MANCHESTER City Centre is prepping its stores for this year's student takeover – for all 85,000 of you  - with an evening of shopping events, discounts, music and fashion. All you’ll need is a valid student ID. 

On Tuesday 30 September, retailers across the city centre are set to open late and offer strapped for cash students discounts up to 30%.

Our student night gets ever more popular year on year and to mark our eleventh event we were keen to open it out to the rest of the city centre

Following the success of Manchester Arndale’s ‘Big Student Night In’ over the last decade, the shopping centre and the Heart of Manchester Business Improvement District (BID), are collaborating for the first time to extend the event across the city.

Stores offering discounts include adidas, Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Diesel, DKNY, Fopp, French Connection, H&M, Gap, Jack Wills Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols and many more.

The first 1,000 pre-registered students to arrive on the night will receive a free £5 Manchester Arndale gift card.  

Big Student NightStudents at last year's takeover

See the evenings events below: 


Made in Chelsea star, Millie Mackintosh, will be making a personal appearance at House of Fraser to launch her new collection, with the first 50 people to buy from the collection receiving a signed photo. 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, discounts across the store.

Millie-MacMillie Mackintosh at House Of Fraser


The arndale will play host to over 130 exclusive student offers on the night, between 4-8pm, alongside DJs, competitions and giveaways. Offers include a 30% off Levis, 20% off Topman and Topshop, 20% off Dr.Martens, £5 off a £25 shop at Aldi, 20% off Millie’s Cookies and 20% off at Kurt Geiger.


Love Fashion: Manchester will 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 – 9pm and activities will include live catwalk shows, a fashion blogging workshop, model talent scouting and style spotting, with guest DJs providing entertainment. Entrance is free.


Selfridges Exchange Square (open until 9pm) is hosting a number of exclusive offers including the 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.

Dsc_9068 - CopySelfridges Exchange Square


Harvey Nichols is offering 15% 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. 


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 4-9pm, as well as a secret headliner to be revealed soon.

Manchester-Gareth Brooks DjXFM's Gareth Brooks


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

BezBez on Decks


Food outlets across the city are also involved, with BarburritoPatisserie ValeriePizza HutSubwayBurger King and McDonald’s, Taco Bell, EAT and Yo! Sushi in Manchester Arndale all providing one-off offers throughout the evening.

For discounts information and event updates  @shopmcr#takeovermcr on Twitter.

For information on Manchester Arndale’s Big Student Night in go to facebook/manchesterarndale and follow @manarndale on Twitter.