Fresher’s Week Manchester

So the time you’ve been dreading all summer has finally arrived, the time when thousands up sticks to sample their first taste of adulthood (or some warped version of it at least!), a study experience like nothing previously and a life experience that is seen by many as a necessity; where meeting new people is unavoidable and beans on toast becomes a respectable daily meal, yes it’s time to start uni! Worry not however, there is still one more week before things get serious (or semi-serious for first years), Fresher’s Week!

So you’re going to study in the party-town that is Manchester, first of all congratulations for that (or congratulations for surviving 1st or 2nd year), and good luck in your time there, but now is not the time to think so seriously! As Manchester is where it’s at between the 20th and the 26th of September for all things Fresher’s, whether you’re going to Manchester, Salford, Man Met or travelling in from somewhere further afield; whether you’re a real Fresher or an experienced student that didn’t get enough last year (or a graduate that isn’t ready to let go), there is a place for you in this exhilarating town! One massive piece of advice though – get yourself to Primark and purchase some sacrificial clothing, as it is certain to get messy and you don’t want to ruin your favourite t-shirt!


If you’re still alive after the Ice breaker (you should be, big week ahead!) then get to your nearest telephone box and change for the Super Fresh, Super Hero fancy dress party at Suede Nightclub, with cheap drinks, party music and hundreds of super-mad party-goers! Or you could get yourself over to the Ritz and witness the coming together of two of Manchester’s biggest and best-loved club nights at ‘The Murkage Club vs Juicy’, where you’ll listen to everything from House to Hip-Hop.


Drum and Bass fans should head over to Antwerp Mansion on the Tuesday for the Hit and Run Freshers Week Fiesta, where you’ll be treated to Kahn back-to-back with Comodo - as well as the likes of Chimp, Neek, Trigga, and the Hit and Run residents. Whilst underground favourite ‘Liars Club’ (well known for its Zombie cocktail) will take you back in time with an 80’s themed party – just follow the stream of afros! Or take a trip round the three MAD bars and enjoy everything from hip-hop and R ‘n’ B at Hula and Walrus to a bit of electro jazz at The Fitzgerald.


Fallowfield favourite Koh Tao will be upping sticks for one night only on the 23rd and taking up residence at The Ritz, providing all the chaos of a Thai carnival with ball pits, inflatables and confetti cannons all on offer with a bit of house, disco, bass and grime in the background; be sure to indulge in some face and body painting! Or you could head back to Tiger Tiger for F*ck Me It’s Freshers, a similar night to the Icebreaker with one key difference, it’s midweek (you don’t say!), so expect low low drink prices to keep you and your new friends topped up!