This weekend, eighteen year-olds from all over the country start to pour into Fallowfield for their much-anticipated freshers’ week.

There are plenty of free things to check out across the city when the time comes but if students want something really special that will welcome you to Manchester in style, then check out the Manchester Student Takeover.

The event, which will take over the entire city on the night of Tuesday 30th September, will follow the success of Manchester Arndale’s ‘Big Student Night In’ and give the second largest student city (after London) the chance to glut themselves on fashion and food.

There is far too much going on to fit in one humble article, but we’ll give it a go!


A live catwalk and fashion showcase in St Ann’s Square.

DJ’s, food and drink

Two street arenas on Market Street and New Cathedral Street with DJ’s, food and drink.

Exclusive offers

The Arndale alone will offer over 130 exclusive student offers between 4pm-8pm alongside DJs, competitions and giveaways. (register via

Millie Mackintosh

Millie Mackintosh will make a personal appearance at House of Fraser to launch her new collection.


Selfridges will host a DJ freight train in the Selfridges Yellow Van, complimentary sweets will be available between 6-9pm and several complimentary treatments in the Beauty Hall.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols will offer 15% of Autumn Winter fashion and accessories and a chance to compete in ‘Beat the Buyer’ in a fashion styling competition.

The Printworks

At the Printworks, the legendary Bez will DJ from 8.30pm at the Freshers’ Fair with Peachy Keens, ‘the all you can eat multi-cuisine buffet’ offering free food for students between 12-4pm and 8-10pm. There will also be free movie posters and 40% off cinema tickets at the ODEON.

Cheap eats

Other food outlets will host one-off deals on the night, including Barburrito, Patisserie Valerie, Pizza Hut, Subway, EAT, and more.

20% off deals

20% off deals will be in motion at Topshop/Topman, River Island, All Saints, Levis, Foot Asylum, Urban Outfitters, Warehouse, Superdry, DKNY, French Connection, H&M, The Body Shop, plus tonnes more.

For updates of the event, go to Facebook/shopmcr and follow @shopmcr on Twitter!

Hungover or not, we’ll see you there!

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