Manchester’s Massive Student Shopping Night Will Return This Month

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Manchester’s Massive Student Shopping Night Will Return This Month

Manchester city centre stores will be offering amazing discounts to students this month.

Manchester city centre stores and restaurants will be welcoming new and returning students to the city with more than 200 exclusive offers at student shopping extravaganza MCR Student Social.

The annual Autumn event, organised by Manchester’s Business Improvement District (Manchester BID) in partnership with Manchester Arndale, returns on September 24, with students able to enjoy more offers than ever before along with a whole host of free entertainment and fun along Market Street and at Manchester Arndale.

Proof of age ID card provider, TOTUM, will be sponsoring this year’s event and will be hosting a mini-festival outside Urban Outfitters and bringing its giant dome to Manchester Arndale for an epic treasure hunt!


Manchester city centre stores will be offering the biggest discounts on the night include 40 per cent off at GAP plus free tote bags, 30 per cent off at Levi’s, Fossil, Lovisa and Claire’s and 25 per cent off at The Body Shop, Jack Wills and Framed Opticians.

Plus there will be 20 per cent off at a whole host of high street and designer fashion stores including Accessorize, Adidas, All Saints, Ann Summers, Boux Avenue, Burton, Cath Kidston, Clarks, DKNY, Ecco, Evans, Footasylum, French Connection, G-Star Raw, H&M, JD, Lipsy, Luke, Michael Kors (£250 minimum spend), Monki, New Look, Oasis (£30 minimum spend), Office, River Island and Ted Baker.

At the city’s department stores, Selfridges Manchester Exchange will be hosting a night of extraordinary experiences and exclusive discounts and offers. Harvey Nichols will be offering an exclusive 10 per cent discount, live DJ sets and complimentary drinks while Debenhams will be showcasing the latest hair, beauty and fashion trends on its Masterclass Stage. Alongside beauty demonstrations and tutorials across the store, gifts with purchase, games, giveaways live music and 20 per cent off purchases.

For the best beauty buys, students will be able to bag 15 per cent off at The Fragrance Shop and The Perfume Shop and 10 per cent off at Paul’s Hair and Beauty World, Superdrug and Boots (with an advantage card). Students can ensure they stay connected this term with fantastic discounts and offers on mobile phone deals and accessories at Vodafone, The Carphone Warehouse, Samsung, Mobile Technician and Smash.

Photo: Jason Lock

Food and drink

City centre restaurants and bars will also be serving up exclusive discounts for students on the night including 99p burritos at Barburitto, 50 per cent off classic pizza and pasta dishes at Bella Italia, 50 per cent off at Wolf Italian Street Food, 40 per cent off at Pizza Hut and 30 per cent off at Mrs Sarah’s Chophouse, Sam’s Chophouse and McDonald’s (on extra value meals).

There’s will also be 20 per cent off at Gino D’Acampo’s My Pizza and Prosecco Bar and lots more offers at a whole host of eateries across the city including Boost Juice Bar, Bobo Tea, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Café Nero, Coffee Break, Costa Coffee, EAT, Five Guys, Fruitero Do Brazil, Fuel Juice, KFC, Millie’s Cookies, Nando’s and Starbucks.


MCR Student Social will be hosting a fun-filled line-up of entertainment on Market Street and at Manchester Arndale from 12-7pm. Including a roaming band and a mini-festival courtesy of this year’s sponsors TOTUM with DJs, cash prizes, competitions, giveaways, glitter and more outside Urban Outfitters.


On Market Street, students will have the chance to win facial treatments and prizes with Kiehls’ ‘Spin the Wheel’. They’ll be able to experience fun and thrills and have the chance to win burgers at Almost Famous’ pop-up The Unfairground. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and vouchers from Pizza Express, including free pizza for a year, and visit the Jagermeister van where Reform Radio will be doing a live broadcast.

Totally Wicked will be on hand to help smoking students quit with their new pod device, while B Works and Virgin Money will be on the hunt for Manchester’s fastest suitcase packer to win a big prize! Students will be able to test their putting skills at Treetop Adventure Golf’s Hole in One Challenge.

Photo: GFFDamien Dance Studio

And experience pole dancing and aerial hoop displays from GFFdamian Dance Studio, win prizes with Greggs’ Lucky Lockers, play Giant Bucket Pong with The Printworks, jump around with Flip Out Manchester and take on the beer goggles game and learn about water safety with the Manchester Water Safety Partnership.

MCR Student Social Fair on Market Street is back and will be welcoming students with games, giveaways and prizes from Barburrito, Barclays Bank, Benefit Cosmetics, NYX Professional Makeup, Paperchase, PureGym, Sam’s Chop House, STA Travel, Sync and The Body Shop.

At Manchester Arndale, TOTUM will be hosting a treasure hunt with a difference inside a giant ball dome in Exchange Court. Each game will see 8 players get one minute to find a prize in the ball pit. Students can also head to Manchester Arndale’s food court for more entertainment from a live DJ set, with plenty of meal deals and sweet treats to grab up there.

Jane Sharrocks, Manchester BID Chair and General Manager at Selfridges Exchange Square said:

“Our MCR Student Social events get more and more popular every year and are a fantastic way to welcome students back to our city. This year we’ve secured more offers and experiences from stores and restaurants than ever before along with lots of free experiences and activities so it’s definitely not one to be missed!”

David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale, said: “Thousands of shoppers joined us for our last MCR Student Social event, which was extended to offer eight hours of bargains and live entertainment.

“We expect the September event to be even bigger with more discounts and lots of pop-up experiences in stores and on the street. There’s also up to 50% off food and drink to make the most of throughout the day.”

For the full list of offers click here.

Also published on Medium.

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