University of Manchester


What are the worst things about studying at your university?


"The food and drink is not great and odd decisions seem to have been taken regarding providers of our IT. The intranet is very outdated and difficult to use and our university accommodation is expensive and dated. Student services are slow to process enquiries too."
"Sometimes it feels like there is a lack of support when you're struggling academically, so feedback and coaching could be improved."
"I've had very little contact time."
"Classes and lectures are very large and it can be difficult to get one-on-one support. Some lecturers are not very good, the food is expensive and the libraries are often so busy you can't find a seat."
"There are not many PCs available during the weekend."


"My accommodation is far from campus and they release the exam timetables quite late."
"It's too big and crowded for me. I've also had bad interactions with the accommodation staff."
"Not all lectures are podcasted and there aren't many learning spaces. There are not enough books for all students in the libraries, this is especially true for core textbooks."
"There's a lack of facilities (such as microwaves) in halls for students to use."
"The additional costs can add up. The halls I ended up in were great but I got catered when I hadn't asked for it and ended up having to fork out an additional £125 a week for food that I didn't really like."
"Some of the buildings on campus need refurbishment."
"A high standard of work is always expected from you. Be prepared to put in a lot of work."
"Computer areas are overcrowded during peak times and it can be almost impossible to find a working space."
"Some of the halls of accommodation could be in better condition."
"I would say that the accommodation facilities in Manchester are below average. While I generally enjoyed the halls I finally chose, I didn't feel that there was much choice and overall the quality of facilities was quite poor. Another slightly negative note (for some) would be the distance between the (main) accommodation campus based in Fallowfield and the actual university buildings, roughly a 30-40 minute walk away. This means that the bus pass costing £200 is almost compulsory for some as it's not always feasible to walk. However, many students do cycle and they are currently in the process of constructing a new cycle path that runs the entire distance between the university and Fallowfield."
"Communication between students and lecturers can sometimes be slow."
"The weather can be pretty miserable sometimes."

Register today

Sign up to access to use your dashboard and receive extra advice in your inbox

Sign up