Once again, the University of Manchester is welcoming its new set of freshers. This year, freshers week takes place from the 20th September to the 27th September. The week will be packed with fun events, designed to make you feel more at home in the city and make new friends across different subject disciplines. This ultimate Manchester Freshers guide will give you all the information you need to prepare for your grand entrance to Manchester.

Freshers Events in Manchester 

Oktoberfest – Sunday 18th September

The Students’ Union is putting up a fantastic line up of events, making the most of Manchester’s vibrant night life. One of these is a Bavarian party, where you’re allowed to dance on the tables. You’ll need a wristband for this event, so order yours as soon as you can! The venue will be the Bierkeller, a Bavarian-themed cellar bar.

Silent Disco – 20th September

The Silent Disco is taking place in the beautiful Students’ Union building. You’ll be given headphones so you can choose which songs you want to dance to!

silent disco manchester

Bingo Lingo – 22nd September

This student take on bingo will have your grandma in tears. With party anthems, stage battles, performers and interactive hosts, this will be a bingo night that you’ll never forget. Plus, you might win some incredible prizes! Who doesn’t like free goodies? This event will also take place at the Students’ Union, located close to your student accommodation.

Freshers Fest Manchester – 24th September

Once again conveniently taking place in the Students’ Union, this freshers event will be a wild night of partying with your new friends. Expect confetti cannons, loud music, and lots of drinks.

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Freshers Fest Manchester

Societies Fair – 18th and 19th September, 10am to 4pm

One of the best ways to make new friends at university is to join a society. There, you can find like-minded people who are as enthusiastic about your interests as you are. The Societies Fair gives you the opportunity to browse all of the sports and societies on offer, and even sign up for a few if you like the look of them!

The University of Manchester has an immense selection of societies to choose from. You can find all of the societies here. There’s a Disney Society, a Creative Writing Society, a Board Game Society, Hiking Club, LGBTQ+ Society, and even a Hide and Seek Society.

Bars in Manchester

If you’re planning some nights out with your flatmates, you’ll want to head somewhere special. We’ve compiled the best hidden bars in Manchester and the best rooftop bars to get those beautiful city views.

best rooftop bars manchester

Ideas for Non-Drinkers

Not everybody likes to drink and party, and that’s okay! Manchester is a huge city, and there’s something for everybody. There are plenty of activities you can do with your flatmates or new friends. For example, check out these beautiful parks and enjoy the September sun with a picnic.

University Freshers Events

There will be several welcome events that take place in the university, such as welcome lectures to your subject. You’ll get to know your head of department and you’ll receive an overview of your course. Welcome lectures also get you used to the lecture format before official lectures start.

You’ll also most likely have an initial meeting with your academic advisor and tutor group. You’ll be able to get to know them before classes start, which definitely takes away some of the back-to-school stress.

University of Manchester Help Details

University of Manchester Help Details

Moving into uni can be a very stressful time, and it’s okay if you need some extra help. We’ve compiled all the help contacts at the university, all you need to do is click here. Whatever you need, you can get in touch with someone for help.

We hope that our Manchester Freshers guide has helped to guide your move to university. For more advice about studying in Manchester and ideas of things to do, head over to the Manchester homepage here. We’ve also got a useful public transport in Manchester guide to help you get about (and importantly – not miss any of the best freshers’ nights).