University of Manchester

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"There are over 200 social clubs at the University of Manchester including dancing, singing, debating, history, criminology, psychology, rock climbing, walking, mature students and a parents' society. Most are free to join or only require a small up-front fee although some charge for walking trips etc to cover the costs of transport and accommodation etc. There is no on-site gym but the Aqua Centre is nearby for swimming, which I believe students can get a discount for. There are also local gyms nearby that offer student discounts."
"There are loads of clubs, most sports are available and there are many different societies."
"There are loads of sports clubs and societies but it's less students' union based than other unis as there are so many other activities provided around the uni by independent establishments."
"I joined women's rugby and I am loving it as the girls are all so welcoming and inclusive. Also, the Armitage is a great sports facility, although the gym membership is overpriced in my opinion."
"There's a wide range of societies, all of which offer student nights out and events. There is a night out every Wednesday for sports societies."
"Manchester is like one big family. It is a very student-centred city (one of the best in my opinion) and there is literally something for everyone including societies and events. The university itself offers a range of different options and services whether dance clubs, volunteering abroad, counselling or de-stress seminars."


"There are lots of sports groups to join throughout the year. Gym facilities are also great."
"There's a great variety of clubs and societies as well as friendly people around the campus."
"Sports are great at UoM. There are a few gyms very close to the campus and sports tournaments happen every Wednesday afternoon/evening which is why no one will have lectures or seminars scheduled for that time. There are many societies, from the Harry Potter society to rock climbing. You'll definitely find an interest here."
"There are a huge variety of societies and clubs that are not just sport-related but also food and other activities such as gaming societies. The choice is huge and you can get involved in freshers' week."
"There are loads of clubs and societies. I used to be in the rowing club but the facilities weren't very good. Investment is needed in some societies, especially to promote some of the sports."
"There are lots of societies but they are often still expensive to join. They make for a very social environment and it's very easy to meet people through them."
"There is a very wide range of sports clubs from surfing to yoga, as well as other kinds of societies (drama, pirates society, debating society etc). Also, free sport activities are provided by the university in halls of residence during particular days of the week. There is always something to do in Manchester, sometimes so much that you can't decide between your options."
"The freshers' fair has thousands of things for you to get involved in and I have friends who love going to things like dance class, dodgeball and debates every week. These are not too expensive and are sometimes even free to join. There's every sport you can think of to get involved with that you can play socially or competitively, but these clubs can be very expensive. Most societies, sports societies and teams meet on a weekly basis to train or compete or do whatever the society does and then, on top of that, organise socials that are great for a good night out. There are quite a few gyms (both private and part of the university) close to the accommodation to choose from."
"There's a wide variety of sports clubs and societies to join, no matter what level you are at. Most societies hold taster sessions to allow you to try whatever you like. Most clubs will have a cost for joining for the year and this should be considered before committing to a club."
"Manchester is a very social university and there are hundreds of societies you can join. Sports is a major part of my university life and it is great for being social across all areas of the university. Manchester is also competing with some of the best teams in the country."

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