The city centre student takeover is back on Tuesday September 30, with an exclusive evening of shopping events, big discounts, music and fashion.

Manchester’s Arndale and the Heart of Manchester Business Improvement District (BID) are collaborating for the first time to extend the event across the city.

A shopping night across the city’s key shopping areas will take place between 4pm until 9pm (4pm-8pm in Manchester Arndale).

Activities will include Manchester Arndale’s ‘Big Student Night In’, Love Fashion: Manchester – a live catwalk and fashion showcase in St Ann’s Square, and two street arenas on Market Street and New Cathedral Street with DJs, food and drink.

Retailers across the city centre will be keeping their doors open late, providing discounts of up to 30 per cent for students with valid student ID/NUS cards. Stores offering discounts include adidas, Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Diesel, DKNY, Fopp, French Connection, H&M, Gap, Jack Wills, Paperchase, Urban Outfitters, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols – to name but a few*.

Manchester Arndale will play host to over 130 exclusive student offers on the night, between 4pm until 8pm, alongside DJs, competitions and giveaways.

Offers include a huge 30 per cent off Levis, 20 per cent off Topman and Topshop, 20 per cent off Dr.Martens, £5 off a £25 shop at Aldi, 20 per cent off Millie’s Cookies and 20 per cent off at Kurt Geiger.

Students can pre-register via or Facebook. The first 1,000 pre-registered students to arrive on the night will receive a free £5 Manchester Arndale gift card. Students are asked to wear something yellow to be in with a chance of winning a share of £500 worth of Manchester Arndale gift cards.

They are also reminded to bring their valid student ID/NUS extra/NUS cards with them to take full advantage of what’s on offer during the ‘Big Student Night In’.


Made in Chelsea star, Millie Mackintosh, will be making a personal appearance at House of Fraser to launch her new collection, with the first 100 people to buy from the collection receiving a signed branded bag. The first ten to make a purchase will also get the chance to have a photo with Millie. House of Fraser will also be offering complimentary drinks, DJs and 20 per cent off in Tom’s Champagne Bar.

Selfridges Exchange Square (open until 9pm) is hosting a number of exclusive offers, special gifts and experiences, including the amazing DJ’s Freight Train in the Selfridges Yellow Van (4-9pm) outside the store on Exchange Square. Complimentary sweets treats will be available in store (6-9pm), as well as the chance to print your pictures with your new housemates in the Selfridges pop-up instagram printing station.

In the Beauty Hall, complimentary treatments includes manicures and brow shapes, along with special gifts and masterclasses.  Gladstone Grooming are providing a pop up Barber shop on Menswear, and The Urbanist is also in store for cap customisation (prices vary). There’s no excuse to fall out with fellow freshers either, thanks to personalisation and monogramming services on selected brands throughout the evening.  In store offers include a 20% discount at All Saints, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Ted Baker and a 10 per cent discount from Dune, Offspring and Karen Millen (terms and conditions apply).

Harvey Nichols is offering 15 per cent* off Autumn Winter fashion and accessories, and giving students a chance to ‘Beat the Buyer’ in a fashion styling competition, as well as a live DJ, complimentary drinks and beauty treats. Students will also be able to dine in the Second Floor Brasserie after 5pm and enjoy three courses for £15 per person. *terms and conditions apply, see instore for details.

Food outlets across the city are also involved, with Barburrito, Patisserie Valerie, Pizza Hut, Subway, Burger King and McDonald’s, Taco Bell, EAT and Yo! Sushi in Manchester Arndale all providing one-off offers throughout the evening.

Taking place in St Ann’s Square, Love Fashion: Manchesterwill provide rising fashion stars from graduates to independent brands and online boutiques the opportunity to showcase and sell their designs to a fashion loving crowd, while affirming Manchester as a vibrant retail destination and inspiring the student community.

The free fashion festival will run from 12pm until 9pm and activities will include live catwalk shows, a fashion blogging workshop, model talent scouting and style spotting, with guest DJs providing entertainment.


Street entertainment on Market Street and New Cathedral Street will be courtesy of Manchester collective, Drop the Mustard, which will be hosting two arenas featuring DJ line-ups, food and drink. Rich Reason, XFM’s Gareth Brooks, Juicy DJs, Drop the Mustard, Gold Teeth, Zutekh DJs and more will play outdoor sets from 4 pm until 9pm, as well as a secret headliner to be revealed soon.


At The Printworks Freshers’ Fair, the legendary Bez will be on the decks from 8.30pm. There will be a range of Freshers’ Fair stalls from 6pm and Peachy Keens, the ‘all you can eat multi-cuisine buffet’, is offering free food for students between 12-4pm and 8-10pm.

The Printworks will also be offering pints of Guinness for £1.50 and burgers and fries for £5 at Waxy O’Connor’s, free shots and 2-4-1 cocktails at Norwegian Blue and 2-4-1 Haus Steins at Bierkeller. There will be free movie posters and 40% off cinema tickets at the ODEON, free entry, a free shot with the first drink and other drinks priced at £1 at Entourage and free sombreros for the first 200 students at Chiquito, amongst many other offers.

Each student visitor will also receive a free student card exclusive to The Printworks, which will give students access to discounts and deals which could save them thousands each year.

Jane Sharrocks, Heart of Manchester BID Chair and General Manager at Selfridges Exchange Square, said: “This event will provide retailers across the city centre with a fantastic opportunity to engage with over 100,000 new and returning students.”

For discounts information and event updates to go facebook/shopmcr and follow @shopmcr / #takeovermcr on Twitter. For information on Manchester Arndale’s Big Student Night in go to facebook/manchesterarndale and follow @manarndale on Twitter.


Student Discounts – HIGHLIGHTS




Boots                          10% discount with valid NUS card

Topshop / Topman        20% off

River Island                   20% off

Boutique.Goldsmiths     20% off

All Saints                      20% off

Foot Asylum                 20% off

Levis                            30% off

G-Star Raw                   20% off

Taco Bell                      A free Crunchy Taco

Urban Outfitters                         20% off plus drinks and a DJ in-store

Warehouse                    20% off

Yo! Sushi                      20% off plus a free handroll and miso soup for every customer

Superdry                       20% off

Pizza Hut                      20% off all main menu food items

Urban Outfitters             20% off


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Other discounts on offer – HIGHLIGHTS


adidas                       20% off

Diesel                        20% off for students (with student ID)

DKNY                        20% off full price merchandise

Fopp Music               10% discount to those presenting valid student IDs between 6.30 and 9.

Framed Opticians       20% off Sunglasses and Prescription Eyewear

Fred Perry                 20% excluding Blank Canvas and Collaboration product.

French Connection     20% off on presentation a student card

Gap                           20% to all students

H&M                          20% discount across all departments on entire transaction

Harvey Nichols           15% off Autumn Winter fashion and Accessories

High & Mighty            20% off full price clothing and footwear

House of Fraser         Up to 20% off

Jack Wills                  15%

Kedem Cosmetics Ltd         30% off any product

L.K.Bennett                20% off new collection (excluding shearling and rosamund collection)

Regis Hair                  Student discount 20% from Mon to Thu on hair and beauty services

Paperchase               20% off student discount*

Royal Exchange         £10 tickets for Hamlet, starring Maxine Peake on 30 September at 7.30pm. Student ID must be shown. Limited availability

Size?                         20% off full price items on the evening

Ted Baker                  All students to receive 20% off AW14 collection with a valid student I.D, U Card

Tommy Hilfiger UK     Students receive an exclusive 20% off all items (with valid student ID)

Trevor Sorbie             20% off with student ID

The Body Shop          20% discount and a FREE Loyalty card to each student

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