Masters Insights: February 2016 – ‘A guide to Manchester after exams’


Exam periods are typically stressful times that we are all eager to get through in order to get back into the groove of all things fun at university. Here are pictures of students on the MSc course with celebratory beers outside the exam building after finishing the last exam of semester one.

It is safe to say, we in the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain course take fun very seriously. Following a weekend of overindulgence, we all have to get straight back to work. However, we still find some time to squeeze in attending football matches and meals together.

From the pictures, it is clear that Manchester is not short of multicultural diversity. However, nothing says cultural integration like Anton (Sweden) enjoying some Jollof rice and Pounded Yam with soup (Nigeria).

After exams, February quickly approaches and here is a guide providing a few suggestions for wonderful experiences outside the university this month.

“Discover something different”

Restaurants and fine dining

Manchester provides an array of dining choices subject to taste, budget and location such as:

Japanese – Wasabi (£), Sapporo Teppanyaki* (££)
English – Wetherspoons (£), Pieminister (££)
Spanish – La Tasca* (££), Las Iguanas (££), Iberica (£££)
American – TGI Fridays* (££), Almost Famous (££), Hard Rock Café (££)
Nigerian – Roots Restaurant (££)
Thai – Busaba Eathai* (££), Chaophraya (££)
Indian – Zouk (££), Lahore (££)
Brazilian – Fazenda Rodizio* (££), Bem Brazil (££)
Italian – Rosso (££), Vapiano (££)*, Jamie Oliver’s Italian (£££)
Fine Dining/Ambience – Australasia* (£££), Podium Restaurant at Hilton (£££), Michael Caines Restaurant (£££)
* Recommended

Are you not spoiled for choice? Try a different cuisine this month!


After hours unwind

Nothing says relaxed like a chilled out night with friends listening to good music and drinking happy hour cocktails. A few bars include:

Caribbean (Reggae, Dancehall) – Turtle Bay (££)
African (Afrobeats) – Tusk (££), Roots Manchester (££)
American & British (Pop, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop) – TGI Fridays (££), Hard Rock Café (££), Almost Famous (££), Bierkeller (£), The Font (£)
Polynesian – Hula Tiki Lounge (££)
Latin America – Revolucion de Cuba (££)
Luxury – Cloud 23 at Hilton (£££)


Experience history

Manchester is a city steeped with history. Visit a places such as The National Football Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and The Museum of Science and Industry. For avid football fans, stadium tours at Old Trafford and The Etihad Stadium are also available.


Retail therapy

Cue music! “Diamonds are forever”.

Successful shopping trip = soul food. It is difficult to find popular stores (luxury or affordable) being unavailable in Manchester. Such is the breadth of the shopping experience offered in locations like Manchester Arndale, King Street, Trafford Centre and The Lowry.


Let’s get physical

As a footballing city, it comes as no surprise that Manchester provides options to unwind through physical exertion and thrilling activities. Options include:

Go Karting – Daytona Manchester (££)
Bowling – Dogbowl (££)
Indoor Skydiving – Airkix Indoor Skydiving (££)

Variety activities (Arcade, Bowling, Swimming) – Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre Didsbury (££)


Calm in the storm

There are times when we want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life through relaxing spa visits or a trip to the theatre or orchestra. You can check out:

Spa – Napa Thai Massage (££), Macdonald Hotel and Spa (££)
Theatre/Orchestra – Royal Palace Theatre (££), Halle Orchestra (££)

This guide is not an exhaustive list as the opportunities in Manchester are endless. For prospective students considering Manchester as a destination for educational pursuits, you can be rest assured of a well-rounded international educational and social experience.

Happy experience hunting!


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