MCR Student Social: Shop, save and play at Manchester’s ultimate student shopping night

13th Sep 2017

MCR Student Social 
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Manchester’s ultimate student shopping night returns on Tuesday 26 September with more than 200 stores across Manchester city centre offering up to 30% off exclusively for students for one night only.

MCR Student Social – organised by Manchester Arndale in collaboration with Manchester’s Business Improvement District, Manchester BID – promises more discounts, more entertainment and more fun than ever before at the popular annual student shopping event.

From 4pm – 9pm, stores and restaurants in the city’s key shopping areas – Manchester Arndale, Market Street, St Ann’s Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, King Street and Deansgate – will host an exclusive night of big shopping discounts, music and entertainment.


Ensuring students can create the ultimate OOTD, Accessorize, Burton, Camper, Clarks, Dorothy Perkins, Dr Martens, Dune, DW Sports, Fat Face, FootAsylum, Fossil, G-Star Raw, H&M, Jack&Jones, Kurt Geiger, Lipsy, Luke, Miss Selfridge, New Look, Office, Pretty Green, Quiz, River Island, Schuh, Ted Baker, Timberland, Topshop, Topman, UGG, Urban Outfitters, USC and Vans are among the stores offering 20% off while Levi’s and Gap are offering the biggest discounts of the night with 30% off.

Students can spruce up their new digs with 20% off homeware at Clas Ohlson and Baytree Interiors and create a Pinterest worthy desk space with 20% off stationery at WH Smith, Paperchase and Ryman. Bag a beauty bargain at Debenhams, Boots and Superdrug – all with 10% off and 30% off at The Body Shop and stay connected with 20% off airtime plans and 35% off all accessories at O2, 20% off any pay monthly sim plan at EE, 10% off selected mobile contracts at Vodafone and reduced price sim only deals at Three.

Freshers looking to keep on top of their finances should head to HSBC which is offering competitive interest-free overdrafts, student credit cards and £60 Amazon vouchers for those opening new Student Bank Accounts on the night as well as lots of giveaways and the opportunity to take a spin on British Cycling’s virtual reality bikes or Lloyds Bank which is offering £500 interest and fee free overdrafts and free NUS Extra Cards with new student accounts (both open until 7pm).

Selfridges Exchange Square will be hosting an evening of exclusive offers with discounts of up to 20% off selected brands, DJs, entertainment, sweet treats, prizes and activities including complimentary flower crown workshops, arcade games and a Tommy Hilfiger x GiGi dance mat.

Harvey Nichols is hosting an exclusive evening of shopping, complimentary drinks, beauty masterclasses and live DJ sets until 8pm, plus an exclusive 10% discount with the Harvey Nichols Rewards App (terms and conditions apply), while at House of Fraser there’s up to 20% off selected lines and in-store activity until 7pm.


Manchester Arndale
Head to Exchange Court (outside Next) to be in with a chance of winning a Samsung prize package worth over £1000, courtesy of Three, or play ‘Lucky Lights’ with Greggs where everyone’s a winner. After that, grab a bite to eat in the Foodcourt and enjoy live acoustic performances from Mike Ritchie and Laura Kelly.

Market Street
Black Dog Ballroom’s live DJs will be creating the soundtrack for the evening and giving away a holiday to Ibiza. Pick up one of their goody bags and a Student Dog Tag to enjoy discounts throughout the academic year.

Beat your mates at Big Bad Burger Pong to win burgers courtesy of Byron Hamburgers (who are also offering 50% off all night), test your boxing skills with Pure Gym’s expert personal trainers and spin to win with Barburrito.

Take part in the UNiDAYS challenge for your chance to win amazing prizes, try the Breakout Manchester challenge to test your skill, logic and brain power, enjoy footy themed fun and frolics on the ILoveMCR life-sized foosball pitch and keep an eye out for Matt & Phreds Heavy Beat Brass Band’s roaming gig.

MCR Fresher’s Fair on Market Street
Head down for games, giveaways and prizes from Ryman, Sunkissed, First Bus Greater Manchester, Virgin Money Lounge, The Printworks and Manchester Science Festival.

St Ann’s Square
Dance the night away at Capital FM’s Silent Disco and win prizes including 5 x £100 vouchers courtesy of formal hire and menswear retailer Slaters.

Exchange Square
Check out Kiehl’s on Wheels pop-up beauty store for skin consultations, offers and free samples and win offers and prizes at The Printworks’ life-sized Hungry Hippo game.

New Cathedral Street
Lancashire CCC’s Thunder and Lightning Roadshow will be rolling into New Cathedral Street. Test your bowling skills on Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Inflatable Bowling Game! Can you bowl as fast as the professionals?

After hitting the shop floors, students can head for a bite to eat and drinks at a range of bars and restaurants in Manchester Arndale and across the city centre offering exclusive discounts including Costa Coffee, Yo! Sushi, Pizza Hut, Barburrito, Boost Juice Bar, Starbucks, Bella Italia, Bobo Tea, KFC, Pita Pit, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Cosy Club which is offering students 2 cocktails for £9.95 all day.

David Allinson, centre director at Manchester Arndale, says: “A huge proportion of our shoppers are students and our annual student night is a great way for our retailers to reward them with exclusive offers and discounts. As the name suggests, MCR Student Social, is also the perfect opportunity for a night out with friends, with everything from live music to games and competitions running across the city all evening.”

Jane Sharrocks, Manchester BID Chair and General Manager at Selfridges Exchange Square, adds: “MCR Student Social is Manchester’s biggest annual student shopping event and it’s a fantastic way for city centre stores and restaurants to welcome the return of Manchester’s 100,000 strong student population. Each year Manchester Arndale and Manchester BID work together to create a bigger and better event bringing students more discounts, more entertainment and more fun!”

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