Written by MSV resident & Press Pack member, Bryony Hiscock.

February and March are always tough months, you’ve realised you’ve spent through most of your student loan and you need to cut back a bit. But that doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to enjoy yourself. So until the next student loan drops in April, here’s 5 super budget things you can do in Manchester for under £5 followed by a few things you can do to save yourself a few quid in the meantime.

1. Go to the cinema


The Vue at the Printworks is £4.99 for a ticket. Even if you’re not that much of a film buff you can take yourself off and kill a few hours for under a fiver.


2. Visit the Museum of Science and Industry


The museum of science and industry is a 20 minute walk from Manchester Student Village. The museum is free to enter and has interactive displays which can help kill a couple of hours between assignments and exams.

3. Get a tram to Media City


Media City is the home of the Lowry Art Gallery (with free entry) and Outlet Mall, the Imperial War Museum (yup, free entry again) and it has some brilliant views. The tram is £3.20 for a return ticket when you travel after 9:30am.

4. Cat Café

I’m about to give a piece of information that I’ve realised some people don’t know about Manchester. Manchester City Council fund three free (yes, FREE) Metroshuttle buses around the city centre. If you don’t feel like walking to the Northern Quarter, you can catch the Metroshuttle 2 (the green one) from Whitworth Street West (the road with Gorilla, Dogbowl and that little Sainsburys on the corner), it goes straight up Deansgate to Shudehill interchange.

Get off there for the Cat Café (which is a 2 minute walk away) it’s £1 per 5 minutes you spend there. So you can spend 25 minutes with cute fluffy animals for your £5.

5. Have a walk along the canal

This one is completely free – make yourself a flask of your favourite coffee or tea and get your most comfortable shoes on and head off up the Rochdale canal, there’s plenty of viewpoints to sit down and enjoy because Manchester’s quite pretty actually. A walk in fresh air is a good way to take a break from studying as it clears your mind.