Moving to Manchester: Fallowfield life
University is about studying and working hard — you can quote me on that — but it’s also important to let your hair down every once in a while. Even if you don’t think you’re the party type, Fallowfield is the perfect place to begin your time at uni, because you’ll meet every type of person possible.
If you’re in Oak House or Owens Park, chances are you’ll be roped into a non-stop Freshers fortnight whether you like it or not. If you’re basically only going to uni to party, then don’t miss out on the Oak House or OP life.
If you think it’s not for you but you get stuck there, fear not — I thought I was living a nightmare when I got put in Oak House, but I ended up having the best year ever and striking the perfect balance between partying hard and taking it slow. As for the other halls, they’re all pretty similar: there’s something for everyone.
As for Fallowfield itself, it’s got everything you could possibly need and more, and although it’s a 15 minute bus ride or cycle from uni, it’s worth the journey.
On campus is a gym, a café, and a computer cluster (in case of all nighters), but outside the gates is where it really comes to life: we’ve got a whole host of shops, pubs, a Maccies, a Domino’s and a Nando’s (need I say more?), a park for romantic and/or hungover walks, and literally more kebab and chicken shops than you have ever seen all in a row.
Wilmslow Road - Credit: Raver_Mikey @Flickr
First year staples include getting to know Paz, the Kebab King (“Is anybody waiting to order?”), taking advantage of the 2 for £5 pinot at New Zealand Wines, and heading down to Spoons every Sunday for a massive hangover fry-up.
Fallowfield is where friendships are made and kept — there’s a strong sense of community among the tens of thousands of students who live there, and once you’ve done first year there, you’ll never want to leave.
Choosing halls a five minute walk from class might sound like a good idea now, but trust me, you’ll live to regret it. Fallowfield is life.
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