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18 services you might have missed

With a new academic year finally here, now is a good time to check out the University services that might have passed you by.


  1. My Learning Essentials is an online collection of resources covering everything from writing skills to using social media as a research tool.
  2. Students’ Union’s academic advice centre can help support you when you are changing courses and or if you need to apply for mitigating circumstances.
  3. The library has subject guides making it much easier to locate specific texts and journals for your course.
  4. Researcher Development. No matter which faculty you belong to there’s a dedicated team on hand to help equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge to thrive as independent researcher.
  5. The Careers Service is not just for undergraduates. They’re there to support Diploma, Masters and PhD students, too. Whether you’re just starting out, are an experienced professional or a career changer they have the resources and people to help you manage and develop your career.
  6. The Research Computing programme aims to assist researchers in the effective use of the latest developments in advanced computing technology and to provide a competitive edge over researchers in other institutions.

Health and wellbeing

  1. The University has its own opticians who offer free eye examinations, performed by supervised final year students, along with 20% discounts on glasses. To book an appointment call 0161 306 3860.
  1. The Armitage and Sugden centres both offer drop-in keep fit classes every day of the week, including Zumba and Boxercise, and costing only £3.30 for students.
  2. Active Manchester – from SPORT Manchester – offers various eight-week courses from Yoga to Pilates, as well as women-only sessions for as little as £2 per session.
  3. Biko Bikes is a student-run project which refurbishes and repairs reclaimed bikes found on campus. You can either apply to rent a bike during your time at university, or get involved in the project and learn bike maintenance.
  4. The Counselling Service isn’t just there for counselling appointments; they also offer workshops which can help with things like confidence and speaking out in groups, both brilliant for university life.
  5. You may think that once you are at university it’s really difficult to get diagnosed as dyslexic or dyspraxic, but all you need to do is email the Disability Support office at, to ensure you get all the support you need.
  6. Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run for students by students. It offers you an anonymous, non-judgemental and non-directive support regardless of the situation. Call between 8pm and 8am every night of term, or email The number can be found on the back of your library card.


  1. The Students’ Union Advice Service is a free, confidential service where you can get information and advice on personal and academic issues. It is run by professional Advisors who are independent of the University, and is located on the ground floor of the Students’ Union building.


  1. The Students Union accommodation services can help you with dodgy landlords and the neighbours from hell by offering advice on your rights and what you can do if your housing isn’t up to scratch.
  2. Manchester Student Homes is a University-approved housing website, where you can find private housing for when you move out of halls, helping you to avoid poor housing and nightmare landlords. As well as providing a search for accredited accommodation, they also have free legal advice on all kinds of housing related issues.

Student discounts

  1. Box of Broadcasts allows you to watch television programmes which can be recorded by you or others. Allegedly for those using television for ‘research’, anyone with a student ID can use the service to catch up with the latest series, as well as those from the past. It is totally legal and allows you to share your favourite shows with your friends.
  2. Our subsidised bike lock scheme is available to any of our students, and means you can pick up a gold standard ‘D’ lock worth £65 for just £15! We also have a number of Cycle Registration sites, where we etch a serial number into your bike and record the your details so if we recover your bike, we know who it belongs to.


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