MCR Student Social 2023

MCR Student Social in partnership with Manchester Arndale
Thursday 28th September

CityCo and Manchester City Centre BID partner with Manchester Arndale on the annual MCR Student Social shopping event.

Staged for Manchester and Salford’s 100,000+ student population, the long-running retail and experiential event invites freshers and returning students to explore the city centre.

Celebrating the city as a truly vibrant and aspirational student destination, thousands head into town to shop, eat, drink and party.

On the day there are 200+ retail discounts, DJs, big name brand experiences and showcases, giveaways, games, competitions and a street student fair.

2023 Event

* 120+ shopping and leisure brands offering DEALS, PRIZES, GIVEAWAYS
* The Manc Group DJ Truck and more live DJs sets
* Meet the team from Skiddle – guides to a great Manchester night out
* Entertainment from Bonkers Bingo, Roaming Roulette, Ballnado, Whac-A-Mole, Urban Playground, GFF Damien Dance, LUSH, Nationwide, Pure Gym, Søstrene Greene, IOLLA
* Food samples from Pizza Luxe, Franco Manca
* Info Zone guests North West Ambulance Service, Oliver Cookson Foundation, HSBC, Recycle for Greater Manchester


2023 Headlines

Tens of thousands of students from Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University, Salford City College and Manchester College headed into the city to snap up big discounts and enjoy on street and in store entertainment.

  • 6,157,749 paid digital impressions across; Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok
  • 39,423 web page views
  • Footfall up 7% v 2022 event
  • Footfall on Market Street up 18% v 2022 event

Get Involved in the Event

  1. Offer a shopping discount. Put on a special student discount or gift-with-purchase for event goers
  2. Join in celebrations. Host a special student event, stage entertainment, decorate windows, dress-up, showcase themed products and experiences
  3. Host a brand activation on Market Street. Showcase your brand on one of the busiest streets in the UK. Feature as part of the Party, Food, or Info Zone
  4. Take a space in the Info Zone on Market Street. Don’t have a big brand set-up? Take a table at our street-style student fair to connect with potential customers
  5. Share activities with the BID team. Be featured in the multi-channel marketing and PR campaign in partnership with Manchester Arndale and media partners.

Get in Touch
0161 838 3250