Full-time MBA student life

From sports clubs to social events, there are lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in life beyond the classroom. We view extra-curricular activities as an integral part of your experience and we encourage you to get involved in as many as possible.

Manchester facts


hours by train to London


direct flights from Manchester airport


national parks within easy reach, plus countryside, historic towns and the coast

We want you to have fun, relax, get fit, experience new cultures and make friends for life.  

The University of Manchester

As a Manchester MBA, you will be part of The University of Manchester, the UK's largest single-site university. This gives you access to an impressive range of clubs, societies and services, including:

  • Over 80 sport and fitness activities, from athletics to Zumba. Discover more >>
  • More than 300 societies offering everything from knitting to scuba diving. Discover more >>
  • Wellbeing activities to boost your mood and help you stay calm and focused, e.g. annual Wellbeing Week, the Counselling Service and drop-in relaxation sessions. Discover more >>
  • The UK's largest Students' Union, a hub for student life on-campus. Discover more >>
  • Student volunteering opportunities to immerse you in the local community. Discover more >>
  • The International Society where you can meet students from all over the world studying at the UoM, Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University. You can also join trips all over the UK. Discover more >>

The City of Manchester

Manchester is a cosmopolitan, compact city and our campus is just a short walk from the city centre. It boasts a famous music scene, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals and cultural events. The city is also home to excellent sports facilities, two world-class football teams, Lancashire County Cricket Club and the Great Britain cycling team. Discover more about the city here >>

MBA extra-curricular activities

Every year our student council organises a range of activities and events exclusively for MBA students. 

  • MBA socials, e.g. Diwali night, Latin night and Asian night
  • Annual MBA business summit with keynote speaker organised by a committee of MBAs
  • Postgraduate business clubs, e.g. Energy, Women in Business, Technology, Finance, Consulting
  • UK and international business competitions
  • International Football Challenge: annual football tournament in Manchester, competing against other top B-schools (includes Old Trafford tour and party!)
  • MBAT annual MBA sports tournament in Paris
  • Annual MBA ball

What does Manchester Mean to our MBA graduates?

To view what Manchester Means to us, click to view our animation >>

Graduation July 2016: Manchester means Friendship


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“I love the heritage in Manchester, there are so many museums and cultural events that you can attend. It’s an exciting time to be here with an increase in tech start-ups in the region and Media City based here.”

Florian Brückner, German, Consultant, A.T. Kearney, UK

Vice President Communications, Class of 2016

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