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Campus life

Nurture your mind, body, and soul

As an INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester student, you'll join students from more than 180 countries in an inclusive, welcoming university campus experience.

As well as a range of world-class facilities, the campus offers a number of quiet corners, landscaped gardens, cafes and common rooms where you can relax and socialise.

And the city itself has a long tradition of fostering global thinking and is home to a multitude of cultures and religions.

Faith societies and places of worship

You can join one of the many religions societies organised through the Students' Union. Large Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Bahá'í societies all hold regular events and meetings.

The University provides places of worship for most faiths. You can access two prayer rooms for Muslim students, and there are two chaplaincy centres for the major Christian faiths. St. Peter's House Chaplaincy is supported by the Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches, while Avila House and Holy Name Church provide a Roman Catholic chaplaincy.

Faith facilities off-campus

Greater Manchester is home to people of many religions and faiths – including the largest Jewish community outside of London. There are places of worship for most religions, including:

  • Anglican Churches
  • Baptist Churches
  • Roman Catholic Churches
  • Islam and Mosques
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Evangelical Churches
  • Hindu Temples
  • Jewish Synagogues
  • Latter Day Saints
  • Methodist Churches
  • Orthodox Churches
  • Quakers Society of Friends
  • Sikh Temples

Top 20 for sport

The University of Manchester was ranked in the top 20 for sport by the British Universities and Colleges Sport League, 2014-15. You can get involved in over 45 Athletic Union sports clubs, including football, basketball, cricket and the martial arts, as well as more unusual activities such as korfball.

You'll get a discounted student rate for a range of sporting facilities in and around The University of Manchester, including for more than 80 fitness classes a week.

  • The Armitage Sports Centre offers an indoor sports hall, fitness suite with free-weights area and squash courts, outdoor courts, floodlit 3G five-a-side football pitches, full-size floodlit artificial turf pitches, and six grass pitches.
  • The Sugden Sports Centre includes a large air-conditioned fitness suite and free-weights area, six squash courts, two double-sized sports halls, and an outdoor 3G five-a-side pitch.
  • Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Manchester Aquatics Centre gives you access to two 50-metre swimming pools, a diving pool, fitness suite, sauna, and steam room with spa.
  • The Wythenshawe Sports Ground provides an additional 26 full-sized football pitches.

The largest Students' Union in the UK

The Students' Union is run by and for all students at the University. An elected International Student Officer represents the views of overseas students on campus.

There are almost 300 student clubs, societies and campaigns funded by the Union. These provide you with a great opportunity to meet others with the same interests.

The Union has four live music venues that attract the latest in big name and up-and-coming bands. And confidential support is always available from a dedicated student advice centre.

Library and IT facilities

Time for study? Find what you need at one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK. It's also one of the biggest, with more than 4 million items, and the largest collection of electronic resources of any UK institution.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is one of the newest and most exciting developments for you to take advantage of. Open 24/7, it’s an ultra-modern space that houses cutting-edge IT facilities, a variety of learning areas, and a host of student-centred services.

You'll benefit from first-rate computing facilities all across campus, including access to over 4,000 PCs, and a wide range of introductory courses to help you improve your IT skills.

Social programme with INTO Manchester

The INTO Manchester social programme will make it easy for you to meet new people and get the most out of your new home.

This includes visits to the theatre, cinemas, and other places of interest such as the National Football Museum and Manchester United Football Club.

You can also enjoy trips further afield, including to the beautiful Lake District, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace), and other cultural destinations across the north west of England.

Want to get involved? You can become a member of the Student Social Committee and form clubs and societies around your own hobbies and interests with the support of INTO Manchester staff.

The International Society

The International Society is a not-for-profit organisation unique to Manchester.

Based just a few minutes’ walk from the INTO Centre, it provides a social and supportive environment for nearly 7,000 international students from over 120 countries studying in Manchester.

The Society arranges weekend trips around the UK, offers more than 65 different classes each week, and organises over 100 different social events throughout the year.

Food and drink at The University of Manchester

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are free to enjoy the University's extensive range of facilities.

There are 28 coffee shops, cafes and restaurants available across the campus, each offering a comfortable area in which to relax or study.

View a map of all cafes and their opening hours.