How to have the best ever Freshers Week in Manchester


So you’ve made it to Manchester to study for your degree. Congratulations.

A Mancunian education isn’t complete without sampling some of the best bar and club culture the city has to offer.

So welcome to Freshers. For most students it starts on 18th September, so put down that book and feast your eyes on this lot. We recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. It’s going to get busy. And messy.

Freshers Sunday P.A.R.T.Y at Hidden

Get naughty on a Sunday with a party in a massive mill on the edge of the city. It doesn’t get much more Manc than this event on the 17th September. There will be edgy electronic tunes from 11pm all the way through to 4am, plus three floors of celebrating with Hip Hop, House and Garage mixes. Book here.

Party at the O2 Academy

Enjoy a massive celebration in one of the city’s most iconic venues, the O2 Academy. It will kick off on Sunday 17th September, so one of the first nights of Freshers for you to enjoy! This massive event will be an opportunity to make friends from across the city, with over a thousand students set to attend, cheap drinks, massive sound systems and some of the best House, Bass, chart and Hip Hop tunes around. Tickets here.

Initiation at Tiger Tiger

This is no ordinary welcome party. This is initiation, complete with celebrity guests, world class DJs, photo booths, bouncy castles and thousands due to attend. For one of the biggest Freshers events in the city, get to the massive Tiger Tiger in The Printworks on Sunday 17th September for a night not for the faint-hearted and drinks prices starting at just £1. World class DJs including Charlie Hepworth will be on the decks, plus dancers, fire breathers, ball pools and even lasers for one big crazy carnival. They also have a number of other Freshers events on, so be sure to check them out. Tickets here.

Freshers Lockdown at Deansgate Locks

A 3-club takeover is happening under the arches at Deansgate Locks as Ark, Lola Lo and Revolution combine for a night hosted by special guests, with 8 DJs, 8 rooms, top tunes and up to 3,000 students. With stars including Jerome Price who has mixed for the likes of Justin Bieber, on the decks, you’re in for an unforgettable Freshers. Be there on Monday 18th September. Tickets here.

Remake Remodel: Alternative Freshers 2017 at Soup Kitchen

Want to avoid those cheesy club tunes and enjoy a night of proper music? Come down to one of the city’s most iconic nights, Remake Remodel – known for its selection of alternative rock n roll. From Bowie to Blur, Iggy Pop to Interpol, you’ll be able to grove along to the classics. They are treating Freshers to a special on Monday 18 September, complete with face painting in the main bar, guest DJs and some of the cheapest pints you’ll see in the Northern Quarter at £2.50. Tickets here.

Freshers Silent Disco Special at Gorilla

A silent disco is a unique event you have to try as a fresher. Imagine a whole room groovin’ to live DJ tunes, pumped through headphones, in a packed but silent room. It’s a surreal experience and set to be a top night at popular under-the-arches venue Gorilla, with DJs spinning the best Hip-Hop, Tech and House on Tuesday 19th September. Tickets here.

Drinks deals and Prosecco Pong at Dive NQ

Party in a big basement bar beneath the Northern Quarter and enjoy some of the best booze deals in the area. This drinking den has Friday night deals between 10pm-12, with bottles of beer starting at just £2.50. And if you fancy drinking games with a classy twist… why not try their prosecco pong? It’s beer pong meets bubbles! Brilliant.

Return Of the Wine Freshers Launch Party

Enjoy underground music from the UK and overseas you can get groovy to this 21th September with Fine Wine Night at The Deaf Institute. This iconic music hall will come alive with reggae rhythms, Trap tunes, Afropop and much more. These are tunes you can move to – expect artists like Fetty Wap, J Hus, Drake and many more.

MotherFunkers Freshers Carnival at Antwerp Mansion

Enjoy freshers with funk tunes inside Manchester’s massive party mansion, Antwerp Mansion, on Thursday 21st September. It’s well worth the adventure through Rusholme to get there, and is closer to the university district than the city centre. Dress up and dance till well beyond the sun goes down. Tickets here.

La Rolla Disco at The Albert Hall

Dance along to disco tunes with a pair of roller skates strapped to your feet, all inside a big and beautiful former Wesleyan Chapel in the city centre! Sounds to us like a mad night out on Saturday 23rd September with top tunes from DJ legend Will Tramp too. Tickets here.

The Freshers Fiesta at Revolution Deansgate

Celebrate Freshers with a massive Spanish-style fiesta at Revolution bar on Deansgate on Monday 25th September – likely to be one of the most popular student parties of the year. It’s set to include 5 tonnes of confetti, 10,000 inflatables, 3000 piñatas, plus Ibiza-inspired Co2 jets, cool lasers and the UK’s craziest Rodeo Bull. Add nearly 50,000 students and what do you get? A party to remember. Tickets here.

#VibeMcr at Viva nightclub

Keep Freshers going till October thanks to an awesome-sounding party at VIVA nightclub on Whitworth Street West on 2nd October. From 10pm onwards there will be two rooms with top DJs – Hip Hop and RnB in one, Afrobeat vs Basement in the other. So you can spend the night jumping between genres and enjoying some fab freebies, live snapchat filters and much more. Tickets here.


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