Drinking every night and scoffing all those late night kebabs may seem like a brilliant idea at the time, but it's not hard to understand why the average fresher puts on 10lb in the first year. So if you want to keep your student lifestyle and your waist size, then we'd recommend doing as much as you can to keep fit and healthy whilst at university.
If there's a particular sport you'd like to get involved with, then fresher's week is the time to do it. All of the university sports teams will have stands at the freshers fair, so go along and see how you can get involved.
If you prefer your activity a little less regimented, then there are ample opportunities for exercising on a budget in manchester. Up in Fallowfield, the Armitage Centre is in the middle of the student community and offers first rate sporting facilities for team sports, as well as a great (and cheap!) rota of fitness and aerobic classes. Check out the website for more details.
On Oxford Road you'll find both the Sugden Sports Centre and the Manchester Aquatics Centre - with its Olympic size swimming pool.
The Sugden Sports centre is part of the university and offers ridiculously cheap classes (£3 each) and sports facilities. At the Aquatics Centre meanwhile, you can enjoy great swimmimng facilities and aqua aerobics classes, as well as a drop-in gym and loads of classes.
And of course, don't underestimate the power of free exercise. As a student you'll be doing plenty of walking - with the distance between Fallowfield and the Universities being a manageable couple of miles. And in rush hour, it's often a quicker option than the bus!
In terms of health, you'll probably want to register with a doctor in Manchester. There are plenty of GPs located close to the university and main student living areas, as well as an NHS drop in centre at Picadilly train station and a large hospital (St Mary's) with an A&E department very close to the university.
Hospitals with A&E Departments
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL
0161 276 1234
Salford NHS Trust
Royal NHS Foundation Trust Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
0161 789 7373
Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M23 9LT
NHS Walk-in centres
Manchester Piccadilly NHS Walk-In Centre
1st Floor Gateway House, Station Approach, Piccadilly South, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2GH
Tel: 0161 233 2525
Primary Care Emergency Centre
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9WL
Tel: 0161 276 1234
Withington Walk In Centre
Withington Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2LR
Tel: 0161 217 3015
Bodey Medical Centre
Ladybarn Court 28 Ladybarn Lane Fallowfield Manchester M146WP
0161 248 6644
Platt Lane Surgery
204 Platt Lane Rusholme Manchester England - Uk M147BS
0161 224 2468
Fallowfield Medical Centre
75 Ladybarn Lane Fallowfield Manchester M146YL
0161 224 4503
Princess Road Surgery
471-475 Princess Road Withington Manchester M201BH
0161 445 7805
98 Mauldeth Road West, Withington, Manchester, Lancs, M20 1AB
Tel: 0161 434 6239
390 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3NA
Tel: 0161 445 3647
Oasis Dental Care Ltd
429 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Lancs, M20 4AF
Tel: 0161 445 3104