Manchester’s Ultimate Shopping Night is back Thursday 26 April

19th Apr 2018

Manchester’s biggest student shopping night returns for Spring.

Students are invited to snap up exclusive one night only discounts and enjoy music and entertainment at MCR Student Social.

Manchester’s biggest student shopping night returns on Thursday 26 April, with more than 150 designer, high street and independent stores across Manchester city centre offering up to 50% off exclusively for students.

The MCR Student Social, organised by Manchester’s Business Improvement District and Manchester Arndale, in collaboration with Capital FM, will see the city come alive with a range of entertainment featuring Capital DJs, pop-up stalls and lots of freebies and giveaways from 4pm-8pm.

Retail and Food Offers

Helping students freshen up their wardrobes for Spring, H&M, Topshop, Topman, Urban Outfitters, Office, Fossil, All Saints, Diesel, Radley, Lipsy, Victoria’s Secret, Boux Avenue, Footasylum, Vans, Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Miss Selfridge, River Island, Accessorize, Timberland, Burton, G-Star Raw, Clarks, Dune, Adidas, Schuh, Simply Be, Thomas Sabo, Jacamo, Sockshop and French Connection are all offering 20% off while Levi’s will be offering 30% off. For those who love a freebie, the first 100 students can bag a gift with any purchase in Oliver Bonas and DKNY is offering 15% off purchases with a gift.

For fitness buffs, Sports Direct Fitness is offering exclusive membership prices along with no joining fees or contracts, while those who prefer to enjoy a pamper session can head to Vidal Sassoon for exclusive discounts or Trevor Sorbie for 25% off and a free braiding session.

Students can bag a beauty bargain in The Perfume Shop, Superdrug, The Body Shop, The Fragrance Shop and Boots and enjoy skin consultations, offers and free samples from the Kiehl’s on Wheels pop-up beauty store in Exchange Square. For Instagram-worthy stationery, Smiggle and Ryman are offering 20% off, Paperchase has 15% off and The Works is offering 10% off.

Harvey Nichols will be providing a whole host of entertainment including complimentary drinks, live DJs, beauty treats and masterclasses, along with 10% off purchases on the night with the Harvey Nichols Rewards App (terms and conditions apply).

For exclusive discounts on some of the world’s best brands, complimentary gifts and a host of pop up activities, students should head to Selfridges Exchange Square. Beauty junkies will enjoy a range of offers on their favourite products from the likes of Tom Ford, Jo Malone, NARS, Clarins and much more – plus activities such as summer/festival beauty makeovers by Charlotte Tilbury and a complimentary make up station by MAC. Shop discounts across a range of menswear and womenswear brands and indulge in some sweet treats, including a delicious gourmet cookie station by Cookie Doh MCR – all to the soundtrack of a live DJ set by Ibiza-style house venue Lazy Lizard. For more information visit

Students can grab a bite to eat and drinks at a range of bars and restaurants in Manchester Arndale and across the city centre offering exclusive discounts on the night including Browns, Costa Coffee, Bagel Nash, Starbucks, Gino Gelato, Boost Juice Bar, Grafene, McDonalds, Greggs, Gino D’Acampo, Fuel Juice, Coffee Break, Pizza Hut, EAT, Millie’s Cookies, YO! Sushi and Bella Italia that is offering one of the biggest discounts of the night at 50% off.

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Street Entertainment

On Market Street Capital Manchester will be spinning the hottest hits from the DJ truck while Virgin Money Lounge will be challenging students to pack a suitcase in the fastest time to win £200. For those who are looking for the dream summer job, Mint Staffing Solutions are giving students the opportunity to work at the UK’s biggest festivals and NYX Professional Makeup will be on hand to create the ultimate festival looks. The winner takes it all at the Spin to Win challenge with Barburrito, test your boxing skills against Pure Gym’s expert personal trainers and eat a Manchester Tart in 60 seconds and win prizes with I Love MCR.

Manchester Arndale

At Manchester Arndale, take part in the Ball Pool Challenge for your chance to win a £200 gift card, try the McVities Nibbles Sweeter Together Challenge,enjoy coffee samples at the Lyons Coffee event and enjoy the roaming entertainment in the food court.

Manchester Arndale is also giving away 2 VIP Parklife Festival tickets! For a chance to win, head to the Manchester Arndale Facebook page. Entrants must ‘join’ the Student Social 2018 event page and tag the friend that they would bring with them in the competition post. Terms and conditions apply.


Jane Sharrocks, Manchester BID Chair and General Manager at Selfridges Exchange Square, says: “Our MCR Student Social events in collaboration with Manchester Arndale have firmly established themselves as the ultimate biannual shopping nights for students.Stores across the city centre including those in Manchester Arndale and on Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Deansgate, King Street and in St Ann’s and Exchange Square are taking part this year with some fantastic offers. With lots of discounts, Capital FM DJs and lots of free entertainment and games, MCR Student Social is shaping up to be a brilliant night.”

Lisa Hawkins, Head of Marketing at Manchester Arndale, adds: “Many of our shoppers are students and this event is a fantastic way of rewarding them with over 150 exclusive offers and discounts. Each year, our MCR Student Social events grow in popularity and with live music, DJs, and lots of free activities, it’s a great opportunity for students to head into the city centre with friends for a fun night out.”

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