Manchester is one of Northern England’s liveliest and most vibrant student cities, built up of award-winning music venues, bars catering to students’ tastes, and nightclubs. Home to five universities in the city center with over 100K+ students attending annually it’s also second only behind Leeds for being a popular destination among British college seekers looking for an experience during their course abroad.

You’ll never be stuck for things to do when you arrive in the city! There are tons of Freshers’ events, ranging from concerts and gigs to drinks with new friends or just raving through the night long into early hours.


Best areas for student nightlife




The best place for nightlife outside of the city, Fallowfield is its own town within a city providing easy access to shopping districts and world-renowned bars. Popular with students due to its dynamic social scene, this area boasts an ample choice of pubs, comedy clubs, and even bars!


Northern Quarter


One of the city’s most popular nightlife areas, Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter is an area packed with bars and restaurants around High Street/Thomas Street crossroads. Featuring long-standing nightclubs such as Soup Kitchen, The Mint Lounge, Flok, and Behind Closed Doors among others; this densely crowded street teems with entertainment at all hours!


Oxford Road


The Oxford Road area of Manchester is known for its student pub scene and an eclectic nightlife with a similar feel to that of the Northern Quarter. There are plenty of bars, pubs, microbreweries, and venues in this part of town – including the O2 Ritz music venue The Academy YES Deaf Institute, among many others.


Deansgate Locks


The best areas for student nightlife around Manchester’s Deansgate Locks, in the South of the city region, are directly opposite from Deansgate Train Station. This area features a string of swanky chain bars housed in converted railway arches and is on the doorstep of Manchester University’s student area. Our top bar tips include MOJO Manchester, Three Little Words, and Revolution Deansgate Locks – a student favorite.




From Italian ristorante to Japanese ramen and sushi, Spinning Fields is a classy part of Manchester that features some up-market options. You can enjoy cocktails at The Alchemist or dinner at the brasserie, The Ivy. Those looking for something more casual might try Sunset By Australasia where you’ll get great views with your meal!


Students bars and live music venues

532 Bar

In the heart of campus and a popular student union bar, 532 Bar and Kitchen is renowned for its double pint option on the menu. A cosy place in winter with expansive outdoor seating for when the summer comes round, 532 is a firm favourite for those on campus in Manchester – check how far you are away from it when you open up ROUND and order your drinks ahead of arrival!




Revolution Deansgate Docks is a bar that brings together everything you need for a good night out. It has five different bars, one of which is an expansive sun terrace and another devoted to dining space with two-four deals during happy hour! There’s also the giant dance floor so there will be no lack of fun here where all types can gather at this great establishment in Manchester.


The Thirsty Scholar


Nestled under a railway arch not a five-minute walk from Oxford Road Train Station, sits one of Manchester’s more artsy and contemporary public houses. The three-floor pub promotes live music every Monday to Thursday while the weekends are geared towards DJs playing great tunes – they have an expansive selection of beers with imported specialty varieties as well as packaged larger and ciders!


The Liquor Store


A bright bar with an American twist, the Liquor Store Manchester is located in heart of the city. With its unique décor and creative cocktails like St Hendrick’s Elderly Rose, Oasis, or Manchester Mule; this laid-back hangout spot serves some incredible eats!

There we have it – Manchester’s best student bars and student pubs. First launched on university campuses, the free to join app enables communities of pubs, restaurants, and cafes across the country to accept mobile payments, helping them keep their staff and customers safe, while also increasing customer spends through in-app promotions and improved convenience.

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