regularly throughout the year.

Manchester Museum: The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL

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