9 things to cross off before you leave campus forever

Published on 16 May 17

You only have a couple of exams left and summer is in sight, but before you leave your student days behind you, have you completed your campus bucket list? From the Godlee Observatory to the best hot chocolate in the world – here's how to spend your time off these last few weeks.

Godlee Observatory

Perched on the top of the Sackville Street building, the Godlee Observatory has seen many major moments across the last 100 years. Owned and run by Manchester Astronomical Society, the structure is one of only two papier mache observatories in the UK. Open on Thursday evenings, it is well worth a visit.

Take a break in Christie's Bistro

One of the most beautiful cafes on campus – this old library wouldn't be out of place in Harry Potter.

Do a parkrun

It’s free, and it's only 5k. You can do it. Parkrun happens every Saturday morning at 9am in Platt Fields Park, and will be a great way to blast that exam anxiety!

Grab a drink at Big Hands

Big Hands is the perfect post-Academy watering hole, and a favourite among Manchester bands. Don't be surprised if you bump into a member of Elbow or I Am Kloot after they've played a gig.

The Whitworth

The recently renovated art gallery helped make Manchester one of the New York Times' places to visit in 2015. The incredible space - coupled with the breathtaking opening exhibition by Cornelia Parker - is reason enough to walk an extra five minutes down Oxford Road, but if it's a sunny day a stroll around

Chill with Turing

Jump on the 147 and head to North Campus. Just beyond Sackville Street is the lovely Sackville Gardens, and right in the middle you’ll find a bench space next to a life-size sculpture of Alan Turning. Read about his life while you enjoy the sunshine.

The spinning statue in Manchester Museum

This made the news a lot a couple of years ago, and although the mystery is now solved the statue (and the entire Egyptology department) is well worth dropping in. Manchester Museum is actually home to one of the largest and most important collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the country, and it's right on your doorstep.

Pick up a UoM hoody

You know you want one.

Sign up for the alumni association

It may not be forever…

You may want to give something back 

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