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Manchester has quite a reputation when it comes to its student population and rightly so. Regarded by many to be one of the most vibrant and diverse student populations you will find anywhere in Europe, youngsters from all across the globe flock to the city to study at one of the many great institutions you will find there. From University of Manchester to Salford University, the region is growing in stature all the time in terms of the level of academia and of course, the social scene.

Things To Do In Manchester

For this reason, deciding what to do with your spare time in Manchester can be rather tricky. With countless attractions, football teams, eateries, nightclubs and more, finding the very best things to do is easier said than done. We have therefore profiled two of the more intellectual friendly attractions Manchester has to offer and given you the lowdown on why you should have them firmly at the top of your Manchester to-do list.

Natural History Museum

It may surprise you to know that Manchester has one of the UK’s best Natural History Museums. Not on the scale of London’s of course, but Manchester Museum is somewhat of a hidden gem located on the city’s famous Oxford Road. Due to the fact that the museum incorporates anthropology, archaeology and natural history it is often overlooked for the latter but is well worth at least a day of your time when studying in the region.

When exploring Manchester’s Natural History Museum, one will find the customary Tyrannosaurus Rex, fossils and all manner of other pre-historic creatures as well and artefacts from dynasties such as the Egyptians. There are all sorts of interactive activities you can take part in should your heart desire to, making it a great day out with your friends.

There are also a wide range of great refreshments available at the museum due to the fact it is located in a bustling part of the city and just on the doorstep of Manchester University. So if you’re looking to wind down from a day of serious natural history with a glass of wine or maybe just a coffee, this attraction is ideal.

Manchester Art Gallery

If natural history isn’t really your cup of tea and you are on the hunt for things to do in Manchester, then why not check out some of the phenomenal art you can find around the city. Manchester doesn’t really need much introduction in terms of its artistic legacy with the likes of Lowry proudly hailing from the region, but this is really just the tip of the iceberg.

Manchester Art Gallery is visited by tens of thousands of tourists and locals every year and its ever changing exhibitions make it a fan’s favourite. The Gallery is perfectly located too, sitting on Mosley Street which can be found just on the doorstep of the city’s freshly refurbished St. Peter’s Square, so finding it even as a newcomer to the city couldn’t really be easier.

The current headline exhibition is Martin Parr’s return to Manchester whereby the artist explains just how life for Mancunians has changed over the centuries, but as mentioned there is so much more to see. Nordic Craft, classic painting, ever changing events and talks make this attraction for student’s looking to learn about the history of art and just what it means to the city of Manchester.

The other great thing about this museum is that once you are done, you are just a five minute walk from areas such as China Town and Northern Quarter, where you can really engage with Manchester’s cultural scene.

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These are just two great attractions in Manchester, perfect for students looking to mix a bit of academic prowess with getting to know their new home. As you will discover though, there is all sorts to see in what is becoming one of the best locations you will find for your studies in the UK and beyond.

If this article has been useful, why not check out some of the other great features and articles we have here at the Almero Student Mansions blog? We cover every aspect of student life and cover all of our favourite student locations, so have a good nose around to see if there is something else that takes your fancy!

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